It’s always lovely to visit Dorothy; she makes us so welcome and her home is like a mini-art gallery. The weather wasn’t quite so welcoming - that and family activities no doubt account for only seven members today. Shelter from the wind was appreciated, especially in the summerhouse. A few members visited a neighbouring garden too.
Some interesting pictures were produced, from pencil and pen to watercolour and pastel. Also an oil (not shown, due to creator’s early departure).
Wow! August already. And some relief in the weather, which was dry but with changeable cloud, and therefore changeable light too. Jackie found the sudden appearance of sun altered her picture completely so she abandoned it, but she kept careful notes for later completion.
Harriet was overgenerous. She promised two cakes and gave us three; she promised us two gardens to paint in and provided three. But Harriet’s own garden, plus the village green, was more than enough for our 11 members today. As usual, a very mixed bag of work from line drawings to painted work and from landscapes to flower studies. And a happy bunch of artists.
We are at Hannah's next week, in Thorndon. Don’t forget to put in your entries for the Swan August exhibition by then (8th).
Some other gardens nearby we were invited to:
Enticed by the mention of Angela’s home-made chocolate chip cookies and her excellent instructions for reaching her, intrepid souls braced themselves for the extreme heat and made their way to Occold. Just five of us, unsurprisingly, plus Angela!
A superb summer’s day! But did we have any energy left to sketch or paint? Surprisingly, some did, in a variety of mediums. Angela’s garden offers a wealth of choice for artists, from distant views to beds and flowers, ponds, buildings and objects of all kinds, but we sampled only a tiny fraction, whilst staying in the shade and trying not to melt. Tea and cookies were very welcome.
Next week we go to Harriet’s at Wickham Skeith. In three weeks' time we are invited to Dorothy’s and she will have a selection of art materials looking for a home. See more on messages, click here.
We might not have had so many coming out this rainy morning (14 or so), except for the fact that it was changeover day for our exhibition. Well done to all Committee Members who turned out early.
So we started in the café enjoying our morning coffees, admiring the paintings - and viewing the wet scene outside through the windows. Goats arrived (or were they sheep?), then deer, a feisty swan … Les has the bruises for evidence … and distant cattle. As the rain eased, the more dedicated members (10) defied the weather and the wet benches to get some useful sketching done, which you can see below.
This Wildlife Centre is a great place to visit, especially for artists and we were delighted that it faired up in the afternoon.
See photos of our exhibition pictures on the Exhibition page: click here.
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Next week we are at Angela’s in Occold.
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