Friday, 18 December 2015

Artist of the year 2016

Dear Artist,

Good news! Both Landscape Artist and Portrait Artist of the Year 2016 Competitions are now open!

By taking part in either you could win a £10,000 commission for one of the country’s major institutions.

If you would like to enter either Landscape or Portrait or both competitions then click on the link below and choose the relevant application form.

Please note the closing date for Portrait Artist of the Year is Friday 1st April 2016 and the closing date for Landscape Artist of the Year is Friday 15th April 2016

More details for both competitions will be announced in 2016.

Good Luck and Best wishes
Artist of the Year Team

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Club update

Monk Fryston Art Club Update

Dear member

As you will be aware, a lot has happened recently in regard to the Club. Some matters now need your urgent attention, so please read this email carefully.

Your subscription for 2016 must be paid by 30 December 2015Please pay by cheque (ONLY) for £20.00 payable to Monk Fryston Art Club. There are four more Monday meetings before then, so there are plenty of opportunities to hand your cheque in. ‘No payment, no membership’, to quote our Treasurer.

Currently we have 40 members, and Monday meeting fees will revert to £2.00 (£3.00 for demonstrations or workshops and £4.00 for demo visitors).

Programme for the next four weeks: 
23 November: Cindy Yaxley: demo-workshop on framing
30 November: Free painting
7 December: Billy Bills: Painting demo and pre-Christmas entertainment.
14 December: Christmas lunch at the Watermill
4 January 2016: First meeting of the New Year, to blow away the festive cobwebs

The Christmas lunch has been booked for the Watermill (on the old A1) on 14 DecemberJean needs to know your requirements asap, so that she can tell the Watermill. She has menus to hand out; the cost will be £12.95 for three festive courses. Please contact by 23 November at the latest, or you will miss out - we have to pre-book the number attending and specific orders from the menu in advance.

Jean Kipling will be running the Club’s stall at the Monk Fryston Christmas Fair on Friday 27 November. She needs small items for sale from members, by Monday 23 November.

Karl will continue to produce the blog; we propose that all members are automatically added to its circulation list. This means that in future all decisions made by the Club will be added to the blog, and thus an update will be emailed to all members that week. 

From now on Ron will update the Club’s Facebook page. 

We now have  a new co-opted committee, until we can get volunteers for more permanent posts:
President: Jean Dearn (persuaded to stay on as founder and figurehead). Treasurer: Maureen Elsworth (club treasure and essential committee member). Chairman: Rod Ward (reluctantly agreed to serve, temporarily). Bookings: Maureen Boothe (still in place). In future any committee matters will be discussed with the club members present on any Monday. 

A working group is being put together to organise the 2016 Exhibition, which will probably be held in Monk Fryston Community Centre. Malcolm Anderson has volunteered for the group, and we hope to add four or five more members to it. 

If you need more information contact Rod Ward as soon as possible.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

News from Jane Duke.

I received this email from regular Monk Fryston demo and workshop artist Jane Duke.

She seems to be taking a new direction. 

There are changes afoot in the studio
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Hello all

In my last newsletter I mentioned that I would soon be telling you about some changes here. Those of you who have known me a while might know that I was principally a watercolour artist and portrait painter for many (many!) years until a chance conversation opened the door to printmaking. By then in my 40s, I went back to the classroom to start exploring this new world and since then watercolour has gradually taken up less of my time as I have developed a painterly style of printmaking.

I realise I have reached the point that I now define myself as a printmaker.

As well as cosmetic changes (did you notice the newsletter's new look?) this of course has other effects. From 2016 Stoneflower Studio workshops will be centred on printmaking. This means that the 'Absolute Beginners' watercolour workshop on 8th November will be the LAST ONE. As it happens, one of the people attending that day will be the 100th to come to this class designed for complete beginners, and so that seems like a fitting time to end it. I will have equipped more than a hundred people to set out on their own exploration and enjoyment of the amazing medium of watercolour and of that I am quite proud.

If you would like to be one of them then hurry down the page to the 'Book now'button - don't forget this is your last chance.

Also if you scroll down a bit further you will see that I am virtually giving away some of my remaining watercolour works in a half price sale

It's the final Watercolour Absolute Beginners workshop!

Join me on Sunday 8th November for the last 'Absolute Beginners' watercolour workshop. The aim of this session is to set you up with the confidence and basic knowledge to be able to start enjoying watercolour. We will practise different methods for mixing colour and applying paint as well as essential skills like stretching paper. We will cut through all the jargon and bewildering array of materials and techniques so that you can make sense of what you see in books and videos and in art shops and will know where to start the next time you pick up a brush.
Places are limited to just FOUR PEOPLE. The fee of £50 includes all your materials and refreshments - you don't need to bring anything. Workshop students also get the opportunity to buy work directly from me at a substantial discount. Click the button below to go to the bookings page.
Book now

Watercolour Sale

I need storage space for new prints so I am offering some unframed watercolours at HALF PRICE. They can be shipped worldwide. These are paintings which have previously been listed on Etsy and have now been relisted just for this sale. They range from tiny ACEOs to large still life paintings and nude life studies.The listings will not be renewed after this and the prices will not be reduced further (that's in case you're like me and hang on till the last minute when there's something you want in a sale).
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So what now for watercolour?

If watercolour is your thing and was your reason for subscribing to this newsletter then please keep an eye on my blog where demo pieces will still pop up and maybe the odd work in progress as I haven't given up painting completely. I am also looking at how I can offer intermediate/advanced watercolour tuition to small groups without scheduling a fixed programme of workshops - watch this space.

Thanks for your continuing support and see you next month.

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Free painting 5th Oct 2015

Well there's a healthy batch of painting here folks. 
At the last count 23, although four little dickie birds told me they aren't all paintings ! 


Told you they weren't all paintings didn't I ! 

This will be a Shambles ! 
Sorry couldn't resist. I know the grammar is wrong.