To kick off the autumn sessions we will be challenging the task of life drawing, and studying the human form, but one we are looking forward to tackling. In the summer we did a bit of clay work to get us in the groove. Dave Wilders, has already said that we’ll all be taking it in turns posing for the group. So how real will be able to reproduce each other? You’ll be able to see in further articles and Facebook posts.
We won’t be all sitting around a table in the dining room this time though. Dave has organised two visits for us. On 11th September we’re having a guided tour of the Howard Hodgkin: Painting India Exhibition, at the Hepworth Gallery. Hodgkin is widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest artists.
“This is a show to take you on those journeys that Hodgkin himself once took… They take you to India in your imagination. They immerse you physically and mentally in their bright world.” The Times, June 2017.
It should be a fascinating afternoon. For more information about the exhibition: http://bit.ly/2qxzUXoy
© The Hepworth Gallery
In complete contrast we will be visiting The National Coal Mining Museum, at Overton, on 16th October. There’ll be a talk on Miners Art and two of our wheelchair using group will be going underground. The rest of us will be looking at the pit top equipment and sketching whatever takes our interest. There’ll be time to take in the ‘By the People for the People’ exhibition commemorating 70 years since nationalisation of the coal industry and lunch in the cafe. For further information about the NCMM: https://www.ncm.org.uk
© National Coal Mining Museum for England
As already reported, we have finished the Christmas Card designs and they’re on the way to be printed. There are six compositions which you’ll be able to buy from the SPINE Office and online.
Other than the cards, the group have drawn a variety of still life formations, had an introduction to watercolour painting and rounded off this busy period with the aforementioned clay modelling.
The group meets again on Monday 4th September from 2-4pm in the Spinal Unit dining room and new members are always welcome. Even if you think you have no artistic talents at all, you’ll be surprised what what hidden abilities you have. I was!
As you know, Jon has been seriously ill in Scunthorpe Hospital. Thankfully he is now on the road to recovery and back painting as these photo show.
And Finally – The Arts Group