Thursday, 27 July 2017

Had a guided tour, together with some colleagues from the Wymondham Art Society, of the Paul Nash exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre yesterday.

I have to say there are some amazing paintings on show. I am not a particular fan of Surrealism and much of the work of that genre, whilst undoubtedly skilfully executed, left me unmoved. However, at the other end of the emotional spectrum, I challenge anyone not to be moved to tears by the monumental ‘Menin Road’, which is hung at the bottom of the entrance staircase for maximum impact. As an evocation of the first world war, and the battle of Passchendaele, it has to be work that is unsurpassed.

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Co-incidentally, when I opened the ‘News’ app on my tablet this morning, there was a black and white photograph taken during the battle that was so evocative of the painting, the same blasted trees, the duckboards, the mud and water. There is a group of five soldiers in the photo who look as diminutive in the landscape as the figures in ‘Menin Road’


Other works of note for me were ‘Totes Meer’, the Dymchurch paintings and the wonderful ‘Wood on the Downs’. These and ‘Menin Road’ make the exhibition well worth a visit. If you haven’t been, then make sure you get there before closing day on August 20th.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Flattered to have been asked to run a one day workshop for the Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle in February of next year.

It seems my painting that was selected for the front cover of the recent exhibition programme (see June 26th post ) generated a considerable amount of interest with the result that the workshop will be on the theme of "Abstracting the Landscape" and will take place on February 24th, 2018.

The telephone call from The Art Circle chair reminded me that I should tell you about my next Thursday workshop titled Practical Acrylic painting. This takes place on September 7th in Central Hall in my home town of Wymondham in Norfolk starting at 10am.

Applications are now open so if you are interested, drop me an email.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Just a quick follow up to my last post. A selection of sketches made by members of the South Norfolk Sketchers at our recent outing to Mulbarton.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Sunday July 9th

A great morning out with the South Norfolk Sketchers. Only a small group of us this time sketching and painting at Mulbarton which is a lovely rural village with a very large common, cottages, a duck pond and is home to Blakeys Bus Cafe. The idea was to meet up in the cafe after sketching for a 'show and tell' get together. Guess what. It was closed.

Undeterred, we cruised just a couple of miles down the road to the Bird in Hand at Wreningham where we were able to sit in the garden in the warm sunshine getting suitably refreshed while sharing the morning's experiences.

I tried out my new, mini size pochade box for the first time which I really fell in love with. Despite having a lousy selection of Atelier acrylic colours and some old water colour brushes I enjoyed trying to capture the open fields of ripening wheat which can be found behind the church.

Can't wait till the next South Norfolk Sketchers outing in August 13th when the plan is to record the architecture, woodland and countryside at Ketteringham Hall. Perhaps I'll see you there?

Take care.


South Norfolk Sketchers and Becketswell

A low turn out for last Sunday's sketching morning - the on and off drizzle didn't help - but the six of us managed to produce some ...