A pear, a glass - and a
stunning work in an hour
A totally absorbing demonstration at our September meeting left members impatient to try their hand at some still life painting, either at the afternoon workshop or at the earliest opportunity at home.
Mike Skidmore, having travelled the four hours from Ross-on Wye, went straight into his painting of a pear in a glass and demonstrated some of the techniques to help us bring our paintings to life. Starting with basic flat shapes, he developed the subject starting with acrylic base work, moving on to introduce half tones to give it some modelling and then to oils showing how glazes, thicker body paint and highlights give the different textures a three dimensional look.
His portfolio of work varies from still life through to animals, birds and portraits, all painted in oils.
To see more of his work visit www.mikeskidmoreonline.com and be amazed!
Music while you paint
A first for the portrait group - painting to the sound of Ralph's guitar and vocal accompaniment.
Certainly a challenge for the painters with fingers dancing all over the frets and head tilting in various attitudes.
Probably the most difficult painting to date with so many things to consider - including the guitar of course.
Some good painting though with interesting hand movements captured in oils, acrylic and charcoal - and of course many different styles. Any other musicians in the club who who'd like to sit for us next time? Contact John Washington on the usual e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sketching with Ray
Ten Club members were invited by Shirley Wilkes to join Ray for a day's sketching and painting at Lympstone.
We met for coffee and a talk from Ray on Ten Tips for Sketching, then set out with these in mind to start with tonal thumbnail drawings of considered compositions using a view finder which he had provided for each of us.
He gave an example demo, then we made our attempts till time called for a fantastic lunch at Shirley’s River House. Afterwards we had another one and a half hours painting to finish our masterpieces, then back to base for tea, cake and critique. Very special day with huge thanks to Ray and Shirley.
Last Day of the Exhibition
The paintings, drawings and other work had been collected so all that remained was for the prize draw to take place. Firstly, winner of the original acrylic landscape painting by Wendy Markham was drawn from the hat by the artist herself - he was Charles Woods, a local resident in Budleigh so congratulations to him.
The winner of the portrait to be painted by John Washington was another Budleigh resident, Beryl Schmidt-Rieche and John will be working with her over the next couple of months. Here he is - strangely, still dressed in full Sir John Millais costume, fresh from the Fairlynch re-enactment of The Boyhood of Raleigh painting just down the road.
The success of the raffle means that we can once again donate to the Club's chosen charities for 2018, Budleigh Hospicecare and Exmouth Open Doors so a big thank you to all who took part.
So - another year, another show. And another success.
To all who gave their time and effort, a massive thank you. To all who exhibited, we hope you received the viewings and sales you wished for - and to all our visitors we thank you for spending time with us and you enjoyed seeing the talent that our club has to offer.
Naturally, we hope to see you all again next year for our 40th Year Ruby Celebration Show.