Stepping out of my comfort zone – Brush with Fame

Gary Wilmot - ©2017 Cathy Read - Brush with Fame

Last Sunday I took part in “Brush with Fame”

It was the launch of Bucks Open Studios and participating artists were asked to take part. I volunteered as I felt I needed a challenge.

Painting a portrait in 4 hours.

For a landscape painter who normally takes days, it was not going to be easy.

I did some practicing, not a lot though. This one felt like the best.

Gary Wilmot painting- ©2017 Cathy Read - Brush with Fame practice piece
Gary Wilmot painting- ©2017 Cathy Read – Brush with Fame practice piece

Sunday morning I arrived in Milton Keynes at the allotted time. Setting up was quick, even had time to wait at the already busy coffee shop.

The celebrities arrived close to the 11am start time and after some pleasantries we were off.

Gary Wilmot, Flavia Cacace, Michael Praed, Clive Mantle and Rupert Fawcett - ©2017 Cathy Read - Brush with Fame
Gary Wilmot, Flavia Cacace, Michael Praed, Clive Mantle and Rupert Fawcett – ©2017 Cathy Read – Brush with Fame

I had the pleasure of painting Gary Wilmot and my initial drawing went well, some moving around and redrawing but overall I was pleased with the result. And all in good time.

Then the masking fluid went on,

all seemed to be progressing nicely. Lots of curious looks and questions but I’m used to that.

Gary Wilmot pencil drawing being masked - ©2017 Cathy Read - Brush with Fame
Gary Wilmot pencil drawing being masked – ©2017 Cathy Read – Brush with Fame

Finally started the painting around 12:30, always a scary point.

Gary Wilmot - painting over masking - ©2017 Cathy Read - Brush with Fame
Gary Wilmot – painting over masking – ©2017 Cathy Read – Brush with Fame

I played it safe around the face so didn’t use cling film on it. The inks started well but then I hit my usual problem, drying time. Normally I can leave things to dry naturally which allows various effects to form in the inks, but, if I did that, I wouldn’t be able to take the masking fluid off. Well, not without making a mess.

Gary Wilmot painting- ©2017 Cathy Read - Brush with Fame
Gary Wilmot painting- ©2017 Cathy Read – Brush with Fame

The compromise was using kitchen towel to dry as I went on.

It worked, to a point but it’s not the result I wanted. This is what I ended up with after the careful removal of the masking and some touching up.

 

Gary Wilmot painting- ©2017 Cathy Read - Brush with Fame
Gary Wilmot painting- ©2017 Cathy Read – Brush with Fame

Verdict?

I like the shirt, and the lines are good. I mean I REALLY like the shirt. I was disappointed not to have got any paint effects on the face though. It’s too controlled and I should have done less painting. Having said that, it shows promise, and I could do more once I’ve ironed out a few technical issues. It’s growing o me.

Bucks Open Studios starts on 10th June.

I’ll be at the Green Dragon Eco Centre from 16th June. So just under 2 weeks. There’s an Art Trail for Winslow and Buckingham Area with all the details.

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