Bexhill Art Society

Do you have problems knowing what to paint? A DVD by artist, Hazel Soan, was shown at our February meeting. She advocated looking around our homes at everyday objects which could become inspiring paintings and emphasized the value of tones. A pair of old boots on a tiled floor was the subject for a watercolour painting. Most of the painting was in tones of brown and ochre with use of the wet-in-wet technique suggesting the fur-lined interior of the boot. The richness of the leather was enhanced by the addition of alizarin crimson to the brown pigment.

This was followed by an oil painting of breakfast crockery and a cafetiere backlit in front of a window giving intense dark and light areas. The use of oils made it easier to paint dark areas because the pigment is opaque as opposed to the transparency of watercolours. Shapes between objects-and the shadows and reflections caused by the light were more important than the objects themselves.

The DVD was preceded by our AGM. Roy Cox was re-elected as Chairman and a new committee was also elected. Retiring committee members, Barbara Bussey, Dianne Woolley and Alan Davis, were thanked for their hard work and enthusiasm. We shall be holding our usual summer exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion on the 29 - 31 August which is the Bank Holiday Weekend. The monthly competition, Moonlight, was won by Christine Scott. David Hobson, our artist of the month, showed a selection of his work and particularly striking was his action picture of two cricketers at the wicket.

Meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month at St. Augustine’s Church Hall in Cooden Drive TN39 3AZ at 2.30 pm (doors open at 2.0pm). Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Our next meeting is on March 7th when the doors will be open at the slightly earlier time of 1.30 pm. Stephen Cheeseman will be demonstrating Movement in Oil Pastels, and the competition subject is Towns and Cities.

Our chairman, Roy Cox, can be contacted onO14242LL473 or, bas4members@gmail.co.uk.