Tony Watson has been doing detailed drawings of trees. He says "I wanted to do a series of ‘portraits’ of trees. Not just
studies but pics that reveal a little of the ‘life’ of a tree. Some of the trees around us are more than a thousand years old! As well as
recording the features of each tree, I’ve tried to incorporate something of their stories ( mostly real but some imagined) be it a map location in the branches, a hangman’s noose!, travellers
tales or their place in secret trysts. Also by choosing to work in pencil, it means I can’t rely on colour to flavour things too much. I
like the economy of the graphite.
"Allerton Oak, Liverpool" This one has ancient standing stones and was a meeting place for a medieval court.
"Richmond Park dens" This is an ancient oak. I’ve often wondered about the sculptural formations of branches to be found around various trees in Richmond Park. I don’t know why they’re there or who put them there but they appear to be part of the trees themselves.
"Richmond park monuments" These three trees again feature but here the Dens seem to connect like some ancient monument. They kind of suggest an ‘important past’ with their own combined stories."
(From L to R) Clare Balding by Annette Hall, Clare Balding by Denise Doran, Noel Fielding by Denise Doran, Noel Fielding by Genevieve Brown, Noel Fielding by Jacky Cowdrey, Noel Fielding by Veronica Johnstone
Jacky Cowdrey has painted an NHS Nurse
Here are some powerful new paintings by David Monk, which speak for themselves.
"The Night Watch", "Teamwork" and "Off to ICU".
Paul Middleton has been making drawings everyday around his house at the beginning of lockdown.
A full day workshop today led by Rick Holmes. Huge fun, lots of creative use of inks in the morning and then we built a New York cityscape in the afternoon.Thanks for a really happy and productive day Rick!
The final meeting before the Christmas break of the Dorking Group of Artists was figure drawing. We were lucky to have Ragi who who not only modelled but also entertained us whilst we tried to draw his moving figure! It was huge fun, tricky but rewarding! Happy Christmas to all members!
Sketching fast and furious - with two wonderful models!