RHS Harvest Festival Live Painting Demonstration

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One of our tutors, Nneka Uzoigwe, was invited to this year’s Autumn Harvest Festival Show at the Royal Horticultural Society. She had two days to present a live painting demonstration of a wide range of harvest staged by the RHS. 

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Live painting demo, Nneka Uzoigwe, RHS

In Nneka’s own words:

This autumn we were invited to the RHS Harvest Festival to paint a magnificent still life display. It was created by ‘Pennard plants’ as an interpretation of the painting, ‘Cookmaid with Still Life of Vegetables’, by Sir Nathaniel Bacon.

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The first day of live painting demo, Nneka Uzoigwe, RHS
Intended as an interactive living artwork, the public was invited to complete the setup by posing as the cookmaid!
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The second day of live painting demo, Nneka Uzoigwe, RHS
In contrast to several months in which Sir Nathanial would have spent first growing and then carefully rendering each vegetable, I had only two days! I decided to set myself a fun challenge to try to paint the majority of the large display instead of just picking a small section. Using a direct approach, I started by quickly covering my canvas with a dark tone and pulled out the lights with tissue to establish the composition and a rough value pattern. I then began blocking in all the shapes of colour, rendering the most detail within the focal points and moving out from them more abstractly.
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Completed still life live painting by Nneka Uzoigwe, RHS
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