I watched the weather forecast for days, hoping it would be all right for our last outing of the summer programme. On the day mixed blessings. Threatening skies may have put some people off, and it was blustery, but we started and finished with blue sky and sunshine … and ne’er a drop of rain.
Seven of us met and had an excellent day, with excellent hosts Jane and Simon. Their garden not only has the advantage of being large and varied, with lots of subjects other than green ones, but also has panoramic views of the distant horizon. Choosing what to sketch can sometimes take longer than the sketch itself. See our choices below.
We missed our Sally P - get well soon!
Next week is our AGM at the Bowls Club, followed by our Show and Tell. Bring along one picture (it doesn’t have to be framed) that you have worked on during the summer and tell us about it or ask fellow members if you have any questions. See you there.
The Mid Suffolk Light Railway. A relic of years gone past. A bit like myself in fact, but still more or less in working order and taken out for the occasional jaunt. A fun day for the 11 or so of us who came along, armed with our pencils, pens, brushes, and paints. The sunshine was lovely but almost too hot and very drying for paints. Many of us found it challenging regarding perspectives and the complex detail of engines. A view inside the carriage of a first class train was beautiful and atmospheric - and a great exercise in drawing, perspective and dimension.
Next Thursday, at Jane's, is the last outdoor meeting of the summer programme. Hope to see many of you there.
We then move on to the winter programme, starting on 3rd October with the AGM and Show and Tell, which is always interesting.
Eleven of us today and all but one chose to work at Maggie-Anne’s. A lovely place - including a large and natural kind of garden, with trees and shrubs, and complete with sizeable bug hotel. It slopes, which helps to see the panorama of distant views. Great going across from one side to the other if you’ve got one leg shorter than the other, but then a pain coming back. And mind your art utensils don’t roll away!
Maggie-Anne as usual did us proud, with delicious home-made cakes to accompany our social get together at the end. And what an interesting variety of work we looked at, from landscapes to special studies of all things growing - and some not - and a look inside Eye Church. Then there was the abstract - which way up? Does it matter?
What a superb venue Southwold is, with so many great or quirky subjects to choose from! But beware: there are innumerable moveable objects: tides come in and out so boats rise, fall or turn, tractors drive off, vehicles choose to park right in front of your chosen scene …. But still, the ten of us who went agreed we had a really challenging and enjoyable day. At first it was more a matter of finding a sheltered spot out of the chilly wind, but it warmed up in the course of the day.
The Harbour Café provided our meeting place for morning coffee, and later tea with discussion of our day’s work. Our more experienced members are always happy to make helpful suggestions to others in the group who may have a problem.
Next week we are staying local, in Eye, with tea at Maggie-Anne's and the option of painting there too.
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