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.