Reg Siger's visit to Writtle Art Group on the 26th of February focused on how he uses acrylics as watercolours and draws in waterproof ink with a brush rather than a pen. His extremely interesting and entertaining style of presentation ensured that all attending had a very informative and stimulating time.
Reg painted one of his classical Suffolk street scenes full of character and atmosphere.
You can see more of Reg's work by using the link found under "Artists who have visited Writtle Art Group".
On the weekend of 14th and 15th October the sun
shone and we were blessed with some unusually warm weather. Around 220 visitors
turned up in the Village Hall to view the annual Autumn exhibition of the
Writtle Art Group. This year, however, attendance numbers were slightly lower,
possibly because art-lovers were out enjoying the countryside.
Nevertheless, the Group members and Associates put on a quite
spectacular display of over 300 paintings in a variety of styles, some of which
are shown in the following pages. The exhibition was made up of 167 framed
pictures and 136 portfolio (unframed) paintings. Although the sales of artworks
was below the level of recent years, the income from teas, coffees and cakes
As a regular feature of the Autumn exhibition, the general public were
asked to vote for their favourite framed picture on show by members of the main
Monday art group. A total of 75 paintings qualified as entrants for the Leslie
Bass Trophy – a competition that dates back to 1976. Voting was spread widely
over the range of styles on show, but strangely this year visitors seemed to
favour the more traditional watercolour paintings over some of the more modern entries.
In a close finish, three paintings all received 12 votes each, but as
two of these were painted by artist John Robinson, he was elected the worthy
winner and his name will be added to the prestigious Bass plaque. Full details
of the voting were as follows:
‘St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall’
– Watercolour by John Robinson (12 votes)
‘Abandoned Cricket Pavilion,
Norfolk’ – Watercolour by John Robinson (12 votes)
‘Dance Art Deco’ – Acrylic
painting by Peter Robson (12 votes)
The runner-up was:
‘Brodsworth Hall, South
Yorkshire’ – Watercolour, also by John Robinson (11 votes)
Graham Webber gave a highly informative and entertaining description of his techniques and beliefs during our latest professional demonstration. Inevitably with oil paintings we did not reach the "finished" painting stage but the photographs below give an indication of the skills and talents of Graham.
See more of Graham's work using the link to the right.