late edition 26th march 2021
Then let me thank the members who have already sent me their self-portraits:- Avril, Carolyn,Diana, Frances, Harriet, Hilary, Ian, Rachel, Richard, Sally L. and Sally T. There will be a round up of names each week, so you will know your pictures have reached me safely.
So let's start this week with the pictures that Lesley has chosen to give you some ideas and inspiration for the week. First, reflections, boats, mud and water from the River Dart - and second, for those who enjoy painting and drawing animals, the last two photos are of a Suffolk Punch at Gressenhall Museum in Norfolk.
Carolyn had fun throwing everything but the kitchen sink (by the sound of it) at Jane's picture of 4th March, on which she loosely based this abstract. She said, 'I have tried to include as many gimmicks as possible; salt, cling film, spatter, sponge, masking and scratching. I wanted to include wax crayons but they were all green so didn't fit colour wise. I am hoping to do something sensible from the garden next week.' I think it works very well, with lots of texture and interest.
'In the Pond 2 is my next project, based on a photo I took a while ago, In the Pond 1 is the sketch where I'm trying to work out what I wanted to include in my picture.
'Also I have included Rose 3rd dog portrait which I have finished and also In the Conservatory which I have been working on for a long time and have nearly finished.'
It is always interesting to see someone's process as they work through making a picture. The texture of the brush strokes used to describe the fur (and therefore the face) in the dog portrait is very successful and expressive.
From Sally P. first an acrylic abstract taken from Jane's photos. 'It still needs work doing to it and I'm struggling to get some depth. The second was painted several years ago at a life class. The figure wasn't going too well and I became more interested in the parasol. It's not accurate but I liked some of the effects with the paint'
By the way, for those on Zoom, Oscar is OK. Probably an infection from a bite - so expensive antibiotics, etc...