September news letter

September’s Demonstration
& Members Mini-Art Exhibition
Art Trail & DOCA
Hillworth Park Cafe Exhibition
En Plein Air 4 & 5
November’s Exhibition &
YPA Exhibition
PR Role
October’s Demonstration & OXFAM Visit

September’s Demonstration
Jean Perrett, gave us a superb detailed description of ways in which we could think
about our work, both before and during her painting. She began by discussing the
Notan method of designing art work; tonal balance, unity, dominance, contrast,
repetition, texture and mark making. Before going on to light and dark, line work and
focus points which led to her showing these in a practical demonstration, creating a
cafe scene in watercolour.
Essential to Jean’s talk and work were aspects like: sketching drafts before beginning
to paint to find the best aspect, the creation of shadows, domination of shapes, focus
that both leads the eye and interrupts it to create interest, perspective, dominant and
recessive forms that are not repeated, contrast and juxtaposition of straight and
curved lines, dark vs light tones, bright to dull and warm to cool colours, rough vs
smooth, harmony and balance, surprising the viewer, proportion, The Rule of Thirds
and the trying of new or different things.
Although this seems a lot to take in, Jean handled each part of this beautifully in her
practical demonstration and encouraged us by how they were accomplished.
At this meeting we welcomed six new members:
Gloria and Martyn Hollyman, Bernadette Lines, Cathy Pearce ( Welcome back ),
Christine Salter and Bernard Willington. As well as guests, Naomi and Pippa.

Member’s Mini-Art Exhibition 3
After the non-event of the second one, it was heartening to see a good number of
members, including new member, Bernard Willington, bring an excellent selection of
their work for us to peruse, enjoy and link the member to their work.
Our grateful thanks to all who brought their paintings.
It was agreed by your committee to hold 3 Mini-Exhibitions each year.

LSA Art Trail II 2019
Many thanks to Nick Hunt, Evelyn
Taylor, Jane Bennett, Jean Perrett
and Kim, for all the work of
leading, organising and carrying out
the tasks needed and the members
who placed their work, to make it
the great success it was.
With over 100 paintings and nearly
thirty shops involved, over 200 Trail
Maps taken, the Art Trail this year
was a success. Three paintings were sold, and a number of
potential new members expressed interest in joining the Society.
Another Art Trail in Devizes is planned for next year and, by
popular demand from both artists and shops, it’s likely to run for
at least twice as long – our plan for Devizes to learn more about
our Society appears to be working!

DOCA Art Fair (Sunday the 25th August on The Green)
Our thanks to Jean for getting the link to this and lending her
time, gazebo, table and painting equipment. Others doing a shift at the site were:
Jane Thomas-Prowse, Alan Ellis, Evelyn Taylor, Jane Bennett, Margaret Hanson,
Nick Hunt and Kim.
Our pitch there, included: a pop-up art gallery of
member’s work, our new roll-up banner, telling the
history of our namesake and The Lawrence Society of
Art, leaflets on our Society and how to join, posters and
Trail maps, with Plein Air painting by members
throughout the day and easels for adults and children
too. Delightful to see young people involved in their
painting and parents watching on.
It was a beautiful day and so many people found out
about us when visiting the exhibition and table of information.

Hillworth Park Cafe
More good news from the gallery here!
Jean Perrett has sold a painting there too! Congratulations
Jean…and Jill and Jeff Goatman for their continued work putting
the displays together.
Next date for the change over of paintings is the 15th October.
Please contact Jill before that date to join our success there.

Plein Air Painting Sessions 4 & 5:
Penultimate Session for the year was back
at The Caen Hill Community farm.
The Sun Flowers were particularly beautiful
and the animals and buildings provided a
rich choice of areas to paint. the animals
either inside or out, for a very special time.
Final En Plein Air Session ( 5 ) will be in
October. Date and place to be advised.

LSA Annual Exhibition & 150th Celebration of Sir Thomas Lawrence’s Birth.
13th
– 16th
November 2019
Due to a clerical omission by the administration in the Town Council, this will now
be held at our monthly meeting Assembly room, at the top of the Town Hall and
The Jury Room instead of The Wessex Rooms in The Corn Exchange. It will, for the
first time, include the Young Peoples Art Exhibition, previously run so expertly at
Bishop’s Cannings Church, by Sarah and Alan Padwick. Evelyn Taylor is now the
member to contact on 07824781348. Please see about getting your younger
children, friends and neighbours involved. More details shortly.
Timetable:-
Wednesday 13th November – collection of screens,member work delivery10-11pm,
setting up from 8am. Preview Evening 6 to 7.30pm.
Thursday 14th November – Public viewing
Friday 15th November – Public viewing
Saturday 16th November – Public viewing, retrieve work between 1pm & 2pm,
YPAE Prize giving 2pm.
Exhibition Paintings Price per entry:-
£5 per entry for framed (ready to hang) limit 6. Minimum selling price £50
£3 for mounted (unframed) limit 6. Minimum selling price £20
£3 for miniatures
Larger paintings will need an easel
Applications will be sent out this month, as will forms for volunteers to help with
transport on the first and last days, stewarding and selling the cards and prints
through the four days. We also need someone with a car and trailer to take the 6’ x 4’
exhibition boards to and from. Please contact Kim on: mrkwwright22@gmail.com
Painting of final Display Boards
Our thanks to Jean and Nick for their work on Friday 6th Sept at 9.30a.m. at Breach
farm, Urchfont. Some adjustments to the connectors of one set are still to be made.
Date and time TBA.
October Demonstration.
Our Guest Demonstrator will be a return by popular artist, Mike Skidmore, who will
be working in oils to show us how to create compelling darks and evocative lights
with a still life painting. We look forward to enjoying his formative style and
traditional techniques.

ALSO
OXFAM will be coming to October’s meeting with their art bargains.
Remember normal starting time is 7.15pm for notices and demonstration.
Although Autumn’s chill is here
May Sun’s warmth, and that of friends and family, keep you smiling
Your Committee
More delightful images.
DOCRA Day in August 11.30am
En Plein
Air 4
En Plein Air 4
Our thanks to Evelyn Taylor, Jean Perrett
and Jane Thomas-Prowse for the images
this issue.

2019 Devizes Art Trail

The Lawrence Art Society of Devizes are holding their Second Art Trail  in Devizes town shops on August 24th through to the 31st, all participating venues will have a free trail map and there are about 30 shops in total showcasing members’’ work, many available to purchase. Do come along and see the exciting and varied work of our members.

July news letter

In this issue:
July’s Demonstration
Hillworth Park Cafe Exhibition
PR Role
En Plein Air 3 & 4
Art trail 2019
Notes
September’s Demonstration

July’s Demonstration:
Marie Antoniou started chirpily by explaining her choice of colours, brushes and
impressionistic style, then gave us a choice of which one of the three photographs she
should paint in acrylic; Water Buffalo, Lion or her sweet Pussy Cat. The young Lion
won and Marie began to paint the pale green board with a 4” brush thick paint and
bold coloured strokes of orangey yellows, red, purple and Burnt Sienna, using what
she called her sculpting of the image by not following the exactness of the image but
cutting out the Lion’s shape in paint; working on the whole thing while the energy for
it is there. In her own words, the large brush helped Marie’s expressiveness, rather
than a small one, which would cause too much constraining detail.
Her ‘sculpting’ was to create shapes and colours that stimulate interest..which they
certainly did..the room was a-buzz with members comments to each other on the
simplicity, boldness and effect of the image suddenly appearing on the board! Marie
said that she likes to surprise herself with this sort of work and the painting in of
marks and colours that further excite her to more creativity. But…she added, spending
any longer than two days on a painting would kill off her energy and the work itself.
Building on the initial colours and beautifully simple image of the young Lion, Marie
began building up marks with smaller brushes, in an almost Pointilist-style; creating
patches of colours to bring out the contrasts of colours, light and shade.
The empty background was filled in with the same simple, yet effective boldness,
seen at the beginning.
At any of a least three stages of the process towards completion, the artistry from
experience and practice, made many want to purchase this bold and highly effective
work there and then.
What we we left with was a thorough appreciation of watching such an artist create
an amazing, brave, colourful and effective painting, of a young Lion falling asleep
after his meal.

Hillworth Park Cafe
Needs more member’s work for next hanging by 27th July. Contact Jill Goatman.

PR Role
We are still looking for a member who is able to take on the PR/Advertising role.
Please call or e-mail one of the committee.

Our Plein Air Painting Sessions 3 & 4:
Session 3 is on Tuesday the 9th July from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Jenny Pape’s home,
as per the e-mail sent out last week. Contact Jean at perrettjean@btinternet.com .
Session 4 will be at St James church on the crammer, on Thursday the 25th July from
10am to 1pm. Included in this session is the ability for 4 to 6 people to go up into the
bell tower with sketch books to choose from the views there. Refreshments and cake
will be provided, as per usual. So come and join this unique experience to paint ‘En
Plein Air’ high in the air. Contact Kim at jenandkim@talktalk.net .

Art Trail 2 August, 24th to 31st
It is now time for members to put in their applications for this, now annual, shopbased festival that combines businesses with art and pleasure.
After last year’s successful Trail, it is up to us all to make this an even more artistic
experience and bring your Society’s name to the front of the minds of people.
*Entry forms are due back by 26th July.
There will be space on the form to include a brief description of the style/genre of
your work, to enable members of the public, short on time when they pick up the
map, to choose those places with works that interest them most.
As with last year, our objectives are: to raise the Society’s profile, gain new
members, bring footfall to shops and sell your paintings.
# Please note: that if you are truly unable to take/collect your work to/from the
shop allocated, contact a committee member who will arrange it for you.

Notes:

Marlborough Open Studios are open on each weekend this month. See their website
September is our next Demonstration. Details in the August newsletter.
ALSO
LSA Members Re-Visited Mini-Art Exhibition is at September’s meeting.
Please bring one or two pieces of your work for fellow members to appreciate and get
to know your style. Only two members brought work for July’s one.
Please remember the starting time is 7.15pm.
Happy Summer Break.
Your committee

June news letter

LAWRENCE SOCIETY OF ART JUNE NEWSLETTER 2019
In this issue:
June’s Demonstration
Hillworth Park Cafe Exhibition
PR and Media Roles
Un Plein Air 1,2 & 3
Art trail 2019
Notes
July’s Demonstration

June’s Demonstration:

Fellow member, Paul Oakley, also chair of The Marlborough Open Studios, gave us a
fascinating look at painting a landscape in Semi-Abstract Style, in oils, to create a
sense of place. It was a new concept to many and brought out a number of questions
during his demonstration. Many of the original artists who began The Impressionism
Movement were transferring from Landscape to Impressionism, so this intermediary
position is where we were taken. Many current artists, like Paul, still enjoy this mix
of the real but with colours not usually associated with landscapes. In this case we
had a local image transformed by giving it cool/cold colours as the main background;
mauves and dark blues. Even the lighter blue sky was muted with burnt umber and
the sun a darker orange, using orange, red and raw sienna.
Using a limited pallet in quick, certain movements, Paul set to work transforming this
already beautiful background, into a scene. In one place he made the lighter blue run
down the surface in the mid-ground to great effect; contrasting with the many
horizontal lines of the landscape. Building up further layers of lighter bluey-white
colours in amongst the darker vegetation, like a cold mist over parts of the scene.
Perhaps the most impressionistic aspect of the work were the taller trees. These Paul
chose to paint in lighter bluey-greys in near perfect circles for all but the Poplars.
This was a great divider of opinion in the meeting.
Houses appeared in a slightly mis-shapen form but in brighter colours, drawing the
eye to the foreground; where large trees and strata kept our eyes moving to the front.
All of this was executed with flair, explanations and many ideas to absorb and use.
An evening to cherish.

Hillworth Park Cafe

Don’t forget to have a look at the new exhibition of member’s work here, while
sipping a cuppa. Followed by a stroll through the delightful gardens.

PR and Media Roles
We are still looking for a member who is able to take on the PR/Advertising role.
Please call or e-mail one of the committee.

Our Plein Air Painting Sessions:

Tuesday May 21st Caen Hill Community Farm.
A small but delighted group of members, made the most of the many options to paint;
although I understand that the animals would just not stand still…!
Our thanks to Jean for setting this up, providing easels, refreshments with a smile.
Our second Plein Air was on June the 4th at Wellaway Gardens near Worton.
A group of 9 members braved the showery weather and, with the aid of a summer
house and pop-up gazebo, enjoyed the delights of the extensive and varied gardens,
ponds with water lilies and flag iris, as well as the bird song. After settling in our
chosen places, some using easels for the first time, we set to work on our pieces.
Once again, Jean had organised it to perfection, with water and easels for painting,
plus cream sponge cake and sparkling apple and elderflower, even the pop-up gazebo.
At the end of our time, there was some beautiful work to see.
Our next one is July 9th at Jenny Pape’s home, which includes a stream, woodland
and gardens. If you would like to book your place, then e-mail Jean. Details to follow.
( perrettjean@btinternet.com )

Art Trail 2

Following last year’s successful Trail, another is planned from August, 24th to 31st
.We are speaking to the local shops who were up for supporting us again and more
details will be sent out soon.
Entry forms for The 2019 Art trail will be due back by 26th July.
There will be space on the form to include a brief description of the style/genre of
your work, to enable members of the public, short on time when they pick up the
map, to choose those places with works that interest them most.
As with last year, our objectives are to raise the Society’s profile, encourage new
members and, as a bonus, sell your paintings.. ‘the usual 10% of sales goes to the Society. ‘

Notes:

By show of hands at Monday’s meeting, it was decided not to raise the
Guest fee from £3 to £5.

Marlborough Open Studios opens next month.

LSA Members art at July’s meeting. Bring one or two for us to view.

July’s Demonstration

Do you remember the wonderful demonstration by Hash( Hashim Akib )?
Well, his partner, Marie Antoniou, is our July demonstrator. She is best known for her
wildlife paintings and was BBC Wildlife Artist of The Year in 2013, Wildlife Artist of
The Year ( David Shepherd ) in 2017. She is also a regular contributor to The Artist.
Marie will demonstrate in acrylic, a bold coloured , contemporary, impressionistic
interpretation of a wildlife scene.

Don’t miss this final meeting’s 7.15 start! before our August Break!
Hoping you are finding the sunshine amongst the showers,
Your Committee

Plein Air Painting Session – Caen Hill Community Farm

An excellent morning of sketching and painting at the Caen Hill Community Farm was enjoyed by LSA members. The weather was glorious and the farm afforded numerous opportunities for us to sketch and paint a variety of farm animals as well as the glorious views over the Wiltshire countryside.   Do come and join us in June for our next Plein Air session at Wellaway Gardens near Worton on Tuesday 4th June.   Contact Jean Perrett for more information:-      perrettjean@btinternet.com

May news letter

May’s Demonstration
Hillworth Park Cafe Exhibition
PR and Media Roles
Urchfont Art Group
Un Plein Air 1
June’s Demonstration

May’s Demonstration:
Phil Madley gave us an evening to remember, with his superb knowledge and artistry
of using Encaustic Wax. He also provided a laughter filled commentary on this and
his life long love of the medium, but also in the answering of the many questions
from members.
After outlining the equipment needed for this medium, we were in a constant state of
hilarity and awe as the demonstration progressed from, seemingly simple, floral
patterns in single colours, made by carefully turning the edge of the iron in small
increments, achieving what Paul called his Turner paintings. These all came with life
stories letting us into the journey he had taken to reach this level, to more complex
landscapes ( even with members suggested additions ) and seascapes…all using his
utilitarian encaustic wax iron. White card was changed for silver and a remarkable
seascape emerged. Then, using some of his other tools, a lighthouse, sails on the
horizon and foliage against the bottom of the far cliffs appeared from the image.
When turned in the light, the painting showed its magical state, with the evening
silver on the breaking waves and ripples bringing it to sparkling life.
Final piece of the evening showcased the use of a hot air blowgun on dribbles of
bright colours and overlaid with silver on a white card. This appealed to the abstract
lovers and water colourists alike, as the free flowing air, melted and spread the wax
colours into a stylish piece of art.
There was much to inspire any medium user in this outstanding evening of ideas and
commentary. Our favourite was the story of the woman who asked if he did his own
framing. Phil’s response was to say that he owned a wood in Buckinghamshire and
used the wood from there cut up in his sawmill there and stored in his large shed
onsite. Gales of laughter followed this tall tale and the effect of his time with us will
be remembered for a long time.

Hillworth Park Cafe
Having visited here a couple of times now and looking forward to another excellent
showing of member’s work at this month’s changeover, do take our advice and visit
yourselves. The gardens are a delight to walk in as well.

PR and Media Roles
Three members of the committee have kindly agreed to take on these roles:
Social Media Julie Weir
Storage of Media kit, Jean Perrett
Setting up same, Kim Wright
We are still looking for a member who is able to take on the PR/Advertising role.
Please call or e-mail one of the committee.

Urchfont Art Group
Our great thank to them for taking all our exhibition equipment due to Mr Fussels’s
move and no local, Devizes member coming forward to offer them a home. While
setting up exhibitions will require more driving, it is with some relief that the pieces
are together in a safe place, thanks to Urchfont.
Huge congratulations to Urchfont for their stunningly good Art Exhibition during the
Annual Scarecrow Trail.

Our First Plein Air Painting Session
On Tuesday 21st May from 9.30- 12 cost £5, coffee provided.
At Caen Hill Community Farm near Poulshot. Covered or open painting.
Currently we have six members signed up.
There is still time, if there is any anyone else who wants to come.
Please contact Jean.
( perrettjean@btinternet.com )
Note: Our second Plein Air is on the 4th of June at Wellaway Gardens near
Worton

June’s Demonstration
Will be by one of our members, Paul Oakley. As you know, Paul, the Chair of
Marlborough Open Studios over the last few years, is a very talented artist. His
demonstration will be using oils to create a sense of place in a semi-abstract
landscape.
M.O.S. have their free preview of 80 artists present work at The Mount House
Gallery, Marlborough, from the 16th to 19th May. Prefacing the M.O.S. in July.
Happy Summer Days
Your Committee

April news letter

In this issue:

April’s Critique Session

Hillworth Park Cafe Exhibition

New Committee Member Needed

Final Exhibition Boards and Legs work

Reminders

May’s Demonstration

April Critique Session:

Max Hale breezed in and gave his Artist/Teacher’s opinion of some 33 works by members on the evening of 1st of April. Even though it was past noon, the jokes were there, most often on us…only kidding….sort of…

Max was clear and decisive in his pronouncements, although too much centred on saying simply what the image was. Some member’s present were cheered, while others shed a silent tear and took it on the chin. Those gathered benefited from Max’s extensive background in painting and sculpting in the assessments given.

To our credit the work provided for him to review was wide-ranging in both medium, subject, style and ability; true of what we stand for as a Society.

Hillworth Park Cafe

With the weather going back to the uncertain kind, even more reason to make any day a good one to go into the warmth there, enjoy a cuppa & view the excellent art.

New Committee Member Needed

Bev Usher has had to step down as our Advertising and Meetings Media Person and we would like one or two members to step up and fill his place.

Advertising:

We already have a very good relationship with a local printer and, for this year we have a number of printing needs met. Naturally, this first part of the post is for an artistic person, one who is happy to use a computer and send material, approved by the committee, to the printer and pick it up for use.

Meetings Media Person

: Will have responsibility for the setting up of the lighting, camera, projector and laptop for each demonstration and talk. The wires are all marked and the set up simple enough if you have used two or more of these before. Storing the kit is also part of this role.

Please e-mail, call or see one of the committee to join our happy band.

We take this opportunity to thank Bev for his friendship and the artistic,

thoughtful and superb work for our Society

Final Work on Exhibition Boards and Legs Completed

Our thanks to Jean Perrett and Nick Hunt for the great work they did in completing the painting of the rest of our Exhibition Boards and re-positioning the hooks on the legs from which to hang them

Reminders:

URGENT

We still need a new home for our exhibition display equipment, as Mr Fussell, who has kindly lent us space in his garage, is moving house.

It would only take up one twelve foot section of wall and two feet out from that.

Please contact the committee.

Participation in The Urchfont Group’s Art Exhibition

Can be applied for by Lawrence members. See website or Sheila Weller to apply BY THE END OF THIS MONTH.

Our First Plein Air Painting Session

Will be on Tuesday 21st May from 9.30- 12 cost £5, coffee provided.

At Caen Hill Community Farm near Poulshot. Covered or open painting. Numbers would be useful for refreshment purposes please. See/e-mail Jean Perrett. ( perrettjean@btinternet.com )

May’s Demonstration

Will be by Phil Madley using Encaustic Wax.

As and innovative and contemporary artist and teacher, he will challenge your senses and lead you into another new area to contemplate and engage in. Be prepared to be amazed by this demonstration of an ancient technique, as practised by the Greeks, focussing on abstracts, flowers, seascapes and landscapes.

Your Committee

March News letter

1.March Talk & Members
2.Mini-Exhibition No. 1
3.Good News for the Padwicks
4.Hillworth Park Cafe Exhibition
5.Thanks to Jean Perrett
6.New Committee Member
7.Reminders
8.April’s Critique

March demonstration:
Dee Cowell, ably supported by husband John, delivered a dazzling demonstration
using mixed media. From the beginning of this personal & care-free time of fine art
at work in a creative mind, we saw ideas & images emerge from Dee’s past life in
Africa & her recent visit as a tourist. Using a bright colour palette of, watercolour
pencil, inks, watercolours, acrylics & pastels, with a variety of techniques; like
squirting acrylic from nozzled bags, grating pastels, then spraying the shavings with
an atomiser, finger work, brush or palette knife. We were entranced to silence by the
wonders evolving before us…. until Dee did something off the scale of normal,
drawing gasps of disbelief, then laughter, as she worked her magic, making sense of
the audience-interpreted error or turning a misplaced line into part of the whole.
We understood it was a master-class and sat silently, like children, eagerly watching
the Elephants evolve from pencil sketch to vibrant colours, that made them jump out
of the canvas in blues, purples & pinks, outlined by white ink from a bottle brush &
surrounded by grasses of greens, yellows & browns. Quite stunningly beautiful!
As was Dee’s second piece, a group of Vervet Monkeys on a branch at sunset.
Starting with a watercolour wash of yellow & pink with some gravity work, it was
put away to dry, while the Elephants unfurled, returned to at the end of the session.
Here, again, the norms of colour were left behind in a superb explosion of colour &
dramatic life: bodies, faces & limbs beautifully sculpted with the glorious sunset
behind & through them.
Along with these portrayals we were given some real gems of advice: the importance
of empty space, divergent uses of colour & method, abandonment to the artist within
& away from reproducing copies of images.

Successful Members Mini-Exhibition No. 1
Thanks to the members who brought in a total of twenty pieces for everyone to see in
the first of these showings. They were a great focus at the interval, particularly trying
to read the names of the painter. Easy to read cards will be provided next time.

Hillworth Park Cafe
Another new range of member’s work is now up for March. Even more reason to
make any day a good one to go into the warmth there, enjoy a cuppa & view the art.

Our thanks to Jean Perrett for running the excellent month-long exhibition at
the Melksham Art Cafe.
Good feedback and an invitation from our hosts to return.

New Committee Member
Evelyn Taylor has kindly agreed to be on our committee as the Young Peoples Art
Exhibition Co-ordinator. Their exhibition will take place in conjunction with our
Annual Art Exhibition in November, upstairs in The Corn Exchange.

Reminders:
Please send Kim an e-mail, as per the previous request sent, saying you will be
bringing a picture to Max Hales Constructive Critiques at the April Meeting.
At present we only have 13 members contributing. Less than half the number
needed!

Urgent!
We need a new home for our exhibition display equipment, as Mr Fussell, who has
kindly lent us space in his garage, is soon to move house.
It would only take up one twelve foot section of wall and two feet out from that.
Please contact the committee.

Participation in The Urchfont Group’s Art Exhibition
Can be applied for by Lawrence members. See website or Sheila Weller to apply.

Our First Plein Air Painting Session
Will be on Tuesday 21st May from 9.30- 12 cost £5, coffee provided.
At Caen Hill Community Farm near Poulshot.
Numbers would be useful for refreshment purposes please.
See/e-mail Jean Perrett. ( perrettjean@btinternet.com )

St John’s Art Shop close at the end of March. Discounted materials available.

April’s Critique Meeting Advice
This is an open event for you to bring your work in for all the members to see and
have them looked at by popular Artist, Max Hale. He will constructively give a
qualified analysis of each, taking about three minutes per work.
Max requests that each painting has a working title, so remember your painting.
Your Committee

Feb news letter

In this issue:
February’s Talk
New members
Art Cafe Melksham Exhibition 2019/Hillworth Park Cafe Exhibition
Other Member Exhibitions
Plein Air Places Open
Oxfam’s visit
March’s Demonstration and April’s Critique
February Talk:
Past Chairman, Alan Padwick OBE, who did so much for our Society during his long
reign, gave us a keenly researched insight into our namesake, Sir Thomas Lawrence.
Through a talk, beautifully punctuated by images of the artist and his work, plus
contemporary colleagues and theirs, Alan, with wife Sarah on projection, drew us into
this remarkable young man’s world; from sketches in pencil to famous oils that hang
in Windsor Castle’s Waterloo Room and other fine houses here and abroad.
Starting with his birth in Bath, to a fiscally challenged Publican Father and a Mother
of 16 children, sadly, only 8 survived, with this small genius as one; we followed his
arrival in Devizes, at The( Black )Bear Hotel and Thomas’ growth in age and stature.
This was furthered by the great and the good as they sought him out, even before he
was 20, by choosing to come via this town on the way to Bath from London, to have
their portraits done by this talented young man.
Alan showed us Thomas providing a living for his family here and later in Bath and
then London; during which we caught glimpses of a precocious talent at work and in
love, in the heady society circles of the times. From hardship, to recognition by The
Royal Society and eventual full membership and Chairmanship, becoming the
Darling of the well-to-do, for his unique way of capturing likeness’ of children, adults
and seniors, imbuing these with a living soul, something few artists manage.
Our grateful thanks to Alan and Sarah( his beautiful assistant ) for an evening to
treasure and memories to hold up for Sir Thomas Lawrence our Societies namesake.
We particularly wish Alan a full recovery from his recent illness and surgery.

New Members
This month we welcomed three new members to take our membership to 122:
Karen Lawrencebright
Terri Card
Peter Meacock

Oxfam’s Visit selling used fames, prints, books was a fine success. Next one May.

Melksham Cafe Art Exhibition February 2019
February is the month to make time to go to Melksham Art Cafe and see the 60 pieces
of our member’s work, as well as be tempted by the brews and fresh foods available.
Reminder – Removal of hangings at 5pm, Sunday the 3rd of March.
Sales Fees – 20% on sales up to £100, 25% 0n those over £100.

Hillworth Park Cafe
A new range of member’s work was put up in January. Even more reason to make any
day a good one to go into the warmth there, enjoy a cuppa & view the art.
March is the next change of work due. Please contact Jill Goatman if you’d like
to have your work in there.

Other Member Exhibitions: David and Yvonne Auld and friends at The Pound
Corsham, until 12th March
Julie Weir’s solo exhibition – The Court Street Gallery,
Trowbridge, until March 9th

Also Note: Participation in The Urchfont Group’s Art Exhibition, which co-insides
with the village’s fabulous Annual Scarecrow Trail, can be applied for by Lawrence
members. See their website or Sheila Weller to apply.

Our First Plein Air Painting Session

Will be on Tuesday 21st May from 9.30- 12 cost £5, coffee provided.
At Caen Hill Community Farm near Poulshot. They are a charity that offers work
experience for people who cannot manage normal work. There are large sheds with
animal pens, so shelter if needed. Free roaming hens, pens with pigs, goats, sheep.
Cows in the field and lots more to paint like old buildings and farming equipment.
Numbers would be useful for refreshment purposes please. See/ring Jean Perrett.

March Meeting Demonstration
Dee Cowell will be demonstrating her take on Mixed Media Painting.
You’ll be inspired by this international artist, as she creates an African Scene for us.
Having lived in Zimbabwe, South Africa and The Far East, she has much that has and
continues to inspire her work.

April’s Critique Meeting Advice
This is an open event for you to bring your work in for all the members to see and
have them looked at by popular Artist, Max Hale. He will constructively give a
qualified analysis of each, taking about three minutes per work.
Max requests that each painting has a working title, so remember your painting.
Finally:

Bulb stems rising, blooming, reminding us that sunshine days are growing longer;
Spring is close.
Your Committee