Capturing a likeness
Several new faces were welcomed to our regular portrait workshops – and with Julie, our volunteer model, the group produced a fine set of work.
Pastels seemed to be the most popular choice of the day but watercolours, oils, pencils and graphite sticks were all in use through the afternoon, during which some remarkable likenesses were achieved.
Some newcomers, fresh from the recent series of life classes, found the challenge of portrait painting a natural extension of the skills they’ve just developed. Here you can see the artists hard at work – and Julie of course - just how did she keep so still for so long?
If you’d like to come and try a session, simply turn up on the day – it’s just £5 for the afternoon and the next one is on Monday 13th May at 1.30pm.
If you want further details, please e-mail John Washington - and should you fancy having a portrait painted of yourself (or a relative or friend), you’re most welcome to volunteer as our model.
Back to the Future
Inspiration from posters of the1930s was the basis of Richard Watkins’ talk and his portfolio of images from around the country was a reminder of the styles of those wonderful railway posters inviting passengers to travel around the country.
From the advent of the lithographic printing process, used to brilliant effect by Toulouse Lautrec at the turn of the century and progressing through various refinements to the 1930s and 50s, the colours, style and subject matter became very distinctive.
Richard’s work is a modern take on this style using acrylics applied virtually flat combined with a keen observational eye and a sound drawing technique.
The compositions are carefully plotted using photographs manipulated on computer so that the final painting works to suit the subject.
If you’d like to see more of Richard’s paintings, please go to www.watkinart.co.uk
The Folies Bergère comes to Bicton
As a surprise for the Art Club’s life drawing group,
our model for the day, Sophia, presented herself in full burlesque costume, bringing a touch of the
Toulouse-Lautrecs to both morning and
This glamourous variation on our usual sessions presented a whole new set of issues to deal with which of course were embraced enthusiastically by everyone. Our special thanks to Sophia for the extra effort she put in for the day which was great fun and enjoyed by us all.
This was the last session of the current series, and we hope to start a new one in the next few months to continue through the summer. Dates and times are being worked on as we write and these will be announced in the near future.
To begin with, we may have a special one day event at Bicton House to include a drop in taster session for any member who might like to see how they get on - details soon. In addition we're looking to include life painting as well as drawing so plenty of challenges to look forward to. Watch this space.
New faces, new workshops
The first Monday afternoon of our new workshops generated a room full of members – some first time portrait painters, some from previous sessions and a couple from more experienced backgrounds.
With a very still and focussed Mo volunteering to be the first sitter of the series, a selection of surprisingly good work was produced – especially considering the long break between our last series and this one.
With regular monthly sessions, there’s little doubt that during the course of the year, the Club will be producing portraits in pencil, pastels, acrylics and oils of an increasingly high standard.
If you’d like to try your hand at portrait painting - or renew your acquaintance with the subject - please e-mail John Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
March 2019 Newsletter
Dear Art Club Members
This year is the 40th in the Club’s history and with membership at an all-time high, we really have something to celebrate along with the quality and diversity of our members’ work.
Following our recent AGM, I thought I’d take the opportunity to let you know some of the things that have been planned for the year and to say a few words about the future direction of the Club.
Firstly, and on behalf of members, I’d like to say a big thank you to the retiring members of our committee, Ralph, Paul and Trish. Each has made significant contributions to the running of the Club, helping everything to run smoothly and efficiently, sometimes sorting out time-consuming issues unseen to most of us, so that events, exhibitions and admin run as smoothly as they do. As you know, the committee is made up entirely of volunteers and their time is given freely and with enthusiasm so I’m sure their efforts are genuinely appreciated by all. I’m also delighted to welcome our more recently-joined Club members and hope you’ll enjoy everything the Club has to offer.
Secondly I’d like to thank the Club for having the confidence to appoint me as Chair and I shall do my best to keep the Club going in the direction that Ralph and the committee have steered in the last few years. With the help of Katie as Vice-Chair and Carol, our new Secretary joining the existing committee members I’m confident we have a team that will ensure a healthy, friendly and successful future.
As ever, we have a full programme of activities for everyone to join in, including our regular Spring Lunch and Annual Trip to see some interesting artworks. The portrait workshops that proved so popular last year are starting again this month and will continue on a monthly basis until the winter. We shall also be organising some special painting and drawing days on a variety of subjects – flowers, landscapes, pets and animals, buildings and so on. Interest in life drawing has emerged as a very popular subject and we shall be looking to extend these regular sessions later in the year.
Spring Lunch in the Peter Hall is always well attended and a chance for us to spend time socialising, particularly with some of our newer members who will no doubt be warmly welcomed to this and other regular activities over the year.
Jenny Delahaye has organised a really good variety of speakers and demonstrations for our monthly meetings so do check out the website for details to ensure you don’t miss something you might find of interest.
The main event of this year is of course our 40th Annual Exhibition and we’re expecting a record number of entries across a wide range of subjects. The standard seems to get better every year and we receive many compliments from visitors and local residents about how much they enjoy the show. So if you’ve not yet started on your submissions, now is the time to get the paints and brushes out to avoid last minute panics and produce work that is entirely to your satisfaction. And remember, we also have our one-day show on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May so have your early entries ready to bring along in the morning.
As a member, it’s important that you feel able to have input to what the Club does and how it works. If you have suggestions for workshops, classes, exhibition trips or anything that would be of interest, please fell free to contact members of the committee. After all, the Club is keen to be successful and looking to the future it’s essential that we have as much input as possible for involvement in our programme of events.
Finally, a word about the BSAC website, www.budleighsaltertonartclub.org.uk
Do visit regularly to keep up to date with what’s going on. There are regular news updates, reports on classes and workshops, interesting articles and notices of art-related subjects around the area.
This year we have many things in the pipeline so let’s make it a successful 40th Ruby Anniversary and a year to enjoy.
Best wishes and happy painting.
A Cut Above
Following February’s Club Meeting
we were treated to a totally different and original talk demonstrating the fascinating art of paper cutting.
From the earliest images of ancient Chinese dynasties through to Hans Christian Anderson’s paper cut illustrations for his fairy tales (who knew?) to Matisse and his prodigious paper cut gouache artworks, the variety and skill is simply amazing. Paper cutters are everywhere - including some extraordinary modern artists, often undervalued but always in demand.
Irena demonstrated a variety of examples with twice folded paper, cutting simple shapes with very sharp, small scissors and carefully unfolding the paper in reverse sequence to the original folds.
A cactus in a pot made a striking image - by just cutting one side of the paper, of course the other side is identically symmetrical and when carefully unfolded always has the element of surprise
Plus of course it’s possible to achieve two versions – negative and positive which can be used to construct versatile designs in all sorts of interesting ways.
To try this for ourselves, remember that when the paper is unfolded, it’s best to press it flat and place it underneath some heavy books for a couple of weeks so that the finished item can be displayed to full advantage.
Irena concluded with a Budleigh Beach paper cut design including deckchairs and some clever lettering - a fitting conclusion to a fascinating demo.
There are books available to guide the novice, some with ready-made
templates to help things along. Also you may wish to visit Irena’s website for further information: irenaboobyer.co.uk
Contributions to remember
At this years AGM, sadly, three of our members reached their designated time on the committee so have retired to normal membership after major contributions to the Club.
Ralph Bingham has served for several years as both Treasurer and Chairman,
Paul Doughty as Exhibitions Secretary for the previous year, (unfortunately not able to attend today as he was on holiday) and Trish Browne as Secretary, keeping the admin – amongst her other duties – in such good order.
On behalf of the Club, they were thanked most sincerely for their work on the committee by our new Chair, John Washington, and presented with gifts of appreciation for their service and significant contributions to the Club.
The new appointments John Washington (Chair), Katie McDermott-Darley (Vice Chair) and Carol Harris (Secretary), were approved and appointed to the vacant positions at the meeting by a show of hands.
For the first time in the Club’s history, voting resulted in joint winners for this coveted trophy.
Two of our more recently joined members –
Brenda Thomas and Chris Buckland Wright exhibited “Postcard From Devon” and
“The Saxon Church of St Lawrence, Bradford-upon-Avon”, respectively.
These two completely different works – great examples of the diversity of original talent in the Club, along with many other excellent submissions, made for an impressive display with all entries achieving a good number of votes.
Congratulations to the winners –
they now have to decide between them how they share the trophy over the next twelve months as both their names will be engraved on the silver salver.
Life in Budleigh
We’re nearing the end our first course of life drawing sessions
and they’re proving both instructive and enjoyable. For some of us this is a completely new venture and for others, the opportunity to re-engage with previous experiences of the subject.
Bicton House has provided us with a magnificent room for the purpose and
with a variety of male and female models, all of us have enjoyed the challenge of interpreting the human form on paper with charcoal, pencil and graphite.
Artists at both morning and afternoon sessions have sketched and drawn from very challenging short poses – 30 seconds - up to longer ones of an hour or so and the standard is rapidly improving for both first-timers and more experienced members. A fine body of work is materialising on this traditional and at the same time, very contemporary branch of fine art.
Keep an eye on this space for continuing, up-to-date examples of drawings, sketches and expressionist renderings of our wonderful models, Krissi, Nick and Sophia.
Since we started last month, there’s been further interest from members in continuing with the subject, either with classes or simple workshops so we’ll look at numbers to find the best way forward. If you’re interested in joining, please contact John Washington at email@example.com so we can assess how many members might want to participate.
James Tatum's Demonstration
On a very cold and icy morning, it was a real pleasure to see a huge turnout for our monthly demo. We were in for a treat, watching renowned landscape artist James Tatum demonstrate a couple of quick paintings using his very different and dynamic style of painting.
Large decorating brushes, scrapers, old carpenters pencil and even an old chopstick were employed and acrylic paint liberally watered down and aggressively applied to the paper “canvas”.
.James stressed the benefits of capturing his landscapes as small sketches (rather than photos) and creates simple watercolours in his sketchbooks, using them as reference back in his studio. He is very focused on creating a good composition and use of dark and light tonal areas to lay down the basic painting. His style varies from what some people might consider abstract to semi-abstract often leaving the viewers “brain” to fill in the details.
James was awarded South West Landscape artist of the year in 2017 and runs courses and painting workshops from his studio in Chudleigh.
Feedback at the end from an enthralled audience was very positive and several members said that they wanted to get back to their studios and have a go, especially those of us who tend to tighten up and focus on too much detail rather than the overall composition.
I thoroughly recommend looking at James’s website www.jamestatumartist.com and if you want to contact James for more information on his workshops, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Great demo, very inspirational and enjoyed by all.