Filled to capacity, the dining room at East Devon Golf Club was buzzing with members getting together for the Club's biggest social event of the year.
Ralph made his appearance as MC and Chairman for the last time at the lunch and thanked Lisa and her team for organising such a splendid occasion.
He also introduced our president, Alan Cotton and John Hammond, our Vice President, who, with their wives Tricia and Katie respectively, enjoyed a splendid meal and friendly welcome.
Another year and another Christmas lunch - 2019 is now only days away and with plans for a full programme of events and activities, there will be many opportunities for further get-togethers for us all.
Do look at the slide show below – lots of happy members, looking forward to a Merry Christmas and an active, enjoyable and productive 2019.
... and also The Venture Group Christmas Lunch
To finish off a fun season of painting, members of the Venture Group got together for a pre-Xmas lunch and opportunity to critique some of the paintings produced over the last few weeks.
For anyone new to the Club, the Venture Art folks are split into two groups, both morning and afternoon on Tuesdays running through the year with breaks around holidays. Great opportunities for making new friends and learning from each other.
Space is limited and there is usually a waiting list, but if you're interested then we can put you in touch with the organisers.
Great fun, very relaxed and informal.
Very enjoyable sessions.
From Tudors to Victorians
Costumes from different eras
in The Oak Room at Bicton House
The session was packed for the day with twenty five artists drawing and painting from both live models and mannequins.
Courtesy of Fairlynch we were privileged to be
granted permission to take a selection of costumes from the collection for a day to paint and draw.
Iris was kind enough to organise this for us along with our two splendid Models, Carol and Christine, both volunteers from the museum who gave their expert services free of charge.
The models alternated through the morning so everyone had a chance to draw both Tudor costumes and then after lunch we all moved on to studying the mannequins dressed in Georgian outfits through to Victorian – quite a challenge.
Lunch was a splendid affair with a wide-ranging finger buffet laid on by Bicton College – certainly much appreciated and just in time give is the renewed energy to continue through the afternoon.
Much work was produced during the session in a range of styles using oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels and inks. It was certainly something different and quite a challenge for us all - you can see a selection of the work above.
Next year we’ll be organising a new range of themed painting and drawing days so do come back to this website to check when they’ll fall due.
No ... not a newly discovered avian species but an exciting paint and ink treatment that kept members enthralled at the November Club meeting. Alison Board demonstrated how to use Brusho crystals mixed with a variety of other paints, waxes and pencils.
Using a photo of a flamingo as reference, she trace-sketched a broken image outline of the subject on to a high quality watercolour paper, before applying some judiciously placed masking fluid.
This was followed by applying sprinklings of Brusho crystals and then watercolours which reacted on the paper to give beautiful vibrant colours, textures and tones.
Almost any paint or pastel can be incorporated to give an endless variety of finishes with highlights in gouache to bring the painting to life.
Alison brought along several examples of her work ranging from animals, flowers, and landscapes through to more graphic illustrations and use of more unusual techniques. If you'd like to see more, simply Google her name to find videos and further examples of her paintings.