Jackie missed last week’s blog so has asked for her contributions to be included this week. She thought the shape of the shell (offered by Jane as inspiration) was ideal for a woodcut - which took some time but the result pleased her. The boat painting is from a photo taken at Pin Mill some years ago. As she says, mud is a difficult surface to represent in paint! But the picture is very successful, including the mud. (Click to view)
Noting recent appearances of the sun, Jackie feels hope stirring that we can soon meet up as a group and work outdoors. Hear, hear!
"June hadn't done any work this week (although she sent me a very fine pastel self portrait), but she has been reading about Tamara Lempicka and watching the Canadian version of Landscape Artist of the Year - none of them a patch on the British ones, she said!
"Sally P. and Avril both used the horse pictures from last week as their inspiration to great effect.
"There was quite a lot of discussion of the self portrait project. Lesley in particular was not happy with any of the attempts she had made.
"Thanks go to June, Jackie, Jane and John and Noreen for sending self portraits in.
'Sally is going to write another Newsletter, and the Summer Programme is ready.
"I am attaching some photos for inspiration. A skip lorry driver knocked down a branch from our cherry tree, so I did a bit of arranging... "
Carolyn has been enjoying sitting in her garden to do these two charming drawings, although she says, “As ever I am not heppy with my efforts.” She gave up on a second attempt using watercolour. but thought she may try again if the weather holds”. Very good work anyway Carolyn.
Sally P has done an impressive 20 minute sketch in pencil of the lovely horse, as well as a very convincing portrait in pastel. (Nothing political here - his name is in fact Boris.)
Sally L has been finishing off this picture of a frosty morning that she started some weeks ago. She says, "I’ve got a few others that I must also finish off too, before the season changes; funny, but I’m not so attracted to snow and floods once a few fresh green buds appear .... Sorry I missed you all this morning - Happy Easter."
What a fine picture from Lesley Buckwell !
She says: "I kept to the watery theme, but this is our boat on our home river, the Deben. It's not often I get a chance to photograph her underway, but that day I was sketching at Bawdsey with friends and by chance saw my husband motoring back to our mooring. It's in acrylic over gesso, which gave it the texture."
Finally from me (Noreen), I’ve wasted hours and hours lately trying to do a half-way decent self-portrait, in pencil, in pastel, in acrylics, in mixed media. I’m not sure I don’t like this one best - which must have taken me all of 10 minutes. Hope you recognise it!
All for now. Have a good Easter, and I look forward to receiving your pictures and news next week.
PS A late request came from Emily to add her "Doggie Mollie", now added. See above. I've taken the opportunity of adding a few captions elsewhere, which I did not have time for yesterday after battling with some very frustrating technical problems.