We've come to expect a bit of drama from Richard and he didn't disappoint today. With the theme of travel, Beth and Emily were striking in their bright red stewardess's uniforms. The three of them had obviously gone to a lot of trouble, considering every detail in preparing both the presentation of the models and the still life arrangement. If only we had had much more time to work on them (say, a week in my case!)
Many thanks to all. Also thanks to Hannah, who kindly rescued me by taking the photos when my smart phone proved not to be so smart after all.
It's our Chairman's Project next week, so don't forget to bring along all your pictures on the subject of "Inheritance".
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Esmé was our super model this morning, dressed most attractively in her finery. Two quick 5-minute poses were followed by half an hour, then another hour's pose after the coffee break.
The two still life arrangements provided lots to inspire and led to some excellent work. Please click on images to enlarge them.
Ian presented two still life themes: gardening and sport. There was a big range of items to choose from, but most members flocked to the model side, where Ian posed looking very smart in his suit and tie. So, very few still life paintings this week.
It's Josie's turn next week. We heard from Sally P that the Bowls Club will be having their new carpet laid then, so we cannot meet here. Instead Sally has been able to book the Hoxne Village Hall - see Stop Press. When we come back on 4th April we will have to use floor coverings and take extra special care not to damage the new carpet. This is especially important if using oils, acrylic or pastels - but almost any medium can cause problems.
The bird paintings will be hung at Earsham this coming Monday, so be prepared to collect your previous exhibit/s at our meeting on the 28th.
Last month I was all enthused over the advantages of gouache I had not previously appreciated. Now it’s pen and wash!!! Sally opened our eyes to the many varied techniques in combining inks, pens (a loose term including an unlikely assortment of instruments), brushes and washes, then we all had a go at experimenting, leading to some very varied and interesting results - as you will see below. I feel this area opens up a lot of scope, both for those looking for free and loose work and for others who prefer more control.
Next week John is unfortunately not able to do his session, so we will have another free-for-all. Please bring any projects you wish to work on. There are always more exhibitions coming up which we can prepare for, or you may like to continue with pen and wash ... and don't forget the Chairman's Project due on 18 April!
I hope you have all had a look at the Patchwork Page under More (click here), kindly put together by Sally P and Hannah, and added to the website by Hannah.
Sally L reminded us that the theme next week is pen and ink - which could for example be pen and wash, so bring some colours too, also robust paper - not to mention coverings to protect table and floors. Ink can be messy! For full details see message from Sally.
Don't forget too to bring your entries for the next Wetland Centre exhibition: pictures and entry forms plus hanging fee please. See exhibitions.
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An all-day session today, and with a nod to the cancelled workshop many brought gouache paints to use. Lesley, along with others, kindly shared her knowledge of the medium and there were books on display to guide us further. So we had quite a lot of interesting gouache results.
Who knew that if you painted an image in gouache, covered the whole page in black Indian ink, then poured water over it, the gouache image emerged leaving a black backgound? A number tried it with varying results - it obviously needs practice!
Personally I had not been very impressed with gouache up to this time, but a few tips have inspired me to persist as it obviously has a number of unique advantages that I had not been using. That is one of the great benefits of our Guild - we learn from each other and we experiment with different media and techniques.
By the way, it was good to hear from Joan Henriques this week and her message can be read here.
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