Big brushes and bold strokes
An amazing watercolour demo by
A lively and highly entertaining demonstration was enjoyed by a fascinated audience of members at the November Club meeting. Featuring Budleigh beach as the subject and looking west towards the cliffs and the Sandy Bay headland, Jem created a striking composition from earlier observations and photographs.
Interestingly, his brush selection was limited to just two - medium and large sizes with a similarly limited palette of muted earth colours. With the simplest of preparatory sketch lines to identify the composition, he worked rapidly on to heavy Bockingford watercolour paper, starting with a broken cloudy sky, moving down towards the horizon - in this case the headland - and then introducing some broad suggestions of buildings on the hill up towards the golf course. Other details followed - the sea, the beach with some people on it and finally, in the foreground, a typical 'Budleigh In Bloom' boat filled with flowers.
To complete the picture he slipped the painting into a frame which set his work off beautifully to an enthusiastically inspired audience.
If you'd like to see more of Jed's painting you can see them on his website: www.jembowdenwatercolour.co.uk
A first time sitter for
our last portrait session
Visiting Budleigh, our sitter for the Monday afternoon session was Pauline who's been staying with one of our portrait-painting members.
And how impressive she was, keeping as still as many professional models and providing
an excellent subject for a healthy turnout of members at our last session.
Charcoal, pencil, oil paint and acrylics were all in use as were the ever-popular pastels - shown above as one of the many examples of an afternoon's work. You can see other other work that was produced by the group below.
The last workshop for this year - but fear not, for those keen to pursue the subject of portraiture, we shall be having a new series starting in January next year. Watch this space.
Life - second time around!
After our first series of life drawing sessions earlier in the year, by popular request we started a second series in the
Oak Room at Bicton House.
With both morning and afternoon sessions, our model for the day, Sally, presented us with both classic and some more challenging poses to get us off to a flying start.
Several new members joined the class and for some it was their first experience of drawing from the model - with very encouraging results.
You can see some of the work above and the lovely room that we have been provided with by Bicton House.
Our next session is on Thursday 14th November so please make a note in your diary - and if you’d like to come along just for a taster in the morning or afternoon, you’ll be most welcome. It's just £15 for either session - and if you enjoy it, of course you can come along to future sessions as well. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more details.
The Man From Vitebsk
Fish, fiddlers and chickens
One of the most fascinating artists of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Marc Chagall, was the subject of October’s monthly meeting with a riveting talk by Lin Holdridge, former lecturer at Plymouth University.
Chagall's dream-like paintings are filled with symbolism relating to his birth town, Vitebsk, his faith, orthodox Jewish and his enduring love for his childhood sweetheart, Bella, who he subsequently married.
Hugely symbolic in the Jewish faith are animals like cows, chickens and fish and their close association with humans bringing good luck, fertility and other attributes. And who knew that his many images of the fiddler on the roof were the inspiration for the famous musical?
Never interested in highly skilled drawing, his evocative paintings are full of meaningful imagery, some of it understood, much of it left to interpretation. And influenced by the many towns and countries in which he lived - from Russia to France to America, he mixed with some of the most influential artists of the time. His work extended way beyond painting to stained glass, theatre costume design and backdrops, murals, ceramics and even tapestries - a true polymath of the arts.
Members were invited to submit work of their own in the style of Chagall to be judged by Lin for a prize and you can see the images Below
A most impressive selection by members including drawings, paintings, print and even a tapestry. The winner was finally adjudged by Lin as Elena Davie, seen here being presented with the prize for her painting.
Our thanks to Lin for a genuinely interesting and enlightening talk and if you want to hear more, keep an eye on local events for her talks in Otterton. ©udleig Salterton Art Club 2017 All rights reserved | Privacy Statement | Webs