David McEwen Offering Classes, Workshops and Demos

Delightful David McEwen is back in town!  He is offering a number of classes, workshops and demos while he and Sally are in Florida for a few months.  David’s teaching style is infectious – humor, wit and artistic technique all in one!  Sign up now because David’s classes are quite popular! The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details in this article.

 

 

 

David McEwen

 

 

 
Sally and David McEwen

Sally and David McEwen

 

Classes for All Levels at the home of Jean Hutchinson, 811 NW3rd Ave, Delray Beach
 
Thursday 23rd January 10am – 1pm
Wednesday 5th February 10am – 1pm
Friday 7th February 10am – 1pm
Thursday 20th Febuary 10am- 1pm
 
Phone Jean on 561-278-4479 to book your place
"Dry Dock"

“Dry Dock”

FREE demonstration workshop in drawing methods
Easel Art Supply Palm Beach – Friday 24th January 2pm – 5pm
810 Park Ave, Lake Park  
Phone Alexis on 561-844-3111 to book your place 
"January Expedition"

“January Expedition”

FREE demonstration in Watercolor Pencils
Hand’s Office and Art Supply    Saturday, January 25th  
325 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach FL
561-276-4194   or  www.HandsDelray.com
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Workshop on drawing “From 1st Sketch to Finished Work”
Easel Art Supply Palm Beach –  810 Park Ave, Lake Park  

Saturday 1st February and Saturday 22nd February – 9.30am to 12.30pm

Phone Alexis on 561-844-3111 to book your place

 

 

 

"Daughter and Grandson in the Shadows" by David McEwen

Daughter and Grandson in the Shadows” by David McEwen

 

When David and Sally moved to Southern France, they  set up a Painting Holiday Centre. David tells The Rickie Report that since then, “we’ve met people who have arranged painting and teaching trips to The Falkland Islands, teaching and exhibiting trips to San Diego and Delray Beach, painting trips to Venice, Barcelona, Jerez, Paris and, well………. basically, all over Europe.  So apart from saying I love Sal to bits; am seriously proud of my grandchildren, I think that painting is the best job in the world…”.


In 2012 David was elected to be an Associate Member of The Society of Equestrian Painters. He is represented by Jaynie Spector of The Dog and Horse Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina and by Dan and Carol Lynne at Forms, Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida. His work has been included in several magazines and The International Artist named him as a “master painter of the world”. 

 

For more information:  http://www.paintfrance.com/   or email Sally McEwen at sally.mcewen@wanadoo.fr  

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

A Closer Look at David McEwen’s Art and Philosophy

Almost forty people sat quietly as they watched David McEwen create a life-like pastel portrait in two hours.  The Rickie Report has written about David’s artistry and you are now invited to his final 2013 Florida Demonstration which will take place in Lake Park.  In this article, we will share his humor, his philosophy and our experience of his demonstration at Hands Artist Supply in Delray Beach.

Easel Arts Presents

 

David McEwen: Demonstration of Pastels

 

Saturday  February 23rd

11:00 – 1:00

 Special Prize Drawing and Discounts for Those Attending

RSVP   561-844-3111 or easelartspb@yahoo.com

Easel Art Supply Center is located at 810 Park Avenue  Lake Park, FL 33403

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We sat amid over 40 people watching as David McEwen took us from photograph to an almost complete portrait in two hours.  David’s focus was Irene Sedler, a woman of over 100 years old who died recently in 2012.    David chose Irene because she was an unusual woman.  During WWII, she hid children from the Nazis and kept their family’s information in jars buried in her yard.  Her hope was to reunite the children with their parents after the Nazis left, but the parents never returned.  He says, ” I enjoy drawing older people because they have character.”  The room is quiet as he takes pastels and puts them to paper.

McEwen always begins with a pencil drawing and strongly suggests that artists practice drawing at least 10 minutes a day, using inexpensive pencils and paper.  He relates that he believes the most important word is “practice”.  Throughout this demonstration, David is quick witted and easily relates to the audience.  He is eager to share his philosophies of artistry and life in general and is swift in dispelling many myths about “great artists” or “real artists”.

 

  • Real artists never use photographs (“rubbish”)
  • Ignore it when people say  “Never use black” ( he quotes Manet who referred to Black being “The Queen of Colours” and “Turner who said if I can find something blacker than black I’ll use it”  ( Turner used bitumen in some of his paintings ). 
  • Norman Rockwell was just an illustrator ( He is the most underrated portrait artist by far)

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After McEwen’s photos are processed, he uses a computer generated digital projector to give him a more realistic 3D view of the photograph (He knows some will say it is a “cheating machine”).  He expounds about the need to train yourself for better accuracy.  He claims that after so much practice, your eye will automatically see in this manner without the need of the projector.  He also uses an illuminated magnifying glass and daylight corrected light bulbs.

  • There are no rules about anything!
  • If it works, do it!
  • If it doesn’t work, find another way to do it!

 

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Sometimes David will begin with the background and other times, the main features of the person.  As the painting progresses the woman truly emerges under his fingers and through the paper.

 

  • Some people say they have a hard time drawing hands.  Everything begins with geometric shapes. Make the shapes and the hands will develop.
  • Practice!

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Interestingly, David does not always have confidence that a piece will turn out right.  He often works on 5-10 paintings at any one time.  They are each in his studio hanging or on easels, so he sees them all, as he is working on another piece at the moment.  He’ll get a flash of an idea or inspiration about one of the others and move to that one.

 

  • How do you know when to stop working on a piece?
  • When you get tired
  • When you get bored
  • When you can’t do it YET!

 

He implores the audience to, ” experiment with color and keep notes as you experiment.  Make your own color wheel; try different primaries…the color green is the most confusing and confounding of shades…write everything down so you can replicate what you like.”

 

All of this preparation is necessary to make a good painting, according to McEwen.  He uses expensive brushes because they last longer and he believes have better quality (Daler Rowney).  He has used Derwent pencils all of his life and relates his partiality to his having visited the factory in the UK as a child.  David thins his pastels with water and uses his fingers (preferably with thin gloves due to his allergy to the medium, though he forgot to use them today). To thin wax, he uses white spirits rather than turpentine because it has no odor.   David prefers Mi-Teintes papers by Canson and eschews using charcoal.

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The artist exclaims, “The woman is starting to arrive out of the paper!”  And indeed, she is!

 

An audience member asks, “What is good art?”  David tells us, ” Bad art is everywhere.  Bad music comes and goes.  Same with bad poetry. Bad books usually don’t get published….Good art is what you like!  If the story and the painting move you, buy it!”   He tells the story about the cave dweller who drew the second cave painting and was taunted for producing a “derivative”.

 

  • There is nothing wrong with being a derivative!
  • You can teach anyone the techniques of applying color, but to really make art come alive, it has to be in your heart.  David believes in “genetic talent”.

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He quotes St. Francis of Assisi: “He who works with his hands is a laborer.  He who works with his head is a craftsman.  He who works with his heart is an artist.”  McEwen, who likes more detail, tends to stay with realism.  He shares,” I don’t feel I am painting. I feel like I am celebrating the thing itself.”

 

  • We are filled with doubt
  • We are filled with fear
  • We compare ourselves to others

He quotes Robert Hughes, ” ‘The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize’.  We must overcome these fears and doubts and follow our hearts to make good art.”  And that is exactly what David McEwen is doing.    


In 2012 David was elected to be an Associate Member of The Society of Equestrian Painters. He is represented by Jaynie Spector of The Dog and Horse Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina and by Dan and Carol Lynne at Forms, Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida.His work has been included in several magazines and The International Artist named him as a “master painter of the world”.  In 2003 he was a runner-up in S.A.A.’s “Painter of the Year”.

Previously completed portrait of same woman

Previously completed portrait of same woman

For more information:  http://www.paintfrance.com/   or email Sally Mcewen at sally.mcewen@wanadoo.fr  Forms Gallery is located at 415 E. Atlantic Avenue  Delray Beach, Florida.  The gallery is open 7 days a week.  Give yourself a treat and discover more of David McEwen’s work as well as the exciting cultures of the contemporary Southwest as expressed by the best of today’s artists. For more information call Forms toll free at (888) 274-3676 or (561) 274-FORM or www.formsgallery.com

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

From France to Florida, David McEwen Offers Classes

When we first walked into Forms Gallery on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, The Rickie Report was mesmerized by the paintings of David McEwen.  We had missed his short visit to Florida and followed him via email to his home in France.  His blog entries are captivating enough – but now you have the chance to meet him and take a lesson while he is back in our area!

The King, David

The King, David

David shares, “People keep telling me that I paint too many different things, that my work is too eclectic, that I should specialise. Er…….why……? I paint the things that give me a buzz, things that I love, things that I want to CELEBRATE. Each of these works are, in some sense, a speciality…I specialise in Colour and Light.”

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead

Born in England, David first studied Fine Art under Victor Passmore at age 13.  McEwen tells us, “He made me draw for a year and then mix colours and learn my craft for another year. I returned to Art School in the 70’s when Lecturers just didn’t care what you did so that I can honestly claim since my first day there I’m self taught!”

Mia

Mia


There are many influences on his work including other painters whose works he loves, the Masters and Remington.  He has the highest regard for Norman Rockwell. 

Pascal's Breakfast

Pascal’s Breakfast


“There is one painter who influenced my work throughout my life, whose encouragement has helped me more than anybody … my brother, Christopher. He’s a painter with imagination and real talent.”


David’s sense of humor is easy to appreciate and understand, as he tells us how he met Sally: ” For the next twenty years or so I rambled from job to job until, in the early 90’s, I met somebody who found enough in my work to really encourage me to paint, paint and paint some more……and, Dear Reader, she married me.”  We love his blog entries!

Dressage

Dressage


Between 1992 and 1997 David worked on over 700 commissions. In 1993, he “became a full-time painter (not an Artist, they wander, looking pale and interesting, until struck by the ‘ Muse ‘ ) and have only one regret; that I didn’t do it sooner !,” he says.

 

Pointing the Way

Pointing the Way

In 1997 , he and Sally moved to Southern France and set up a Painting Holiday Centre. David tells The Rickie Report that since then, “we’ve met people who have arranged painting and teaching trips to The Falkland Islands, teaching and exhibiting trips to San Diego and Delray Beach, painting trips to Venice, Barcelona, Jerez, Paris and, well………. basically, all over Europe.  So apart from saying I love Sal to bits; am seriously proud of my grandchildren, I think that painting is the best job in the world…”.

Polo

Polo


In 2012 David was elected to be an Associate Member of The Society of Equestrian Painters. He is represented by Jaynie Spector of The Dog and Horse Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina and by Dan and Carol Lynne at Forms, Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida.His work has been included in several magazines and The International Artist named him as a “master painter of the world”.  In 2003 he was a runner-up in S.A.A.’s “Painter of the Year”.

 

David will be giving courses at Jean Hutchisons house in Delray Beach.  Places are limited. 

Thursday 31st Jan and Friday 1st Feb – 10am – 1pm
Thursday 7th and Friday 8th Feb same times
Thursday 14th and Friday 15th Feb same times.

Please call  561. 278. 4479 to inquire about classes and books your space.

David will also be demonstrating pastels at Hands Art Shop, Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach on Wednesday 6th February 1pm to 3pm. 

For more information:  http://www.paintfrance.com/   or email Sally Mcewen at sally.mcewen@wanadoo.fr  Forms Gallery is located at 415 E. Atlantic Avenue  Delray Beach, Florida.  The gallery is open 7 days a week.  Give yourself a treat and discover the exciting cultures of the contemporary Southwest as expressed by the best of today’s artists. For more information call Forms toll free at (888) 274-3676 or (561) 274-FORM or www.formsgallery.com

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291