As I write this, we are just at the end of August and it won’t be long before we start our Autumn Term. We had our annual Art Day Out at the beginning of the month and this year we went to Ewelme. Just the sort of place we like, with lots going on in a small area. We had access to the church, churchyard and the adjoining ancient almshouses with their shady courtyard and gardens. And had we wished to venture beyond those areas, there were views of the surrounding countryside and village houses, which were also very tempting. It was very difficult deciding which bit to draw or paint and some of us spent ages wandering around trying to make up our minds! Eventually everyone found a subject they liked and settled down - and then the trick was not to get carried away and try to put too much in the picture frame. We only had a few hours - not a week! In the end, I think most folk settled for doing a few sketches in the morning, backed up with colour notes and/or photographs, which could then be worked on at home. Then, after a picnic lunch, some of us ‘went for the bigger picture’ and tried to achieve a watercolour in a couple of hours. Not easy - but good fun trying.
As I think I’ve mentioned in previous updates, occasionally we set up a still life or co-erce someone to come and sit for us - so we can have a go at portrait drawing/painting. Recently Sarah Jackson was brave enough to do this for us for a couple of mornings, and we owe her a big thank you, because it’s quite daunting sitting there while a room full of people scrutinise your every line and facial contour. And you can hear odd comments between tutor and student, like “No – the nose isn’t right – if you look carefully you’ll see it’s slightly fuller/flatter/more pointed” or whatever. It can get very personal!
Once the club gets going again in September, there will be pressure to get pictures framed and ready for the Exhibition on Saturday 3 December. It’s amazing how quickly the term will fly by between now and then! We hope to be able to exhibit the same number of pictures again this year, to the same high standard that the club members usually achieve, and also to have a member demonstrating their painting skill.
I hope you’ll all make a note of the date and come along to see what we’ve been up to, have a cup of coffee and a chat, and enjoy looking round the craft tables.