What a happy bunch
Valentine's Day ... what else would we be painting? The tables in the Temple Hall were adorned with flowers which were interpreted on to paper, board and canvas. Using a variety of mediums, some really interesting work was produced which will no doubt be added to portfolios - or even walls at home.
By popular request - and if you want to try something a little different,
our next Drop-In session will feature a night time theme taken from photographs. If you can bring with you some photos you've managed to shoot with atmospheric night or evening subjects we'll try transforming them into artwork.Think street lights with cobbles on a rainy night - a full moon rising over the rooftops or a ghostly apparation materialising through the ... maybe not! If you can't manage to produce anything, fear not - we'll have a series of photos you can use as reference and have some fun with.
It's on 14th March, same time, same place. Just darker!!!
These are a few of our favourite things
For those who joined us at the January Club Meeting,
you’ll recall we asked for your views on which subjects you favour for upcoming sessions during the course of the year. Thank you to all members who participated - for your information, the results were as follows with some interesting additional suggestions. We’d like to start introducing them at our monthly Drop-In Sessions so keep your eyes on the Club website for details and come along to join in.
The votes in order of popularity:
Sea and Coast: 22
Still Life: 12
Other Suggested Subjects:
Abstract and Modern Art: 4
Plein Air - 5 mile radius: 1
Life Drawing: 1
Atmospheric Night Scenes: 1
Spontaneous (retain the status quo):1
If you have further ideas,
please let Ralph Bingham or John Washington know and we'll see if they
can be included in the programme.
Contact details in the Members Area
Budleigh Literary Festival
Your chance to design the front cover for this year’s brochure
This will be the 10th year of the Festival and its Artistic Director, Annie Ashworth
has invited members of the Club to put forward designs for this anniversary issue.
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). The format should be in proportion to A5 upright. Examples of previous brochures can be seen below.
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 Budleigh Salterton Art Club inside the brochure.
Entries must be submitted by the time of the Art Club's meeting on 28th March.
You can 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.
This is a great opportunity for collaboration between the visual and literary arts in Budleigh so we hope as many members as possible will demonstrate their creativity and provide a high profile presence at the festival.
The Week Before Christmas
… and a few days early for Santa to sit for us so Maureen volunteered to take his place. With eight pairs of eyes trained on her, she remained remarkably still, listening to her iPod while the group, using a variety of techniques - oils, pastels, charcoal, acrylics – interpreted her image in their own unique way.
Our next session is in January and we still have a few spaces for artists
(and models if you want to see what you look like in paint).
E-mail John Washington if you’re interested – details in the Members Area above.
END OF THE YEAR POP-UP
It was good to be in a warm space with fellow painters on quite a blustery afternoon.
Six of us started with a fun exercise of Reflex Drawing, i.e. drawing an object without looking down at the paper. A good daily discipline using a pencil and the back of an envelope! Process not product...for hand eye coordination.
Then we shared our references/ideas for the theme of Winter indoors or outdoors. Work progressed and the silence of concentration was almost tangible.
Tea and mince pies and we had a look at each other’s varied work as shown in the photos.
So hopefully an enjoyable and productive time for Jenny, Sue, David, Dan, Christine and Jenny D.
We have had a request from one of the nurses at the Medical Centre
asking if anybody is interested in painting a large mural opposite the nurses area. If you want to know more and are interested, then please let Ralph know and he can provide you with the contact details.
They are looking for a landscape, but are open to other ideas.
NOVEMBER in the hot seat
At the best-attended portrait session so far, there was probably the highest quality range of paintings of this series. Maggie volunteered to sit for us and was an excellent, very still and calm model throughout the entire session - with coffee breaks of course.
To assist, Maggie brought along her iPad with a couple of Radio 4 dramas for everyone to hear whilst painting and it worked a treat. Not sure whether we were absorbed in our paintings or the plays but it certainly stimulated the creative juices and the group worked with increased concentration till the final brush strokes were laid.
One more session to go this year on 19th December, ice, snow, fog and other elements permitting so if you’d like to join us, you’ll have a very warm welcome. Methodist Temple Hall from 1.30pm until 5.00pm - central heating to keep cosy and refreshments throughout. And as you can see, plenty of friendly smiles.
THE SHOW CONTINUES
ON DISPLAY IN BICTON COLLEGE LIBRARY
including paintings by Jennie Crabtree, Jenny Delahaye and Mariangela Williams
Following the Club’s August Exhibition where our visitors included staff from Bicton College, members have been invited to display their work on the walls in the College library. An enthusiastic response has resulted in several of us now having our paintings in full view of students and visitors, lending an extra dimension to the learning environment.
More to come. This is just a first tranche and in the new year another set of members’ artwork will go on display. According to Sim, who’s in charge of the library, comments from both staff and students have been extremely positive and the subject matter most appropriate to the culture of the College.
If you have drawings, paintings or other artwork that you think might be suitable for future display at Bicton, please contact John Washington, e-mail address in the members section of this website. It would be great to continue displaying our members’ work throughout the coming year. Subject matter? Well, it could reflect the College subjects - agriculture, arboriculture, animal husbandry, animal welfare, the environment and related subjects. More details on their website.
At one of our recent portrait workshops, Shani Rousso painted this outstanding portrait in oils of Jane, another Budleigh Art Club member.
The painting was exhibited at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London and much to Shani’s delight and surprise was snapped up and sold to a buyer from Surrey. It’s certainly unusual for a contemporary portrait to be sold unless it’s been specially commissioned. So it’s no mean feat to be considered of sufficient value to be collected by someone who has a keen eye for a recently painted work of art. Who knows, the club may have a member who’s about to become a well known and collectable artist in great demand for similar commissions.
Congratulations to Shani – you can see more of her work at our Annual Exhibition this month in the Public Hall. And if you manage to affix a little red dot to one of her paintings you may have just bought a very good investment for the future.
Earlier in August, as Ralph was on holiday, John Washington represented our Club and attended the Preview Evening of the Topsham Art Group’s Annual Exhibition, full of a wide range of styles and standards of locally created work. If you get the opportunity to visit, it’s on until 27th August at the Topsham School in the middle of town – times and details on their website.
Roger Bishop, their chairman was most welcoming and was interested to share knowledge with us about demonstrations, speakers and getting members to join together in sketching and travel opportunities. Let’s see what sort of thing our members would be interested in and maybe we can arrange some exciting events together.
Roger will be visiting our Annual Exhibition next week and I’m sure he’ll receive a warm welcome from us all, as will others from their club.