Mike Hindle, Artist and Juggler demonstrates oil painting - Feb 2012
On Friday 3 February, artist, juggler and sculptor Mike Hindle, gave a demonstration of oil painting to 40 members of the Teignmouth Art Society who had braved the bitter cold to see and hear from this talented artist. Mike, who now lives near Bath but spent several years painting in West Cornwall, works mainly in oils with work ranging from city scenes and landscapes to coastal and harbour views.
Mike gave two demonstrations in the evening, both around the theme of capturing light within a picture. Starting from a dark and muted pre-prepared canvas he painted 'in reverse' using tinted white to paint the glimmering water of Penzance harbour, leaving blocks of unpainted darker areas, which emerged as boats, masts and harbour walls. He showed that by using large brushes and a restricted pallet you could capture the essence of the painting and the feeling of 'being there' without the need to define detail.
Mike's second demonstration came as a shock to the Society members as he completely painted over another of his works of Penzance harbour with dark, but diluted red oil paint, with the original work losing all of its colour but showing as a ghostly outline through the red. Mike then painted over the top of the work in pink, redefining the shapes of boats and walls. The pink appeared as shimmering light which he then further enhanced with touches of white.