We made a return visit to Low Hall, Dacre Top. Thirteen members and a friend (a garden expert from Seattle) found plenty to sketch. While we were having lunch in the conservatory Pamela read a poem written by a former Bishop of Canterbury, who obviously enjoyed the peace and quiet of the surroundings as much as we did. We all had a good day at Low Hall , in spite of a drizzly morning, and the afternoon was sunny.
Summer exhibition in St Cuthberts School, King Street, Pateley Bridge August 16 to 19, 10am to 5pm.
Framed painting displayed and unframed work and limited edition prints in the browsers. A wide selection of greetings cards. You can vote for your favourite exhibit. Finally, refreshments: enjoy a tea or coffee and some home made cake before you leave.
On a cloudy August Monday in Ramsgill members of the Pateley Art Club scattered about the village quietly sketching subjects they spotted. There were many friendly villagers, including Bill Spence, the walking stick man, Angus who showed Bob a poem about the ruined building that Bob was sketching. Carolyn was invited by a couple to have a cup of tea in their garden. We gathered on the main green for lunch and to show our progress. Margaret was sharing her knowledge of art to those who needed. We donated to the Village Hall for its use. The next trip is to Low Hall at Dacre Top on August 12th. This is a large, delightful and peaceful 17th Century house, the home of Pamela Holliday who opens for the NGS during the year.
Ramsgill Village Hall
Intrepid sketchers taking a break
Results from the sketching day in Ramsgill Village
Bob Goldsborough travelled from
Birkenhead to talk about using colour in paintings. He illustrated
how a colour can appear to be darker in front of a light background.
It can also appear to change its hue (colour), shifting away from
similar nearby colours.
He explained how the traditional primary colours of Red, Blue & Yellow can mislead artists when mixing colours. The ones he used to construct his colour wheel are based on the primary colours used by printers and graphic designers: Magenta, Cyan & Lemon Yellow.
He briefly showed how colour wheels are
based on positioning three primary colour around the wheel. Opposite
each primary colour its complementary colour. If the primary colour
is mixed with increasing amounts of its complementary colour, the mix
will gradually lose its intensity, dulling towards grey or black
without changing its hue (colour). The mixed colour gets darker and
can be lightened with white.
He proceeded to paint a landscape on a
light purple background, mixing colours using complementary colours
(opposite colours on the wheel), plus white where needed. He painted
quickly in blocks of contrasting colours with other interlaced
He also illustrated aerial perspective with a tones reducing at further distances from the observer. He did not proceed to the next step of creating more detail in the foreground which would emphasise the perspective.
Bob brought along images of his paintings, showing his use of colour.
Twelve members met at Lofthouse Village Hall where we were warmly welcomed by the artists from “updale” who meet each Monday. Some come as visitors to our monthly club meetings. After coffee, the Bandroom Gallery was opened for us to see the work they produce and sell: paintings, cushions, cards, small decorated boxes, jewellery and painted stones, all beautifully made and reasonably priced. Several of us were tempted and bought! If you want to visit the gallery it is open at weekends from 10am to 4pm. We had a great choice of cottages and views to sketch and were invited to look into a private garden and some strolled down to the River Nidd. We continued sketching after a lunch break as we were fortunate with a dry day. We collected £21 for the Lofthouse Village Hall funds.
John came to demonstrate his approach to line and wash and to show us his demonstration pieces and sketchbooks. He worked from a photograph of cottages, used a unipen with watercolours, painting flat on watercolour paper. He had his own camera projection onto the wall.
John Harrison showed us his watercolour demonstration pieces.
John allowed the members to look through his sketchbooks. He has published books of his sketchbook images.
John showed members two of his watercolour swatches.
Audrey had recently visited Farnley Hall on an arts bus trip and had asked Guy if club members could sketch in the grounds. He kindly agreed and on the day he showed us where we could sketch. We followed in the footsteps of JMW Turner who visited regularly between 1806 and 1824.
The building has a Georgian block looking out over Wharfedale towards Otley Chevin opposite.
There is an earlier Jacobean building at the rear.
There are extensive grasslands with isolated trees and extensive mixed woodland.
Members spread out around the buildings.
Compulsory dinner break.
After a day sketching and painting, the members had produced different interpretations of what they saw.
Josie Beszant talked about her interest in collecting and illustrated her work with cabinet displays and artworks.
Her website states:
“I am a collector of stories, poems fragments of things. This spills out into my art work, whether it is in painting, collage, assemblage or sculpture the work is always about things found that I am fascinated with. This could be a scrap of a photo, a discarded letter, a story told or a song. I am interested in the beauty of the damaged discarded and broken which is a constant theme running through my work.”
She explained her early interest in natural and made objects during her childhood staying with her grandparents in a cottage with lots of interesting objects and access to the countryside. She developed an interest in drawing, making and mending things. These interests developed into making clothes, stained glass, plastering etc. as well as painting pastels and watercolours.
Her interest in old objects developed into creating collages of old photographs, old family stories, envelopes, animal bones and old objects. These represent past connections and emotions. They could be tales of unrequited love or separation.
Josie and artists, Hester Cox and Charlotte Morrison, create new ways of displaying objects in store at Ryedale Museum. These included, old glass, fragments of wallpaper from demolished houses and moths.
They were also involved in exploring and illustrating the archives of Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley. Josie incorporated the ideas into the construction of aprons from teabag material and found scraps.
Collage of old objects is not popular in the UK but has a market in the USA and Europe. Her other painting work is more important for sales from her gallery in Masham.