Christmas cheer at the
BSAC Annual Lunch
The Club’s traditional Christmas lunch was held once again at The East Devon Golf Club in a room packed with members and guests. This year we were pleased to welcome many new members and we hope you enjoyed the occasion as much as our longer standing ones.
As tradition dictates, we were delighted to welcome our president, Alan Cotton and his wife Tricia who managed to catch up with old friends and update us on latest events.
Below you can browse through a selection of photographs taken during the lunch showing a lot of happy members getting the seasonal celebrations off to a great start.
This year, our raffle to raise funds for the Club had an exciting variety of prizes and generated a record amount which will help us to maintain and improve the things we’re able to offer during the course of next year.
A very Happy Christmas to all members and friends and best wishes to everyone for 2020.
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 email@example.com 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
From time to time, members like to have cards printed from their artwork and Pete Chadwick from Talisman who used to be in The High Street is now offering this service direct to
He is also able to produce high quality giclée and canvas prints so if you want to contact him please e-mail
or phone him on 07973 220607
Figures in a Landscape:
bold, vigorous and skilfully evocative
September’s fascinating demonstration by watercolourist, Rob Walker, was a perfect example of how to enjoy your painting.
The subject - figures in a landscape.
A challenging subject, a group of hikers with their backpacks walking down a track in a hilly landscape.
it would be tempting to get involved with too much unnecessary detail. However, a bold approach using a ballpoint pen created
a loose preparatory drawing, closely followed by a generously loaded number 12 filbert brush full of paint.
Before laying on some initial colours, Rob emphasised the need for close observation on body shapes, ignoring any detail at this stage, and making use of a limited palette – yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, a mid blue and a Paynes grey with very limited use of cadmium red. White is rarely used - and then only to lighten the hues of other colours.
An interesting innovation was the use of a matchstick, fixed to the end of a short length of cane, then dipped in dark, acrylic ink and spontaneously drawn into the painting to give it body and contrast.
Shadow areas were floated on in subtle blues and violets
(never grey) and some final detail work and highlights were applied with the judicious application of soft pastels.
An observation ... one rarely likes one’s own work when it’s finished but a good tip is to hide it from view for a few weeks and then look at it again with a fresh eye.
In addition, a mount and frame can add a completely different aspect which can sometimes significantly improve a work.
Following the demo, Rob spent time answering questions and to the delight of members, brought along a broad selection of his work including portraits, animals and landscapes.
Members may be interested in attending his workshops which are held at his studio near Hatherleigh – you can find more details and read about Rob’s work on his website: www.robwalkerartist.co.uk
A Brush With Bacchus
A gentle south facing slope on the outskirts of Budleigh, twenty artists armed with their favourite paints and brushes and a room full of glasses waiting for the arrival of a selection of delicious wines to be savoured and enjoyed.
One of the more unusual locations for Club outings resulted in a most enjoyable day of new experiences - drawing and painting the rows of grape-laden vines,
the surrounding landscape and slopes of
Lilly Farm Vineyard.
The weather was kind to us and we were treated to a history and conducted tour of the vineyard followed by a wine tasting of the different varieties produced by Alan and Faye.
We also enjoyed a delicious lunch board of English cheeses and a variety of cold meats followed by – what else, English strawberries and cream!
Below is a photographic record of a most enjoyable, educational and sociable day at Lily Farm - and thanks go to Alan and Faye* for accommodating the club and sending us away with big smiles on our faces.
* For more information and to arrange your own visit you might like to check out www.lilyfarmvineyard.com
Resuming our portrait sessions with a challenge
As a change from our usual practice of sitting for ourselves to paint, we had the benefit of a professional model for our September session
Lenah, dressed in traditional Kenyan headscarf and accessorised with a hand made Masai, beaded necklace – was a real challenge of detail and something entirely new for the group.
And of course, a full studio of artists rose to the occasion, producing work in oils, acrylics, watercolours, gouache, pastels and pencils. Never let it be said we don't experiment!
The afternoon sped by with some really interesting work and such was the enthusiasm by members, we’ll look at planning another session with Lenah in the not-too-distant-future.
Meantime, if you’d like to join the group, the next session is planned for Monday, 15th October – further details from
John Washington firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to know more - newcomers most welcome.
OUR RUBY CELEBRATIONS
and an exhibition to remember
Following a bustling Preview Evening, our Ruby Year Exhibition continued in style with a stream of local residents, members and visitors to the town for their summer holidays - and what sunny weather we had!
As we all know, pictures are worth many thousands of words and you'll find a selection below covering some of the activities over the ten days we were open.
This year we had some additional attractions – teatime jazz, members’ cards for sale, a much bigger bookstall, more artists showing a variety of skills and some media techniques that we’ve not shown before like computer created art.
With almost 300 submissions it’s the largest number of entrants we’ve ever displayed and the quality of the work is reflected in this year’s sales.
Each day there were ARTISTS@WORK with members demonstrating their various skills and the opportunity to chat with visitors. Acrylics, oils, watercolours, mixed media of all sorts including textiles, collage, embroidery and even some intricate model painting.
The Art Café was, as ever, busy throughout, several visitors returning on subsequent days to enjoy the delicious cakes created by our ‘baking members’.
A record number of visitors enjoyed our hospitality this year.
And even more fun at the children's drawing and colouring tablecloth in the Art Cafe during this year's show. You can see some of their work below - future members maybe?
The prize draw with Richard Rochester's charcoal drawing and Bob Seabright's watercolour painting proved to be a great success and along with proceeds from the bookstall sales we’ll be able to donate a healthy sum to this year’s chosen charities. Congratulations to our two winners
So many members gave their time and effort to the show - from the stewards and the sales teams to the café volunteers and those on the exhibition team - it’s impossible to mention them all so a big thank you from all of us for making our Ruby Exhibition such a success.
Now it’s time to draw breath, pour a glass of something to relax with … before we start to contemplate what we can do for next years show!