What an array of goodies to practise our art this morning, most of them probably from Maggie-Anne’s garden. Then M-A sat patiently as our model - why didn’t I remember to photograph her too? Senility setting in! We had a good crowd in for the first model/still-life session of the winter season and all were quiet and industrious, either side of the coffee break.
Next week Hannah Muskett will be doing the honours.
Sally P, our new Chairman, reminded us that the following week we need to be ready to enter our work for the next EAG exhibition at Earsham - full details here.
Sally P advised us that we will be getting an entry form shortly for the next Earsham exhibition, so look out for this and be preparing your entries for the beginning of November.
Next week we have a model and still life, courtesy of Maggie-Anne.
Another year, another AGM. Sally T held the chair, for the last time (after the constitutional 3 year tenure) and Sally P has now been voted in to replace her. Sally T gave her annual report, which will appear on the website in due course and she will stay on as vice chair in place of Angela L, who has stepped down. All other committee members remain in place, including treasurer Ian who was unable to attend today. He has done a valiant job for his first year, coping with a number of changes, including our bank.
Some discussions followed concerning the programmes and how they have worked out for the year 2017-18. For the winter, attendances were good. Sally P observed that only a few items were required for each still life set up - and probably better than a mass of stuff or elaborate arrangement. Some of the summer sessions were not so well attended and there was speculation as to the reasons, which were varied.
Exhibitions were also discussed. Results in terms of sales and footfall were disappointing, but this seems to have been happening generally, not just to us. Depending on developments at Dickleburgh we may not exhibit there next year. Hannah told us about the plans for us to hold an EAG-exclusive exhibition at The Bank in Eye in December, starting on the 5th (set-up on 3rd). Watch out for more details.
Sally T was thanked for all her hard work as Chairman of the Guild and presented with a bouquet of flowers.
The meeting finished with a showing of our “best” work from the summer season. Sadly (and I am very embarrassed about this) I was so engrossed in observing the meeting that it was only when people had started removing their work that I realised I had not photographed any!!! My sincere apologies for this omission as I know you do look forward to seeing our pictures.
We met for a Show and Tell session at Frances’ home today, the last session of our Summer Programme. Some of the work on show was done today, some was work in progress, and some was completed earlier - an interesting mix. The day was beautiful, but either freezing cold sitting in the shade or scorching hot in the undiluted sunshine - leaving some between a rock and a hard place as the sun inevitably moved round. (Such a brilliant blue sky seems to have caused rather a blue cast on a number of the photos - sorry about that.)
Delicious tea and cake, and always interesting to dally on the way to the loo to enjoy some of the many pictures Frances has on the walls.
We hope to see all of you next week for the AGM and a look at your best work of the season.
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If you listened to the weather forecasters and stayed away, it's a pity. Although it was breezy, it was not cold and we did not have a drop of rain. Okay, so not much in the way of sunshine and shadows, but still fabulous for sketching and painting. Lots of boats, of course, on the hard standing and on the water, also quirky things like old tyres, mud, ropes, personalised huts ..... I could go on. We all enjoyed the day - and sharing a car (thanks, Sally).
Don't forget it's Show and Tell next week so bring some work done this season that you'd like to share with us, at tea at Frances' - the earlier time of 2pm.
Cold in the shade, hot in the sun, with great skies. A bit rushed today as most of us didn't get started till lunch-time, after our committee meeting in the Forge Café. Sketching was around the café or in the Walled Garden, followed by meeting for tea and analysis in the Coach House.
Beautiful cattle arrived in numbers, rather late though for much in the way of sketching.
Photos below of work produced. Spot the tree-trunks-inspired 'Rothko's!
Felixstowe next week, with car-sharing as far as possible. See you there.
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I’d be lying if I said my spirits weren’t dampened slightly this morning when I saw the weather. But I had a word with Mother Nature, who looked kindly on the Guild, stopped all that drizzle and even let a little sunshine in. Still, just six members honing their skills today, which however is six up on last week! Were the others too ‘dampened’, or away on holiday, I wonder.
Linda and Andy’s one-acre garden is superb. It is a private garden but opens as part of the National Gardens Scheme, which raises lots of money for charity. You can see more by Googling the name.
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