Portrait Demo with Lesley Charnock

Portrait Demo with Lesley Charnock

Wow! What a wonderful experience we had with Lesley Charnock at SASA’s monthly meeting in Newlands. Lesley imparted so much passion and wisdom it was a joy to be part of such a well-attended gathering.

  

We learned a lot while she painted a portrait: From colour mixing with just a limited palette (3 colours plus white) to tips on how to paint the eyes. Who knew you could use green for skin tone in shadows? Absolutely fascinating.

All these colours were mixed from the 4 shown at the top of the first image:

Ultramarine, cadmium red, cadmiun yellow light and white

      

Lesley also shared numerous tips and personal anecdotes while wielding brushes and a palette knife, producing a beautiful portrait in less than 2 hours! We were amazed! We were all worried that she wouldn’t have enough time. Even Lesley had nervous quiverings in her voice, but it all came together in the last 10 minutes. Sjoe! Everyone relaxed into their chairs while she whipped out an already-made frame, popped it on and whalah …. There it was in all its glory. A beautifully crafted, completed portrait.

 

Lesley used a very limited Zorn palette of Pynes grey cadmium red , yellow ochre and white

Artists that Lesley said we should look up were:

  • For colour mixing: Josef AlbersCLICK HERE
    For portraits: Anders Leonard ZornCLICK HERE
    For skies and seascapes: Roos SchuringCLICK HERE

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Lesley Charnock – For paintings or workshops:

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  • SASA: Society African Society of Artists: CLICK HERE

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  • ‘Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?’ – Picasso

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