Through the window
Image from a print by Glynn Boyd-Harte
A competition for members
at home during the coronavirus outbreak
The restrictions imposed on our Art Club due to the Covid19 outbreak mean we’ll be unable to hold regular meetings, classes and workshops for the foreseeable future. Budleigh’s Gala Week has also been cancelled which means that our Bank Holiday One-Day Show will not be taking place.
To help members continue their creativity and to get together ‘virtually’, we have organised an online project that we hope you’ll join.
The theme is ‘Through the window’.
Wherever you normally work at home, it’s likely that your desk, easel, table or worktop is near a window so we’re running a Club competition for members to submit an interpretation of the view from their window.
Whether you live in a flat, cottage, semi, mansion or work in your garden shed, there will be a view from a window that’s worth submitting. Any medium is allowed and judging will be on artistic merit, not subject matter - you may look out on to a brick wall, a back yard, a lovely garden, a main road, the countryside or the sea – it really doesn’t matter.
Your submission will be made online by e-mail – some simple details about yourself and your entry with a photograph of your artwork as an attachment – it’s as simple as that. Work will be shown in an online gallery on the Club’s Website and winners posted on our Facebook page.
Entries need to be in by Tuesday, 19th May so they can be judged and displayed online from 25th May, the day when our One-Day Gala Week Show would have been held.
*During the lead-up to the exhibition, you may wish to share and show progress of your work on our Facebook page so others can see what you’re doing.
For members without access to online facilities, they will be contacted separately with information for entry.
We hope you’ll join in and enter this competition which goes some way to make up for the cancellation of our Gala Week exhibition. If you have any queries, please
e-mail BSAC2020show@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can with answers.
* Our Facebook Page can be accessed by typing “Budleigh Salterton Art Club” into your Facebook search bar. Near to the top of our page you will see a post announcing this Competition. You can share and show progress of your work, by clicking “Comment”. Then type a few words (name, title, etc.) and use the camera icon to upload a photo into your comment.
Below is an updated list of Club activities that will no longer be taking place:
22nd April New Members' Coffee Morning - POSTPONED
29th April Club Meeting - CANCELLED
29th April Spring Lunch - POSTPONED
21st May Spring Trip to Broomhill - POSTPONED
25h May One-Day Gala Week Exhibition - CANCELLED
27th May Club Meeting - CANCELLED
27th May Sarah Wimperis Demo and Workshop - CANCELLED
Please assume that events from June
onwards have also been cancelled. We will of course notify you when official guidelines allow the Club to resume its normal timetable.
Please check this website for latest news
From Sketchbook to Studio
Vibrant, bold and evocative acrylic paintings were created in a slightly shortened demonstration after this year’s AGM.
Tony Homer brought along several sketch books filled with drawings made on site which he reinterprets in the studio into full colour paintings.
Having drawn out a basic composition, he then blocked in colour shapes with diluted paint mixed with a medium to maintain a workable texture.
He worked on two paintings at the same time using bold strokes with the main body of a flat brush and details using the edge.
Having established the essential composition - not a photographic interpretation - and working quickly with a very steady hand, he laid down mostly flat colours, introducing contrasts between complementary colours with deep rich shadows.
Then Tony moved on to introduce more detail, still applying quick and definite strokes to maintain the vitality of his work. The result - two superb paintings of the same subject but with a different slant on each.
Because of the bold technique, his paintings have an excitement and vitality, accentuated by the use of wonderful, contrasting and vibrant colours.
If you would like to see more of Tony’s artwork simply Google Tony Homer Artist.
Six top tips:
1. Make use of sketch books. Start off by sketching on site and then developing your composition later,
2. Be bold - experiment with bright, complementary colours.
3. Work quickly to lay down essential colour shapes - don’t worry about detail.
4. A clever technique for painting in windows, doors, roofs and other straight edged details is with the use of a small sheet of stiff paper, masking off and then painting in the required shapes with big brushes.
5. Use stubbly, worn, old brushes to scrub the colours and introduce texture to the surface of the paper .
6. Work quickly to lay down essential colour shapes - don’t worry about detail.
Last life class of this series
and a first for the Club
As if drawing from one model wasn't enough of a challenge, the last session of the current series presented double the difficulty with two of our regular, professional life models, Krissi and Nick, posing as a duo.
Both morning and afternoon classes started with tentative sketches but confidence was soon regained with their beautiful poses helping to inspire innovative drawings that the artists perhaps didn't think were achievable. With two models acting in tandem we were able to replicate some classical poses as well as inspired dance and theatrical stances, sometimes even difficult to maintain ones that had to be drawn in double quick time - see the quick sketch above - because they were so complex and awkward to hold for more than a minute or so. Below is a selection of some of the work produced - a most enjoyable and inspiring end to a well-attended and successful series.
Our thanks are due to all our superb models who have been outstanding and a joy to work with throughout the series - namely, Krissi, Nick, Sophia, Sally, Gemma and Sophie.
So now we have more life drawing and portrait painting workshops to look forward to. Dates and venues for the new series are yet to be established but in the meantime we will be arranging some one-off life and portrait days for those who can't wait. And importantly for any member interested in dipping their toe in the water to see if they enjoy the challenges of these classic subjects. Watch this space for more information.
If you would like other details on our portrait and life sessions please contact John Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
David Wilsher -
painting a wet day in Venice
To start the year, January’s subject was an acrylic painting demonstration of a seasonably rainy day in Venice with wet cobbles, puddles, umbrellas, and atmospheric reflections of a city that most of us think of in warm Italian sunshine.
David, who runs holiday courses in Venice and knows the city well, started with blank canvas paper on which he floated a burnt umber,
light wash, providing the mid tones needed for the painting as it progressed.
From the reference photograph taken in situ, with a brush he drew out the shapes required for the composition - no details at all to worry about at this stage.
Having found the essential shapes he blocked in the main colour areas using a large brush before adding a few basic suggestions of details as a foundation for more visual information later on.
When the painting started to take shape, David introduced some figures, appropriately with umbrellas – and even a little dog on a lead – plus more detail work on puddles, cobbles and the buildings.
Within an hour and a half, there appeared a beautiful, evocative image of a wet day in this wonderful city and for a finishing touch to his demonstration, David placed the painting into a frame - a grand finale to a brilliant and inspiring morning for members.
Top tips for members who would like to experiment:
👍Use a canvas paper pad - inexpensive and ideal for acrylic paints
👍Make use of a wet palette – you can make your own with a spongy base in a sealable flat plastic box or find one in an art shop. This helps to keep your paints wet for longer.
👍No need to use expensive brushes – look for bargain bunches of synthetic brushes.
👍Flat brushes are great for straight edges – windows, doors, roof tops etc.
👍Avoid detailed work – be bold.
👍For reflections use vertical strokes
👍Use the paint wet and moderately runny – airbrush medium is good to help the paint bond to the canvas.
If you'd like to see more of David's work and find out about his painting courses in Venice, you'll find lots of information on his website at www.davidwilsher.com
Some sad news for art club members.
We have just heard that one of our members, Don Papworth who was approaching 103 years old has died. Don was a long standing member of the Club and indeed was presented with a special gift at our annual exhibition three years ago to celebrate his 100th birthday. His friends will certainly miss him - the funeral will be at the Temple Methodist Church in Budleigh at 2pm on Thursday 30th January.
Our thoughts are of course with his family.
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.