Artist Bio, Charity Exhibition, Exhibitions

Charity Exhibition – Artists Bio – Floresca Karanasou

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“Boat Reflection, Greece”

Floresca Karanàsou has been painting for almost four years and for most of that time she has been using soft pastels. She is Greek but has lived in the UK for the best part of the last 34 years, first as a student and then working for British charities managing their Middle East programmes. She is now a freelance consultant specialising on human rights and international development in the Middle East.

She regards painting as the one area in her life where she can let completely loose – the ultimate in freedom of self-expression and experimentation. Her natural instinct is always to pay attention to detail, so, in painting, she tries to do the opposite, to be reductive and abstract. There is another reason why she loves to paint: the companionship of other fellow travellers – students in art classes like Rosie McClelland’s.

Having moved from London to Glenarm, Co. Antrim in 2011 she has been painting since then the natural and lived-in environment around Glenarm. She likes to interpret what she sees in stark colours and simple shapes and has been inspired by British pastelist, Mark Leech.

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lifedrawing

Life Drawing with Pastel Society of Ireland

Life drawing two weeks running – could life get any better?!!

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30 min sketches Conte crayon on A2 cartridge paper

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30 mins soft pastels on cartridge paper

 

Demonstration, drawing, Painting Techniques, Paintings

From Dark to Light

International Artist article

Earlier this year I was flattered to be asked to produce a demonstration article based on my pastel work for the magazine “International Artist” or “ia”.

I am delighted to be included in the October/November issue and-  get me – on the front page!

The magazine is full of great articles from artists across the world with demonstrations of techniques and peeks into their studios.

https://www.internationalartist.com/

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Exhibitions, Paintings

Pastel Society of Ireland Exhibition

An Exhibition of full members of the Pastel Society of Ireland 

Venue: Georgian Gallery

Ards Arts Centre

Town Hall

Conway Square

Newtownards

Co Down

Opening: Thursday 28 August 2014 7 pm

Continuing until September 26 2014

Deserted Port 1

Deserted Port  Soft Pastels 80cm x 58cm

Bleak Coast

Bleak Coast Soft Pastels 76cm x 92cm

Donegal, Holiday, On Location, Workshops

Sketching in Donegal in the sun

Dolphins leaping, long, white sands, rusty rivers, waterfalls, salmon, guiness, sunbathers – hang on a minute – SUNBATHERS! Yes, that’s right, Donegal was hotter than the Costas last week and 10 times more beautiful! It isn’t often that I don’t have to pray, cross fingers and toes and do a fair amount of cosmic ordering for good weather on my Donegal sketching breaks but this time it was a piece of cake.

Seven painters (and one spouse) met up at my place on Sunday evening for three days of sketching on location. I like to choose some of my favourite spots where there is plenty of subject matter to suit all tastes.

Below are a few images from our day at the Glen river

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Before they started I asked them to do some quick line drawings showing the flow and direction of the water’s movement and to be aware of how dark the river and river bank actually is despite the bright sunshine.

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Pastel sketch – Harry Foy

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Charcoal sketch – Kay Cullen

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Black pen – Lillian Weatherup

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Pastels – Lillian Weatherup

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Soft pastels – Georgie Lilley

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Black pen Joan Hull

At the end of the day we took a trip up to Sliabh Liag to the highest sea cliffs in Europe

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and what do you think we found there?

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Nothing like a delicious cool ice-cream after a hard day’s sketching in the sun!

Another blog will follow with more of the week’s sketches

Workshops

Seascapes in Pastels Workshop

 Saturday June 8th 2013

Soft pastels are, for me, a perfect medium for representing one of my favourite subjects – the sea. Whether it’s the wild, grey and black, crashing waves of the Atlantic or the gleaming reflective blues and greens of a summer-calm harbour.

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Rosie McClelland “Tethered Red Boat on a Green Sea”

Water has a pattern and if you look long and hard enough this becomes apparent.

We started off by searching for this pattern using just charcoal, standing at an easel where possible and a good distance away in order to use the natural rythm and flow of the body

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Roberta Lindsay Charcoal on Paper

Each person had their own image source and I had supplied board with roughly prepared gesso and marble dust which they coated first with a thin layer of acrylic colour of their choice. My suggestion was to underpaint with a warm colour such as burnt sienna. The underpainting colour will affect each subsequent colour applied and even if it can no longer be seen it will warm the final image.

The workshop consisted of people of varying abilities and experience and some of the following images are still works in progress.

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Roberta Lindsay

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Ciara Gilmore 

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Pamela G

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Catherine McKeever

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Maureen Ellis

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Lorraine McCreery

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Elizabeth Mercer

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Rachel Gilmore

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Kay Cullen

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Elizabeth Gowdy

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Workshops

Portrait study in soft pastels

 This study was started a couple of days ago in a pastel demonstration at a local art club, The Monday Painters, where someone was taking photos as I worked. (Of course if I’d known this I would have glammed myself up a bit!)

The subject is a young nephew who came to sit for me last week. I loved the pose which reminded me of a Modigliani subject.

Originally I was only going to paint the head and shoulders but there’s a certain tension and embarrassment in the way he folded his arms and tucked away his hands for the sitting that I felt needed to be incorporated into the painting

It seemed the perfect opportunity to combine the pastel demonstration with a study for the oil painting which I have now started.

The support is mount-card which I prepared with gesso and marble dust and applied with a DIY brush in order to leave brush-strokes

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Thanks to Les Sharpe from Monday Painters for the photos