Happy New Year
Now the new year is upon us as a group we are now looking ahead to the events this coming year. We are holding a few member only events to share our skills as well as organising workshop opportunities within our communities.
We are also planning our third Spring Sale & Exhibition to be held on Saturday 30th April back at the Conygre Hall, Timsbury. Artists local to your area will be demonstrating, showcasing and selling their work.
We have well over 30 members in our group from complete beginners to professional artists who have been selling their work for many years. You can find more information about each artist via our members page.
From time to time we put out a 'Meet the Artist' piece - this month we have one from Christine Weaver.
Meet the Artist.
What is your background and where are you based?
I live in Midsomer Norton and have done so for over 30 years now. I have not had any formal training in art but worked for a while in a local printers producing artwork for leaflets, brochures and business stationary. I have always loved looking at paintings and trying to work out the different brush strokes, colours and techniques used to create the finished picture. I now have a beautiful studio in my garden which my lovely husband built for me during last Autumn.
When and how did you get started in your art or craft?
I started painting in my early teens using oils after seeing my Dad paint some lovely pictures. The results at the time were not very good it was really just a bit of a hobby. Attempts at painting landscapes stopped totally in my middle twenties so that I could devote time to bringing up my family. When I retired a couple of years ago I thought I would give the painting another go, so after what had been nearly a forty year break I bought my self some acrylics, (I don’t like the smells of oil paints), a few brushes and a couple of canvases. I found I just loved it.
What inspires you?
I just really love trying to capture on canvas the essence of the many inspiring and wonderful views I remember seeing as we travel around our beautiful country. I particularly love scenes of peace, tranquillity and light.
What are your aspirations as an artist in the coming months and years?
I just want to go on enjoying my hobby. I have sold several paintings over the past couple of years…..much to my surprise. Although I didn’t start painting to particularly sell any, I find it an enormous compliment and an amazing pleasure just knowing that someone likes my paintings enough to want to have them in their home. (Its much better than just stacking them away in the loft). So as long as I am enjoying what I do I think I will just continue as I am and hopefully sell a few more pictures along the way.
In addition, art has also given me the opportunity to meet new people and hopefully make new friends.
What is your most memorable piece of work and why?
I think my most memorable piece of work is a painting I did of Derwent Water in the Lake District. One of my favourite places. This was the first picture I completed that I felt was of a reasonable standard and both family and many friends commented on how much they liked it. In fact my family were so impressed they paid to have it professionally framed for me. It now has pride of place on my hall wall and is definitely not for sale.
What hints and tips would you give to fellow artists?
If you really enjoy what you are doing just keep going even if there are a few disasters along the way.
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Dates for your diary
Wednesday 10th February
at The Star, High St.
High Littleton. 7.30pm
Saturday 30th April
Spring Exhibition & Sale
11am - 4pm
For other art events see the events page.
Missed the trail and would like to be a part of future events?
We'd still love you to get involved either as a supporter in which case do send us your contact details and we'll email you about all our events or for you to join our group as an artist member.
To become a member or if you have any queries do get in touch via our contact sheet. or download the membership application form.
We look forward to you joining our events.