Spring Courses at Salcombe Art Club

2017 exhibition scheduleI know, it’s not even Christmas yet and I am booking my place on several art courses for next spring.
As a member of Salcombe Art Club, I enjoy many courses with highly skilled tutors.

How can you join Salcombe Art Club?

There are three categories of membership.

  • Lay members may take part in workshops, courses and social activities and generally assist in supporting the club but may not exhibit.
  • Associate members may take part in most club activities including exhibiting in the Little Studio section (but not the main gallery) of the Annual Summer Exhibition. Associate members also have voting rights at the annual AGM.
  • Full members may take part in all club activities and exhibit their works in the Annual Summer Exhibition when they are required to carry out their share of stewarding duties. Full members also have voting rights at the annual AGM.

The first step is to enrol as a lay member; it only costs £12 per annum. After that, there is an annual selection process to become an associate member or a full member. For full details, check the How to Join page on the SAC website.

What courses have I applied to join?

Several!

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Acrylic and Watercolours with Michael Hill

I always take Michael Hill’s Painting in Acrylics or Watercolour courses. Michael is such an experienced and highly accomplished painter and teacher. He demonstrates both acrylic and watercolour in all his classes, taking in drawing, painting techniques and composition. It’s a friendly and informal class welcoming beginners and more experienced painters alike.
We meet on Tuesdays; eight sessions starting 15 January and ending on 12 March (not half term week).

Life drawing

I also try to attend as many life drawing classes as possible and have put myself down for the untutored classes as well as a weekend course with Martin Brooks.
Having attended a recent course with Martin Brooks, I much admire his teaching style and feel I can learn a lot from him.
His life drawing class is a weekend workshop: 9/10 February. Martin says:  “We will look at structure, finding strategies for constructing and understanding the human form. We will be using toned paper and pastels, using tone and colour with expressive line to create dynamic yet accurate life drawings.”

Portraiture

Having already attended one weekend with Martin Brooks, I’ve signed up for another. I have a lot to learn!
This is a weekend workshop, 16/17 February. And Martin says: “On both days, we will warm up with some pastel drawings and then work directly from the model (a different subject for both days) in oils with an emphasis on conveying the sitter’s character and presence.”

What haven’t I signed up for?

Salcombe Art Club offer a wide range of courses: printmaking, bookbinding, woodcuts, plus drawing, and working with various mediums (pastels, watercolour, acrylic and oils, and mixed media).
There’s something for everyone. For more information, visit Salcombe Art Club’s website.

Originals: Available for sale?

I often receive phone calls and emails asking if a particular original painting is still available for sale.

It is possible to find out, by clicking on the image to bring up the image page. The Current Status entry tells you …

If a painting is unsold, the current price shows instead, plus where you can view it. Most of my stock is hanging in the Gallery of Beacon House. A few are with galleries.

WHEN CAN YOU VISIT BEACON HOUSE GALLERY?

Beacon House Gallery is open to the public for the SHAF Arts Trail fortnight each October.

At other times, you may visit, by arrangement only. Please telephone ahead to arrange a convenient date and time: 01548 844020

 

Originals for sale – an easier way to find out what’s for sale

originals for saleTo make it easier to see what’s available, I’ve added a new category of MY WORK on my website: Originals For Sale.

So, while Watercolors, Acrylics and Oils show you a gallery of all my work (including the ones which have been sold already), this new category shows you just the original paintings which are available to buy.

The images of available paintings are then listed in alphabetical order.

originals for sale

If you are specifically looking (say) for a watercolour, select Watercolour from the MY WORK menu and make a note of any titles which interest you. Then, go to this new category to see if the ones you like are available.

And if it is not? …

 

High quality giclée prints available

As well as the Limited Edition Prints, you can order a print of any image, whether the original has been sold or not.

limited edition prints

More details about how to obtain a print of your favourite image, in my next blog post!

SHAF Arts Trail Visitor Comments

As I write this, Anne and I are reflecting on a busy fortnight – the past two weeks – and the SHAF Arts Trail.

 

Highest footfall to date

This is my fourth year as an exhibitor for the SHAF Arts Trail and I was delighted to welcome more than 100 people.

It was great to see friends from the Kingsbridge Walk  & Talk group, the Modbury Art Club and the Kingsbridge and District Camera Club (KDCC), and many others who had visited us in previous years and came back for more.

I had 37 original paintings on display, plus examples of the new affordable art range:

  • fine art wall plaques
  • table mats and coasters

plus my fine art greetings cards.

 

Visitor comments

We ask everyone to sign the Visitor’s sheet and it’s heart-warming now to read their comments. Here’s a selection.

  • Absolutely beautiful artwork
  • Amazing!
  • Beautiful
  • Brilliant
  • Entranced
  • Fab
  • Fascinating exhibition and stories
  • Great paintings – fantastic views
  • Interesting and fun
  • Lovely venue for display – very good
  • Spendid display and such a warm welcome
  • Stunning paintings and hospitality
  • Superb!
  • The best yet!
  • Very inspiring – the light is fantastic – very talented
  • Very talented in several mediums
  • We love it! Very impressive
  • Wonderful range of paintings
  • Wow!

 

(I am now blushing!)

 

Michael Hill | Visitor commentsGuest exhibitor at Beacon House Gallery

I shared my gallery space with my tutor Michael Hill and he had 26 original paintings on show, plus a few items in the browser.

I am sure the higher footfall this year is down to him.

So, thank you to Michael for joining me this year.

And, I’m also delighted that Michael will be joining me again next year.

 

Missed the Arts Trail?

If you didn’t find time to come in the past fortnight but would like to view my work, the Beacon House Gallery is not open to the public again until the same time next year, but you may contact me to arrange a private viewing at a time to suit us both.