A demo a day
On each day of the exhibition this year, Club members demonstrated their favourite painting techniques to visitors.
Starting with Ralph, there was a lot of interest in his water-based oil paintings of seascapes.
Dan's 'Class of '18' generated a group of boys and girls,
eager to practice their artistic skills with some live watercolour painting. Here are some of his 'pupils'.
Half way through Exhibition Week, Wendy produced this acrylic landscape from a photograph on Woodbury Common. You can see here on the right, work in progress during the day.
Then on Thursday, Amanda, one of our recently-joined members volunteered to paint a seascape in acrylics.
Not surprisingly, very popular with the Jurassic coastline so close.
For the first time this year there was a section in the show dedicated to portrait painting, so appropriately John's demo featured the subject.
With no model available to sit for him he chose to paint a
self portrait in oils from his image in a mirror, cleverly photographed by a visitor from Exmouth Photo Group, Ian Bateman - count the four images of the 'model' in the picture!
Friday introduced one of this year's award winners, Jacki who demonstrated her very individual expertise, painting, trees. landscapes and flowers in watercolours.
They were much admired by visitors and unsurprisingly there was demand for her work during the show.
Much appreciation and many thanks to all our demonstrators for their time and effort in bringing this exciting innovation to the exhibition and sharing their experience with visitors and members. Both interesting and inspiring.
Kids' Colouring Wall
Visitors to the exhibition come in all ages so Jed's Wall gave the younger ones an opportunity to express their artistic skills on the giant colouring poster in the foyer. No doubt some future members joined in so look out for up and coming artistic talent around the town.
And while we're looking at children's pictures, here's a small selection from the
Scribble Table where refreshments were being consumed.
What a way to start!
A record number of paintings sold and much footfall throughout the first day of the exhibition
After our prize winners from
the previous evening kicked off
the show with some beautiful work, comments received from visitors have been very positive about the standard of exhibits this year.
Several enquired about joining the Club, having seen the work on show and were interested to try their skills in the various workshops and location painting days that we are now introducing.
The raffle is proving popular with the two main prizes – an original landscape painting by Wendy Markham to be won as well as an oil portrait to be painted by John Washington of a chosen sitter.
The first live demonstration started with Ralph Bingham producing a seascape in water-based oils which generated much interest and conversation with visitors.
There'll be more live painting at the exhibition throughout the week in watercolours, acrylics, oils and mixed media on a variety of subjects including landscapes, coastal scenes and portraits. Do come and watch - and of course support our members.
More features as Exhibition Week progresses. Watch this space.
Preview to a great show
The largest number of submissions ever
and a lively crowd of members and guests crammed the Public Hall for the Preview Evening of this year’s
BSAC Annual Exhibition.
John Washington our joint Chairman, welcomed everyone to the preview, thanked the new Club Committee and specifically Paul Doughty and the helpers who organised the exhibition – his first for the Club.
Paul then introduced the panel of judges who critiqued some of the work and awarded prizes to the winners of each category
Throughout the evening, raffle tickets were sold for the prizes of 'Your Portrait Painted" and an original landscape painting by Wendy Markham. Money raised will go towards this year’s two nominated charities, Budleigh Hospicecare and Exmouth Open Doors.
So - the high standard of work, the wide variety of subject matter and attractive displays auger well for the next ten days and the show should be a successful destination for residents and visitors to Budleigh alike.
Look out for more photos and reports on this website as the show progresses through the week.
And do come and visit - lots to see, painting demos, kids' giant colouring poster, coffee, teas, cakes - and free entry to all.
Plein Air Painting at Bicton
Over twenty intrepid artists from the Club made
their way to Bicton College to spend a day in the fresh air painting around Bicton House and the grounds.
Pretty well all media was being made use of with subjects as varied as the Georgian house itself, the immediate gardens and flowers, long reaching views across the valley, the lake and the boathouse.
Spoilt for choice but with a predominantly ‘green’ coloured theme, everybody came away with some worthwhile work, whether it was a sketch, a finished painting or the start of something to be completed later at home
Sim, our host and guide ensured the College provided all the facilities we needed and was delighted to see how many members turned up and especially the standard of work produced.
She has asked that when we are happy with what we’ve done, the College would be pleased to display the results of our labours in an exhibition in the library.
We’ve also discussed a return painting day later in the year when of course the leaves are falling, the autumnal colours predominate and the structures and shapes of the trees will be much more visible. Details later on but have a think about how you might like to handle a similar sort of day but with a completely different sort of landscape.
And if you couldn't come along to this session at Bicton, you'll be very welcome to join us at the next one in the Autumn. Watch this space!