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!
Come rain, come shine
Ever optimistic, the July group assembled in the dappled sunlight under the magnificent eucalyptus tree in Jed’s garden for some plein air portraiture –
a first for the Club.
All went well for the first hour but true to form, the grey clouds crept up and eventually decided to deposit their unwelcome load on sitter and artists alike.
So we all set up again, this time in a rather crowded dining room where our obliging model sat through the rest of the session, slightly damp but still wearing the same hat from our earlier attempt in the garden. In actual fact the session went really well and some excellent work was produced. It could be that some of it will be on display at the Club’s Annual Exhibition next month so keep your eyes open for familiar faces in the portrait section of the show.
And of course if you’d like to try your hand at one of the Club's sessions, simply contact John Washington for details – new members always welcome.
Some of our members joined us for their first portrait session at which Gerri kindly sat for us. A variety of excellent paintings were produced and we look forward to seeing examples of the group's work at the Club's annual exhibition in August.
And don't forget, we're always looking for members to sit
forus so if you'd like to see your image in paint or pastel, please let John Washington know and he'll arrange times and dates to suit - don't be shy - we really need you!
Fairlynch and The Art Club combine resources to celebrate the launch of 'The Boyhood of Raleigh' on loan from Tate Britain
During the Bank Holiday Monday of Budleigh's Gala Week, to mark the first day of the exhibition of 'The Boyhood of Raleigh', Sir John Everett Millais - or was it John Washington in whiskers - put in a special appearance by The Raleigh Wall where the original was painted.
With the the help of a pointing Genoese sailor looking remarkably like Nick Spears in red bloomers and accompanied by a variety of suitably attired children playing the young Walter and his half-brother Humphrey, the painting was recreated in front of the holiday visitors encouraging them to see the real thing over the road in Fairlynch Museum.
There were of course appearances by Sir Walter - actually two of them (with one on horseback) who addressed the onlookers with tales of history, his life, Queen Elizabeth 1 and his eventual execution at The Tower of London. Even his mother, Katherine Champernowne put in an appearance.
During a very hot and sunny afternoon a variety of costumed characters visited the spectacle and a goodly sum was raised to help support the finances required to display the painting throughout the summer.
If you didn't manage to come along during the day, do pay a visit to Fairlynch where
you'll have a rare opportunity throughout the summer to see this iconic example of
Pre-Raphaelite painting. And all done here by the beach in Budleigh Salterton.
Following a lively and inspiring demonstration at the May Club Meeting, a group of Club members joined Sue Lewington for an afternoon's plein air sketching and painting.
The Green in Budleigh provided the ideal location with a variety of subjects - trees, plants, people, dogs, buildings and pathways and the group put into practice the tips learnt in the morning with a series of sketches, watercolour paintings and pen and wash drawings.
Something we may repeat if you'd like to join in. Watch this space. Sue has several books in print which you may find of interest and you can check out her website for courses and further information at www.suelewington.net
The Club’s One-Day Exhibition