JANUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER
Happy New Year to one and all!
The Art Club membership is now at it’s highest level, so may I wish a very warm welcome to all of the new members who have joined us recently.
Don’t forget, that in addition to our regular monthly meeting which takes place the last Wednesday of every month (excepting August or December) in the Peter Hall, we have recently started a “Drop In” Workshop each second Wednesday of the month in the Temple Methodist Hall from 1.30-5.30 pm. The popular Portrait Workshops continue to be well supported and take place monthly.
This years Calendar of Events will be issued as a hard copy at the January monthly meeting, available on our website www.budleighsaltertonartclub.org.uk and we will send out as an attachment to everyone who uses email. It is obviously subject to amendments, so I would encourage you to look at the club website which also has more detail of each demonstrator, has latest news and interesting articles to read. Please submit anything that you feel would be of interest to club members to either John Washington or Julie Bingham and they can post on the website.
We have our AGM in February and at this time we are still looking for a Chairman, Exhibition Secretaries and Speaker Secretary. So if anyone wants to volunteer or indeed discuss these or any of the committee roles then please let us know. We really must not rely on the same group of people to run the club, it is YOUR club so can I encourage you to actively get involved. The retiring committee members will happily give you as much support as you need so don’t be afraid to come forward.
Can I also remind new members (less than 5 years in the Club) who have not yet won any awards, that each year we have the Bill Cockerill Award which is voted on by members from paintings brought along to the AGM for judging. So if you have a painting which you would like to show, bring it along.
Can I ask everyone attending the January meeting and/or the AGM to arrange to pay their membership dues either by cheque (pre-written payable to BSAC) or cash at those meetings and am happy to confirm that the subscription for 2018-2019 will remain at £20 per member. This figure does not include either the drop-in workshops or portrait workshops, which are £3 per session, payable on the day. We will have the Peter Hall open from 9.30am for both meetings, to allow time to get the membership subs collected. This years membership booklet will be compiled and printed after the AGM, once the membership details are confirmed and subs have been collected. The Calendar of Events will NOT be included and will be handed out separately as detailed above.
We are in early discussions with the Fairlynch Museum to see how we can help them to have the original Millais “Boyhood of Raleigh” painting displayed there during the Summer months. It normally resides in the Tate Museum and our museum are thrilled to be able to have it on loan. They are in the early stages of scoping out the scale of what might end up as a larger exhibition, so as soon as we have more details, we will pass them on.
We also have an exciting opportunity related to this years Budleigh Literary Festival.
Members of the BS Art Club are invited to submit an entry for an internal competition to design the front cover for this year's Literary Festival's Brochure. This will be the 10th year of the Festival and its Artistic Director, Annie Ashworth, would like to encourage the involvement of the local community in this anniversary. The content of the cover should reflect the nature of the Budleigh landscape and might indicate some connection with the literary background (but this is not essential). Examples of previous brochures can be seen on the website or please talk to Ralph or John.
Entries must be in portrait format.
The winning artist will be invited to a drinks reception and given two complimentary tickets to attend the lecture following it. There will be an acknowledgement of the artist and the BS Art Club inside the brochure.
Entries must be submitted by the time of the Art Club's meeting on 28th March: either take them to Roger Bass, 14 Victoria Place, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6JP at any time (phone 01395 444296) or bring them to the Art Club meeting on the 28th March.’
The display of members artwork at Bicton College library has been a real success and has had great feedback, so if you would like to have your work on show, then please talk to John Washington who is in communication with the college.
Don’t forget this is your club, so if you have any ideas, questions or observations on how you think we could improve or expand our activities then please let us know. But be prepared to lend a hand, don’t expect someone else to do it for you.
Let’s all have a happy and productive 2018! Happy painting!!
Ralph Bingham - Chairman
The Moor Otter Project
Check out the Blog and read about our President's project to raise funds to encourage children, with their families or teachers, to explore the Dartmoor National Park, and also raise money to train young rangers and continue the conservation work of the moor.
Double Elephant members are currently exhibiting at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter until 17th January. Do go along and take a look when you are in Exeter Thirty eight members are showing a total of 75 prints so it is a great opportunity to see a huge variety of techniques and get a better understanding of what an original print is. Some of the members have exhibited internationally and there are several Devon Guild members too.
Just posted... latest photos from the
Club's Christmas Lunch.
Click on Members Area and go to Social Events.
Watercolour painting by Jake Winkle
Such an exciting demonstration by Jake Winkle who is renowned for his ‘free’ style of working. Today he painted a panda and a highland cow.
Firstly, after stretching his paper and fixing it to a board with tape and staples, he draws the animal and then very loosely goes in with the watercolour paint. He prefers to stand, as he works from his arm rather than his wrist and holds the brush half way up the handle. It was exciting watching the paintings develop so quickly. He needs to work fast before the paint dries to enable the colours to blend together. The palette he uses is hand made in Ludlow and very expensive and apparently there is a long waiting list. This palette enabled him to squeeze colours from his tubes of paint into the centre dishes and he used the outside dishes for mixing his washes.
Certainly everybody picked up a lot of good watercolour tips and thoroughly enjoyed the demo.
TABLE TOP SALE
A big thank you to everyone who
contributed their art paraphernalia to our Club Meeting Table Top Sale.
We raised a total of £82.35, all of which will be donated to our local Hospiscare, the Club's nominated charity for this year.
On a bright and sunny November morning, over thirty club members and friends visited the BP Portrait Award exhibition in Exeter - and what a truly inspiring experience it was. Arriving by coach, car and train we met up at RAMM, paid our fivers and went in to study and enjoy what is probably the best selection of contemporary portrait paintings from artists all over the world. With entries from the UK, Spain, USA, Turkey, Israel, and many more countries, the quality and range was stunning. There were classic head and shoulder paintings, some quite small and detailed with other large paintings of groups at lifesize.
The consensus was clearly that everyone had a really enjoyable, sociable and inspiring day out. From time to time we’ll be organising more of these visits to similar interesting events and we’ll make sure arrangements are posted in good time on this website. If you missed this one, you might like to join us on the next.
Rebecca De Mondonca
From landscapes to lurchers
Rebecca gave a brilliant series of demos using the challenging medium of pastels at our October club meeting. Showing techniques that we can all adopt, she covered a wide range of subject matter starting with a landscape on Dartmoor. Rocks, grass and sky all came together in dramatic form to create a lively and impactful composition. Next up were trees, showing how to use light and shade with foliage, trunks and branches giving a real three dimensional look. Finally - and probably the most difficult for us all, were animals. As an example she demonstrated a lurcher for which she’s been commissioned showing techniques for not only the basic structure of the head but how to create the impression of hair with light and shade. Also cats and horses with the different textures of hair and fur.
A most inspiring talk and demo of so many subjects that will be really helpful when we come to create pastel work of our own.
October’s Portrait Workshop turned out to be one of our most successful yet with some really good work being produced in a variety of media. Each member takes in it turn to sit for the group and it was Trish’s opportunity to occupy the hot seat - and a very good model she was too. Of course one of the most interesting things about being painted by your peers is to see how they interpret you on canvas or paper – sometimes a nice surprise but always fascinating. Have a look at some of the work below and you’ll see how differently each artist sees the same sitter.
The next portrait session is 21st November and if you’d like to come along and try your hand at a head, you’ll be most welcome. A small fee of £3 is payable ... and don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before, we’re all on a steep learning curve and very encouraging to each other. No prima donnas here, just a fun group sharing our enjoyment of portraits. If you'd like to know more please e-mail John Washington - address in the Members Section on this website.
Five Do Autumn!
A small but keen group arrived at Temple hall and after tea and biscuits and a chat,
Jenny (de la Haye) did a small demo painting leaf shapes and glazes and read a verse from Keats' famous poem...."Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness".
Each of the artists then got on with their own Autumn pictures in a companionable silence of concentration. Some landscapes, some botanical and even a good start on a French village scene, emerged.
Each encouraged each and bounced ideas...a bit like being at college. Painting can be a solitary occupation so these friendly, drop-in workshops are a great idea.
Look out for the next one ... coming soon1