Last Sunday, 28th January, St Andrews based artist, Alan Stephens, visited Kirkcaldy Art Club to demonstrate how he develops an oil painting. Alan chose to paint a view from the sand dunes on the west sands looking over towards St Andrews. He began by talking through his choice of colours in a limited palette, to mix for the colours required. Alan blocked areas of colour over the canvas and then progressed to work through the painting, the sky and clouds, the outline of St Andrews in the distance, the sea and shore. All along Alan talked through his use of colour, the brushes he used and how he used them. His preferred main technique is to use thin layers of paint with brushes, creating a smooth surface. Throughout this demo Alan was very informative about his progression as an artist, being completely self taught after leaving school but learning so much from being in many different art clubs over the years around the country. He would see something new and would keep working at it until he had developed that skill. Members of Kirkcaldy Art club attending really appreciated his input, tips and suggestions and ' how to paint a tree using only the side of a brush' ! On Sunday 4th February, 1-4 pm, Jenny Rae, one of our tutors, will lead a workshop in 'Garden Gargoyle Planters'. This is now fully subscribed but will be repeated on Sunday 4th March. The next demonstration at Kirkcaldy Art Club will take place on Sunday 18th February, 2-4 pm. There is a change in the programme. Dorothy Black, a Fife artist based at her studio in Markinch will demonstrate ' Big Flowers using Acrylics with Texture'. January has been a very busy month and has gone in very quickly. February looks just as busy, and meanwhile, we are all working towards our annual exhibition in March.