The proud winner of this years May Cup, awarded for the most popular painting as voted by the public during the one day Gala Week Exhibition, was our Chairman Ralph Bingham.
Ralph's original oil painting called “Calm Day” was produced using water-based oil paints which Ralph prefers to acrylics, due to the slower drying time and ability to blend the paint on the canvas creating a softer effect, particularly visible in the softened cloud formations.
Ralph has become well known for his seascapes, winning both the Alan Cotton Trophy for best oil painting and Talisman Trophy for best acrylic in previous Exhibitions.
Ralph has donated this painting to the Club, where it will be offered as this years Summer Exhibition Raffle Prize.
Two charities have been selected, namely Muscular Dystrophy and Budleigh Salterton and District Hospiscare.
I am pleased to report that our first "drop in" workshop held on Wed 14th June was a great success. Nine members came along and as it was such a beautiful day we decided to go out and about with our sketch books hunting "secret Budleigh"!
As an example I mentioned the Mediterranean like vista looking from the seafront through a gap towards Simcoe House. To which, David Riches said "that's my garden, would you like to pop round and see it, you are all welcome to sketch from there".
Too good an offer to refuse, so we all headed to his place, much to the amusement and consternation of his wife, who wondered who all these strange arty types were who had suddenly appeared in their garden.
Jenny Young laughed at me as I sat on the seawall sketching the view, thought I looked like a gnome!!
Anyway, great fun, great company and enjoyed by all.
Next session is planned for August 9th so if you want to pop in and join in then I am sure you will enjoy it.
If someone wants to facilitate the session then I would appreciate help.
Delamore art 2017
A beautiful sunny morning with an easy coach ride was the best possible start to visiting the enchanting Delamore sculpture gardens and galleries. On arrival, we were warmly welcomed and given a catalogue and entry ticket that was stamped for future free entry – a generous gesture.
The walk along the footpath through the fields skirting the lake was a joy. There were eye catching sculptures on the banks and little rafts in the lake that swung with the wind and water movements. My favourite was the head and shoulders of a fisherman with a huge shiny fish on the end of the line which also caught the wind – great fun.
The SWAc exhibition was a brilliant mix of traditional and modern paintings, all displayed to make the most of the soft light, in harmony with its pretty location, most inspiring. Continuing along the footpath leading from the mellow stone building brought fresh visual treats. In the distance there was an enormous shocking pink tree – dead of course – but what an impact on the natural landscape surrounding it.
Throughout the lush, colourfully planted gardens were a great many sculptures of all sizes and materials, some moved in the wind, others like the giant bronze fish gong most satisfying when soft hammered. As there were so many clever, elegant and quirky art pieces to discover, I am sure I didn’t find them all. One that really made me laugh was the large octopus sitting on the low formal garden wall.
The Delamore House gallery with its lofty ceilings was yet another treat as was my delicious light lunch at the courtyard café. Everyone on the coach was friendly and so were the visitors I spoke with around the gardens. Delamore feels like a very happy place to work – it was a perfect day out amongst such beauty and friendliness.
Thank you all for your generosity and support in raising funds for Hospiscare. The sales of calendars and notelets have been very good:
25 calendars and 42 notelets sold at the Exhibition, so along with 21 calendars sold at our last meeting I have £465 to hand to Hospiscare (I handed £210 of this to their fundraiser yesterday, along with other separate donations and now hold £178.50 to give when I next see them).
I would like to thank Sue Sayers and Talisman for their individual support by holding a coffee morning for Hospiscare and buying calendars to sell in their framing shop.
All good wishes.
To purchase a calendar or pack of notelets contact Wendy on email@example.com or 01395 568082
At long last, Spring has arrived, the “daffs" are out and we can look forward to an exciting Summer.
The one day May Exhibition is not far away and now is the time to decide what artwork to display. Please don’t forget that if you are having your framing done by Talisman, then Peter and Gilly need plenty of notice. Keith and Jeanne Marley are in the process of setting this up, so if you are unsure of anything please contact them.
For those of you who are interested in hands on activities, we are trying to organise a programme of workshops, please see more details below.
Our Spring Lunch takes place after the regular monthly meeting on 26th April, so if you haven’t already booked your slot, can I ask you to let Jenny Young know, she will collect the money at the March meeting. The “tickets” are £13 each and wine will be available at £1 a glass.
As you know, my predecessor Michelle Sykes, passed away recently and her husband Keith has invited Julie and myself to a memorial gathering in Oxford on 20th April in celebration of her life. Along with a number of other speakers, I have agreed to say a few words on behalf of the art club.
The Tuesday afternoon Venture Hall artists have produced a 2018 Calendar which will soon be available to purchase at a cost of £6 each, with profits going to Hospiscare, so please can I ask you to consider buying some in support this worthy cause!
Workshops Programme for 2107
One of the objectives we set ourselves as a committee for 2017, was to expand the number of workshops we run, increasing both the scope and variety so that we try to encourage more members to participate.
Although some of these workshops would include guidance and help, the intention is keep them light hearted and fun, rather than being too serious.
Some of these “workshops” would be run indoors and some out and about (weather dependent!) and indeed some a mixture of both.
We need to be able to be able to identify how many members are interested in taking part in workshops and the sort of scope and content which would appeal.
John Washington has kindly put his thinking cap on and come up with the following ideas for us to consider. These are very much draft ideas at this stage and if enough people show an interest in any (or all) we can start to put together a programme.
We have some really talented artists in the club including professional artists, so I hope that once we identify which workshops people are interested in, we can get some volunteers coming forward to help run them. We will also continue to use external guest artists where appropriate to the subject matter. Costs of each workshop would be based on venue, content, etc., but the intention is to cover our costs - not make a profit from them.
So can I ask you to please let us know which ones appeal to you, so we can start to home in on which ones to concentrate our efforts. We will collect names of those of you who are interested at the April meeting, so that we can aim to start them in June. If you cannot attend the April meeting please let any committee member know your preferences.
Ideas for consideration are :-
1. Getting things in Perspective
a simple guide to the basics that will help in landscape painting, drawing buildings and anything that requires a more realistic look from the artist’s viewpoint.
2. Getting to Grips with Drawing
feeling more comfortable with a variety of mediums like pencil, charcoal, graphite, pen & ink, brush and pastels.
3. Quick on the Draw
sketching with confidence is a brilliant way to practice plein air techniques to catch the mood of landscapes, people and objects.
4. Out and About
using the techniques learned in the Quick on the Draw session, a day out, putting this into practice.
5. Wine and Cheese Party
a still life painting session where each person brings along a bottle of wine, a glass, some cheese and grapes to paint. Then of course the wine and cheese can be consumed and enjoyed for the last half an hour.
6. Painting the Town
a plein air day around Budleigh painting anything but the usual subjects like the estuary, the cliffs, the beach or the sea. There are many alleyways, buildings and hidden gems around the town that make fascinating subjects.
7. Animal Magic
a subject many will enjoy, probably painting from photographic reference of pets and other favourites.
8. Flowers in the Frame
a session where everyone brings a flower or vase full of flowers to paint in whatever medium they like.
9. A Date with Trees
a day on location at Bicton or similar venue to paint and draw trees in a landscape – maybe with a lunchtime picnic to socialise.
drawing hands is always a challenge – tips on how to approach this might be of interest to some who would like to improve their skills on this difficult subject.
11. Life drawing for Absolute Beginners
many members have still to attempt this so we could do a one-off, half day session for those who might like to try it but have not had the opportunity.
12. Free for All
a session where members can bring their paintings and drawings on any subject and receive helpful hints as they work.