Newsletter 14-11-17 – The arctic winds blow so how do artists stay warm?

Regular Groups – click on the links below 

Wednesday Morning – Drop-in Life Drawing and Painting
Wednesday Afternoon – Drop-in Portraiture
Thursday Evening – Tutored Introduction to Life Drawing
Thursday Evening – Drop-in Untutored Life Drawing
Friday – Drop-in Life Drawing and Painting
Saturday – Drop-in Life Drawing and Painting

Cold Wind

Our best bet is to spend time in the life room where we try to keep the goose bumps at bay for our intrepid models. Our electricity bill jolts up at this time of year as we position fan heaters strategically around our subjects, it does mean that for the rest of us at least, things remain tolerably warm. We’ve had some splendid days plein air painting this Autumn but as the light fades and the temperature drops I fancy we’ll be creeping into the warm spaces of our studio.

Talented tutors

Teaching is but one aspect of the lives of our talented tutors. The rest of the time they get on with the important work of drinking cups of tea and making paintings. I thought I’d put up a little mini gallery of their latest output to inspire us. First Clare Haward has been looking very carefully at some succulents in this painting in progress, notice the blissful colour harmonies emerging:

Then here is a recent portrait by Alex Tzavaras done with his usual accuracy and panache. The model is Naomi who has a special place in our hearts as she shared our first painting holiday in Hereford. Alex has also put up an excellent video introduction to his method on youtube here

David Sawyer has been preparing some smaller works for an exhibition at Thompsons Gallery
Here’s ‘Afternoon on the Champs Elysees’ completed with his tremendous economy and delightful brushwork.

You can follow all three of them on Instagram: @clare_haward @alex_tzavaras @djsawyerrba

Christmas Party Saturday 16th December 2.00pm – 6.00pm – we’ll be charging a nominal £5 to defray the cost of the vast quantity of wine and food we intend to consume.

Exhibition at the Copper Beech Cafe – for all November – you can see about 30 works by artists from the group at this stylish cafe next to JAGS sports club website here

Wednesday Drop-in long pose untutored
10.00am-1.00pm

The second week of a three week pose with Agni. Here graphic novelist Lucy Sullivan catches her enigmatic face: (must remind her to clean the lens on her camera)

Cost £15 no need to book, just turn up.

Wednesday Afternoon Drop-in Portraiture
2.00pm -5.00pm

Last week of our portrait of Alys. Here is where artist Ben Hope has got to, he’s done the hands too, just a question of seeing what top Alys will have on this week…

This is a drop-in group for those wanting to work on their portraiture. You can read more here

Cost £20 Tea and cake £1

Thursday Introduction to Life Drawing
7.30-9.30pm

The eighth week of our Introduction to Life Drawing. Seeing proportion is always going to be a challenge, particularly when what we see does not agree with our understanding of what we are looking at. To the rescue comes method. We need to have one or two ways up our sleeve for checking proportion, not that we use them slavishly but when the drawing starts looking a bit weird we have a remedy. We will be looking further at these methods tonight.

If you’d like to sign up read more here

Thursday Evening – Drop-in Untutored Life Drawing
7.30-9.30pm

We have a new LED spotlight for this group, there is no shortage of light in this space so by switching off some of the house lights we can focus our new LED on the model to bring a better resolution of form and to introduce some colour.  Our model tonight is Amrit, will a hint of violet complement her skin tones?

No need to book, no formal teaching, just turn up and start drawing. We have easels, boards, charcoal, pencils and paper and a lovely warm well lit space. You can read more about the group here.

Cost £10
Tea and Biscuits £1
Please note that this group is not in our regular studios but down the hill in Camberwell.
Camberwell Green United Reform Church,
Entrance In Love Walk,
Camberwell Green, SE5 8SN

Friday Drop-in Long pose untutored
1.00-4.00pm

New three week pose with Maria. Maria has fair skin and is slim with a striking face.

Cost £15 no need to book, just turn up.

Saturday Drop-in Long Pose Untutored Life Drawing and Painting
10.00am-1.00pm

Freyia is stretched out on a sage green drape, rendered here by Bukie Kawano in this work in progress. This week is the second week of a three week pose.

Cost £15 no need to book, just turn up.

Regards

Alison and Simon

Dulwich Art Group Organisers
Alison on 07968 063523
Simon on 07704 450169
Our venue is at 4a Champion Hill SE5 8AH you can find out how to get there here

Quick links to our educational courses here:

Clare Haward‘Representation, colour and seeing’ on Mondays and Monday Evenings
Alex Tzavaras: Mass Drawing and Oil Painting on Tuesdays and Tuesday Evenings
Alex Tzavaras: Portrait class on Wednesdays
David Sawyer: Landscape painting en plein air and in the studio on Thursdays
An Introduction to Life Drawing is on Thursday evenings
Our painting holiday is in the first week of September

 

Newsletter – Here are some good reasons to come to our Christmas party

Regular Groups – click on the links below 

Wednesday Morning – Drop-in Life Drawing and Painting
Wednesday Afternoon – Drop-in Portraiture
Thursday Evening – Tutored Introduction to Life Drawing
Thursday Evening – Drop-in Untutored Life Drawing
Friday – Drop-in Life Drawing and Painting
Saturday – Drop-in Life Drawing and Painting

Christmas Party Saturday 16th December 2.00pm – 6.00pm

Christmas looms and we are starting to make arrangements for our Christmas party. Other than our annual exhibition this is the main social gathering of the year so we do urge you to come along and share a glass of wine with us. There will be food of course, festive meats for those that can and sumptuous vegetarian options for everyone else. Most importantly there will be other artists, some you will know, some you will have seen and some will be friends you’ve not met. There’s nothing better than the community of artists, and no better time than Christmas to share it.

You do not have to come to the Saturday morning session, indeed it would be rather busy if everyone did. Also this party is for all the groups to come along and meet each other, not just the Saturday lot.

Exhibition at the Copper Beech Cafe – for all November

Our private view went very well with many comments about what a good space it is. If you didn’t make it along to the private view do pop in and have a look, you may want to use the space yourself at some point. Alison was there on Sunday and it was very busy, she may even have picked up a commission so worth the effort. At the private view one of our artists bumped her head so in case you were worried she’s been checked up and is just fine.

Wednesday Drop-in long pose untutored
10.00am-1.00pm

Agni is thin, olive skinned and has an eminently paintable face. She will be with us for a three week pose starting tomorrow.

Cost £15 no need to book, just turn up.

Wednesday Afternoon Drop-in Portraiture
2.00pm -5.00pm

Second week of a three week portrait of Alys. Some of us got dragged away last week to set up our exhibition at the Copper Beech Cafe so we are keen to get back to this. She has a dark red drape behind her and short brown hair. This continues to be a small group with a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

This is a drop-in group for those wanting to work on their portraiture. You can read more here

Cost £20 Tea and cake £1

Thursday Introduction to Life Drawing
7.30-9.30pm

The seventh week of our Introduction to Life Drawing. Last week we were dangling pieces of string and squinting down our outstretched arms to see the figure divided up into two abstract shapes making the judgement of proportion easier. We also found that with a standing figure a plumb line can help us place the weight and balance correctly.  This week we will begin to look at ways of fixing proportion more firmly. Sofia was our surprise model last week and this week she will be with us again.

If you’d like to sign up read more here

Thursday Evening – Drop-in Untutored Life Drawing
7.30-9.30pm

No need to book, no formal teaching, just turn up and start drawing. We have easels boards and paper (20p) and a lovely warm well lit space. Model Hugh is like a living écorché so useful when we are trying to master surface anatomy. You can read more about the group here.

Cost £10
Tea and Biscuits £1
Please note that this group is not in our regular studios but down the hill in Camberwell.
Camberwell Green United Reform Church,
Entrance In Love Walk,
Camberwell Green, SE5 8SN

Friday Drop-in Long pose untutored
1.00-4.00pm

Angela’s reclining pose is now in it’s last week. She is half lying, half sitting on her back.

Cost £15 no need to book, just turn up.

Saturday Drop-in Long Pose Untutored Life Drawing and Painting
10.00am-1.00pm

Freyia is a fuller figured model with good curves and blonde chaotic hair. She will take up a pose for the next three weeks. I fancy it will be a reclining pose.

Cost £15 no need to book, just turn up.

Regards

Alison and Simon

Dulwich Art Group Organisers
Alison on 07968 063523
Simon on 07704 450169
Our venue is at 4a Champion Hill SE5 8AH you can find out how to get there here

Quick links to our educational courses here:

Clare Haward‘Representation, colour and seeing’ on Mondays and Monday Evenings
Alex Tzavaras: Mass Drawing and Oil Painting on Tuesdays and Tuesday Evenings
Alex Tzavaras: Portrait class on Wednesdays
David Sawyer: Landscape painting en plein air and in the studio on Thursdays
An Introduction to Life Drawing is on Thursday evenings
Our painting holiday is in the first week of September

 


via Instagram http://ift.tt/2h5DeJw Plein airists setting up for a morning’s painting with @djsawyerrba just around the corner from the Dulwich Art Group studios. #britpleinair #landscape #oilpainting


via Instagram http://ift.tt/2iSN7uE Let’s see how many we can get up a step ladder! Slow progress but pics are going up. Good teamwork, Alison has been bracing whilst Juan drills. The method of attachment requires small cup hooks to be screwed into the back of the frames then hung from chains. #copperbeechcafe


via Instagram http://ift.tt/2zop8dR Now all we need is someone who knows how to hang them…. Actually such men are arriving soon, apparently they can get it up, no trouble. I’ll just sit here and have a cup of tea whilst I wait. (Only £1.20 for a decent cup)#copperbeechcafe #oilpainting #artistsoninstagram

Loo Fixed.

So this is the culprit. For weeks the overflow in our fem loo has been profoundly incontinent. Finally got a plumber to sort it.out. had to send him this snap of the ballcock valve only to realise this encrusted mechanism had been doing it’s job for decades without complaint in this dark cistern. So now, in its last moments, we can recognise and celebrate it, give it a brief moment in the light and say thanks and goodbye.

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Life Drawing at the Dulwich Pavilion

Tomorrow (Sunday) we’ll be filling the Dulwich Pavilion at the picture gallery with pencils , paper and pop up life drawing. Let’s hope for the models sake the weather remains clement. 6.30-8.30 Bar with Cocktails. We’ll have a demonstration to get absolute beginners going. Do come, it should be fun . Suggested donation £5.

 

 

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Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting

Having not been able to fit in (afford) Jeremy @lipking ‘s landscape course earlier this Summer, artist @alex_tzavaras assured me that his teaching was right out of this book by JF Carlson. Under a tenner delivered from Amazon and an excellent read. He’s big on not ‘stupidly copying’ the landscape but rather building an image that works. Very motivating. Now where’s my raincoat?

 


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