Last year, as one of my fifty things to achieve before hitting the big five oh, I decided to join an art group/class. I opted for a class run by Aberystwyth University – Drawing from the Imagination run by our lovely tutor, June Forster.
I really enjoyed the class, met a wonderful group of artists, and was quite pleased with my endeavours. It was challenging at times – life drawing (eek) to name but one!
I enjoyed it so much that I’ve signed up for another class with June starting in October.
My main reason for wanting to improve my drawing/art skills is that I hope it will encourage me to
get my backside into gear capture ideas and aid the design process for working with textiles. June keeps telling us to practise drawing every day to improve skills (tsk, guess who’s not opening her sketch book every day – sometimes weeks pass by).
Now, back to the point – ah yes, as a result of the class we’ve started an art group called Solstice Painters, and we’ve been meeting every month since the class finished. June has very kindly uploaded some of our work on an online gallery – Red Tree Gallery. And we’re having an exhibition next month, so I really have got to get my backside into gear. We’re supposed to have three pieces of work each framed up and ready to exhibit.
At the moment I don’t feel very confident in my art skills, but I shall do my best, get dabbling and daubing, enjoy it, and have a laugh along the way. What more can I do – as far as I’m concerned it’s supposed to be fun.
Now where’s my little mate, about time she had her portrait painted, don’t you think?
Ah yes, snoozing in her favourite place, as usual!
Jane & Daisy xx