Flower illustration using watercolours
Always popular amongst Club members, this subject
was demonstrated beautifully by Sheila Stafford using a simple palette and a few basic materials.
After drawing out the basic image with an HB pencil, she floated in a dark green for the background leaves and proceeded to work through medium and lighter colours, always keeping the paper wet, especially round the edges of the image.
Watercolour paper is very absorbent and dries quickly too so it’s important to make use of its unique properties.
Adding details and picking out smaller areas of colour, she made use of fine sable brushes – sizes 5 down to 00 for very small detail if necessary. Top tip – use the best quality brushes you can get hold of – usually sable – which are expensive but produce the best results.
Sheila gave us some background to her career and showed some of her printed work – of particular interest The Garden Flower Almanac which you can see above.
Following her demonstration there were of course questions and answers and a chance to have a closer look at her work.
Below you can see some of
Sheila's original watercolour flower paintings covering a wide range of species in glorious colour. Something new for us all to attempt.
A Drawing Day with Ray
for The Venture Group, The Thursday Group and other members of the Club
Shirley Wilkes of The River House, Lympstone arranged a full day with Ray Balkwill. Several of us arrived at her home for a prompt start at 10am enjoying a welcome coffee and biscuits while Ray gave an excellent talk on the importance of tonal sketching with strong composition.
He showed many examples of his way of working and how useful these were for developing more considered paintings.
We all chose individual places to start our masterpieces while Ray hunted us out to give advice and praise.
Rain arrived towards lunchtime when we were welcomed back at the River House for a glass of wine and one of Shirley’s fantastic luncheons.
Out to brave the elements for an hour or so until rain stopped play. Inside again when Ray very generously gave a demo using graphite, biro and charcoal. A further indoor session for us to try new skills followed by tea, cake and critique.
A truly enjoyable day, Many thanks to Shirley, Ray and fellow artists.
...the business continues
It is with some sadness and some joy that we have to announce to everyone that we - Peter and Gilly, are retiring from Talisman Framing.
We've had a great 7 years running the business and really enjoyed meeting you all and making some firm friends
However, it's not all bad news as we have sold the business to another Picture Framer who has been running his own picture framers and gallery in Scotland.
He has been hoping to move back down to his roots in Devon and knows Budleigh well and we were lucky enough to give him the opportunity to do so. His name is Peter Bowman and he is very accomplished and we are sure he will take Talisman on to bigger and better things.
We will still be doing the printing side of the business but from our home so if you ever need any prints/copies etc doing then you can contact Peter direct: firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 07973 220607.
We are looking forward to our retirement, which is long overdue, but our aim when we moved down here was to run it for the 7 years so now it has actually come upon us - time seems to have gone very quickly!
We are staying in Budleigh and will no doubt see you in the town and Gilly will still be a member of the Art Club so will be around on Wednesday mornings and able to stay for the whole session!
Our last day as owners is Saturday 29th June and
Peter Bowman takes over on July 1st, opening on July 2nd.
Thank you all for your custom and please continue to support Talisman and make the 'new' Peter very welcome!
Gilly and Peter.