A large number of high quality paintings this month. The sole winner of the competition of the year is Tony Yates.
The AGM went smoothly with reports of business from the Chair and various posts. The Chair and all existing committee members were re-elected. We also co-opted a new addition member to the committee. Jill Smith is taking on a new role as Deputy Chair in addition to her very committed duties. Please see photos and Angela’s report below.
An AGM then cakes and tea
A perfect start it seems to me
But I believe there’s much much more
Is that an upside down face I just saw?
Yes Rick was working from a face, identity unknown
With a black and white photo he worked on shapes alone
Using lamp black watercolour the shapes came in sight
But no one could get the the name of the person right!
Using charcoal he blocked in the dark side of the head
Adding burnt sienna watercolour, white and cadmium red.
Guessing who the person was became our quest
Then someone suggested it’s “Timothy West”
That was the right answer we all found.
So the face was turned the right way round
He then used pastels to complete the face
All the facial features were in the right place.
Just to get the Christmas spirit right
With a sweeping skill of red and white
He turned the image into Santa Claus
To an audience of rapturous applause.
The first day of the pop up shop was a great success, taking nearly a thousand pounds in painting sales. Our newly set up “Card Reader” proved very useful as the majority of sales were made by card rather than cash.
The number of entries was higher than last year and there was lots of interest in all of the paintings on show. Tony Yates very kindly offered to paint a harbour scene during the day which drew quite an audience. Tony delighted some of the younger members of the audience by including the objects that they wanted to see in the picture.
Day two (being Sunday) was much quieter but we still managed to sell three paintings. There was a lot of interest in our Society and several people left their contact details with a view to becoming members.
Definitely a worthwhile venture.
With newspaper,magazines tissue and PVA glue
Can’t wait to see what Sera will be able to do
Triangular shapes cut from magazines was the first process
Stuck down to create the ruffles of the dress.
Up market magazines are too shiny don’t stick at all
You could end up a future masterpiece downfall
Using neat glue but the brush must be wet
Sweet wrappers and pamphlets are a better bet.
Cutting up paper and tearing it makes you feel good
Takes you back to the freedom of your own childhood
Laying the collage on top of each other makes the image look nice
Remember capturing movement is important so don’t be too precise.
Crushed up tissue paper went on next for texture to be sure
It must be sheer, acid free and durable and yes, less is more
Lastly she covered the whole thing with yellow acrylic ink
Process magenta was used for the dress turning it pink.
Thin acrylic for the background,Paynes grey,indigo and white
Cutting in around the figure,suddenly the audience came in sight
Yellow ochre,alizarin crimson and white for flesh and face
Echoing the red of the dress into the background looks just ace.
Finally lighter colours produced movement to the edge of the skirt
Ah yes, I think I could definitely become a collage convert.
Thank you Sera for a brilliant and informative afternoon.
We all look forward to another visit soon.
The winner is Maggie Richmond
and the runner-up is Cheryl Jarvis.
Many congratulations to both.
Before the monthly demonstration, Sue makes various announcements related to the persons and business of the society. She also thanks all those volunteers working hard behind the scene in particular our gratitudes to Desi.
The demonstration by Wendy Jelbert was proceeded after an very impressive introduction by Sue. Wendy is a well known and productive artist. She is member of Society of Women Artists, Society of Floral Artists and St Ives Society of Artists. She has published a large number of books and DVDs. More information on here website.
The demonstration was very interactive with a lot of questions and discussions from an very engaging audience. In addition to the demonstration Wendy also brings along a number of samples showing different materials she uses and approaches and techniques.