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Feb 15: Tutoring night

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A week off from learning new things – this Wednesday is a tutoring night. Get help with your ongoing work!

However airbrushing equipment will be available for those who want to keep going with the wonderful landscapes they started last week.

And it’s parents evening so Angus may be a little late to class!

 

 

Feb 8: A bit more airbrushing

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Our foray into airbrushing techniques continues this week after a busy class last week.

On February 1, Angus gave a quick demonstration of how to use the equipment to achieve a misty effect. As a base, we painted bright skies, blending in horizontal sweeps to create a smooth transition from blue to white from the top of the paper to the middle. Then we added a mountain silhouette in a greyish-blue tone, taking the colour down a little way more.

Using the same horizontal sweep technique, we used the airbrush and added white mist to the bottom of the mountains, making it appear as if they are fading away. The landscape developed with more hills and trees, each receding into the mist.

There were lots of squeals of delight (and a few of surprise) as members got to grips with the workings of the airbrush. Space was cramped but everyone got a go and was concentrating hard! Hopefully we all avoided the blotchy effect that Angus demonstrated – although as you can see below, it did look quite pretty. Perhaps this will be a useful effect for someone’s work?

On February 8, we’ll continue the painting and maybe get onto doing clouds!

Making a show of ourselves!

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You cannot escape the Spey Art Group this month: we’ve got work in two prominent Highland galleries!

The main show is at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, where you can see our epic exhibition, Consequences, for the second time. If you missed it in September last year, then this is a chance not to be missed.

And it’s on show throughout February so there’s really no excuse!

AND! You can also catch members’ work at the Iona Gallery in Kingussie this weekend (until Feb 5). Before Christmas we did a workshop on decorating masks – resulting in our famous group shot. Angus has arranged that these unique creations – and those done by some of his pupils at Grantown Grammar – are being exhibited for the Food on Film Festival.

This well-known event is celebrating its 10th year with lots of events and films over the weekend so making a trip down the valley is highly recommended.

Can you paint a picture worth a few dozen words?

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That’s the intriguing challenge facing the Spey Art Group and associates.

Following the success of ‘Consequences’ exhibition now showing at Eden Court, our events extraordinaire Rona Smith has laid down a new test for us all.

It asks members to use their imaginations and creativity to come up with some unique pieces of art.

Each artist has been given three quotations and has to choose ONE as the focus for a piece of work. The quotes have been drawn from The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations – thus henceforth the project will be known as TODOQ. Rona has selected a total of 24 for the event from poetry, literature and many other subjects.

You are asked not to share your choice of quotation with anyone else – like Consequences, she’s looking for an exciting reveal when the exhibition goes on show.

Your response can be in any medium and any size.

Works will be grouped along with the quote that inspired them, giving everyone a unique insight into how the SAG mind works.

The plan is to exhibit the works first at Eden Court Theatre during July and August, though the deadline for completion has yet to be finalised.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Rona to receive your three quotations – ronas4@btinternet.com

No man is an island handwritten
No man is an island. John Donne (1572-1631)

A chance to take silk

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Our silk painting workshop next month is proving popular but there are a few spaces left.

As we’ve mentioned before, our enthusiastic SAG member Rona Smith will be your tutor and will demonstrate the key techniques of silk painting.

Then you will get the chance to create your own beautiful artworks.

To find out more, please visit Cairngorms Learning Partnership’s website – they are organising the day.

At this last stage, you should phone the CLP to book your place.

Jan 25: The return of Consequences

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Yes – it’s back!

Consequences is going on show at the north’s premier arts venue – Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

This is a brilliant chance for the group to display their work in the Highland capital – and for it to be seen by thousands of peole.

The chain of works will be hanging during the whole of February.

In preparation for this, Rona Smith, who organised the exhibition, needs to collect the works.

To that end, members must bring their works to the Wednesday Jan 25 class.

Rona and her team will be hanging the pieces at Eden Court on January, with the exhibition officially open the following day.

For more information on what Consequences was all about – and see the works included – click here.

Any further questions about the arrangements should be directed to Rona Smith.

Otherwise, the Jan 25 class will be an evening of tutoring with Angus, with a chance to print any etchings started last week.

Dates for the diary

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2017 is shaping up to be a busy one for us.

We’ve updated our calendar on the What’s On page. Please check it out and mark down the important dates for the diary. And keep a look out for more during the year – we won’t be ignoring any opportunity to share our work!

You’ll also find dates for workshops. At the moment, the only one on the cards is silk painting with Rona Smith. This is a chance to have a go at a delicate art technique that produces wonderful results.

lupins silk painting
Speyside Lupins by Elizabeth Downie

Jan 18: Sharing inspiration

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This week’s class will be a repeat of one of last year’s popular workshops. Everyone will choose their favourite medium and work from the same source.

Older members may recall that last time we were given the Old Spey Bridge as inspiration: you can see the results by reading the previous report, The Old Spey Bridge Challenge.

Angus is going to select a picture related to our exhibition theme, Cairngorms, and will reveal it on Wednesday night.

There is also a committee meeting so it will be a busy night!

 

Weather

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Just a quick note to say that art group is still on tomorrow night – despite the forecast for wind and snow. Anyone who hasn’t seen the forecast, see the link below for the latest from the Met Office.

We know those coming from further afield will be sensible about their travel arrangements but hope to see as many as can make it tomorrow from 7pm.

Click here for the latest from the Met Office.

 

 

The January forecast – a brush of fresh air

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We’re back to class on Wednesday and Angus has drafted a rough plan for the term. You can find the schedule on the Spring Term section of What’s On.

Highlights include airbrushing and making ceramic tealight holders. It is set to be a busy month and hopefully there will not be too many classes cancelled because of poor weather.

Another thing to look forward to this month is the launch of Consequences at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness. The exhibition will be on show at the end of January so make sure you know where your work is so that it can be transported to the gallery in time for the opening. More information to follow.

See you all at Grantown Grammar on Wednesday night!