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March 2020 Demo report – David Lewry, coloured pencil

Demo Evening Reports Posted on Tue, March 24, 2020 11:22AM

Demonstration 3rd March 2020 – David Lewry, coloured pencils

Report by Maggie Goodsell

David was a mine of information which he freely imparted during the evening – from the origins of pigments to the fact that the male mandarin duck is fairly drab for most of the year !!

As David works flat he came with his own set up so we could follow him on the screen.
As pencil is a slow process David said he would concentrate on doing the ducks head.
Working with Faber Castell Polychromos & Derwent Lightfast pencils on 300gsm HP paper, David lightly blocked in some colour.
David said to keep doing light layers to get intense colours & don’t press too hard as it flattens the tooth of the paper
He said it can take 7-8 layers of pencil to get the intensity
You should work hard areas like the beak in with small circular marks …
… and strokes for the feathers.
The eye was done with a strawberry red pencil blended with a touch of cream.
David said to give the impression of iridescence such as in the blue on the top of the head, you need to use variations of the same colour.
Building up layers of colour
Dark indigo sets off the other colours.
Close up showing how the layers add depth of colour.
Again building up layers.
The finished head. David said the whole duck would take about 20 hours to complete !!
David Lewry

An excellent demo by David. His camera/projector set up gave a far better picture than ours – but then it probably cost a lot more !!


David gave us a huge amount of tips and information of which a few are below.

Work on a good paper otherwise you won’t be able to get the amount of layers you want.

To get a really intense colour use similar colours

Always put another colour under black

A pencil blender is just a pencil without pigment.

Coloured pencil solvent or Johnsons Baby Oil will dissolve the pencil – good for backgrounds.

Pencils don’t mix well so you need a good range of colours. Aim for a minimum of 24 but the more you have the better the results.

Covid-19 Update

Notices Posted on Tue, March 17, 2020 06:05PM

To all members & visitors


In light of the latest directives the committee have decided to cancel the April & May demonstration meetings, the Spring Flower Show Competition & the April & May Hub meetings. We are waiting to hear whether the Pinchbeck Church exhibition will be cancelled, but it probably will. We will make a decision at the end of April re further meetings.

Please help support the society by paying your subs which were due at the April meeting, either by bank transfer or cheque. Please let Ann Dring know that you have paid.

I am setting up a closed Facebook group for members so that we can still have challenges & maintain some contact.

Hopefully this will just be a temporary blip in our existence but in the meantime keep safe & Happy Painting.



Spalding Arts & Crafts Society


Notices Posted on Mon, March 16, 2020 01:34PM

Coronavirus, Covid-19

Having discussed the government’s latest advice on the virus the committee have decided that demonstrations and ‘painting together’ sessions will go ahead as normal unless the picture changes.

It would be very helpful if you could arrive with the correct money for entry & raffle to save handling change.

If you feel unwell – a cough which has come on recently, a high temperature, shortness of breath, headaches – please stay away from the meetings.

If Pinchbeck Village Hall or the Hub shuts, we will lose our meeting-place and meetings will have to be cancelled or postponed. Similarly, if the demonstrator is forced to cancel at short notice, the event will not go ahead. Until then, assume the programme will be fulfilled as normal but check your emails regularly, especially near to planned events. The information will also be on Facebook & the website

Painting together at the Hub

Tuition & Workshops Posted on Mon, March 16, 2020 01:32PM

SACS at the HUB ‘Paint Together’ Tuesday 17th March

Join us for a lively afternoon of painting & chat – tea / coffee included.

Tuesday 17th March

1.30 – 4pm at the Pinchbeck Community Hub & Library, 48 Knight St, PE11 3RU

Members £4, visitors £5

Art Exhibition, Spalding Library

Exhibitions Posted on Thu, March 12, 2020 11:51AM

Our exhibition is now on in Spalding Library 12th – 26th March. Thanks to all the members who put artwork in, it’s a really good display.

Please come and have a look, all the artwork is for sale at very reasonable prices.

February 2020 Demo report – Sonia Bacchus, Horse Portrait in Pastel

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, February 25, 2020 01:38PM

Demo 4th Feb 2020 – Sonia Bacchus, Horse Portrait in Pastels

by Maggie Goodsell

In an excellent, well attended demo, Sonia took us through the stages of creating a portrait of a stallion. She said that to understand bone structure it was a good idea to go to a museum and practise drawing skeletons.

Sonia was working on a Fisher paper with pastels, pastel pencils & an Inktense block. Although she did some blending she said she prefers to use lines to show form.

The photos below show some of the stages of the painting.

The finished picture

Some of Sonia’s other paintings

Sonia also found time to show us examples of how one colour can alter the appearance of another. She showed us examples where she had painted two small squares the same colour and how they changed when given different backgrounds.

Words & still pictures can only give a flavour of a demo. Please come along and join us to benefit from all the demonstrators show & tell us. To ensure everyone can see and hear we have a microphone and a screen – but please remember to bring your glasses if you need them!!

Sonia very kindly chose her favourite picture from our Sunny Day challenge. The winner was Stuart Martin with A Sunny Day at Skegness. He received a small prize of SAA practise paper, donated by the SAA.

CANCELLED -Sac at the Hub

Tuition & Workshops Posted on Sun, February 16, 2020 09:16PM

Due to ongoing power supply problems at the Pinchbeck Hub this meeting has been cancelled

SACS at the HUB ‘Paint Together’ Tuesday 18th February

Join us for a lively afternoon of painting or crafting & chat – tea / coffee included.

A chance to start planning your entries into our next challenges / competitions.

1.30 – 4pm at the Pinchbeck Community Hub & Library, 48 Knight St, PE11 3RU

Members £4, guests £5

February demo – Sonia Bacchus, Horse Portrait

Notices Posted on Sun, February 02, 2020 06:43PM

Sonia Bacchus will be demonstrating a Horse Portrait at our next meeting.

Tuesday 4th February, Pinchbeck Village Hall, Knight Street, nr Spalding, PE11 3RB

members £2.50, guests £5 inc tea & coffee

7.30pm – 9.30pm. All welcome – doors open at 7pm

Reminder to members to bring your entries to our Sunny Day Challenge

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