Richard Rochester -
All about charcoal and how to draw with it
Richard Rochester presented a real eye-opener on the history, techniques and possibilities of charcoal drawing with a short talk about the sources, manufacture and applications of this versatile medium.
This was followed by a stunning demonstration of a drawing of a boat in full sail across the water.
Starting with an outline drawing of the subject he proceeded to lay down a smooth background of soft charcoal, brushed and then rubbed into the tooth of the paper to give an overall mid grey on which to work.
Effects from differing grades of charcoal Laying down a grey charcoal background
This was followed by drawing in the darkest areas of the subject and working through to lighter areas, making use of a variety of charcoal grades and sizes.
Waves in the sea were drawn in using a smaller dark charcoal and then softly brushed over gently with a cloth to bring perspective to the drawing.
With a judicious use of different sized erasers varying from soft to hard he went on to introduce the light and dark areas of the sails catching the light to give the impression of a light following wind.
At the conclusion, the work, although unfinished, really impressed members and Richard was kept busy with many questions about this and his other work.
A fascinating and inspiring morning and if you’d like to explore more about Richard and his work, please go to his website www.richardrochester.co.uk
Later this year he has a book being published ‘Charcoal - Techniques and Tutorials for the Complete Beginner’ so if you want more guidance following his demo, keep your eyes open for this. Meantime, dig out that charcoal lurking at the bottom of your pencil box and experiment with some of the techniques he demonstrated - you might even produce a drawing for display at our August exhibition.
May Bank Holiday Monday brought out the visitors once more to a lively and innovative display of members’ work in a sunny Public Hall.
Organising his first exhibition, our new Exhibition Secretary, Alex, along with a most efficient and enthusiastic team of helpers had everything in place and on time for a 9 o’clock opening to a steady stream of visitors.
The BSAC Exhibition Strong Men Team In Action
A wide range of subjects created in every technique was on view – tapestry and felting, watercolours, acrylics, oils, pen and ink, pencil, wood carving – and for the first time computer generated 3D artwork.
Throughout the day we had demonstrations of watercolour painting, oil painting and woodcarving with an area in the entrance for boys and girls to draw on Jed’s famous Bubbly Salterton drawing and colouring wall.
Encouraging children to try their hand at watercolour painting was as popular as ever and with Dan's guidance, his young students dipped into the medium for the first time - more recruits for the Club in future years!
Sales and footfall kept our volunteer stewards busy throughout the day with visitors of all ages enjoying the exhibits.
Over 150 votes were cast for the most popular artwork in the show which resulted in an almost equal number between Jackie Stokes, Ben Honey and by just one vote, our eventual winner Bob Seabright.
At the following Club Meeting he was presented with the May Cup, a splendid cut glass engraved vase, for his painting
Lisa and her team provided a splendid refreshments corner that was well attended by visitors and members alike, enjoying home made cakes along with much needed teas and coffees.
We had many very favourable comments about the exhibits and the organisation so a big thank you is due to members who submitted their work, those who volunteered their services, all the back room preparation and those who organised such a successful day. And thanks of course to Budleigh Salterton Lions who's invitation to participate in Gala Week provides us with such a wonderful venue to display our members' work.
Welcome To The Show Busy On The Sales Desk
Next up is our celebratory Summer Exhibition in August, our 40th Ruby Anniversary show so now's the time to get out your brushes, paints, pens, charcoal, chisels, fabrics, needles, computer programmes and all the other materials needed to produce a great show of stunning artwork.
Not forgetting the Ruby-Red theme if you’d like to create something special for the show.
This year's Chairman's Outing -
Sculpture By The Lakes
Boarding our luxury coach we travelled to Dorset with the sun shining and the promise of a great day out.
And what a day it was: peaceful, inspiring, fascinating and hugely enjoyable in the beautiful 26 acres of grounds, lakes and gardens of this glorious location.
Following a personal welcome and introduction from Toria, the manager, over 30 of us split up to explore the wide variety of bronzes – animals and birds, abstract works and many humorous examples of the sculptor’s work. Birdsong and the sound of water was everywhere with surprises around every corner.
The Gallery had further examples of work, paintings and sculpture, much of it with a wildlife theme and the nearby Gallery Restaurant provided much needed sustenance of home cooked and innovative dishes – and cakes of course!
Adjacent to the house was a stunningly designed garden comprising a surprising selection of plants and flowers laid out in unusual sequences with willow, tunnels, paving and water features - and virtually unique in this country, a flowering bamboo!
Unusually, rolling waves of hedging with a grass river walkway took you on a journey over three levels to feature bronze sculptures of exotic birds and a delightful row of mixed summer fruit, with a patina suggesting the appropriate colours for each one.
And of course, there were the animals – apart from the wildlife – water fowl of all sorts with their newly hatched young, there were the rescue dogs and chickens running free and scratching around in their enclosure near the magnificent vegetable garden. A real delight.
So, after covering a substantial distance on foot, some of us sketching and painting in the grounds, admiring the gardens and relaxing in the shade of the trellis restaurant, it was all-to-soon to depart.
Mike, our driver, provided a smooth and enjoyable journey back to Budleigh where we all went our own ways with smiles and inspiration from a truly great day out. As a reminder, below are some of the photos taken by members. Where to next year? ... that's the question.
Brushes with a saxophone
A full house of portrait painters
enjoyed a first when Pat, one of our musical members, volunteered to sit
for the group, accompanied by
With intermittent saxophone solos we managed a wide range of
interpretations ranging from sketches and drawings through to pastels, acrylics
and oils – even a close up of Pat’s feet tapping out the rhythm.
Another session at the Temple Hall is booked for 10th June –
if you’d like to try your hand at portraits, please e-mail John Washington email@example.com if you’d like to know more.