Monday, 18 November 2013

Jane Duke demonstration

We were treated today to a watercolour portrait demonstration by Jane Duke.

With kind permission from Jane I have copied her bio from her website below...

Jane Duke is a watercolour artist, printmaker and portrait painter who is known for her fresh, vibrant paintings and her use of pure, clear colour. Born in Sussex, her home has been in the historic city of York in the north of England since 1997.

Jane's work is characterised by its revelation of the half hidden colours around us. This encourages the viewer to see the familiar with new eyes and to rediscover enjoyment of the surrounding world. Her work has been bought and commissioned by private and corporate clients both in the UK and abroad. Jane has been featured in several national publications including Artists and Illustrators which in 2009 described her as a 'master of watercolour'.

Jane is a popular tutor whose weekend workshops are often oversubscribed. Her sympathetic and encouraging approach gives great confidence to both beginners and improvers. She believes in breaking through the mystique and jargon that surrounds watercolour and in sharing knowledge. As a professional associate of the SAA (Society for All Artists) Jane carries the society's endorsement as a recommended tutor and demonstrator. For details of one and two-day watercolour workshops with Jane please click here. If you are a member of an art club and would like Jane to visit you for a watercolour portrait demonstration or to teach a workshop for your members, please get in touch to ask for rates and availability.

You can find out where else you can meet Jane or see her work on the Events page.
There is also a link to her website added on the right >>>
Some blurry photos from the day today

Friday, 15 November 2013

A successful exhibition.

In the words of our President , Jean Dearne...

"Wow it was splendid !

"What a talented and creative group of people" , wrote the Archdeacon of York in our visitors book. 
It was the twenty third exhibition we have held in the village and although smaller than usual the display of paintings was of the very highest standard , and appreciated by everyone who came to the exhibition. The visitors book testifies to the hard work , skill and technical ability of members , praise indeed. 

However large or small an exhibition is , many people put in a lot of hard work to produce it. Karl, arranged for tables to be borrowed from Carlton and he then humped and lumped them to and from Monk Fryston. 

Ian somehow hung a selection of the larger paintings on the walls with what seemed like string and a prayer , since he could not put nails into the notice boards ! The result was wonderful , thank you Ian for your hard work and ingenuity. Although there are many people I should thank and indeed I do, without Kathy who does so much of the organising we would be lost ! So Kathy , a hearty thanks form all of us.

We showed 78 paintings , 30 plus were sold and about 13 commissions were sought by would be buyers.
Wether these persons will ever get their pictures is another matter. 
In the future I think we must devise some method which will indicate or not if the artist wishes to accept commissions.
The advantage of having an exhibition over a long weekend was obvious. During the interval on the Friday evening we sold four paintings, by Saturday evening the tables were looking a little bereft of exhibits so some of the gaps were filled with paintings that were not for sale. It looked better , fortunately Cindy came to my aid by rushing to the hall with even more paintings. Thanks Cindy.

In conclusion the exhibition was excellent , the interest from the large amount of people who came was amazing , the atmosphere was wonderful , people enjoyed themselves , and we sold pictures , what more could we ask for ? 



David has looked after the library for us all year , for which we thank him. The book audit is creeping up fast so David and I would ask that you all look carefully at home for any art club books you may have hidden away in cupboards etc. 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Free painting 4th Nov 2013

Just a reminder that next week is the AGM followed by free painting.

I will also put up some news soon about how we did at this years exhibition, but the consensus of opinion is that it went very well with a good number of paintings sold. 

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Paintings .....

Forgot to photo the castle from the new member sat next to me ! Sorry ..if you email me a picture I'll  add it. .... That goes for anyone of course that has work to showcase. 

Completed paintings always welcome !