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We have been shocked and saddened to hear that Pollyanna Pickering has died after a short illness.
Pollyanna was a friend and member of The Wildlife Art Society International for many years, and a generous Patron of the Society,
handing out our Awardsat most of our Annual Exhibitions
She was an award-winning internationally famous wildlife artist, and an energetic worker for the conservation of wildlife.
Her many expeditions to all corners of the globe gave her an insight into the critically endangered species which she loved to depict in
her paintings. Her dedicated conservation work formed the core of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation,
which will stand as her lasting legacy.
We extend our condolences and sympathies to her daughter Anna-Louise and her family at this very sad time.
Pollyanna will be sadly missed by all.
2018 Members Weekend At Nature in Art
Legendary Luangwa Safari - 18th September - 26th September 2018
A 9 day fully inclusive wildlife safari to the exceptional South Luangwa National Park.
Zambia’s South Luangwa retains a charm, wildness, unparalleled level of guiding and impressive density of relaxed wildlife, including predators, combined with the ability to do night drives within the reserve that easily sets it apart from other national parks and makes it somewhere not to be missed.
We will arrive in time for the height of dry season drama. At the end of the winter on the cusp of the summer rains, animals are forced to congregate at the river in large numbers each day to drink the little water that remains. It’s the time of year known for that classic ‘Golden African Light’. The heat and the dust add to the drama and make for a completely different feel to the atmosphere and the images we will capture.
We have booked exclusive use of the two of the best camps, using two different zones of the park will give us vast opportunities for exploration and unrivaled variety. We combine Robin Pope’s Luangwa River Camp, set in the game rich central region with the more exclusive and illustrious Nsefu Camp to give you full exposure to the best the Luangwa valley has to share, including the amazing colourful breeding colonies of carmine bee eaters. We have enlisted the support of local expert photographic guide Edward Selfe to make this an unforgettable wildlife adventure.
We enthusiastically welcome artists, photographers of all abilities and non photographers to join us to experience this incredible wildlife destination. Our ethos is to offer a small and intimate group (maximum of 6 guests on each safari). We take time to fully immerse ourselves in the environments visited. We spend time observing behaviour and animal interactions, which makes it the perfect safari for artists who want to spend time sketching, which we happily accommodate and equally with our expert photographic guidance we are able to help you capture the images that can serve as vital reference material for paintings when you return home.
We take conservation and responsible travel seriously and have carefully selected the lodges we partner with to ensure we have as positive an impact as possible. We have also priced in to the tour costs a donation of £200 per person which will be given to a wildlife conservation charity working in the South Luangwa to protect the wildlife.
All our safaris are fully insured. Payments and bookings are done through a registered UK travel agent offering full ATOL protection.
Price £6,499 per person Excludes: international flights, travel insurance, visas, discretionary gratuities, gifts/souvenirs.
If you would like to discuss this tour or enquire about booking please feel free to get in touch with either Fiona or Raj at email@example.com
or call on 07786 067271
Alternatively more details can be found by visiting http://bit.ly/Luangwa2018
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY -
2018 AGM AND MEMBERS WEEKEND AT NATURE IN ART 6TH AND 7TH OCTOBER 2018
Nature in Art have kindly agreed to be our host again this for the popular annual event put on by The Wildlife Art Society International for you its members. We have two great workshops for you, and a very special guest on the Sunday.
A past member of TWASI Jonathan Pointer, internationally acclaimed oil painter of wildlife, will be spending the day with us, giving an illustrated talk in the morning, then spending time to chat personally with us and leading the critique of members work in the afternoon.
The fee for the whole weekend is still only £65 - a bargain! Many members who attend come from all over the country and we are aware of accommodation costs, so we have kept the price the same this year. Separate prices for one day available. Members’ guests welcome on the Saturday evening supper and Sunday event.
Saturday 6th October
Workshops 10am to 5pm with coffee, lunch, tea and cakes
Mandi Baykaa-Murray ‘Relief Printmaking Linocut’
Gregory Wellman ‘Alternative oil painting with fast-drying oil paints’
Saturday evening AGM and Fish ‘n’ Chip supper
Sunday 7th October
10am to 5pm with coffee, lunch, tea and cakes
A day with Jonathan Pointer
Illustrated talk in the morning and critique of members work in the afternoon
For accommodation options in Gloucestershire please visit:
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Gloucester Tourist Board 01452 396572
SATURDAY 6TH OCTOBER WORKSHOPS
RELIEF PRINTMAKING - LINOCUT – Mandi Baykaa-Murray
Mandi has been a member of TWASI for just over 3 years and is an active council member. She studied a Printmaking MA at Camberwell College of Art,1998/99 but only recently took up painting in 2010 after meeting some birds of prey which are now the main focus of her artwork. It wasn’t until 2014, that Mandi began to incorporate her printmaking experience into her work, which has since been very successful, being selected for The David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of The Year and NEWA, and winning the Christopher Parsons Award at last year’s TWASI Annual Exhibition
This one-day workshop will focus on relief printmaking techniques, primarily the Linocut - without the need for a printing press. (So everyone can continue at home without the need for expensive, bulky equipment!)
Being a ‘TWASI’ workshop, our theme will be wildlife, within that, anything goes!
Initially, think simple, bold imagery...as the workshop unfolds, you can respond to your results and see where this exciting medium leads us.
As with all art, we will begin with some sketching/planning/composition ideas.
We will explore how to use the cutting tools to create a variety of interesting lines and marks to create areas of line/texture/pattern within an image.
I will show you how to ‘proof’ your lino block which gives you an idea of how the final print will look before you print it.
Using water-based printing ink, (because it’s easier to clean up!) we will learn how to use a roller to apply the ink to the lino block, and then the exciting bit - how to ‘pull a perfect print’. (A simple registration technique and avoiding finger prints).
We will look at how to achieve a variety of different results from the same lino block by using different inks/papers.
During the day, I’ll be introducing other relief printing methods that will complement lino cutting and offer artists some exciting results to explore within their own art practice.
All materials & equipment are provided but there is an additional charge of £10 per person to cover the lino sheets and cutting tools which will remain yours to keep.
Please bring your sketch book and a pencil and some reference images for inspiration.
ALTERNATIVE OIL PAINTING WITH FAST DRYING OILS – Gregory Wellman
If you have not been on a workshop with TWASI member Gregory Wellman before you are in for an exciting and enjoyable day, he takes you out of your comfort zone and helps you find another ‘you’. Exploring the mediums of alkyds and water soluble oil paints, Gregory will guide you through the pitfalls and the fun of painting alla prima wildlife art.
Painting wet in wet can be a challenge, especially in oils. But the rewards can be worth it! Gregory will guide you through a simple process to help you keep control of your work; balancing discipline and spontaneity.
Bring simple wildlife reference photos with a clear focal point. Gregory will also bring reference photos and paper for experimenting, planning etc.
Essential for this workshop:
Two or three canvases/ canvas boards/ paper for acrylic or oil, in sizes that suit you.
(Gregory will have spare paper)
At least three different size brushes to suit your chosen medium, in sizes that feel within your comfort zone.
A graphite pencil or charcoal.
Kitchen roll/ wet wipes
Pallet/ plate/ cheap tray
Painting clothes/ apron
Other materials: (optional)
Easel, ruler, gloves, water pots etc.
SUNDAY 7TH OCTOBER
A day with artist Jonathan Pointer
After such a great day with watercolourist Hazel Soan in 2017 we are delighted to announce that Jonathan Pointer will be joining us for the day this year. Inspired by Victorian art, Jonathan’s work has a traditional feel, combining realism and a strong sense of narrative.
His approach to painting is highly individual with all the elements within the painting - subject, flora and landscape - being treated with equal importance. His work is therefore, part portrait, part botanical and part landscape, an approach that places the subject within the context of habitat, time and place and gives added opportunity for narrative within the painting.
This dedication to all aspects of nature means that his larger paintings can take months to complete, with an output of no more than ten paintings a year adding to the collectability of his work.|
Jonathan also enjoys a more intimate exploration of the natural world through finely detailed drawings in graphite, sensitive portrayals of birds and animals to which he has recently begun adding ‘found objects’ such as old birds' nest or lanterns long left outside to the elements.
Jonathan has exhibited widely and is represented by several leading galleries. Past exhibitions include The Society of Wildlife Artists, Christies Wildlife and Sporting Art auctions, Olympia Fine Art and Antique Fairs, The Royal West of England Academy and Birds in Art in America.
Working from his rural studio close to the river Teifi in Wales, Jonathan is also a passionate avicuturalist and member of the World Pheasant Association, rearing many of the birds that appear in his paintings.
10am illustrated talk by Jonathan in the education block
12.30pm to 2.30pm time to talk to Jonathan and enjoy a leisurely lunch in the NIA cafe.
2.30pm – to approximately 4pm Critique led by Jonathan in the Atrium
4pm tea and cakes in the NIA cafe before we say farewell
You are all invited to bring along a piece of work, in progress (bring a table or floor easel to display it if you are unable to hang it by a cord), or a finished piece for the critique on the Saturday morning if you are attending the whole weekend or on the Sunday if only attending that day.
Please fill in the booking form you will find in the magazine and send it to Valerie Briggs with your
payment in full at the address on the form.
2017 Members Weekend at Nature in Art
The Wildlife Art Society International Members 25th Anniversary Members Weekend and AGM on the 7th and 8th of October was well attended by over 30 members. Having organised the weekend I was looking forward to sitting back and enjoying the company of many like minds. I was not disappointed. On the Saturday a very enjoyable day was spent relaxing (?) with everyone hard at work on the the workshops and with some really good results!!! Thank you to Jamie Boots, Jackie Cox and Marion Kardasz our tutors.
The Sunday turned out to be a beautiful sunny day at Nature in Art and we spent it all indoors!!!! (one or two did slouch around on the benches in the garden for 10 minutes or so now and again including me and paid Martin Rumary a visit in the NIA artists studio). But what a perfect way to spend a Sunday with our guest artist the renowned water colourist Hazel Soan . What a treat. Hazel gave us a brilliant talk about painting wildlife in Africa, a small but important part of her painting life, and then a great critique partnered by our own equally eloquent Chairwoman Sarais Crawshaw. Everyone was really taken with Hazel's enthusiasm for her chosen medium and we are are all in awe of her artistic talent. Thank you so much Hazel.
A big thanks to Nature in Art and Jenny in the NIA cafe for allowing us to invade Wallsworth Hall over the weekend.
TWASI 25th Annual Exhibition Report 2017
This year’s annual exhibition at Nature in Art was special on two counts. It celebrated 25 years of TWAS which later became TWASI when the International tag was added. Also, our chosen cause to support was Secret World Wildlife Rescue based in Somerset and they were celebrating the 25th. anniversary of their formation. We were delighted to welcome Ken Stroud, founder member of ‘The Wildlife Art Society’, to open the exhibition at the preview evening. He explained the motivation of a small group of artists based in Kent who , although they had the passion and skills to produce beautiful wildlife art weren’t able to gain access to the higher profile exhibitions. They identified a space for a large number of like minded people across the country and the society was formed to fulfil this need. The success of TWASI, providing a non-selective, non-judgemental opportunity for new artists to show work in the company of established professionals has proved a potent force in the genre and the fact that it has grown to what it is now and after 25 years is stronger than ever is proof of its value. A schedule of sketching days, visits and workshops adds depth to this lively society.
Part of this year’s anniversary celebration was a subsidiary exhibition in the atrium. This comprised the work of founder and early members, some of whom are still members and contribute greatly to the society and provide a strong link to the basic ethos upon which TWASI was formed. This exhibition was by invitation and we were delighted to see so many give up their time and work to contribute to a stunning show.
This main exhibition was also of a very high standard and was enjoyed by a large number of visitors spending a long time in the marquee taking in the wide variety of subjects, styles and media which keep the show fresh and interesting aided by welcoming new members as exhibitors, such a special feature of our society. Running alongside the exhibition we had three workshops over the holiday weekend. Mandi Baykaa-Murray feather painting, France Bauduin coloured pencil work and Gregory Wellman exploring acrylic painting in his usual imaginative style. These were all very well supported and enjoyed by all who took part. We also had a good team of demonstrators every day in the marquee who add an important dimension for the visitors who enjoy chatting to the artists.
The daily raffle once again raised £700 + and we were able to supplement this with profit from the exhibition to donate a total of £1000 to ‘Secret World’. A big thankyou to all the artists who donated original artwork as prizes. We remain indebted to Simon Trapnell and the trustees of Nature in Art who provide such a wonderful setting for the show and to Pollyanna Pickering who is such a terrific ambassador for wildlife art and conservation internationally and who has recently been honoured by her invitation to take part in a high profile exhibition in China. She is a fervent supporter and patron of TWASI and all it stands for.
This year we held a further exhibition at Hanbury Hall near Droitwich, Worcestershire in September. 33 TWASI artists exhibited around 125 paintings on the theme ‘Flora and fauna in the British landscape’. This was very successful with good sales and we have been invited back next year. We are now exploring the possibility of other regional exhibitions with the National Trust, principally, Stourhead in Wiltshire and welcome suggestions from members as to other venues. The infrastructure is in place and we are very mobile. Looking forward to another great painting year in 2018.
A Brush with Nature at the Dudley Museum and Art Gallery
Hi to all,
The TWASI exhibition at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery is now up and running. A big thank you to all the members who have supported this event. 33 artists have exhibited around 120 paintings. It runs from 24th September until the 19th of November. I have attached a few images that Adrian Durkin at the gallery has sent to me. The Council printed a DL leaflet advertising the show. I've sent 3000 of these into the area, zoos, tourist info offices, local members, hotels, press and TV so let's hope this boosts the footfall. Get along to see it if you can. We're hoping to arrange a demo day on one of the Saturdays as a TWASI social on November 12th.
If you are interested in joining in on that day please contact me (e-mail contact for John please)
TWASI Exhibition coordinator
Watch the'Dudley Exhibition TV Interview here
The 2016 Members Weekend and AGM at Nature in Art
Another great weekend was organised for you at the wonderful venue of Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth in Gloucestershire by the TWASI council on October 1st and 2nd 2017. With plenty of good company and enjoyable food, TWASI members from far and wide, new and old had the use of the whole of the education block and the perfectly peaceful ambience of the wonderful museum and art gallery and garden that is Nature in Art. We cannot thank Simon and all the staff at Nature in Art for their warm welcome and thoughtfulness over the weekend.
The AGM went very well and our new Chairwoman Sarais Crawshaw and council member Tracy Ann Sitch were voted into office. It was of relatively short in duration which meant members could visit the amazing British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition before a welcome glass of wine followed by an excellent fish and chip supper complete with bread and butter for us ‘chip butty’ connoisseurs. Enough from me let member Jan Watts and new members Pat Kitching and Chris Walker tell you all about it;
"Having recently joined TWASI, I was very much looking forward to this event at Nature in Art, one of my favourite places.
I enrolled in Gregory Wellman’s workshop, “Big and Bold”, on the first day, a theme well outside my comfort zone. We were asked to bring large brushes (including DIY type!), large canvasses / boards, etc., and acrylic paints.
After Gregory’s demonstration and comprehensive description (very entertaining!) of his approach in achieving loose, bold work, we chose our preferred reference material, provided by Gregory, with some members using their own photographs. The day was hugely enjoyed by everyone and the results were spectacular. Although challenging, I certainly surprised myself, having never attempted this approach before.
The Society’s AGM took place that evening, followed by a fish and chip supper provided by the splendid Nature in Art staff. The next morning we joined Trevor Smith for a talk / illustration about keeping a sketchbook, particularly field studies, explaining in detail the anatomy of birds. It was a treat to be able to look at his sketchbooks, all of which were full to the last page! Members later passed around their own sketchbooks (always a treat), following which we spent a sunny hour sketching in the lovely grounds of Wallsworth Hall.
Members had been asked to bring along two paintings, finished or unfinished, for inclusion in a critique to take place in the atrium, after lunch, by Trevor and Guest Artist, Jackie Garner. It was so interesting to listen to the comments and I’m sure we all gained some useful tips and encouragement for future work.
A memorable weekend, due in no small part to the hard work of the TWASI Committee and the hospitality provided by Nature in Art.
Thank you" - Pat.
“This weekend provided members with the opportunity to try new techniques and learn from one another’s’ experiences.
There were two workshops on the Saturday both very challenging and very different from one another. Gregory Wellman went “Big and Bold” working with acrylics and big brushes. The results were amazing: rhinos, elephants and the face of a beautiful big cat. The colours people used were dramatic and vibrant making the pictures worthy of admiration. Next door Kirsten Hill-Nixon taught the group how to create lovely 3D sculptures using wire armatures and wool. By the end of the day the group had created a range of birds in various colours and sizes much admired by other members. Many of the participants, however, went home with punctured fingers after having used the felt needles for 6 hours!
On Sunday morning Trevor Smith explained in detail the skeletal constructions of birds and animals. Who would have thought that a bird’s ankle was situated half way up its leg! His sketch books were stunning and gave us all the enthusiasm to sketch wild life in their natural habitats. The group were also given the opportunity to pass around their own sketch books.
In the afternoon Trevor and Jackie Garner conducted a critique of members’ work which had been displayed in the atrium during the two days. Comments were both constructive and encouraging. The enjoyable weekend was brought to a close with yummy cakes and tea in the restaurant". - Chris
“Kirsten Hill-Nixon taught Needle felted birds whilst Gregory Wellman persuaded us to be “big and bold” with acrylics-out of our comfort zone for some of us (me!) Both classes produced excellent work, interrupted by coffee, lunch, tea and cake during the day! On Sunday, Trevor Smith showed us invaluable sketches of birds and mammals, including their bone structure- very important in getting their correct shape. Members passed around their sketch books, very interesting how differently people record their outings.
After lunch, Jackie Garner and Trevor critiqued our work, constructively, with members joining in with comments. The day ended with tea and cake -again!
Thanks to all concerned for a splendid week end, hoping to meet up again at various events.” - Jan Watts
We now look forward to our 25th Anniversary Year in 2017 and will welcome ideas of how to celebrate it from our membership other than the Annual Exhibition. The workshop tutors at the members weekend at Nature in Art have already been booked, Jamie Boots (Drawing) and Marion Kardasz (Silk Painting) and we are looking to book up a someone very special to spend the Sunday with us and to give us an illustrated talk and critique. So keep your eyes open for the booking forms.
Council member Valerie Briggs
Exhibiton 2016 Report
Hi everyone just a quick line to say thank you to those members who donated original paintings, prints and signed books as the raffle prizes for the daily raffle at the annual exhibition this year. It has created a great deal of interest and raised £650 for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue.
We still have the donation to be made from sales during the exhibition to give them.
The TWASI council