Tuesday, 10 October 2017

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 interesting pieces ranging from a small oil painting to an A3 page of pencil sketches of leaf forms.

I used line and wash to sketch the Abbey then painted a small (6" x 8") 15 minute gouache version of the same subject which ended up as one for the bin.

Wymondham Abbey from Becketswell Meadow
A4  Line and wash
Over coffee in the Garden House Cafe afterwards we discussed where to meet for the November sketching morning. The consensus seemed to be to find a woodland venue to try to capture autumn foliage colours before the leaves finally fall. Long's Wood, which is only a short drive from Wymondham and the surrounding villages, or perhaps Earlham Park might provide the answer.

It's Tuesday today so I am off to tutor by 'Tuesday Group' in a short while. They are tackling a project entitled "Things in Jars" and will be into week two this week. I am looking forward to seeing what progress has been made so far.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

It's been a busy summer


Well, summer is pretty well over and, after a trip to the States to catch up with painter friends and to deliver a lecture followed by a trip to Majorca for the second time this year to chill out, I'm back into the routine of teaching twice a week and preparing for my next one day workshop on October 19.

I only managed to produce half a dozen paintings during the summer months. I started off with the best intentions determined to paint every day, or at least every two days. What's the saying? Something about best laid plans? What with worrying about my sister who had to evacuate to get out of the path of Hurricane Harvey then Hurricane Irma, plus the inevitable visits to my GP to make sure I'm still functioning, walking three times a week to maintain some level of fitness, putting up with the joys of RyanAir - I could go on. Suffice to say the plans did not materialise.

Now I'm back into the tuition routine time spent in the studio will be even more precious. If, like me you've had a busy summer and now want to kick start your art, I have what the Americans would call a 'down and dirty' way of firing up those creative urges that is great fun and gets you playing with paint and creating images in a wonderfully free, loose way. It's called 'Connecting 7 Dots'.

Literally dot your surface seven times and get started connecting them with pattern and texture, colour and any kind of mark that comes out of you. All are welcome. Because there are so many possible directions to go with this project, I recommend keeping it simple at first by using only one colour or black and white to see how it works. Of course, you can always skip ahead to colour and then you take it anywhere you want from there. Think of the original lines that you make as part of a skeleton that you’ll use to build your composition. There are limitless possibilities for compositions that begin with just seven dots!

Have fun!

Malcolm

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 ...