I hope that you managed to have a good Christmas and New year with everything that is still going on in the world! It has been very different for us all!
I was hoping to be able send good news about the group meeting up sometime soon, but alas, this looks as though it is still far off in the distance! In fact it will probably not be before the outdoor sessions are due to start.
There are thoughts that perhaps by then we might be able to put together a ‘ mornings only’ and keep it local. Much depends on how the COVID vaccine rollout is going! (Rather slowly at the moment, unfortunately!) We will obviously let you know of any plans and developments.
In the mean time we will be continuing with our weekly Zoom meeting at 12.00 noon on Thursdays, kindly organised by Avril. Here we can look at and talk about the work we have done, say hello to friends or just enjoy observing. You do not have to have produced work to show!
We are also lucky to have our web page where you can look at the weeks artwork that has been put on and you can even leave a comment if you wish. Thanks to Noreen and Hannah for this excellent presentation. At the moment work should still be sent to Hannah.
Each week someone from a rota puts photos on for you to do a piece of artwork from or to inspire you. This has been working well since we started a couple of months ago.
I have not set a Chairman’s project this year as we still have to show last years work. We have thought about putting it on the webpage but feel that it would be better to wait until we can meet as often the work produced needs an explanation with it. If the majority of you would rather it be shown via the web page we could possibly manage this with written explanations. Please let me know.
Thank you to all who took part in the patchwork picture. I had a great time putting it together and the end result is stunning. The title of the piece is called The Confetti of a City. It is by an artist called Leonid Afremov. A Russian born artist who lived for a long time in Mexico before moving to America. He was born on 12 July 1955 and died on 19th August 2019. His style is modern impressionistic. Hannah is going to give you a link so that you can read up about him if you wish to. It is such a colourful painting full of hope and cheer.
Finally, some of the committee who have spoken together, have thought of a project that we could do together to be completed by Easter weekend. ( April 2nd)
We would like you to complete a self portrait in any medium on a piece of paper 8”x8”. No canvas boards or frames. We will then put them together to make a composite picture that one day, hopefully, we will be able to show at an exhibition.
We hope that this will be taken up by lots of you. More information will be sent out in the next letter.
With warm wishes to you all,
And here is that link - https://leonidafremovinquiry.weebly.com/biography.html
Here is the finished patchwork picture, now put together by Sally P., and I am sure we will all be keen to see it 'in the flesh', A brilliant antidote to dark days - both literal and figurative.
The first person to name the picture and artist was Sally T - So a round of applause, and an extra biscuit when we next meet up, Sally!
It has been quite nice to do, quite therapeutic, working away at it and listening to the radio.'
An hour on the bottle, drawing it not drinking! A left hand half hour and a right hand 20 mins in pencil