Thursday, February 21, 2013

David Sturtevant Demonstrates

The Art Association met a week later than usual because of a conflict with St. Mark's service for Ash Wednesday. Nevertheless, our scheduled demonstrator, David Sturtevant, was able to accomodate our new meeting date of Feb. 20. His demonstration was most informative, showing how the "Old Masters" painted. So he started by painting a value study with 3 neutral tones: a light, medium and dark brown (sienna). His reference was urban rooftops, and the value study allowed him to simplify the scene with large, basic shapes. Once these were laid in, he added color and details, as shown above. David usually paints in oils, but for purposes of this live demonstration he used acrylic. He donated his finished painting as the raffle prize, which was won by Diane Scotti. Mr. Sturtevant proved to be a thoughtful, entertaining demonstrator who rewarded the surprisingly large audience who had weathered a cold and blustery night to watch him work. His work can be viewed on his web site:

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