|Towards the end of October the northern parishes of Bracknell Forest in Berkshire hosted their second annual Arts Week.
The talents of local artists, craftworkers and musicians were showcased at various venues across the borough in a lively extravaganza of exhibitions, demonstrations and concerts appealing to young and old alike.
One event, which attracted significant attention was a demonstration of portrait painting in watercolour by Commission-A-Portrait artist Kristine Nason. Having already prepared a drawing of a little girl and painted in some background colour, Kristine commenced the demonstration by establishing some dark tones in the eyes; she then gradually applied the tones of skin and hair whilst continually referencing a photograph of the child, which she had attached to her easel. Throughout, Kristine encouraged dialogue with the audience and fielded numerous eager questions about materials, techniques and the skills of portraiture from a very appreciative crowd which included fellow artists and local clients.
Before the end of the two-hour session a subtle layering and blending of watercolour glazes had moulded the image into a recognisable portrait of the child in the photograph.
Kristine later added finishing touches before displaying the portrait in an Arts Week exhibition, where many people from her audience came to admire it.|