The summer season of Outdoor Sketching has seen members over the past three weeks painting and drawing scenes in Shaldon, Powderham Castle and the Ferry Beach in Teignmouth.
In Shaldon the weather was glorious; the bowlers on the green dressed in their whites made wonderful models holding their poses whilst watching the bowls roll over the smooth grass just long enough for a quick sketch. Meanwhile other budding artists sat on the beach and seats along the water side with views of the Ness and boats swinging on their moorings making picturesque scenes.
The day out to Powderham Castle has become quite a favourite and on this fabulous hot day and members were spoilt for choice of subject. Some members walked to the folly or the Belvedere while others made studies of the castle from various angles. Although it was very hot it was delightfully cool to sit sketching in the shade of the beautiful mature trees. Members met at lunchtime for a chat in the café and to comment on each other’s work. Some artists purchased season passes and are already planning further sketching days at the Castle.
The third sketching day was held at the beach hut on the Ferry Beach belonging to the Society chairman Joyce Boyne; the threatened rain did not come. The local fishermen provided excellent subjects for the artists with a few boats pulled onto the beach for painting and repairs. The sand eel fishermen opened there keep and the sea gulls flocked for a feed, there were far too many to draw! Donations from members for their tea and coffee have been sent to the Fishermen’s Mission.
The next outdoor sketching day will be held at Widecombe which will be in complete contrast to the beach scenes. The Summer Exhibition in Shaldon during August is where members show their paintings, and compete for trophies. This year no doubt will show the results of all these days of sketching followed by hours painting and perfecting the finished masterpiece.