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					SGA EARLY 2009 NEWSLETTER Marshall Kearney, Long Cottage, Enford, SN9 6DD Welcome to the first Newsletter of 2009 FIRST THINGS FIRST

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Members are invited to send their 2009 subscriptions direct to Susan Wiltshire ASAP, please. INTRODUCTION The Chairman apologises for the delay in publishing the 2009 programme. The delay was caused primarily by having to make changes at short notice to the long planned programme for the New Year. In this respect we are grateful to Sara Radice for volunteering to take the place of Penny Thorne who is indisposed. You will also note that Veronika Jackson‟s workshop will now take place on 18 Apr 09 and that it will be called Decisions in Picture Making. The Chairman also apologises for the errors which evaded correction before the last Newsletter was published. Let us all hope that this year the weather will be kind to us and that we can enjoy our programme of painting days to the full. This particular winter many more people than usual are suffering from a severe „flu or some other infectious ailment. We trust we shall not cause offence if we invite those who might be infectious to forgo the pleasure of attending an SGA event. REPORTS ON RECENT EVENTS 22 Nov 08 – The Annual General Meeting. The minutes of the 2008 AGM are attached. If any member wishes to challenge their accuracy, he/she should submit an email to the Minutes Secretary of what they consider to be a more accurate record. After the AGM Clifford Hatts again held our wrapt attention as he talked about Walter Langley and the superb watercolours he produced at Newlyn towards the end of the 20th century. Members will be delighted to read that soon after the AGM, Olwen Fife-Williams confirmed her provisional agreement to take over the appointment of Exhibitions Secretary. Her contact details are on the 2009 Programme. We wish Olwen an enjoyable tour in her appointment. The website will be adjusted in the near future better to reflect the needs of the members and as a means of advertising the Group. The website address is shown in the rubric to the 2009 programme of events. The Winter Exhibition in the Salisbury District Hospital attracted 86 entries from 36 members. Work ranged from abstract through still life and landscapes to lively sketches. Lesley Meaker, the ArtCare organiser at the SDH, was glad that nine sales were made despite the gloomy economic situation which struck the nation in the weeks before Christmas. Lesley was happy to confirm her allocation to us of similar dates for an exhibition in 2009.

06 Dec 08 – A History of Abstract Art, a talk by Laura Bell. (27 attended) Laura gave a convincing talk which largely put to shame Stoppard‟s observation that “Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork and picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art." Abstract art is non representational, but it may represent ideas. Pure abstract art might not refer to anything. Abstract art covers a vast area; for example, which way does a colour point? To the left, right, up or down? What are the optimum colours for squares, triangles and so on? And how do you get smell and taste into a picture? Some of Kandinski‟s paintings were pure abstract; go to the Internet and see his work such as Yellow, Red, Blue. Abstract art evolved gradually from the mid 1800s generating deep philosophical arguments. Cubism, depicting all sides of an object and different light sources in one painting was a genre which produced fascinating pictures. Bridget Riley, well known for her black and white work, is keeping abstract painting alive in the UK with her vigorous and scientific approach. Laura‟s talk was one of the very best of recent years. It made the chairman think, mischievously, that each abstract entry to future SGA exhibitions should be accompanied by a 3,000 word essay describing the picture‟s philosophy. 13 Dec 08 – Outing to the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. This was a successful trip and proved itself to be a firm favourite. 10 Jan 09 – Demonstration of Watercolour and Pastel works by Dr Roger R Jones. (46 attended) Although the event was advertised for beginners, the number attending suggested that there is an eagerness for guidance for both experienced and novice painters. Roger concentrated on watercolour but stressed the help which can stem from underpaintings in oil and pastel works. He emphasised the need for clean colours and limited palettes, and using the eloquence of brush marks to speak the words of the language of painting. Above all he emphasised the need to consider, before you start painting, atmosphere, viewpoint, composition and tone. Roger is a tutor at Marlborough College Summer School. To order his special „ROGER‟s SP12 „ brush (with sizes 8 and 4 all for £60), contact Rosemary & Co, PO Box 372, KEIGHLEY, BD20 6WZ, Tel 01535 600090. NB - this is NOT „brush set 50‟. FORTHCOMING EVENTS – KEEP SAFELY; THEY MIGHT CONTAIN DIRECTIONS 31 Jan 09 – Sara Radice talks about Drawing – this replaces The Origins of Art by Penny Thorpe who is indisposed; we trust Penny will be able to talk to us in December. Sara is a wonderful speaker and she is sure to stimulate our interest in this key facet of art. Drawing is indeed, a crucial starting point and it will be recalled that Veronika Jackson‟s original title for her workshop, postponed from January to April, was „Drawing, the root of all painting.‟ As with all our talks, your guests are welcome. Doris Simpson has kindly volunteered to serve tea in place of Paula Hargreaves who is on a well deserved holiday abroad. 21 Feb 09 – Peter Riley will talk about, and lead a free ranging discussion on, Art, The City and Our Needs. He is in an influential position regarding the future of art in our city. Peter is a talented artist, who holds a degree in fine art, and he is the Curator of the Galleries in Salisbury Library. He is well known to the Group and he gives unlimited help to us when we set up exhibitions in the library. It will help give impetus to the discussion if members would think searchingly and often on this vast subject so that they can contribute ideas and argue their views confidently.

07 Mar 09 – Outing to the Byzantium Exhibition in the Royal Academy to see the 340 items ranging from paintings and sculptures to jewellery. The exhibition has attracted many favourable reports from the critics. There might be the chance to view some seldom seen Turner paintings at Tate Britain; more later when you apply to Derek. Bidding slips, please. 21 Mar 09 – Cynthia Spears‟ workshop on mixing colours in oil painting. Please note the starting work time of 9.30am. Those who attended Roger Jones workshop will recall he recommended us not to mix colours but to hold a number of pigments on the brush so that they will mix in an interesting way as they are applied to the paper. Cynthia is aware of this way of mixing colours, but her workshop will follow the traditional approach where the artist can see what colour he is producing. Cynthia Spears is a skilled artist, well known for her expertise in mixing beautiful colours. A few years ago she was elected to the exclusive Chelsea Art Society, having won the prize for the best oil painting in their open exhibition. She is an experienced tutor in oil painting and is compressing a two day course into one day for our benefit. Cynthia would like us to bring (or have access to from a companion): 6 basic colours – a cool and warm red, blue and yellow plus titanium white and a black. A big palette and a palette knife 8 cards prepared with white gesso – sides of cornflake cartons are ideal. (Please prepare one of these cards as a reference colour wheel by painting in the six basic colours and at least 2 secondaries between each pair of basic colours – this is not a job for the night before! 2 medium, but different sized, brushes for oil work. Turps or Zest to clean brushes – beware if you do not like the smell of turps. Old rags to wipe brushes (and rags to clean tables and the floor at the end of the day) Cynthia would especially like students to bring one example of their work and recommends those who are not used to oils to wear outer clothes that can be kept for oils or thrown away. 04 Apr 09 – Paul Banning – prepare for summer painting days. Paul was highly rated as a tutor when he came to us in March 2008. His visit this year will concentrate on watercolours because this is the most popular medium for working outside. Bring to the workshop the medium you normally take when painting in the field. 18 Apr 09 – Veronika Jackson‟s workshop on Decisions in Picture making. Please bring a sketch book, notepad, a soft drawing pencil, charcoal, pen, scissors, glue and your own choice of medium. Please also bring two of your own paintings; a good one, and a poor one. THE PRESIDENT‟S PIECE I was born in Khartoum in the Sudan. My father, a Royal Engineer, was seconded to The Sudan Defence Force, a native militia with British Officers. My mother was a nurse working for a missionary society. She was 39 when I was born so I suppose I am lucky to be relatively normal (though some would disagree!). After the war we moved frequently – Vienna, Scotland, Kent, Northern Ireland, Versailles, Egypt and Yorkshire. I was never, ever, ever going to join the Army; it was the career of last choice! How and why it happened is another story, suffice it to say that wine, women, song and fast (for those days) cars allied to a lack of ready cash all played their part in changing my mind. And so 34 years later I retired and we bought a house in Ford.

I am often asked how, why and when I started painting. There are several strands to the answer. My mother always took a sketch pad on holiday or on days out. She drew cows; nothing else! And when clearing up after she died there they were in the attic – sketch book after sketch book with cows on every page in every conceivable position. Something must have rubbed off on me. Occasionally when doodling in a boring lesson I found myself drawing cows as well as cartoons of the masters and so on! Because of my doodling I must have been seen as competent with a pencil. When in the Combined Cadet Force at school (it was compulsory) I was always nominated to draw the landscapes that were used for target indication. Many of you will have heard words like: “Half left, 250 yards, bushy topped tree, go right 50 yards, sniper in hedgerow, FIRE!” But it was the art master, Mr Barton, who really left an impression on me and who gave me a legacy that led – indirectly – to me taking up a brush some 20 years later. (To be continued) THE NEXT NEWSLETTER will be published in the early months of 2009. Marshall Kearney
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Attendance slips are in reverse chronological order. Maximum attendance at workshops is 18.

If you cannot meet your vacancy you must cancel it so that another member may take your place.
All bookings by members for workshops take priority over requests for guests To: Heather Jones, 10 Churchfields Road, SALISBURY SP2 7NH To arrive with her NOT LATER than 4 days before the event. 01722 331 813

Please book me in for the Painting Day – The Verdant Trees of Early Spring on Sun 03 May 09 which will be held in, or close to, Salisbury. I am aware that the location and any other details will be passed in due course to those who apply to attend. My First Name and surname Names of others for whom you are paying fees: my telephone number
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To: Heather Jones, 10 Churchfields Road, SALISBURY SP2 7NH To arrive with her NOT LATER than 4 days before the event.

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Please book me in for Veronika Jackson’s Decisions in Picture Painting workshop on 18 Apr 09. I am aware there are 15 places. I enclose payment (at £10 per member, £15 per guest if space). . My First Name and surname my telephone number Names of others for whom you are paying fees:
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To: Heather Jones, 10 Churchfields Road, SALISBURY SP2 7NH To arrive with her NOT LATER than 4 days before the event.

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Please book me in for Paul Banning’s workshop on 04 Apr 09 on Preparing for summer painting days. I enclose my payment (at £10 per member, £15 per guest if space) I am aware that I may bring the medium I use in the field but the workshop will primarily concern watercolours My First Name and surname Names of others for whom you are paying fees: my telephone number
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To: Heather Jones, 10 Churchfields Road, SALISBURY SP2 7NH To arrive with her NOT LATER than 4 days before the event.

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Please book me in for Cynthia Spear’s workshop on mixing colours for oil painting on 21 Mar 09. I enclose my payment (at £10 per member, £15 per guest if space) I am aware that I should be in the hall ready to work at 9.30 am My First Name and surname Names of others for whom you are paying fees: my telephone number
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NB This slip is for Derek Strachan, not Heather Jones. To: Derek Strachan, Riverside, Hurdcott SALISBURY SP4 6 HR 01980 611 484 To arrive with him NOT LATER than 4 days before the visit is due to take place. Please book me in for the outing to the Byzantium Exhibition in the RA on 07 Mar 09. I am aware that the SGA hopes to arrange for a special viewing at Tate Britain of some of Turner’s seldom seen work. I understand that the coach leaves Salisbury Coach Park at 8.40 am sharp. A cheque for £15 per head in my party is enclosed; other passenger names are overleaf. My First Name and Surname my telephone number
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