For portrait painting enthusiasts here's an easy-to-access, live, self-portrait painting session with Andy James.
If you’re lucky enough to have three hours worth of spare time, you can watch it from the beginning at:
If you want to simply dip in and see bits of it you can do that too. It's direct from his studio and is really helpful - lots of tips, sound advice, a great portrait - and very watchable.
Life Drawing Live!
Drawing the nation together
The groundbreaking Life Drawing Live! returns to BBC Four, drawing the UK’s four nations together in the biggest-ever live, life drawing class.
There has never been a better time to collectively
get those creative juices flowing, as presenter and artist
Josie d’Arby is joined by experts Lachlan Goudie, Diana Ali and Nicky Philipps to share their passion and knowledge
in this inspiring event.
Viewers will be able to watch live and draw along,
as amateur artists at home and in our socially distanced studio, capture a series of life model poses, based on classical works of art. Tuesday 12th May, class starts at 8.00pm and is open to everyone with artistic skills, and those who think they have none, to pick up a pencil and draw!
but there's always good news too!
Because of the Coronavirus lockdown, there's no BP Portrait Award exhibition to visit this year at the National Portrait Gallery. But there is good news.
The winner of the competition has just been announced and you can see this and all the selected exhibits in the virtual gallery by visiting the following link:
The winner, Night Talk, painted by self taught artist Jiab Prachakul is (in my view) a welcome and refreshing change from the tortuously hyper-real paintings of previous years and it's a joy to see a work with some emotion, acute observation and painterly quality for a change.
To my eye it reminds me of some of the work by Egon Schiele and also some of the French impressionists but of course to understand and get the full benefit, it needs to be seen in the flesh. Maybe sometime later in the year.
Anyway, do have a look at the online gallery - as close as we'll be able to get for a while yet - and maybe it will inspire us to create our own portraits during this period of confinement to our homes.
Just a couple of weeks to go -
before the final submission date – Tuesday 19th May - of entries to our Club’s ‘Through the window’ online competition and gallery.
There’s still time to create an artwork of the garden, the street outside, a tree or the view over the sea – whatever you feel would make an interesting scene observed from your home.
1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes of Ken Bromley vouchers for art materials.
If you want to remind yourself of the details, just scroll down this NEWS section and find the rules for entry on the original posting.
All you have to do is send a photo of your artwork to BSAC2020show@gmail.com so your work can be judged and posted in our online gallery. Any questions please send an e-mail to the same address.
Enjoy the challenge and we look forward to seeing your artwork on the Club's new website soon.
One of the strengths and attractions of Budleigh Salterton is its High Street and local businesses. In this time of crisis, many of the businesses have diversified and changed arrangements to ensure the people of Budleigh and the surrounding area can still get provisions and access to services.
These businesses need the support of the town to survive.
Budleigh Salterton Town Council, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, has compiled a list of businesses that are continuing to trade and offer services.
This crisis will see many people in Budleigh and the villages struggle financially.
Budleigh Community Support Fund and Exmouth Food Larder are there to help. Both organisations would also appreciate donations:
Budleigh Community Support Fund donation page https://www.gofundme.com/f/budleigh-support
Exmouth Food Larder food donation points at the Co-op, Spar and Pynes Farm.
Due to lockdown, this list will be largely circulated electronically through the various networks in the town. Please feel free to pass the information on to others, or to contact the Council offices if you know of someone who would benefit from a printed copy.
If you are aware of any omissions/changes/errors to the information below, do please contact the Town Council Offices:
Budleigh Salterton Town Council - April 2020
Businesses providing essentials to Budleigh Salterton and the surrounding area
Details correct as at 17 April 2020
Name of Business
High Street Fruit n Veg
Call and leave name and telephone number – they will call back. Card payment over the phone.
General groceries and newspapers if added to an order
Delivery Mon to Sat. Card payment over the phone or roaming card payment.
Sampson’s Butchers and Deli
Meat, poultry, pies, cheese, eggs etc
Delivery Tues to Sat.
The Tipsy Merchant
Wine, spirits, beers etc
Wine, spirits, beers etc
Card payment over the phone. Delivery to Budleigh and neighbouring villages
Launchpad @ Budleigh Hub
Frozen meals and Eggs
Fruit, veg, meat, poultry, eggs, bread, baked goods, etc
Tues deliveries for those self-isolating/vulnerable groups.
Also shopping by appointment
Open Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10am-2pm
Roast dinner on Sundays
£8 per meal. Pre order for delivery 2pm to 5pm
The Dog & Donkey
Takeaway shop plus Roast dinner on Sundays
Budleigh Fish Café
Cod (and gluten free) Scampi
Telephone orders between 11am-1pm for delivery between 12pm and 2pm
Or 4.30pm-7pm for delivery between 5pm and 7.30pm
Marcos Italian Restaurant
Takeaways and delivery
The Crusty Cobb
Bread, pasties, eggs, flour and fresh yeast
Open 8am-2pm Mon to Sat
Can be reached via The Hub
Budleigh Pets and Pawz
Open Mon to Sat 10am to 2pm
Postal service for practicable items
9am to 1pm.
Note through the door or leave a message
Gilbert Stephens Solicitors
Still provide their usual services including:
Conveyancing, Probate services, Family law, Powers of Attorney, Wills, etc.
Saxby & Sinden Accountants
Can be contacted via email
Exmouth Food Larder
Food and essentials for those struggling financially
07749 322291 or 01395 446896
Delivery to Budleigh
Budleigh Community Support Fund
East Budleigh Community Shop
General groceries, inc fresh veg, bread and meat from local suppliers
Telephone orders between 9am and 2pm, for collection or delivery between 2pm and 4pm, Mon to Fri
Card payment details will be taken over the phone
and no cash orders
Bread, scones, flour, eggs, etc
Collection only. No delivery
Orders can be placed 10am to 1pm Tue/Wed/Thurs.
Otterton Village Shop
Opening hours vary.
Delivery to Otterton
Woods Village Shop Colaton Raleigh
Open each day from 7am to 12pm for phone orders. Collection or delivery to Colaton Raleigh
JB Foods Colaton Raleigh
Range of essentials including meat, dairy products, bread, eggs
Home delivery box of essentials - £30 plus other products available to add in. Free delivery.
Exmouth The Farm Shop
Fruit and veg
Home delivery, minimum order now £10, please ring for next day delivery & pay by card over the phone.
Delivery to Budleigh on Tues and Thurs
Fish on the Quay
Deliveries daily but check first
Farm produce, meat, poultry, fruit veg, fish baked goods etc
Boxes available – fruit/veg/meat/fish etc in different sizes. £4:95 for deliveries under £75.
Daisy Chain Dairy, Whimple
Dairy and farm produce
Bulk Buy Groceries
Fruit boxes, milk, dairy, kitchen groceries, cleaning products wines and beers
Phone Mon to Fri 9am to 4pm.
Delivery Mon to Sat.
No contact delivery.
There is a £50 minimum order with a £6 delivery. Free delivery for orders over £100.
Through the window
Image from a print by Glynn Boyd-Harte
A competition for members
at home during the coronavirus outbreak
The restrictions imposed on our Art Club due to the Covid19 outbreak mean we’ll be unable to hold regular meetings, classes and workshops for the foreseeable future. Budleigh’s Gala Week has also been cancelled which means that our Bank Holiday One-Day Show will not be taking place.
To help members continue their creativity and to get together ‘virtually’, we have organised an online project that we hope you’ll join.
The theme is ‘Through the window’.
Wherever you normally work at home, it’s likely that your desk, easel, table or worktop is near a window so we’re running a Club competition for members to submit an interpretation of the view from their window.
Whether you live in a flat, cottage, semi, mansion or work in your garden shed, there will be a view from a window that’s worth submitting. Any medium is allowed and judging will be on artistic merit, not subject matter - you may look out on to a brick wall, a back yard, a lovely garden, a main road, the countryside or the sea – it really doesn’t matter.
Your submission will be made online by e-mail – some simple details about yourself and your entry with a photograph of your artwork as an attachment – it’s as simple as that. Work will be shown in an online gallery on the Club’s Website and winners posted on our Facebook page.
Entries need to be in by Tuesday, 19th May so they can be judged and displayed online from 25th May, the day when our One-Day Gala Week Show would have been held.
*During the lead-up to the exhibition, you may wish to share and show progress of your work on our Facebook page so others can see what you’re doing.
For members without access to online facilities, they will be contacted separately with information for entry.
We hope you’ll join in and enter this competition which goes some way to make up for the cancellation of our Gala Week exhibition. If you have any queries, please
e-mail BSAC2020show@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can with answers.
* Our Facebook Page can be accessed by typing “Budleigh Salterton Art Club” into your Facebook search bar. Near to the top of our page you will see a post announcing this Competition. You can share and show progress of your work, by clicking “Comment”. Then type a few words (name, title, etc.) and use the camera icon to upload a photo into your comment.
Below is an updated list of Club activities that will no longer be taking place:
22nd April New Members' Coffee Morning - POSTPONED
29th April Club Meeting - CANCELLED
29th April Spring Lunch - POSTPONED
21st May Spring Trip to Broomhill - POSTPONED
25h May One-Day Gala Week Exhibition - CANCELLED
27th May Club Meeting - CANCELLED
27th May Sarah Wimperis Demo and Workshop - CANCELLED
Please assume that events from June
onwards have also been cancelled. We will of course notify you when official guidelines allow the Club to resume its normal timetable.
Please check this website for latest news
From Sketchbook to Studio
Vibrant, bold and evocative acrylic paintings were created in a slightly shortened demonstration after this year’s AGM.
Tony Homer brought along several sketch books filled with drawings made on site which he reinterprets in the studio into full colour paintings.
Having drawn out a basic composition, he then blocked in colour shapes with diluted paint mixed with a medium to maintain a workable texture.
He worked on two paintings at the same time using bold strokes with the main body of a flat brush and details using the edge.
Having established the essential composition - not a photographic interpretation - and working quickly with a very steady hand, he laid down mostly flat colours, introducing contrasts between complementary colours with deep rich shadows.
Then Tony moved on to introduce more detail, still applying quick and definite strokes to maintain the vitality of his work. The result - two superb paintings of the same subject but with a different slant on each.
Because of the bold technique, his paintings have an excitement and vitality, accentuated by the use of wonderful, contrasting and vibrant colours.
If you would like to see more of Tony’s artwork simply Google Tony Homer Artist.
Six top tips:
1. Make use of sketch books. Start off by sketching on site and then developing your composition later,
2. Be bold - experiment with bright, complementary colours.
3. Work quickly to lay down essential colour shapes - don’t worry about detail.
4. A clever technique for painting in windows, doors, roofs and other straight edged details is with the use of a small sheet of stiff paper, masking off and then painting in the required shapes with big brushes.
5. Use stubbly, worn, old brushes to scrub the colours and introduce texture to the surface of the paper .
6. Work quickly to lay down essential colour shapes - don’t worry about detail.
Last life class of this series
and a first for the Club
As if drawing from one model wasn't enough of a challenge, the last session of the current series presented double the difficulty with two of our regular, professional life models, Krissi and Nick, posing as a duo.
Both morning and afternoon classes started with tentative sketches but confidence was soon regained with their beautiful poses helping to inspire innovative drawings that the artists perhaps didn't think were achievable. With two models acting in tandem we were able to replicate some classical poses as well as inspired dance and theatrical stances, sometimes even difficult to maintain ones that had to be drawn in double quick time - see the quick sketch above - because they were so complex and awkward to hold for more than a minute or so. Below is a selection of some of the work produced - a most enjoyable and inspiring end to a well-attended and successful series.
Our thanks are due to all our superb models who have been outstanding and a joy to work with throughout the series - namely, Krissi, Nick, Sophia, Sally, Gemma and Sophie.
So now we have more life drawing and portrait painting workshops to look forward to. Dates and venues for the new series are yet to be established but in the meantime we will be arranging some one-off life and portrait days for those who can't wait. And importantly for any member interested in dipping their toe in the water to see if they enjoy the challenges of these classic subjects. Watch this space for more information.
If you would like other details on our portrait and life sessions please contact John Washington at email@example.com