Two late entries for this week's blog, from June and Sally L. Better late than never! In fact it's great to see them whenever.
1. June's - she says she only noticed it's a big wonky when seeing the photo. But not very - it's still a very good painting in pastel pencils. Just look at those flowers!
2. Sally's: two down, four to go. She says she's calling it finished as it's in danger of being overworked. Seems to me just right now. Also she says, "Sorry it's late, in mitigation my woodpile is looking immaculate!" (What has she been doing to it?)
Frances has reminded me that this is our third week of remote EAG-working. I have been looking forward to hearing how you are all getting on and what great art or humble sketches you are producing. Some excellent work is coming in and hopefully there will be lots more still to come. And not only from the regulars, but also it would be good to hear from the not-so-regular members. You can send a message by email to me (Noreen) or using the comments section attached to the blog, even if you have not completed a piece of work to send.
Frances has returned to hares, having seen so many on recent walks. She cut out this little one and printed it over an exisitng print of a lupin. The second photo is of a work in progress …
Cynthia cannot send photos to us, but she put her work out in the garden on a chair for me to photograph and we had a brief 6ft distant chat.
Diana pulled out half a drawer-ful of half-finished paintings, then put them away again and decided instead on something small and simpler in oil.
You don’t need to be told the other one is Jane’s! It is almost finished - pen & ink (was originally on her calendar). So much detail, without losing the whole effect.
Great to see all your excellent work and ideas below.
Don't forget there is the Comments button for you to add any thoughts you may like to share.
I hope members are happy to have had their names attached to their pictures. If anyone prefers not, please let me know, but we'd still like to see your work.
In the near 40-year history of the Eye Arts Guild, I believe that the cancellation of a Thursday meeting has been very rare - I can only remember one previous occasion, due to bad weather. Now a tiny virus has mutated in China, hitched a ride on human beings across the globe and in a few short weeks shown how we are all connected. And not in a good way! However, on the positive side, perhaps it will provide us with some space to pursue activities we often don’t have enough time for, especially drawing and painting.
Please send me photos of work you are doing/yourselves to add to this blog. I will be updating it during the course of today. Keep painting! Keep in touch!
Lovely to see so much work coming in! Please keep them flowing - I'm not going anywhere today!
In spite of the Media’s efforts to send us into paroxysms of anxiety about the new virus, we had a full house at this morning’s session. 👍 Your committee has been discussing our forthcoming programmes whilst having to take into account possible interruptions as the epidemic spreads. We will keep you informed
Next week, our programme asks members to “bring your favourite object”. The idea is that we each bring something and these items are put together to form a still-life set-up, or set-ups.
Please note that the Pen and Ink Workshop for 2nd April cannot now take place on that date and you will get further information about this in due course. Also the May 7 Coach trip is being postponed, possibly until Autumn.
PS Meanwhile, would anyone who has had any contact with someone suspected of maybe having Covid 19 virus and is self-isolating, please contact Sally P to let her know, so that she can inform members.
PPS (Friday) Models have now been arranged for 19th March and 2nd April.
Another good turnout this morning, but still no Noreen. She says she is feeling alright, but her cough has still not quite cleared up. A good idea to stay safe at home and away from picking up something else, before you are completely well.
Jackie provided us with very contrasting still lives. On one side, interior, and the other, garden produce and tools. Both with lots of interest. Some of us were very torn in making our decision on what to do. As a model, lots of very good likenesses of Jackie emerged, as you can see below.
Don't forget to fill in your membership form and return it, with your fee, to Harriet. And there's also the coach trip - May 7th - to Cambridge. You should have received an email with all the details, and a form to complete.
Despite the snow, there were more members present today than there were last week.
What a productive morning! Sally P. had to call time at 12.30 as we all still had our heads down, working.
We started with Sally showing us an array of brilliantly coloured paintings by Terence Clarke, to give us a steer in looking at the simple still life arrangements, and composing them to include a brightly coloured and patterned background.
She made a colourful model, first with a bright hat and scarf (and socks!), and then with a striking top, cuffs, cup of tea and a table, adding hands to the portrait, always a challenge.
I think I reflect the general feeling when I say it was a thoroughly absorbing morning. Many of us would happily have worked into the afternoon, and I think the results speak for themselves.
There were fewer of us than usual this morning, with absences including Noreen, who is unwell. You therefore have to put up with me, Hannah, as a substitute. Get well soon, Noreen!
Sally had already signalled in her message on the 'Messages from Members' page, that her morning would have the theme of 'Realism', with reference to Lucian Freud (for those who were going to draw the model) and Gustave Courbet for the still life. She talked to us briefly at the beginning of the session about the two artists, and reminded us that observation is key.
The still life was set up as several separate groups of fruit, flowers and objects, so that everyone was within close distance of what they had chosen to draw or paint, facilitating that realism.
Sally herself was a very good model, and unusually I attempted both subjects, still life and model, this morning.
Hopefully, Noreen will be out and about again next week, to join us,along with anyone who was unable to come this week, or put off by the weather, or roadworks!
Watch out for some information about Sally T’s session next week. The following week Sally L will be presenting her theme, inspired by seeing Terence Clarke’s work recently - see her message with further information.
Next Thursday, Hilary will be presenting the still life and model. And look out for the Message regarding Sally L’s theme for the following week (click here).
Frances had brought many books to demonstrate her thoughts on her subject. She first showed us some famous, realistic paintings, pointing out the way the artist had organised his work for greatest effect; she drew our attention especially to strong vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines, to extremes of light and shade, and to the careful use of colours, the same considerations you might apply to an abstract work.
In our longer task the idea was not to draw the three objects we were asked to bring along, but to observe interesting shapes or patterns in them in order to make an abstract picture. Some of us were rather less successful at this than others! However, it gave us all food for thought which would apply whatever your style of work. We appreciated all the thought and effort Frances put into the preparation for her morning session. Many thanks,, Frances!
Next week, if you have signed up for it, we have a workshop on pastels with Laina West - all day, so remember to bring some lunch.
Next week Frances is going to be guiding us on abstract art. Please read her brief in the Message on the website (click here). If you ever have difficulty in locating the Messages from Members page, click on the tab MORE for more menu choices.
Sally P reminded us that in our green chest at the Bowls Club there are some art boxes with useful objects we can borrow during a session, such as the hair dryer and some fixing (hair?) spray. Please be sure to return items to their appropriate boxes.
Your committee strives to organise programmes and events to interest and challenge you and help you to develop your skills. It would assist them to know what you have liked or not liked, or if you have any new ideas or suggestions to put forward. Do let us know, either by speaking to committee members direct or by using the "Comments" facility on this page. Just click on Comments and a reply form will pop up. If there are previous comments, again just click to read them.