I have done a few workshops over the last few years but only recently ventured into doing demonstrations.
My first one was for my own club in Salford and was a learning experience. My landscape paintings, using a palette knife, can take about five hours in my studio so I decided to use a smaller canvas. I had nearly an hour and a half to complete the painting but finished with about twenty five minutes to spare. I then was able to do a questions and answers session about my work. I had learnt that I needed to work on my timing.
My next demonstration was for Bolton Art Circle. There were immediate problems as the video equipment decided to stop working. This meant that it was more difficult for the members at the back to see. Fortunately my canvas size had increased slightly and my timing was about right.
My most recent demonstration was for the Swinton Art Club in Clifton. Having two hours I decided to use my normal canvas and being more adventurous to try a completely new subject matter, as for the first two I decided to do a painting I had already painted.
This was my most successful demonstration and I was really pleased with the result and feedback. Although I'm not over fussed about doing demonstrations these have all been enjoyable and I have met many very friendly members of other art groups. I know have to wait several months for the painting to dry so that I can include it in my portfolio.
What was even more pleasing was the feedback from the art club's secretary below.
Hi Philip - On behalf of us all I just wanted to thank you so much for your fantastic demo last night - we were all so impressed as I’m sure you could tell! You have such a fascinating technique - it was so exciting to watch the process and see the beautiful picture emerge - and all the wonderful autumn colours! We loved it - thank you again!
With best wishes, Lyn