In the meantime, it has been suggested that we have a theme for each month, starting with ‘HARVEST’ to take us to the end of October. Send in either the stages of a larger or more complex piece of work as you go along, or smaller pieces as and when you complete them, so that the blog can be something of a substitute for the times when we stop for coffee and talk to each other about what we are doing, the cross-fertilisation that is so valuable in the process of making art.
The committee would very much like to hear from you, either using the Comment form on the blog page, or by phone or email, to let us know how you are getting on, and to give us ideas for themes, and more general feedback. We are investigating the possibility of setting up a closed Facebook group (only visible and usable by members) to enable better communication during this period. This would mean that you could post messages that other member could see, and send in photos at other times than for the blog. We will let you know when/if this happens.
Right, now down to this week's crop of pictures.
June has sent something she drew last summer, a wonderfully delicate dandelion clock.
From Carolyn, a portrait and a self-portrait.She tells me that Roy doesn't recognise himself.
'I promised to try, but if not capturing likeness they look like real people, I think.'
I think these portraits both have real character, and are full of life.
In a similar vein, this from Sally P.
'Decided to follow a practical session from an art book using pencils. I used my home grown produce as still life.'
Jane is away, but has sent in a 10 minute sketch.
Jackie has begun work on the new topic for the month.
'This is a start, intend adding more form and texture having applied gesso over a previous failure.
Where will it lead?'
We shall have to wait and see...
And Sally P. sent this on behalf of Les Bragg.
And I have decided that this is finished with, if not actually finished. One of those examples where the photo looks better than the original!
So keep an eye on what we are doing (apologies for the pun), and if you have comments or suggestions, make sure you let your committee know.
Sadly, I have to inform you that John Blake died this morning at the N&N hospital.
John had been battling cancer for a while and suffered a stroke early summer from which he seemed to be recovering well. However, a recent hospital visit revealed the seriousness of his condition.
John was not always able to attend our weekly sessions as he was so committed to his other activities and was a Town Councillor for Eye but he enjoyed painting and produced some lovely work..
If I get any more information about the funeral, I'll pass this on to you all.
PS (from Noreen) To see some of John's work, see his Gallery Page - click here.