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Report for February to March

February Report

Over the past year the programme gave us 6 demonstrations, a practical evening and a workshop. Additionally we had 2 exhibitions, a sale, several socials, a coach trip, a painting competition and 2 months of outdoor painting on Monday afternoons in July and August when the weather was so good. On top of this, we unexpectedly received an invitation for 5 representatives to attend the Prince of Wales 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration – an unforgettable experience.

But while all of this was going on, our Programme Secretary for 2019 spent the time putting together a programme for this year and the Market Hall is already booked for our exhibitions and sale.

With arrangements made, the accounts balanced by our Treasurer, and the weather not presenting problems, we were able to hold our AGM on the evening of Wednesday 13th February. We had enough members present for a quorum and managed to complete the formalities in 35 minutes. This then left members free to renew their membership, enjoy the buffet, avail themselves of a drink,  buy their raffle tickets, and settle down at their tables to tackle the quiz. It was a very pleasant evening.

March Report

Over the course of 2019 we have 8 monthly meetings comprised of: 6 demonstrations in a variety of mediums, a talk and discussion with Stewart Geddes PRWA on abstract art and a Christmas Social. We also plan to hold exhibitions in May and August and a sale in October; these 3 events will all be held in Tetbury’s iconic Market Hall. If the British weather cooperates, we will be sketching and painting outdoors on Monday afternoons in July and August. On top of this, we usually manage a summer social and a coach trip. So you can see that we have quite a busy year ahead of us.

On Wednesday 6th March we kicked off our 2019 programme with a visit by local artist Brian Smith who gave a demonstration in watercolour. His subject matter was ‘A Busy Atmospheric Street Scene’. With a lot of experience helping amateur artists improve their work and a sense of humour, Brian had given us half a dozen useful tips before he had even set brush to paper. He likes to work with thick paint – ‘milk to butter’ – rather than just thinly coloured water and works on an angled surface rather than on the horizontal to avoid distortion. An outline design was lightly marked on the paper before the sky was washed in. Then distant buildings were blocked in while the sky was still damp so that their edges were softened. After adding foreground buildings and roadway, a knife was used to remove paint from buildings to just suggest details such as doors and windows – an illusion giving the viewer a chance to use their imagination. From there he continued adding detail such as figures and shadows. Not content with just one picture, Brian dashed off three landscapes and a seascape each as a 15 minute exercise. There was a lot to learn from his very informative visit.

In April we will be hearing from Elisabeth Hancock of Five Mile Framing, well known in this area, about ‘The Art of Framing’ which will be very useful as the mounting and framing of a picture can make a vast difference to the overall effect of the work. And then in May, Beth Jenkins will visit us to demonstrate ‘Contemporary Relief Printmaking’ on Wednesday 1st shortly before our Spring Exhibition in the Market Hall from Saturday 4th until the Early May Bank Holiday on Monday 6th.

Michael Kingham

[posted 24 March 2019, expires 3 June 2019]

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