March 2017 Demonstration

Our demonstrator for March was Alan Bull. He did a landscape demonstration in acrylics.

The meeting was held in the Guild Hall, First Congregational Church (middle side door), Sanborn Street, Reading, Wednesday March 8th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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

The demonstration was an Acrylic painting of a landscape. He had photographed the scene on one of his plein air trips.


Alan painted the landscape on a birch panel.
He likes the bare wood because it holds the moisture
from the acrylic paints, which affects their drying time.


He started painting the sky. He painted fast so
he could blend the colors before the paint dried.


Next, he put in the grass and the trees.


At this stage, he has added most of the foliage.


He continued adding details such as the shadows on the road.


He left the wood panel bare for the surface of the road.
The color is right, and the grain adds texture to it.


Blue shadows from the grass go on the road.


The shadows on the road indicate the time of day.


As a last touch, he added an Osprey nest.


Alan gave us an entertaining and enlightening demonstration.


Here is the final painting.

You can see some of Alan's work at his web site, http://alanbull.com/

Alan Bull's Bio

Alan Bull is an artist, teacher and illustrator based in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Originally from Old Town, Maine, Alan received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and his work is in numerous public and private collections. His paintings have appeared in the Martha Blog, Houzz, Architectural Digest, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, House Beautiful and many other publications.

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