Bexhill Art Society

The artist, Paul Apps, was welcomed as the demonstrator at our well-attended June meeting.

His subject was Landscape in Pastels and his display of some of his own work showed his particular mastery of dramatic skies. He stressed that when painting from photographs the artist should not rely on the camera colours but use his own interpretation and experimentation. Rather than adding white to lighter colours, which cools and reduces brightness, deepening the dark colours around a light area makes it appear brighter. He gave us a useful tip for cleaning pastels which is to shake them in a jar of rice flour.

The worthy winner of the ‘seasons’ competition was Doreen Swonnell with her striking and detailed pen and ink drawing of a tree in winter. Eddie Matthews was Artist of the Month and his work included a wide selection of subjects ranging from a vivid watercolour study of a poppy to a portrait of Nelson Mandela.

Next month’s meeting is at 2.00 pm. on Saturday, 4 July, at St. Augustine’s Hall, Cooden Drive, Bexhill, when the demonstrator will be Richard Larkin with a Seascape in Acrylic. An all-day workshop by Stephen Cheeseman is to be held on Saturday 11thJuly, at St. Martha’s Hall in Little Common. The subject for this is a Townscape in Watercolour. For further information please phone Roy Cox (Chairman) on 0I424 21L473.