January 2008 Demonstration

Our demonstrator for January was Randy Knowles. Randy presented an oil painting technique using one of his favorite subjects, a rural street scene.

The meeting was held in the Guild Hall, First Congregational Church (middle side door), Sanborn Street, Reading, Wednesday January 9th, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

Directions to the Church

We have some photographs of the event in case you could not make it there in person. You can click on any of the images on this page to view a larger version of it. Then, use the Back button on your browser to return to this page.


Randy started with a sketch of the scene. His reference
material is the photograph perched atop his easel.


Randy paints starting with an underpainting in colors which are
complementary to the colors in the final image. He had a display
with him showing the entire process from beginning to end.


In this photo you can see that Randy has put in the
complementary background for the sky, a bright orange-yellow.


The green trees are painted red, and the warm houses
and street are painted blue. The painting is kept high key
at this point and more warm than cool.

Start of sky

Now the cool blue of the sky goes in over the yellow underpainting.
The blue paint is placed so that the yellow can be seen through it.

Sky Done

The sky is complete, with the warm colors showing
through to make the effect vibrant instead of flat.


The rest of the local colors are painted in a similar fashion
over the complementary underpainting until it is finished.


Here is the finished painting.

You can see more of Randy's work at his web site, www.rknowles.com/

Randy Knowles' Bio

Randy Knowles' paintings are traditional in approach and subject matter. His main focus is the use of light, atmosphere, and perspective to create a work that draws the viewer in, captures a brief moment on a busy city street, or holds forever a moment of nature's magnificence.

An award-winning artist, Randy works both en plein air and in his studio to create paintings capturing the New England countryside, coastal settings, and the urban landscape. Drawing from his experience as a designer and licensed landscape architect, Randy's knowledge of plant shape, form, and color add to the serenity of his paintings.

He will demonstrate his oil painting technique using his favorite subject, a rural or urban street scene. Starting with quick sketching skills, he will then show how he layers color to create a loose but traditional painting. During the presentation, hints for solving perspective issues will be touched upon as well as tricks for depicting architectural detail.

Randy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Notre Dame College, Manchester, NH. He is a Juried Member of the NH Art Association and the Cambridge Artists Association and a member of the Manchester Artist Association and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod.

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