June 12, 2019
This post shows some of the delightful work accomplished by students on the painting holiday at Casa Bezzia in the Parma Appenines. More at home with sketching and painting in acrylic, the group made some great paintings outside in watercolour, and by the end of the week became confident at tackling the challenges of working in a big landscape. The flowers were painted on the one really rainy day and afforded a good opportunity to experiment with colour mixing and brushwork.
June 10, 2019
Jo is delighted to be showing five works at the Society of Graphic Fine Art’s Centenary Exhibition and would like to thank the SGFA President Les Williams and the Council, for putting together another brilliant showcase of Member’s work.
Notes on the works;
“Dream” tells a story in mixed media drawn over a thin veil of Pan Pastel.
“Haggling over Sheep” is composed in watercolour and pencil from sketches made at the sheep and goat market in Tafraoute, Morocco .
“Jacaranda Time in Nice” is a view from the Chateau Gardens where the cliff falls steeply down to the old harbor with gullies filled with Jacaranda trees.
The “Ancient Olive Tree” was found in Renoir’s garden at Domaines des Colettes at Cagnes-sur-Mer, just outside Nice, and the medium is graphite pencil over a layer of pale green Pan Pastel.
“Springtime at Domaines des Colettes” is a rather fanciful interpretation of the view from Renoir’s garden toward the castle at Haute Cagnes and is in pastel.
The next few days are the last chance to view this exciting exhibition of fine art drawing created by Members of the Society of Graphic fine Art, which closes on 16th June. For more information about the SGFA and free demonstrations at the exhibition visit www.sgfa.org.uk
June 5, 2019
Two weeks ago I returned from tutoring a painting holiday at Casa Bezzia in the tiny hamlet of Pietracervara in the Parma Appenines.
In early May just across the road from the studio we found ourselves in an exquisite flower meadow with a backdrop of mountains. From my previous visit in November I had no idea how colourful it would be in May.
The bordering copses were spangled with bright blue Lithospermum purpurocaeruleum (Blue Gromwell) and wild strawberry flowers, and we found rocky crevices filled with cushions of pale magenta Saponaria ocymoides (Rock soapwort).
The following pictures show just some of the colourful plants we saw during our delightful stay. Do let me know if you find mistakes in the identification of the various species as my days as a Botany student are a little distant.
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