BADAS Meeting 18th December 2018

The Weatherley Centre, Biggleswade

David Hyde: Wildlife in Acrylic

David was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire in 1947 and is now living and working in St.Ives, Cambridgeshire. He has exhibited with:

The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour

The RWS Friends in East Anglia

The National Exhibition of Wildlife Art

The Wildlife Art Society

Society of East Anglian Watercolourists Christies

David is a Professional Associate Member of the SAA where he has been part of the ‘Artist of the Year’ judging panel for the last 8 years. He has painted since childhood, written a book and several magazine articles as well as featuring on the Painting and Drawing TV channel. These demonstrations can still be seen on You Tube.

For many years David ran painting holidays, mainly at Earnley Concourse in East Sussex, the Broadland Art Centre in Norfolk, the Lake District and The Wye Valley. He has exhibited many times with the SAA, and Artist and Illustrators. He has demonstrated widely in England and Wales and has worked with P&O Cruises running on-board watercolour painting classes.

Now semi-retired, David has returned to his first love-watercolour  landscapes and currently teaches adult education in Cambridgeshire and is running a private group in St.Ives.He says he still has plenty to do, still loves painting and has no intentions of quitting!


For this demo David painted a stag in its Wintry surroundings using Liquitex gesso primer and also Liquitex  acrylics . He advocates using big brushes to start with, making impressionistic and some random marks for a free ,loose effect. Smaller brushes were used towards the end of the piece for detail eg anthers and ‘tightening up’ and also a Jacksons Badger Fan brush to dry, ‘scumble’ the Winter trees. He discourages starting tight , trying too hard and then trying to loosen up at the end. Holding the brush at the end gives a looser, more random and relaxed feel which he likes as opposed to holding the brush too tight and close to the bristles like a pencil.

David started with the stag and then added the sky, trees and background improvising along the way. Ultra Marine and Burnt Sienna were used for the warmer tones also Paynes  grey. Ochre colours were applied to give some highlights though white was reserved for minimal ‘ultimate’ highlights, creating vitality.

Gesso ,David explained is acrylic and also cheaper than Titanium white therefore great to use instead to mix and lighten the other colours.  Acrylic is fast drying and this is an advantage he thinks – paints can be mixed on the surface and then wet paints can be applied over dry colours . He stressed the importance of standing back from a painting to assess what is needed even a few days later ie adding subtle shading or highlights. Acrylic Polymer resin with no colour makes a fast and permanent glazing medium to protect work.

Another very relaxed, informal and enjoyable presentation.