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15th Oct Expressive Portrait Painting(Oils/Acrylics) from Photographs with Mark Fennell

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Expressive Portrait Painting in Oils or Acrylics (from photographs)

Saturday 15th October 2022

with Mark Fennell

10am – 4pm

This is a great painting course for beginners or intermediate levels, if you are looking to try a portrait for the first time or improve your portrait painting skills.

Mark will demonstrate and guide you through his well structured approach to painting a portrait. Breaking it down into easy to follow steps that will cover everything from the colour palette and mixing flesh tones to working tonally, initially blocking in shape and form to construct the head through to the finer details to create a good likeness. Over the the day you will be working from good quality reference photographs that will be supplied or alternatively you can bring your own references to paint from but they will need to be

very good quality A4 images.

About Mark

Mark Fennell is a professional portrait painter who works to commission from his home studio in the hill top village of Brill in Buckinghamshire. He works predominantly in oils, notable sitters include Antony Worrall Thompson, John Hood, Lord Mayor of Birmingham and singer - songwriter John Otway. His work has been selected for exhibition with The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Royal Society of British Artists at the Mall galleries London. As well as portraiture, Mark also enjoys the challenge of painting outdoors, working at speed to capture the fleeting effects of light over landscape. Mark was elected member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2007. He is also a member of Oxford Art Society and Buckinghamshire Art Society. Mark runs workshops and demonstrations for art groups and societies across the UK and occasionally in Portugal and the costa Blanca in Spain.

Awarded The Winsor and Newton painting prize for his self portrait 'The diagnosis' at The Royal Society of British Artists annual exhibition 2020. Selected for The Artist and Leisure Painter magazine competition at Patchings festival open art exhibition, 2014 and 2018. Awarded The Artists and Illustrators Artist of the Year West Design prize, Peoples Choice Award 2012 for his portrait of 2nd world war veteran Len Nixey and also shortlisted for A&I Artist of the Year in 2019. Awarded The Clairefontaine Award at the 2021 The Artist and Leisure Painters Open exhibition.

His self portrait was shortlisted out of nearly 10,000 entries for the Daily Mail ‘Not the Turner Prize’ and exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London in 2005. Featured on ITV’s ‘A Brush With Fame’ in 2005, portrait of Antony Worrall Thompson was chosen as his favourite.

Recommended materials list

- One pre-primed and grounded canvases or boards, no deep canvases please, as photo refs can’t be clipped to the side of them. Pre ground your canvas with a thin wash of acrylic or oil paint made up of burnt sienna lightened down to a light to mid tan with titanium white, must be dry on the day. Minimum size approx. 12” x 16” such as If you would like Pegasus to prepare you a canvas for this course please order yours upon booking. A traditional stretched canvas costs £10.40 and the preparation cost is an additional £2.50.

- 2x long handled short flat hog brushes sizes 4 and 10

(no water colour/sable brushes)

- Palette knives - minimum requirement Winsor and newton sizes 20, 30 and 21 or similar. Good quality/springy not stiff knives please, RGM palette knives are nice and springy, (no plastic knives).

- Zest-It oil paint dilutant or similar low odour thinners and a dipper pot. Also a good size jar or similar and enough low odour thinners to clean brushes.

- A couple of kitchen rolls to clean paint from knives and brushes.

- Good size flat mixing palette (no plates or paper palettes please)

- Preferably a stay wet palette and fine mist water sprayer for acrylic painters.

- Oil colours as follows - titanium white, naples yellow (optional), cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, cadmium red, alizarine crimson, burnt umber, french ultramarine and ivory black is optional.

- A good size jar/pot for enough low odour thinners to clean brushes, cloths or a couple of kitchen rolls.

-Please ensure you bring a carrier for taking home your wet painting.

A packed lunch, flask of tea or coffee and plenty of water. Due to current Covid restrictions, we will not be offering tea or coffee. Please bring your own drinks and packed lunch with you.

You don’t need to bring an easel, chair or board as these are all supplied by Pegasus Art.

Anything you don’t already have can be bought in our shop with an extra 5% off on the day.

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