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Sunday, August 19, 2018

50 YEARS OLD!


50TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION

               Our Exhibition Pre-view evening opened in great style with a large crowd of members, family and friends.
        Anne welcomed us all and then handed the microphone to Mary who gave us a brief rundown of the history of our society.
        Ruth Edwards was presented with a bouquet in recognition of being the longest serving member and of her work on behalf of us all. Ruth has done almost every job possible for us and only gave up as President at the last AGM. 
  

            The Exhibition was then opened by wildlife artist Kim Thompson who had previously visited us last November. She told us of her very interesting work with children in Botswana before wishing us luck and declaring the Exhibition open.






           A celebration cake had been made for us by Anne's Sister - in - Law, Wendy Hammerton, which was beautiful inside as well as out. Unfortunately she wasn't able to join us but Anne and Bob will pass on our thanks and admiration for such a lovely cake.

     

 The Exhibition itself is "one of, if not THE, best" with a wide range of subjects, styles and media.
        On the Pre-view evening we voted for the "Best in Exhibition " picture which was awarded to Peter Clements for his painting of the Docks at night. So many congratulations to Peter. A second vote will be done by the visitors to the Exhibition - result on Saturday.

  
 
        Thanks are due to the Hanging Committee who spend a lot of time planning the event so that everything runs smoothly at the hand-in and for the duration of the Exhibition. An innovation was the board of self-portraits of twenty members done especially for the Anniversary. Many of us had never done a portrait before so thoroughly enjoyed trying something different and, of course, it was much more difficult than we had imagined! 

           The Exhibition is open every day from 10am to 5pm with an extension on Thursday until 8pm and continues until 5pm on Saturday, 25th August when members collect their unsold work etc







Tuesday, August 7, 2018

REMINDERS FOR AUGUST

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS Friday10th August
          Meet at 10-15am Park in cemetery car park and walk down to Goatee via path across the road from car park. If wet meet in the Eling Experience cafĂ© at 11 am.

ART EXTRA 21st August
          Runs from 1-30 to 2-30pm in the Lilac room at the Community Centre. Please book place with Claire - charge £1.

EXHIBITION DATES
         HAND-IN at 9-10 am FRIDAY 17TH August     with PREVIEW that evening 7-30 to 9-0 pm
         HAND-OUT at 5pm SATURDAY 25TH August
                                                     All in the Community Centre.

DEMO MEMBERS EVENING Wednesday 22nd August.
         PAINTING WITHOUT A PAINTBRUSH. Bring your own materials and take part as well as watch four members demo.
        

Monday, July 30, 2018

PICTURES FOM POWER UP





PICTURES FROM CY BAKER DEMO AND POWER UP

CY BAKER PICTURES AND CARDS

August

T.A.S. POWER-UP   JULY ARTWORK
Penny Fry brought in some artwork including several experiments with silicon. Silicon oil is used with acrylic paint and poured onto a canvas to create so-called ‘cell’ patterns. Stephen Rawlins, who has recently joined the society, displayed a variety of work including small studies of fruit and trees, and some drawings

T.A.S.  VIDEO FOR AUGUST - PAINT TEXTURES USING PLASTIC WRAP This is a simple technique on creating lovely patterns for backgrounds or for sections of your acrylic or watercolour paintings. DOUBLE-CLICK ON THIS LINK ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gyi_Iq83Zg ______________________________________________________
 

A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CREATIVE PROCESS WITH CY BAKER
Cy gave us a unique insight into his methods for creating a new work of art.

He identified three main stages: inspiration, preparation and execution. Much of his inspiration comes from the natural world and he particularly notices the effects of light.
 
His preparation usually involves drawing on a whiteboard with a marker pen which is easily rubbed out. This enables him to experiment with the composition until he is happy with it. Many of the prints feature an animal or bird which is not centrally placed. The head or body may be cropped as well, as is the case with the large portrait in biro of a tiger. Its ears are not in the picture. The character of the animal may be suggested by the size and position on the canvas. His painting of a shy deer, for example, has only the head peering out among an expanse of vegetation.
The execution of the work might remain as a drawing in pen, graphite or ink. Cy uses grey tones and leaves spaces for the lighter areas. This means that shading negative spaces around fine whiskers can be extremely delicate work. Otherwise the drawing becomes a base for an oil painting, in which case it has to be completely accurate. His professional judgement compels him to destroy works that do not meet his own high standards.

Cy recommends that we experiment with materials and use what feels comfortable. He prefers to use two kinds of support for paintings: un-primed linen canvas for use with dilute oil washes or canvas primed with additives to give more texture, such as Polyfilla or sand.
 
e used a canvas with a toned wash of oil and Faber Castell Pitt Artists pens (warm grey 3, warm grey 5 and black) for the demonstration.  His reference was a colourful photograph of an indoor souk. Composing and correcting his drawing (often stepping back from the easel to assess the overall effect) he created an interior scene with repeated arch shapes and backlit figures. Although only in shades of grey, it was more atmospheric than the original photograph. It would be a suitable base for an oil painting. Creating an atmospheric work of art is always Cy’s aim.
Cy reassured us that at some point, while working on 90% of his drawings and paintings, he thinks that they are rubbish. So ‘you should not worry if it does not go the way that you want it to go’. The creative process is a conversation between you and the artwork. He has been writing his blog “The Life of an Artist” since he became a full-time professional artist in 2015. He is refreshingly frank about the highs and lows and we can all learn from it. (Use the numbers at the bottom of the page to navigate through it.)    http://cybaker.co.uk/blog/ 


We should spend as much time choosing a subject and freely experimenting with composition as we do painting or drawing. Cy showed us that making important  decisions early in the process will make a big difference to our artwork..   _____________________________________________________________________



ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS SKETCHING AT GOATEE BEACH, ELING 

FRIDAY 10th AUGUST 10.15 a.m. GOATEE BEACH
The entrance to the beach is beside Eling Toll Bridge on the same side as the church. Park in the Cemetry Car Park and cross the road. Walk down an unsurfaced lane and follow the path until you reach the shore.
If it is wet, meet at the Eling Experience Cafe (postcode SO40 9HF) at 11.00 a.m. 

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Friday, July 20, 2018

EXHIBITION and NEXT DEMONSTRATION

On Wednesday 25th July Cy Baker will demonstrate how to paint memories by painting an interior scene .
Entry forms for the Exhibition can be handed in at this meeting otherwise make sure they are returned to Mary by Wednesdsay 1st August.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

ART JOURNEY CONTINUED

POWER-UP YOUR ART - the second year of the ART JOURNEY

If you feel like trying something new, the video for July is by SURAJ PATEL an artist from India:

PAINT AN ABSTRACT WITH KNIFE & SPRAY – YOUR EASIEST PAINTING EVER!

Double-click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUvdW1iPgAI 

 Do bring any items of your work and put them on the Art Journey table. You are also welcome to apply to join our members’ Facebook page and post a photo of your artwork on it: https://www.facebook.com/groups/161632347660794/