Life as an illustrator may seem by the onlooker to be an attractive way to earn one’s daily crust – and indeed in most ways it is. But Ron Tiner, in his illustrated talk during January’s Club Meeting explained that of course every job has a deadline, sometimes a very short one and from time to time clients can be demanding and even unreasonable. And to make a career from the skills of the illustrator requires a constant flow of work in many styles, shapes and sizes so one has to simply buckle down and get on with it.
Ron gave us a splendid insight into both the disciplines and creativity of his work with some beautiful examples of his illustrations from fantasy to history - from comic and romantic to good old-fashioned storytelling.
Working mostly in guache for colour work and pencil, pen and ink - even ballpoint for monochrome, his illustrations are as varied as one’s imagination can range with a stunning collection of subjects for all sorts of media.
An appreciative audience was enrapt with such a magnificent portfolio of work - some of us may have wished we'd developed such skills and maybe taken a different route to earn a living.
Perhaps even now, there's time to learn new skills and have some work published with the best of them. An inspiring morning with much to admire and enjoy.
Happy New Year to one and all!
The Art Club membership is now at it’s highest level, so may I wish a very warm welcome to all of the new members who have joined us recently.
Don’t forget, that in addition to our regular monthly meeting which takes place the last Wednesday of every month (excepting August or December) in the Peter Hall, we have recently started a “Drop In” Workshop each second Wednesday of the month in the Temple Methodist Hall from 1.30-5.30 pm. The popular Portrait Workshops continue to be well supported and take place monthly.
This years Calendar of Events will be issued as a hard copy at the January monthly meeting, available on our website www.budleighsaltertonartclub.org.uk and we will send out as an attachment to everyone who uses email. It is obviously subject to amendments, so I would encourage you to look at the club website which also has more detail of each demonstrator, has latest news and interesting articles to read. Please submit anything that you feel would be of interest to club members to either John Washington or Julie Bingham and they can post on the website.
We have our AGM in February and at this time we are still looking for a Chairman, Exhibition Secretaries and Speaker Secretary. So if anyone wants to volunteer or indeed discuss these or any of the committee roles then please let us know. We really must not rely on the same group of people to run the club, it is YOUR club so can I encourage you to actively get involved. The retiring committee members will happily give you as much support as you need so don’t be afraid to come forward.
Can I also remind new members (less than 5 years in the Club) who have not yet won any awards, that each year we have the Bill Cockerill Award which is voted on by members from paintings brought along to the AGM for judging. So if you have a painting which you would like to show, bring it along.
Can I ask everyone attending the January meeting and/or the AGM to arrange to pay their membership dues either by cheque (pre-written payable to BSAC) or cash at those meetings and am happy to confirm that the subscription for 2018-2019 will remain at £20 per member. This figure does not include either the drop-in workshops or portrait workshops, which are £3 per session, payable on the day. We will have the Peter Hall open from 9.30am for both meetings, to allow time to get the membership subs collected. This years membership booklet will be compiled and printed after the AGM, once the membership details are confirmed and subs have been collected. The Calendar of Events will NOT be included and will be handed out separately as detailed above.
We are in early discussions with the Fairlynch Museum to see how we can help them to have the original Millais “Boyhood of Raleigh” painting displayed there during the Summer months. It normally resides in the Tate Museum and our museum are thrilled to be able to have it on loan. They are in the early stages of scoping out the scale of what might end up as a larger exhibition, so as soon as we have more details, we will pass them on.
We also have an exciting opportunity related to this years Budleigh Literary Festival.
Members of the BS Art Club are invited to submit an entry for an internal competition to design the front cover for this year's Literary Festival's Brochure. This will be the 10th year of the Festival and its Artistic Director, Annie Ashworth, would like to encourage the involvement of the local community in this anniversary. The content of the cover should reflect the nature of the Budleigh landscape and might indicate some connection with the literary background (but this is not essential). Examples of previous brochures can be seen on the website or please talk to Ralph or John.
Entries must be in portrait format.
The winning artist will be invited to a drinks reception and given two complimentary tickets to attend the lecture following it. There will be an acknowledgement of the artist and the BS Art Club inside the brochure.
Entries must be submitted by the time of the Art Club's meeting on 28th March: either take them to Roger Bass, 14 Victoria Place, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6JP at any time (phone 01395 444296) or bring them to the Art Club meeting on the 28th March.’
The display of members artwork at Bicton College library has been a real success and has had great feedback, so if you would like to have your work on show, then please talk to John Washington who is in communication with the college.
Don’t forget this is your club, so if you have any ideas, questions or observations on how you think we could improve or expand our activities then please let us know. But be prepared to lend a hand, don’t expect someone else to do it for you.
Let’s all have a happy and productive 2018! Happy painting!!
Ralph Bingham - Chairman
The Moor Otter Project
If you or your family and friends travelled around Dartmoor last summer,
you may have seen large sculptures of otters, displayed on plinths, which were painted by 100 British artists. Some of these were painted in a humorous way, such as Jailbird Otter’ and ‘Elementary my Dear Otter’ whilst other artists produced romantic paintings of Dartmoor. The idea behind the project was twofold. First to encourage children, with their families or teachers to explore the Dartmoor National Park, but also to raise money to train young rangers and continue the conservation work of the moor.
Alan Cotton, our President, was asked to select 30 ‘Golden Artists’, whose work was auctioned at Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood. The remaining 70 were sold at an online auction and as a result we were able to hand over a cheque for £100,000 to the Dartmoor National Park Trust.
The Park Authorities said that the whole event was an overwhelming success from every point of view, with a 25% increase in visitors to the moor during the summer months.
Following the success of the Moor Otters,
a similar project will be staged in
‘Tarka Country’ in North Devon.
This will be to raise money for
Children’s Hospice South West where
Alan is their Patron of ‘Art For Life’.
Plans are at an early stage so we will keep you posted about when the Otters will be exhibited throughout North Devon.
Thelma Hulbert Gallery Charity Exhibition and Auction
of which Alan Cotton is Patron, is being held in Honiton on March 2nd. They are working to raise money to employ an Admiral Nurse for East Devon and below is the text of Alan's Foreword to the catalogue, which will be out shortly and give you some background to the work that they do.
The aim of this exhibition and auction of donated paintings by well known artists is to raise funds for an Admiral Nurse for the Honiton area. Most people will have known someone amongst friends and family who has suffered from dementia, and those who have had a loved one suffering from this cruel illness will know the daily strain of caring. We ourselves remember when my wife’ Tricia’s Mum was diagnosed with Alzheimers and it was heartbreaking to watch the person we knew and loved disappear, yet still be with us. However much family and friends want to help, they often simply don’t know how best to do it and some even shy away, just not able to cope..
An Admiral Nurse provides that specialist support, in so many ways to carers and those suffering from dementia .. They have skills to help you stay connected with the person you love. If someone with dementia is fearful or distressed they know how to help the carer manage this, or if a family is simply not coping, they will sort out problems and know where to go to arrange additional support. They give real practical help, in the home on a regular basis..
In raising funds to support an Admiral Nurse it has been heart-warming to see how many people have come forward to help. As Heather Penwarden mentioned in a report in the Midweek Herald, many groups and individuals have already engaged in activities to fund raise for this cause. I would like to personally give a big thank you to all the artists – almost 50 of them, who are so frequently asked to donate paintings for charity auctions, and who have once more produced this amazing exhibition to support such an important cause.
The Thelma Hulbert Gallery also deserves a huge thank you, for not only giving the town a first class exhibiting space and craft workshops, but for opening up the gallery for fundraising events and it is thanks to the staff and supporting teams that we have this exhibition, followed by the auction which will take place on 2nd March. Thanks also to East Devon District Council and other organisations, who recognise the value of the THG and give their financial support. It has been a pleasure once again to work with such an enthusiastic and organised team. My thanks to everyone on the committee who has worked so hard to make this the success I am sure it will be
Now I hope that the general public will add their support, by not only coming along to see the exhibition, but by giving us a packed auction room on 2nd March and record breaking bids to give Honiton the Admiral Nurse it so needs and richly deserves
Alan Cotton D.Litt, FRSA, Hon SWAc Patron of the Exhibition and Auction.
Check out the Blog and read about our President's project to raise funds to encourage children, with their families or teachers, to explore the Dartmoor National Park, and also raise money to train young rangers and continue the conservation work of the moor.
Quick on The Draw
Over the Christmas and New Year holiday I came across this website about an artist from Oregon, US, called Cathleen Rehfeld. http://crehfeld.blogspot.co.uk
Do take a look if you have a moment to spare – her paintings are full of vitality, colour, bold brushwork and an absolute joy of rendering images quickly and accurately. Her subject matter is – well, everything really - and she paints daily, any subject that excites her.
I just love her brushwork and the confidence borne of what I think is a sound knowledge of underlying draughtsmanship. Scroll down the subjects listed at the lower right hand side of her blog page – lots of ideas that show how just about anything can be interpreted into a glorious painting.
We might try a Club session of speed painting – anyone up for that?
John W. January 2018