March 2019 – An outing and a workshop

On Thursday 14th March members and friends travelled to Kew Gardens. After heavy rain on the journey the skies cleared and it was a lovely afternoon. The gardens were looking spectacular with daffodils interspersed with blue scilla and beautiful magnolia trees in blossom. The conservatories contained lovely plant material with lots of flowers (Temperate House shown). The object for most was to view the exhibitions at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery.

The Japanese orchid wood block prints were very colourful and it was interesting to see in the display cases the tools and techniques used to produce these. The collection of art by Pandora Sellars was inspirational especially the helpful descriptions about each image and how the effects were achieved. It was also lovely to see her paintbox containing 60 pans of ready made paint mainly in the colours red, green, brown and yellow. The Mark Frith collection of 20 large (1.7 m wide) graphite drawings of ancient oak trees was to be impressed. Finally – ‘Trees – delight in the detail’ It was interesting to see up close the originals of paintings only previously seen in books.

Grateful thanks to Martin Allen who gave us a workshop on 17th March. Martin started with a Powerpoint  presentation on ‘Wall Appeal’ which included discussion of the composition of some of the images shown and also where the focus of attention occured. This was followed by taking us out of our comfort zones looking at techniques for edges (sharp, soft and blurred). It was then our turn to have a go at softening the edges of our paintings. A thought provoking workshop.