Paintings at an Exhibition
Club members will be aware that the famous Millais painting of the
"Boyhood of Raleigh" will be on display throughout the summer at Fairlynch Museum.
Your chance to have a Raleigh-themed painting on show.
A suggestion from the Museum is that as this is the 400th anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh’s death at the Tower of London, members might like to create some Raleigh-inspired paintings, drawings or other artworks for the Art Club's Annual Exhibition in August.
In addition, the Club has been invited to display selected works of art in the Museum following the return of the Boyhood of Raleigh painting to The Tate Gallery later in the summer so we shall be looking for appropriate work to show.
Some suggestions for subjects:
Members might be on holiday in Guiana (Venezuela), Ireland, Raleigh USA, Sherborne or wherever, and if you knew of a fine view and the Raleigh connection you might think of settling down with easel – for example:
i. East Budleigh
Hayes Barton*, Vicars' Mead, a Church bench end in All Saints Church [Green Man/Red Man]
ii. Lily Farm Vineyard (Knowle, Budleigh - which has produced a Raleigh Brut 2015 sparkling wine)
iii. Colaton Raleigh - Place Court, where Raleigh supposedly was baptised.
iv. Lympstone (birthplace - it is thought by some - of Sir Ralph Lane, Governor of Raleigh's Roanoke colony),
Exeter Martyrs Memorial (St Leonards) which shows the burning of Protestant martyr Agnes Prest. It's an event which supposedly deeply affected Walter's mother, Katherine Champernowne.
Elsewhere in Devon:
Dittisham - Raleigh boathouse - where he supposedly enjoyed a smoke!!
Ashburton - Exeter Inn, where he was arrested in 1603
i. Sherborne Castle (Old Castle ruins and the New Castle)
ii. Cerne Abbas village, where Raleigh was tried for atheism
Acton Court (Iron Acton, Glos - which inspired Hilary Mantel and also welcomed, so they say, Queen Elizabeth I & Raleigh)
Oxford - Oriel College
i. Tower of London, where Raleigh was a prisoner for 13 years
ii. Middle Temple, where he was a pupil
Petworth - where they have the Molyneux globe reputedly given by Raleigh to the Earl of Northumberland)
Elizabeth Castle, where he was Govenor
Youghal - Myrtle Grove. He was Mayor of the town, where there is a Raleigh Quarter
Roanoke Island NC
Raleigh NC - statue of Raleigh
Plus of course versions of the Millais painting, which could be used in so many ways, including cartoons, adverts for Guinness etc
Plenty of choice! A chance to create something a little different and even have some fun with a cartoon or two. And remember there are awards to be won at the August Exhibition so it's always worth submitting your work. Have fun.
Something completely different!
from Ralph and Julie
Having visited Porthleven in Cornwall many times over the years,
we thought it would be fun to mount an Art Exhibition
in the Old Lifeboat House which has been converted into an
art gallery and workshop.
So together with Julie’s brother Kevin and wife Anne, our ex sister-in-law Kate with partner Stephen, who both live in Penzance and a long time ex work colleague of mine, Simon and his wife Julie, we took the plunge and booked the venue over Easter.
Little did we expect the weather to be so bad, but never mind, hopes were high of a good week ahead.
Although the footfall was relatively low, we had a lot of positive compliments and all of us had decent sales by the end of the week.
I have to say that regular visits to the pub, several good local eating establishments, consumption of good pasties and great company all made the week a real success.
As well as a range of different paintings in Acrylic, Oil and Watercolour mediums, we also had some beautiful, uniquely turned wooden bowls which Simon Farrimond has just started to produce. Simon spent a lot of time in Japan and that style has certainly influenced his designs. Commissions taken !!
For those of you who know Porthleven, or have seen it featured on “Spotlight” whenever there is a storm, suffice it to say we weren’t disappointed !
Interesting! - especially as the Lifeboat House is as close to the sea as possible and waves actually smash into it’s foundations and have been known to destroy the roof !
But great fun for all of us and we are seriously thinking about repeating it next year - maybe later when it’s a bit warmer.
Kevin’s popular range of printed mugs, slates chopping boards, tiles, tea towels all
printed from Anne’s original artwork.
If anyone is interested in having their artwork printed on to a range of items then Kevin is your man!
Just let me know and I’ll pass on his contact details.
The seal photos (in the middle) were part of a portfolio of photographs exhibited by Stephen Westcott.
Stephen spent a lot of time in the Southern Oceans studying marine life and enthralled us all with his life in those hostile waters.
All in all a fun time was had by all - we are looking for a venue
to set up a similar exhibition in East Devon, so if you know of anywhere suitable we would appreciate your ideas.
Hope you enjoyed my short recap on a very happy week!
12 of the best - the biggest class so far
In addition to our regular members, we were joined for this session by some new faces who wanted to try their hand at the challenging art of portrait painting. Certainly a lively and entertaining afternoon's work with some quite impressive work to show at the end. And a big thank you to Mo for being a brilliant sitter.
It's extraordinary how so many of us are finding a hidden talent for interpreting our fellow members with increasing accuracy on to canvas and paper. If you'd like to try a departure from your usual subject matter - landscapes, flowers, animals and so on, why not come along and see if you enjoy the experience. Even if you're a bit worried about painting with the group, why not come along as a sitter and have your portrait painted - we're always looking for new faces and you can see if you'd like to join the painters next time. Next session 20th March.
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.