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Maria Rose 2nd June 2023
Landscape in Oils

Thanks, Penny, for this write-up

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An earlier 'finished' version of the same view

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OVAS members and guests were treated to a lovely demonstration on Friday evening by Devon artist Maria Rose. Despite only being a professional artist for a few years , Maria gave us an accomplished demonstration of her oil painting talent of a seascape scene of the North Devon coast at Watermouth Bay. 

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Maria starts off using a hog brush, but then switches to softer Pro Arte acrylic brushes. After roughly drawing in guidelines,  she put on watered down paint (using an eco friendly thinner), placing the darks first in blocks of tone, and quickly covering the surface with paint. At this initial stage she feels that tone and temperature are more important than colour.
Maria advised not getting too fiddly too quickly by using a large brush , and gradually making the paint thicker by using less thinner. It’s necessary to slow down at this point and stand back from the work, to consider the soft and hard edges and to redefine some parts of the drawing. One tip she gave us is to use a big soft dry brush to soften sky marks.
Using all her blues for the sky and sea, sometimes mixed with viridian and Naples yellow for the foreground, and mixing oxide of chromium with magenta for the subtle headland colours, particularly in the distance, Maria was able to convey the feeling of the scene on a spring morning.

I think her demonstration inspired many of us to dust off our brushes and get back out in the environment to paint again!

Maria painted on a toned MDF board primed with Michael Harding primer. Her palette consisted of cool and warm colours plus some earth colours, and included cadmium scarlet and quinacridone magenta, cadmium yellow , lemon yellow and Naples yellow, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue and phthalo, viridian and chromium of oxide [green], titanium white and Michael Harding warm white, and burnt sienna and raw sienna and raw umber. Using the same colours enables her to be intuitive when out painting en plein air - for a maximum of two hours usually. 


Otter Vale Art Society

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