Memories of Summer in Art Society’s Christmas Exhibition

the-fairy-door-powderham-castleSaturday 3 December sees the opening of Teignmouth Art Society’s Annual Christmas Exhibition at the TAAG Gallery in Northumberland Place. With a large and diverse membership, the work on display will also be diverse and extensive. But one theme to look out for is work based on the Society’s Summer Sketching Days.

This year members have studied views around the harbour, from both Shaldon beach and the Back Beach; they have been up the Estuary to the peace and tranquility of the reed beds by the Passage House; and also a highly successful day at Powderham Castle.

There can be no doubt that work painted from outdoor study of real subjects and scenes is full of life and atmosphere. Illustrated here are Kath Loram’s painting of the Ness from Shaldon in which she has broken up the view into abstract shapes – but shapes that are so well observed from nature that we see that gorgeous view we all love so much and feel the warmth of the summer shimmering around us.

Barbara Armstrong painted a Little Egret in the water by the passage house – a very accurate depiction of this pretty species whose numbers are increasingly locally. It is always good to see a natural history subject painted in the context of its environment, and doing what it does – in this case, fishing.

Des Maxwell Clark enjoyed the peace and quiet of the new American Garden at Powderham Castle. Pupils from Kenn School had put little fairy doors on the trees and so Des let his imagination run away with him, and added fairy dustbins outside the door. He has used the play of light and dark between the trees and the view of water beyond to build a bit of mystery and help us continue the story in our imaginations.

There will be many more examples of locally-inspired works, alongside work inspired from further afield. Cards and pottery are now a regular feature of Teignmouth Art Society Exhibitions, and it is always worth taking a closer look at the unframed work which always produces a few surprises. The exhibition runs just for a week, until Friday 9th December.

Painting the Sunshine back into Shaldon’s Summer

Members of Teignmouth Art Society met in Shaldon last Thursday for a sketching and painting day. The weather was a little bit chilly, but with sunshine in their hearts and hot drinks from the Clipper in their tummies the artists made the skies blue and sea turquoise.

Outdoor sketching is completely absorbing and very good for well-being. It’s lovely to meet up with friends, exchange gossip and have a giggle. If all goes to plan there’s a lovely picture to take home too – a picture full of sunshine reflecting the fun and enjoyment rather than the reality of slightly grey skies!

The artists will be meeting again on the back beach, come rain or shine on Monday 11th July.

Rosemary More adding some sunshine in oils to her view of Shaldon Beach Simon Wakfer's  studies of boats outside the Clipper in Shaldon Barbara Armstrong and Kath Lorem's beautiful paintings of the Ness from Shaldon Beach Jane and Ray Gratton sketching the boats at Shaldon

Photographs (please credit Anna Grayson):

Barbara Armstrong’s and Kath Loram’s beautiful paintings of the Ness from Shaldon

Simon Wakfer’s studies of boats outside the Clipper in Shaldon

Rosemary More adding some sunshine in oils to her view of Shaldon Beach

Jane and Ray Gratton tackling the tricky subject of boats on Shaldon Beach

Acclaimed Artist Greg Ramsden Comes Home to Teignmouth To Take Workshop

Acclaimed Artist Greg Ramsden Comes Home to Teignmouth To Take Workshop

Members of Teignmouth Art Society had a real treat last week when well known Devon Artist Greg Ramsden returned to his home town to give a demonstration and workshop.

It was an unusual workshop as only black and white paint was used. The artists mixed a range of greys – not quite fifty shades this time, more like six or eight. They used this palette to study light and shade in landscapes and seascapes. It was incredibly effective, and many people finished the day with work they felt could be framed and exhibited. Some of the pieces looked quite photographic from a distance, but with more depth and feeling.

Value painting, as painting in greys, blacks and whites is called, is one of Greg’s specialities at the Coves Quay Gallery in Salcombe where he is artist in residence. “Colour can get in the way sometimes, and I wanted to explore the value of tones. It’s all about capturing the light really” said Greg.

Greg spent several years of his childhood living near the Minadab along the Dawlish Road. His bedroom window overlooked the sea and he spent many hours staring at clouds. Now, quite a few years later one of his favourite subjects is clouds over a low horizon. Greg attended Teignmouth Community College where his talent was spotted by his teachers, Sue Williamson and Paul Taylor. “I owe them a big thank you for making me take art seriously and study painting at University.” Actually, the whole county and our town of Teignmouth should also be grateful to Sue and Paul for nurturing such a rising star in the art world. Greg Ramsden is a name to watch in the world of art.

Greg became the youngest academician of the South West Academy and is now very active with them as a trustee, encouraging art in the county and taking part in their exhibitions. His work has been shortlisted by the RA in London and he has been hung several times by the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol. He is also hung in many private collections around the world.

It is entirely possible that you will be able to see some of the results of this workshop at the Society’s regular exhibitions at the Victoria Hall in Shaldon, over May half term and in the second half of August.

Greg Ramsden using a paint roller on a sunset painting Greg Ramsden Workshop in progress Greg Ramsden Worshop finished work