Probably the most popular medium amongst Club members, John Bailey gave us a couple of hours of really good advice with a demonstration and tips as to how to achieve the sort of result we’d be proud of.
With examples of his work from this country and abroad and subjects as diverse as the countryside, rivers, estuaries, hills and buildings, there was something for everyone to identify with and take away some really good pointers. All delivered with good humour and a raft of experience.
Following the demo, the Club's Spring Lunch was enjoyed by a hall full of members who were treated to a sumptuous spread of the most delicious and beautifully presented food.
A study of concentration for our final Tuesday portrait session
Hats off to John for stepping up and sitting for the group at the latest portrait session. Notice the expressions of total concentration on everyone's face - a bit misleading as this must have been one of the few moments of silence during what was a lively and enjoyable four hours. The quality of artwork was well up to standard and we were pleased to welcome two new members.
The next portrait session will be on Monday 21st May and subsequently on the third Monday of each month at the Temple Hall. If you'd like to join us, even if you've never painted people before, you'd be most welcome.
Just e-mail John Washington at the address in the Members Area and he'll let you have any further details if you need them.
Something completely different!
from Ralph and Julie
Having visited Porthleven in Cornwall many times over the years, we thought it would be fun to mount an Art Exhibition in the Old Lifeboat House which has been converted into an art gallery and workshop.
So together with Julie’s brother Kevin and wife Anne, our ex sister-in-law Kate with partner Stephen, who both live in Penzance and a long time ex work colleague of mine, Simon and his wife Julie, we took the plunge and booked the venue over Easter.
Little did we expect the weather to be so bad, but never mind, hopes were high of a good week ahead. Although the footfall was relatively low, we had a lot of positive compliments and all of us had decent sales by the end of the week. I have to say that regular visits to the pub, several good local eating establishments, consumption of good pasties and great company all made the week a real success.
As well as a range of different paintings in Acrylic, Oil and Watercolour mediums, we also had some beautiful, uniquely turned wooden bowls which Simon Farrimond has just started to produce. Simon spent a lot of time in Japan and that style has certainly influenced his designs. Commissions taken!!
For those of you who know Porthleven, or have seen it featured on “Spotlight” whenever there is a storm, suffice it to say we weren’t disappointed! Interesting! - especially as the Lifeboat House is as close to the sea as possible and waves actually smash into it’s foundations and have been known to destroy the roof! But great fun for all of us and we are seriously thinking about repeating it next year - maybe later when it’s a bit warmer.
Kevin’s popular range of printed mugs, slates chopping boards, tiles, tea towels all
printed from Anne’s original artwork. If anyone is interested in having their artwork printed on to a range of items then Kevin is your man! Just let me know and I’ll pass on his contact details.
The seal photos (in the middle) were part of a portfolio of photographs exhibited by Stephen Westcott. Stephen spent a lot of time in the Southern Oceans studying marine life and enthralled us all with his life in those hostile waters.
All in all a fun time was had by all - we are looking for a venue to set up a similar exhibition in East Devon, so if you know of anywhere suitable we would appreciate your ideas. Hope you enjoyed my short recap on a very happy week!
Jed goes West
I worked in San Francisco long, long ago so it was interesting to note the small changes in California life, rather than the big changes in the White House.
Cash has disappeared - even the smallest purchase is now on the contact credit card (no pin number - you are supposed to sign the receipt).
Watching American TV would turn you into a hypochondriac - all the commercials seem to be for over-the-counter medicines "but talk to your Doctor before taking"
SFMOMA is Modern Art West Coast and I spent a few puzzled hours trying to work out what the exhibits were all about - they were certainly not art as I know it, dramatic ideas rather than performance: Robert Rauchenberg took a de Kooning drawing and erased it almost completely displaying the result as "The erased drawing of de Kooning"
The next gallery contained a room-sized vat of bubbling mud - and so on and on it went.
My friends were producing happier work that I think you would like - Kate Solari Baker -images of the varying seasons in Napa Valley vineyards.
Mik Katagawa - figure sculptures like the one below that Degas would have loved.
And me? I did some drawings of the Half Moon Jazz Band at Moss Beach ...
... and the wonderful Davenport Landing on the Pacific Coast where the whales were spouting just off shore. Also - love the warning sign on the beach.
But a little sad news to keep our feet firmly on the ground: Stamford University Press decided not to go ahead with an American version of my book (damn!)
Jed April 2018