2019 NEWS & NOTICES
2019 AGM and Members Weekend at Nature in Art
October 5th and 6th
SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER CERAMIC RAKU WORKSHOP
WITH JILL COLLIER
SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER IPAD ART ANIMAL ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP
WITH IAN COLEMAN
SUNDAY 10am TO 5pm
OUR GUEST ARTIST THE RENOWNED ANIMAL SCULPTOR NICK MACKMAN
AN ILLUSTRATED TALK BY NICK IN THE MORNING, LUNCH, A CRITIQUE OF MEMBERS WORK LED BY NICK
Just a few images from our recent Nature in Art Annual Exhibition 2019
TWASI MEMBERS SUMMER COMPETITION WINNERS
A new Annual Competition for all TWASI Members, sponsored by Sarais Crawshaw.
1.Ayse Rifat – “Twilight Hunter”
“This was inspired by a chance sighting of a silent and ghostly figure which glided graciously over my back garden late one summer’s evening, hunting for its prey, a sight I will never forget… a wild barn owl.
I was able to produce such a detailed piece with regular visits to a bird of prey rescue facility where I met Pepper the resident Barn Owl.
Meeting Pepper allowed me to study, document and understand the character and movement of barn owls, much deeper than ever before.
For me this was valuable knowledge, for not only creating such an intimate piece, but for future work she has inspired.
Thank you, Pepper!”
2. Christina Hopkinson – “A moment to reflect”
“This painting was all about colour and reflection from the very start.
These ducks were in the distance standing in shallow water in the River Wye in Bakewell, far enough away to be relaxed and unaware of me taking their photo.
There was actually another male with them, but it was their relationship to one another which convinced me to ignore the general compositional rule of painting odd numbers instead of even.
Then there were the colours! The striking iridescence of the male’s head alongside the subdued browns of the female… and those legs!
My unusual colour choice for the water was complete artistic licence, and chosen to create the contrast between it and the orange legs.
I elected for the portrait orientation in order to maximise the effect of shadows and reflections.
I tend to use my photographs for information only. I ask myself what the picture is about, and the answer to that question is the element I endeavour to convey to the viewer.
3. Neal Griffin – “Elephant Mother and Calf”
“This oil painting is from a photo I took from the entrance of my tent during my last tripto Samburu in Kenya.
I loved the reflection on the water and the shadows that were created on the elephants and the water.
The painting was shortlisted for the 2019 David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition.”
2018 AGM and Members Weekend at Nature in Art
A great big TWASI thank you to Simon, Jenny and the staff at Nature in Art for letting us loose in the education block for yet another really great weekend thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended. It was very pleasing for us old hands to welcome many new members to their first TWASI event.
Thank you too to our workshop tutors Mandi Baykaa-Murray (lino cut) and Gregory Wellman (alkyds and water soluble oil paints).
On the Sunday the members were treated to wonderful day with the internationally renowned guest artist Jon Pointer who kept everyone entertained throughout the whole day. Jon a past member of TWASI really enjoyed talking to and making friends with everyone, generously giving us pearls of artistic wisdom and knowhow and inspiring all during the critique in the afternoon, and would you believe this was the first talk he has ever undertaken he kept everyone enthralled.