April 2017 Demonstration

Our demonstrator for April was Mary Rose O'Connell. She did an oil painting demonstration.

The meeting was held in the Guild Hall, First Congregational Church (middle side door), Sanborn Street, Reading, Wednesday April 12th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

We have some photographs of the event in case you could not make it there in person.


Mary Rose showed us her palette and some examples of her work.


In this demo, she showed us her wiping out technique.
First she covered the entire canvas, mixing two colors.

Transparent Oxide Red


After the canvas is covered, she uses a paper towel
to wipe off the paint in the high value parts of the picture.

Source Image

In this photo she is consulting her source image.


She continues wiping out the paint until the image appears.

Brush and Towel

She transitioned to using the brush as well as the paper towel.

Almost Done

The painting slowly comes together.


Here is the finished painting. Notice that it is all soft edges
except the bright, white spot which is a light on the outside of the shack.

You can see some of Mary's work at her web site, https://oconnellfineart.com/

Mary Rose O'Connell's Bio

Mary Rose O'Connell, a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, is a classically trained artist working in various genres. She is primarily an oil painter with concentrations in landscape, portrait and still life painting. Her paintings and commission works are done in both oil and acrylic with a wide range of options from gallery wrap to gilded framing. The paintings are often done from life and may also be done from high quality photographs when desired.

In pursuit of her artistic training Mary Rose had many years of formal training in the Boston School tradition. Mary Rose's work shows the benefit of a strong grounding in draftsmanship and design. This style of painting is done in natural light and is influenced by the beautiful colors of the impressionists. Mary Rose maintains a studio in the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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