2019 NEWS & NOTICES
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.”
2019 AGM and Members Weekend at Nature in Art
October 5th and 6th
The members of the TWASI council have great pleasure in announcing the program for the 2019 Annual AGM and members’ weekend at Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth in Gloucestershire. A social event enjoyed by the members of the society in the beautiful tranquil surroundings of Nature in Art. We have two brilliant workshops for you to choose from on the Saturday and a very special guest artist to spend the day with us on the Sunday. The AGM is followed by a fish ‘n’ chip supper in the Nature in Art cafe. If you haven’t yet attended one of the member weekends then you are in for a real treat. The whole weekend costs £70 with meals included and there are options to just book on the workshops or attend the Sunday event only. You will receive a booking form with January newsletter and another with the spring edition of the in house magazine On the Wildside.
For further information please contact Valerie
SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER CERAMIC RAKU WORKSHOP
WITH JILL COLLIER FROM 10am to 5pm
For this workshop you will spend the morning making a small sculpture e.g. bird or animal of your choice, you will be shown the various techniques of coiling, pinching and slabbing, how to create textures.
Your finished sculpture will need to thoroughly dry which can take approximately two weeks, then it will be bisque fired in an electric kiln at a later date. It is possible to schedule another workshop for those who would like to see their own pieces fired in a raku kiln, alternatively this can be done for you, and all finished pieces will need to be collected at a date to be arranged.
In the afternoon there will be a demonstration for a raku firing, (weather permitting, this cannot be done if raining or too windy) you will be able to glaze a bisque fired item then place it into the kiln, for a charge of £8, this item can be taken home with you on the day,
There will be an alternative air drying clay available for those who would prefer not to wait.
There will be photographic reference material available or you may bring your own.
There will be a fee of £10 for clay, glazes and two kiln firings payable on the day.
SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER IPAD ART ANIMAL ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP WITH IAN COLEMAN FROM 10am to 5pm
Creating animal art on the iPad is becoming more popular than ever, as a new generation are using these powerful apps to create illustrations and digital art. Many of us don’t realise what can be done on an iPad besides our browsing, emailing and picture taking. In the professional creative world the iPad is an audio tool and a video editing tool, a 3D building tool and an extensive art studio. One of the main advantages to using an iPad is its mobility, even with the largest 12.9in iPad Pro’s. Now we can
Your iPad is an incredible piece of kit. Gone are the days shelling out large sums of money for top of the range creative software, which only the most powerful PC’s and Mac’s could run at smooth speeds. Now very affordable and powerful software applications from the Apple App store can provide you with amazing niche art tools. We will look at some these too. Each App will have a something it’s particularly good at, even if it’s a free stripped down simple doodling app. You can start a design on one app and develop it in another and so on.
This one day course is a deeper look at the industry leading mobile art App Procreate which costs only £9.99 for the iPad. We’ll draw in various styles, from creating graphic illustrations to more painterly artworks. The great thing about Procreate is you can explore your imagination just by playing with all the art tools in the app. You can create your own brushes to give your work a unique style, or share your brushes and vice versa. We’ll also look at some other apps including how to combine text with your artwork.
This workshop is for iPads only (it is available for iPhones too – called Procreate Pocket), iPad 3 or later, including mini-iPads. Have a look at the amazing art which you can do on your iPad at https://procreate.art/showcase.
SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER AGM 6pm FISH ‘N’ CHIP SUPPER
SUNDAY 10am TO 5pm
SPEND THE DAY WITH OUR GUEST ARTIST THE RENOWNED ANIMAL SCULPTOR NICK MACKMAN
ENJOY A ILLUSTRATED TALK BY NICK IN THE MORNING, LUNCH, A CRITIQUE OF MEMBERS WORK LED BY NICK FINISHING WITH TEA AND CAKES IN THE NATURE IN ART CAFE
Nick Mackman is an award winning sculptor of ceramic and bronze animal sculptures. She has been widely exhibited and in 2015 she won the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) Wildlife Artist of the Year competition. In 2012 she was Overall Runner-up and category winner in 2010.
Her animal sculptures have found home with, amongst others, John Cleese, Dame Judi Dench, Chris Packham, David Shepherd and Viscountess Serena Linley. She has been commissioned by British Airways and the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Her work is held in numerous private collections and is prized for its striking intensity and personality. Many of her subjects are highly endangered and she actively supports the work of animal and nature conservation charities at home and abroad.
My art is informed by my life-long love of animals. I grew up with a dog by my side and learned from an early age that every animal has its own distinctive personality. As an artist my work is a continually evolving exploration of animal behaviour. I never start a new piece without making that connection with my subject. I need to understand the animal, its environment, behaviour and personality. I need to know its story and what it’s feeling; is it vulnerable, sleepy, proud, frightened, angry, and playful?
Most of my animal sculptures are based on observations made in the wild. This is the only way to really connect with the animal on its own level. I’m not interested in making crude anthropomorphisms. For me, it’s disrespectful and betrays a failure to understand and relate to the subject. My work is inspired by what I see in the wild. A slight tilt of the head, licking of the lips or pricking of the ears can speak volumes. These are the subtle details that bring a sculpture to life and transform it from a purely representational model to an expressive and emotive artwork. Ultimately, it’s the presence in the room which I find so exciting and which makes sculpture so powerful.
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.