It felt good to put Christmas and New Year aside and get back to ‘work’ at a regular Thursday meeting with fellow artists. It seems to me that you can soon get out of practice, even after quite a short break. But Sally provided lots of great things to practise on. For still life there was a choice of the red and gold set-up in anticipation of Chinese New Year (5th February), or the natural world set-up presenting all sorts of textures and colours, from a fox’s skull to flints, cones, logs and plants. For the model Sally posed herself, looking very elegant - and I loved the washing-up bowl. Great prop!
Unfortunately, Sally had to announce that next week’s acrylic workshop has had to be cancelled as Sally Hirst has had an injury to her foot. We wish her a speedy recovery. Multiple suggestions instead: bring something for a still life; plan or work on your “birds” picture for the exhibition in March, work on the Chairman's Project (Inheritance), or work on any other project you like. And see Ian about refunds.
Some sketches below.
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Jackie gave us two very interesting, differently coloured, and seasonal, still life set ups, and a lively model, dressed with panache as a flamenco dancer, with all the poise of her costume. I think it's fair to say that she gave those who drew her a thorough workout, as I think the pictures below demonstrate.
Lesley had a list of materials for the printing session next week, which you will find on the 'Messages from Members' page. There won't be a still life set up, but if you don't want to try the printing (which sounds very interesting), please feel free to bring something to draw or paint with you.
The images below show her practicing what we might do next week - hope it whets your appetite!
Diana put out a plea for quirky questions (with the answer) to add to her Christmas Quiz. Yes, it's nearly that time of year again! So if you have an idea, let her know.
Painting a landscape in oils.
It was so interesting to watch John Shave’s demonstration and at the same time hear him say what he was trying to do and how he was achieving it. Right from the start he stressed the need to look for the darkest darks and lightest lights and think how the composition was going to work. Getting colour into the darks was important, as well as repeating them in lighter areas.
He also talked about brushes (quite cheap ones are useful too), paints (student quality oils, though not so pigment rich as artists quality, are still good for most purposes), also about thinners, canvases, scumbling, glazing, brush strokes and more. All helpful and reassuring advice!
After the coffee break we were all very keen to get started on our own landscape paintings. John had a large selection of photos to choose from as subjects. From what I could see, members were benefiting greatly from John’s individual advice on our work as he went round. And at the end, I thought his critiques were helpful and inspiring for all of us.
Our members excelled themselves and the resulting artwork was great. You get a gallery view today, so click on individual pictures to see them in full then scroll through them.
I’ll miss you all next Thursday as I have another commitment but Hannah will be doing the blog.
For the still life Avril presented boots and shoes, or plants and booze (oh, no, the bottles were empty!) with some delightful results. See below.
For the model, she presented her husband, and we started off at a rattling pace with three ten-minute poses. Bearing in mind he was dressed in full cycling gear and posed complete with pro-looking bike, we had our work cut out. A twenty-minute pose followed, then a whole hour after the break - without bike. I don’t know about you, but I often feel I would like to start all over again, bearing in mind some lessons I have learnt along the way, and do things rather differently - be more focussed. However, I would probably end up making all the same mistakes!
Sally announced that anyone who has not yet brought in a picture for the Earsham Wetlands exhibition can still do so next week. Also, there are still some places left on John Shave’s workshop on landscapes in oils, so do come if you can.
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.
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