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.