Come and join in the fun at the Summer Exhibition on Saturday9th July 2011 on the Green at Station Approach Virginia Water Original Paintings, Potery, Wood Carving, Jewellery, Photos on Canvas and much more opening at 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Thursday, 2 June 2011
I have always painted as far back as I can remember, at junior school I would get into trouble for sketching at the back of the class whilst other lessons were in progress. On leaving school I trained as a cabinetmaker, during the war I served in the Royal Navy mainly in the Mediterranean, during my spare time I painted portraits of my shipmates which was a great help when in later years I was commissioned to paint portraits. After the Navy I returned to civilian life where I worked on design and build, which gave me a greater outlet for my interest in art, spare time was devoted to painting, initially in oils and later in watercolour and acrylics. I was asked to design and paint scenery for local pantomimes and musicals, a chance to paint large pictures on massive back drops. I belong to two local Art Societies with which I exhibit several times a year and have had several commissions as a result. I have tutored workshops in schools with children of all ages and in recent years I have tutored workshops for local art societies including Runnymede Art Society. I produce illustrations to accompany talks which my daughter Avril gives to local schools throughout Surrey for the Charity F.A.C.T Faith Aware in Children Trust. I have spent most of my life painting and never loose my enthusiasm, I am always looking to improve and still get great enjoyment out of painting.
Pictured here with one of his paintings entitled "Days End" which was chosen to be the subject of a new piece of poetry entitled "Prayer" written by an American Poet Edwin Walls The paintings and poems were part of an exhibition of International Painters and Poets UK- USA held at the Runnymede Gallery during May 2011 and had been previously exhibited in Herndon Virginia USA during January 2011
The day draws us to end
along to the water's edge,
like a fisherman's net
weighted by the troubles of the world.
We bold few fishermen,
do not take shelter in the artificial light,
instead we bow and peer deep into the depths,
over the weathered and splintered edges
of our buoyant wooden pews.
Huddled in our boats,
we lift our lanterns high
to push back the shadows set upon the world.
Keeping the thousand year old vigil
of which Christ's rock was a brethren.
The heavens bear witness.
We are not oblivious to the encroaching darkness,
but, know if we step upon the water, like Peter,
we will sink.
- Edwin Walls 2010
Inspired by Reg Marsh’s painting “Days End”
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
This evening the members of Virginia Water Art Society were treated to a demonstration ob cartoon painting by Brett Hudson who first showed us his skills in painting his drawings and then gave us a quick demonstration on his methods of drawing and sketching