Pastels, Paints and Pencils.
All materials were in use at our last portrait session of the year for our interpretation of our sitter for the afternoon, Rob. A selection of photos below shows some of the artists at work.
More sessions next year? Watch this space!
St Just in Roseland - The Old School House
Members of the Club took up the challenge from the Venture Group with a day's painting of this little cottage, an historic and unique building in our neighbouring county of Cornwall. Below you can see some of the watercolours - varied and interesting interpretations of the subject.
Alan Cotton Studio Exhibition
1st and 2nd December 2018 10am to 5pm
Transylvania – The Vegetable Garden at Miklosvar
Oils on Canvas 51 x 61 cm 20 x 24 ins
Two summers ago Alan Cotton, our Club President, travelled to Transylvania to gather new ideas for his paintings. For many it is a land of legend and mystery, but for Alan it was an amazing discovery of a landscape and way of life largely unchanged for centuries.
The wildflower meadows, hayricks and village cultivation provided rich material for a series of paintings of this pastoral landscape.
For this studio exhibition he has produced a collection of new Transylvanian paintings together with work from Provence, Venice, Piemonte and Hartland in North Devon.
The exhibition is open for two days only, when the artist will be there to welcome Club members and other guests who would like to visit the studio and see his work.
A Life in Landscapes
A full house listened intently to our guest speaker,
Ray Balkwill, well known to many members and a very popular local landscape artist.
Born in Devon on the outskirts of North Dartmoor, his passion is painting around the county, in particular the Exe estuary where he is well known for his amazing output of watercolour and pastel interpretations of boats and their reflections in the low tide waters. Exmouth, Lympstone and Topsham with the Haldon Hills ever-changing light in the background feature strongly and his paintings and books are becoming sought after and valuable collectors’ pieces.
With several books under his belt after a career in advertising and publishing,
he decided to commit to earning a living from his passion, landscape painting.
From watercolours, acrylics, oils and mixed media he demonstrated his wide scope of techniques, all based on traditional drawing skills with acute and empathetic observation.
Interestingly he identified with what we all experience from time to time – artists’ block – and his remedy was to return to art college and revitalise his output with completely new ideas and fresh ways of looking at subjects. It was fascinating to follow the progress of such a renowned artist over many years and encouraging to all members that there is always a way forward, however stuck, unconfident or frustrated we may become.
A really good session and we shall look forward to a return visit, hopefully in the not-too-distant future.
A bumper table-top sale at the October meeting produced a substantial sum with proceeds going to charity - art materials and art books donated by members generated nearly £180. The family of our previous Chair, Michelle Sykes has given her valuable library of art books for the club to sell on for charity and along with items from Gaynor Williams and the late Alan Turner there was a mine of fascinating material for members to purchase at bargain prices.
The number of books donated, means that we shall have further sales at our monthly meeting so do arrive in good time to peruse the collections - there's bound to be something to interest you.