Finding your mark
Most of the members of our portrait group have by now had the pleasure of sitting as model for the afternoon. For those yet to have the pleasure here’s a taste of what it’s like.
Firstly, take a seat, then choose a position that’s (a) comfortable and (b) is liked by the artists opposite you, after all the idea is for them to paint a brilliant portrait of you and they’ll need all the help they can get.
So all you have to do is keep still for three hours … easy peasy!
Well not quite – three hours is quite a while so think of the time in instalments with tea breaks in between. Firstly, to help you keep still, find a place to focus on so you can keep your head in the same position.
I found this mark on the wall opposite which was at eye level and just the right distance to focus on. Then it’s a question of keeping in the same position for as long as you can – in my case I can hold it for about 45 minutes (on a good day) but anything up to half an hour is really OK. A professional model could probably go for an hour or more but of course it depends how difficult the pose is.
So what to do while you’re watching that mark on the wall?
Well, the brain wanders all over the place so I find it quite a good time to organise things in my mind that I have to sort out and maybe create things for the future. Sometimes the same thoughts just go round and round and round. If that’s going to drive you mad, try taking a download of some music, an audio play to listen to through earphones - or maybe bring along a radio for everyone to hear.
Surprisingly, the time goes by quicker than you might expect. And of course it’s fascinating to see the end results with a variety of visual interpretations of your face and personality. Some you may like, others may not be what you anticipated - but all of them completely absorbing.
If you fancy having your portrait painted, do let us know – we’re always on the lookout for a new subject. And you may enjoy a few hours of quiet contemplation watching that odd mark on the wall.
By John Washington, sitter for the day at the October portrait workshop
A pear, a glass - and a
stunning work in an hour
A totally absorbing demonstration at our September meeting left members impatient to try their hand at some still life painting, either at the afternoon workshop or at the earliest opportunity at home.
Mike Skidmore, having travelled the four hours from Ross-on Wye, went straight into his painting of a pear in a glass and demonstrated some of the techniques to help us bring our paintings to life. Starting with basic flat shapes, he developed the subject starting with acrylic base work, moving on to introduce half tones to give it some modelling and then to oils showing how glazes, thicker body paint and highlights give the different textures a three dimensional look.
His portfolio of work varies from still life through to animals, birds and portraits, all painted in oils.
To see more of his work visit www.mikeskidmoreonline.com and be amazed!
Music while you paint
A first for the portrait group - painting to the sound of Ralph's guitar and vocal accompaniment.
Certainly a challenge for the painters with fingers dancing all over the frets and head tilting in various attitudes.
Probably the most difficult painting to date with so many things to consider - including the guitar of course.
Some good painting though with interesting hand movements captured in oils, acrylic and charcoal - and of course many different styles. Any other musicians in the club who who'd like to sit for us next time? Contact John Washington on the usual e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sketching with Ray
Ten Club members were invited by Shirley Wilkes to join Ray for a day's sketching and painting at Lympstone.
We met for coffee and a talk from Ray on Ten Tips for Sketching, then set out with these in mind to start with tonal thumbnail drawings of considered compositions using a view finder which he had provided for each of us.
He gave an example demo, then we made our attempts till time called for a fantastic lunch at Shirley’s River House. Afterwards we had another one and a half hours painting to finish our masterpieces, then back to base for tea, cake and critique. Very special day with huge thanks to Ray and Shirley.
Last Day of the Exhibition
The paintings, drawings and other work had been collected so all that remained was for the prize draw to take place. Firstly, winner of the original acrylic landscape painting by Wendy Markham was drawn from the hat by the artist herself - he was Charles Woods, a local resident in Budleigh so congratulations to him.
The winner of the portrait to be painted by John Washington was another Budleigh resident, Beryl Schmidt-Rieche and John will be working with her over the next couple of months. Here he is - strangely, still dressed in full Sir John Millais costume, fresh from the Fairlynch re-enactment of The Boyhood of Raleigh painting just down the road.
The success of the raffle means that we can once again donate to the Club's chosen charities for 2018, Budleigh Hospicecare and Exmouth Open Doors so a big thank you to all who took part.
So - another year, another show. And another success.
To all who gave their time and effort, a massive thank you. To all who exhibited, we hope you received the viewings and sales you wished for - and to all our visitors we thank you for spending time with us and you enjoyed seeing the talent that our club has to offer.
Naturally, we hope to see you all again next year for our 40th Year Ruby Celebration Show.
A demo a day
On each day of the exhibition this year, Club members demonstrated their favourite painting techniques to visitors.
Starting with Ralph, there was a lot of interest in his water-based oil paintings of seascapes.
Dan's 'Class of '18' generated a group of boys and girls,
eager to practice their artistic skills with some live watercolour painting. Here are some of his 'pupils'.
Half way through Exhibition Week, Wendy produced this acrylic landscape from a photograph on Woodbury Common. You can see here on the right, work in progress during the day.
Then on Thursday, Amanda, one of our recently-joined members volunteered to paint a seascape in acrylics.
Not surprisingly, very popular with the Jurassic coastline so close.
For the first time this year there was a section in the show dedicated to portrait painting, so appropriately John's demo featured the subject.
With no model available to sit for him he chose to paint a
self portrait in oils from his image in a mirror, cleverly photographed by a visitor from Exmouth Photo Group, Ian Bateman - count the four images of the 'model' in the picture!
Friday introduced one of this year's award winners, Jacki who demonstrated her very individual expertise, painting, trees. landscapes and flowers in watercolours.
They were much admired by visitors and unsurprisingly there was demand for her work during the show.
Much appreciation and many thanks to all our demonstrators for their time and effort in bringing this exciting innovation to the exhibition and sharing their experience with visitors and members. Both interesting and inspiring.
Kids' Colouring Wall
Visitors to the exhibition come in all ages so Jed's Wall gave the younger ones an opportunity to express their artistic skills on the giant colouring poster in the foyer. No doubt some future members joined in so look out for up and coming artistic talent around the town.
And while we're looking at children's pictures, here's a small selection from the
Scribble Table where refreshments were being consumed.
What a way to start!
A record number of paintings sold and much footfall throughout the first day of the exhibition
After our prize winners from
the previous evening kicked off
the show with some beautiful work, comments received from visitors have been very positive about the standard of exhibits this year.
Several enquired about joining the Club, having seen the work on show and were interested to try their skills in the various workshops and location painting days that we are now introducing.
The raffle is proving popular with the two main prizes – an original landscape painting by Wendy Markham to be won as well as an oil portrait to be painted by John Washington of a chosen sitter.
The first live demonstration started with Ralph Bingham producing a seascape in water-based oils which generated much interest and conversation with visitors.
There'll be more live painting at the exhibition throughout the week in watercolours, acrylics, oils and mixed media on a variety of subjects including landscapes, coastal scenes and portraits. Do come and watch - and of course support our members.
More features as Exhibition Week progresses. Watch this space.
Preview to a great show
The largest number of submissions ever
and a lively crowd of members and guests crammed the Public Hall for the Preview Evening of this year’s
BSAC Annual Exhibition.
John Washington our joint Chairman, welcomed everyone to the preview, thanked the new Club Committee and specifically Paul Doughty and the helpers who organised the exhibition – his first for the Club.
Paul then introduced the panel of judges who critiqued some of the work and awarded prizes to the winners of each category
Throughout the evening, raffle tickets were sold for the prizes of 'Your Portrait Painted" and an original landscape painting by Wendy Markham. Money raised will go towards this year’s two nominated charities, Budleigh Hospicecare and Exmouth Open Doors.
So - the high standard of work, the wide variety of subject matter and attractive displays auger well for the next ten days and the show should be a successful destination for residents and visitors to Budleigh alike.
Look out for more photos and reports on this website as the show progresses through the week.
And do come and visit - lots to see, painting demos, kids' giant colouring poster, coffee, teas, cakes - and free entry to all.
Plein Air Painting at Bicton
Over twenty intrepid artists from the Club made
their way to Bicton College to spend a day in the fresh air painting around Bicton House and the grounds.
Pretty well all media was being made use of with subjects as varied as the Georgian house itself, the immediate gardens and flowers, long reaching views across the valley, the lake and the boathouse.
Spoilt for choice but with a predominantly ‘green’ coloured theme, everybody came away with some worthwhile work, whether it was a sketch, a finished painting or the start of something to be completed later at home
Sim, our host and guide ensured the College provided all the facilities we needed and was delighted to see how many members turned up and especially the standard of work produced.
She has asked that when we are happy with what we’ve done, the College would be pleased to display the results of our labours in an exhibition in the library.
We’ve also discussed a return painting day later in the year when of course the leaves are falling, the autumnal colours predominate and the structures and shapes of the trees will be much more visible. Details later on but have a think about how you might like to handle a similar sort of day but with a completely different sort of landscape.
And if you couldn't come along to this session at Bicton, you'll be very welcome to join us at the next one in the Autumn. Watch this space!