Wednesday Workshop – Rob Parish

On Wednesday afternoon members of Teignmouth Art society met at TAAG in Teignmouth for their fortnightly workshop. The session was led by Rob Parish an accomplished Pastel artist, Rob brought a variety of types of pastel to show and explained their differences in makeup and how you can have very hard to incredibly soft pastels for different types of mark making, he also brought a selection of papers which you can work on from relatively smooth to coarse.

Members were then given a black and white copy of a picture to have a go at themselves, after a few struggles getting used to the medium, a cup of tea and biscuits and more tips from Rob the end results were very good.

The Art Society next event is on Friday 10th November 7pm when there will be a demonstration by Dartmoor Artist Nick Collier at the Teign Heritage Center Teignmouth. Members and non-members are welcome.

Friday Demo – Lynda Kettle

Pastel Artist Lynda kettle from Sidmouth entertained members of Teignmouth Art Society when they met at the Teign Heritage Centre on Friday for their first demonstration of the autumn term.
Lynda introduced herself telling how she attended an Art School from the age of 16 and after attaining a degree in theatre design, she worked for a long time as a Production Designer for the BBC and was responsible for many major BBC television productions, including Angels, Tony Harte, Howards Way and Two Point Four Children to mention a few which most of the members could remember well. Since retiring from that very fast paced life Lynda has come to Devon to pursue the life of a Professional Artist.
During the demonstration Lynda gave hints and tips in working with pastel, passing out samples of different papers, with hints on how to use them to the best advantage, also ideas on how to preserve the chalky finish and the way to frame your finished pastel painting using a triple mount.
In the picture Lynda demonstrated she drew in the trees with white pastel and then proceeded to work down the picture from the sky using short strokes and very little blending just creating the effect of a spring day and water by layering the pastel.
The next demonstration will be a part practical evening with June James looking at portraits with the chance to work from live models. Friday 22nd September 7pm at the Teign Heritage Center.

Summer Exhibition 2017

Teignmouth Art Society

The Teignmouth Art Society Summer Exhibition is well under way, with a huge array of pictures, ceramics and cards.
The Society held a preview and presentation evening for members and guests. The judge was well known local artist Laura Wall, she gave a brief history of her artistic career beginning with winning a scholarship to Aberystwyth University in Fine Art, followed by her success with the series “Love at the Seaside” and “Goose” children books. Laura assured the artists she had worked through many of the different disciplines required to produce the types of work the members were showing. During the presentation Laura told each Artist what had appealed to her in the pictures she chose.
Martin Dutton the Society President, South West Academician chose his favourite picture and gave critique and encouragement to many of the Artists.
Paul Burgess, Mayor of Teignmouth accompanied by his wife Nicky had great difficulty choosing their favourite picture, but made a great choice in the end.
These are the winning Artists and categories.
Lewis Cook Award – Best Overall Entry Elaine Best, Commended, Richard Juniper
Margaret Howell Award – Flowers Sue Evans, Commended, Felicity Hughes
Margaret Webb Award – Most Innovative Jirka Ptacek Commended, Kerry Broomhead- Brown
Marjorie Mathews Award – Portrait or Figure Angie Joy Jenner, Commended: Keith Bowcock
Dawn &John Fricker Award – Landscape Paul Jeffries, Commended, Jeanne Girling
Albert Smith Award – Marine Painting Andy Tapper, Commended, Jan white
Jennifer Jenkins Award – 3d Sculpture Carol Courtier, Commended, Jon Watson
David and Jill Harrison Award for Abstract Work Elaine Best, Commended, Shan Roberts
Alan Cotton Award – President’s Choice Paul Jeffries
Jean Beatty Award Guest of Honour’s Choice Kerry Broomhead-Brown
The winning artwork is all labelled, come and see if you agree with the Judges and cast your vote for the best in show award.
The Exhibition at the Victoria Hall in Shaldon is free to enter and open every day 10am until 5pm on 22nd August.

Outdoor Sketching

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.

Anyone who would like to join the Society on their sketching days can see the whole program on the website

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Distinguished Landscape Painter Alan Cotton

Teignmouth Art society was treated to a talk by the d a member of the South West Academy

Alan Cotton has work in collections in Europe, North America and the Royal Collection

This fascinating talk was light hearted and hugely inspiring and kept us spell bound for the full 2 hour session with a small break midway and with superb projection of his paintings Alan works in oils which he applies with a ‘painting knife’ what we would call a palette knife. Many of his paintings are very large over six feet across, the paint is generously applied giving them a wonderful texture with awe inspiring results. His illustrated talk took us on his expeditions to the Southern Hemisphere taking in Shri Lanka, Fiji, New Zealand with the Prince of Wales and on other expeditions to Transylvania, Tuscany, Provence, Venice, the West coast of Ireland, Morocco and Everest not forgetting the Isle of Sky and Hartland Point in N. Devon. All these places illuminated with stunning paintings.

Alan captivated the members with entertaining tales of his trip accompanying HRH Price of Wales who is a keen water colourist. Alan told us he tried to get the Prince to use a ‘painting knife’ and oil paints’ also he told us of the visit to HRH’s old school with some hilarious royal banter. In all it was an excellent talk with some superb pictures.

The Society’s next Friday talk at the Teign Heritage Centre is on February 24th 7pm (non-members welcome) when Martin Dutton another South West Academy Artist will talk about Abstraction.