Sunday, October 17, 2010

Demonstration Portraits

The Hon John Hill, Minister for Health - oil on canvas 40cm x 50cm

This portrait was started as part of the demonstration sessions during the Royal South Australian Society of Arts hosting of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Finalists' Exhibition.
I started the painting with sketches in watercolour from life and then changed to oil on canvas later.

James Raggatt, President Royal South Australian Society of Arts - oil on canvas 40cm x 50cm

James was the model for the third of four demonstrations at the RSASA and sat patiently, as did the other three sitters, while four artists began their renderings. I began the work in my more usual manner with a charcoal sketch and thin oil wash underpainting.

The four demonstration sessions with fourteen different artists and four different sitters were enthusiastically received and well attended.

The event proved especially poignant for me as it represents the final exhibition I have organised for the Society.
At the AGM on Sunday 24 October I shall be standing down from my role as Director and not seeking re-election to any official role in the near future. May I express my sincere gratitude to all members who have assisted me and wish everyone in the RSASA all the best as the Society continues to expand its activities.

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