An unforgettable day out
The Club’s Spring trip to Delamore Arts
Arriving by coach and car, over 30 members made the trip to see one of the South West’s most innovative and inspiring exhibitions of artwork.
Set within the house and gardens, the sun shone on sculptures of all descriptions with a brilliant collection of paintings and prints in both the main house and the Stable Block Gallery.
And with the rhododendrons and azaleas in their full May glory this really was the ideal setting for a fantastic day out.
Have a look at the photos below and you’ll get a taste of what we were lucky enough to see and enjoy – and of course be inspired to create more of our own work.
Landscapes in watercolour - John Bailey
Probably the most popular medium amongst Club members, John Bailey gave us a couple of hours of really good advice with a demonstration and tips as to how to achieve the sort of result we’d be proud of.
With examples of his work from this country and abroad and subjects as diverse as the countryside, rivers, estuaries, hills and buildings, there was something for everyone to identify with and take away some really good pointers. All delivered with good humour and a raft of experience.
Following the demo, the Club's Spring Lunch was enjoyed by a hall full of members who were treated to a sumptuous spread of the most delicious and beautifully presented food.
A study of concentration
for our final Tuesday portrait session
Hats off to John for stepping up and sitting for the group at the latest portrait session. Notice the expressions of total concentration on everyone's face - a bit misleading as this must have been one of the few moments of silence during what was a lively and enjoyable four hours. The quality of artwork was well up to standard and we were pleased to welcome two new members.
The next portrait session will be on Monday 21st May and subsequently on the third Monday of each month at the Temple Hall. If you'd like to join us, even if you've never painted people before, you'd be most welcome.
Just e-mail John Washington at the address in the Members Area and he'll let you have any further details if you need them.
A Winter's Tale
With all the recent snow and maybe
more still to come, it was appropriate that
the March Club talk and demo had a
Over 70 fascinated members watched
Phil Creek create a snowy landscape painting using both acrylics and water based oils.
With a base of a prepared Ampersand board, he made use of flat, 3cm brushes to apply first of all the sky, introduce some foreground and then the first impressions of skeletal trees.
He followed this with water based oils applying more detail and richer colours using similar brushes and a small rigger for more intricate work.
The end result, as you can see at the top of this page, is a beautifully rendered landscape, full of atmosphere and very much of the moment. A really great morning for members and an inspiration for the Club's landscape painters.
If you have a moment and you'd like to see more of Phil's work you can check it out at www.philcreek.co.uk
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Please bring any art related items that might be of interest for
this Wednesday's meeting
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As you probably know we have a thriving series of portrait workshops,
during which we feature a different sitter for each session. This month's model was our esteemed member Nick Speare and you might be interested to see the result of the afternoon's work by Shani Rousso. A brilliant likeness and very interesting, bold use of oil paint which has certainly captured his character during a few hours of contemplation.
There will be more posted here as we progress through the series and if, as a member, you'd like to sit for us and have your portrait painted, simply e-mail John Washington at the address in the Members Area heading above.
At some stage we'd like to display the work done by the group and it would be great to have images of as many members as we can show so please get in touch. And of course, if you'd like to join the group to paint you'll be most welcome whether you've painted portraits before or always wanted to have a go. Beginners welcome - just email John Washington and he'll give you details.
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.