Monday, 29 July 2013

November Workshop by Angela McCall

Angela McCall, president of York Art Society, will be delivering a workshop on floral watercolour on Saturday 2nd November.  This will take place at the usual venue of Christchurch Hall on Stockton Lane.

The workshop aims to develop confidence by encouraging an imaginative, expressive, semi abstract and fluid approach to floral subjects.  Angela will be using watercolour but also perhaps introducing oil pastels, acrylic inks and white gouache to the mix. 

This is open to all members but places are limited to the first 20 applicants. . The cost is £23 and participants should bring their own materials including big brushes, mixing palettes and big sheets of paper (not less than 20" x 16").

Remember there's only room for 20 students and it looks like being a very popular event so apply as soon as possible if you wish to secure a place.  You can download an application form here or email to request one - put 'Floral Workshop' in the subject line.

August Bank Holiday

Now in its 13th year, the Poppleton Art Exhibition & Sale takes place over this coming August Bank Holiday weekend in the Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nether Poppleton, YO26 6LF.

To keep up with the latest news as the event develops, follow them on FaceBook   They're also planning to add updates to Twitter shortly.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Trevor Lingard at the July YAS Demonstration

Once again many thanks to Trevor Lingard for his fine demonstration at the last meeting. 

For those of you who couldn't attend, here's some snaps from Luisa to show you what you missed.

If this has whetted your appetite for more of Trevor's work, why not check out his own web site ? or watch some of his instructional videos on YouTube

Just a reminder that there is no meeting in August.  Our demonstration programme resumes in September.  Keep following this blog for more details.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Today is Rembrandt's Birthday !

Happy 407th Birthday to Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 to 1669), Dutch master and star of today's Google logo Doodle.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Art For Art's Sake, Money For God's Sake.

So, how do you put a price on your work?   How do you assess what your finished pieces are worth? 

It might simply be a clinical assessment of the raw materials you have used.  So that's a simple calculation -  canvas plus paint plus framing plus your desired profit margin = selling price.

Or maybe it's the price you put on your own time, compared to what you can sell your skills for elsewhere ?

Perhaps you have an eye on your own immortality and consider the added value you are bringing into the world by your creative endeavours - in which case, that's a valuation that's best left to the ages.

But what if the creative process actually lowers or destroys the perceived value of the source material ? 

The most famous instance was probably when Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty burned one million pound sterling in 1994.  They followed that by touring a short film of the burning and producing a book, while the ashes from the cash went to form a single house brick.  You can read more about that here

Slightly less costly but more recent and closer to home, a life-sized papier mache sculpture, "The Paper Boy",  currently on display in Sheffield, has been inadvertently manufactured from recycled newsprint that had an alleged resale value of over £20,000.  One commentator has said it would have been cheaper to produce the work from Italian marble but it's creator, Andrew Vickers, retains a sense of perspective and says "to be honest I'm shocked but money has not got such a value to me. I think it is funny. I really love the idea of me creating something out of such expensive things that's worth less. I think it's brilliant."

The story broke on the BBC at the weekend.  Click through the links below to read more

"The Paper Boy " was on display at S1 Artspace, Trafalgar Street, Sheffield until July 11th.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Self Help Group Meetings for the Autumn

Our popular self help meetings programme picks up again in September after the summer break.  The next dates for your diary are :
Saturday 7th September 2013
Saturday 26th October 2013
The venue for both is St Andrew's Church Hall, Bishopthorpe, and the days run from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

These meetings are a great opportunity to paint alongside other members of YAS and exchange help and advice.  There's no better way to improve your skills than in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

Entry is just £6 to cover the hire of the hall.   Free coffee and tea are provided, but bring some lunch.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Glamaig, Oil painting by Chris Dewire

Oil on Canvas Panel
16" x 12"
A derelict house near Sligachan, Skye catches the light under the looming presence of Glamaig.  The windswept moorland grasses in the foreground add to the atmosphere and drama of the scene.
 For Sale £255
Click here for details  

Morrocan Shadow by Lin Taylor

Morrocan Shadow
Lin Taylor

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Here Be Dragons

Here's a suggestion for inspiration for some colourful local riverside scenes.

Next weekend sees the return of the annual York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge on the Ouse. Now in it's eleventh year, the race has already raised over £600,000 for charities.  The beneficiary in 2013  is Help for Heroes.   If you were in the city today you probably spotted the programme sellers out in advance of next week's event.

All the action takes place next Sunday, 14th July.  The first race is scheduled for 10:00am and the Grand Finale is at 4:00pm.  As in previous years, the racing is supported by stalls and activities along the riverbank creating a Gala Day atmosphere for the proceedings. 

It's a worthy cause and a fun day so go along and support it.  Why not take a camera or sketchbook and record some references for your next painting ?

Friday, 5 July 2013

July Demonstration - Trevor Lingard

The July meeting of York Art Society takes place next Saturday, July 13th, and features a water colour demonstration by Trevor Lingard.

This is a return visit from a popular artist who was very well received last summer.  A professional artist and tutor, Trevor was born in Accrington and now lives in the historic witch country of Pendle Hill by the Ribble Valley.  His works are characterised by an immediacy that derives from an economy of detail and a restricted palette

Samples can be found at his own site and he also has a number of instructional videos on YouTube.  Simply search on Trevor Lingard from the YouTube home page or click the following link

The demonstration starts at 2:00pm at the usual venue Christchurch Hall, Stockton Lane, York. Entry is free for members and £5 for guests.  See our Demonstrations page for more details.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

June Challenge

We've had an interesting response so far to the challenge posed in June to create a Notan study based on a photograph of the Reading Cafe in Rowntree Park.   The cut off for entries is the next demonstration on Saturday 13th July so there's still time to submit your work.

Details of the challenge and submission guidelines can be found in the original post by clicking here

Useful Art Resources on the Web

Here's a few external sites recommended by YAS members who have found them useful and informative.   provides complete art consulting and advisory services, art appraisals, art price data, articles for artists and collectors market research and general information.  devoted to sharing reference photos to inspire derivative artworks without infringeing copyright.   a similar but smaller resource than the Paint My Photo site.  Unfortunately no search facility at present.  The 'Purely Background' gallery is useful.  long established online artistic community catering to all levels. Very comprehensive site - exploring fully would seriously cut into your painting time. - another veteran internet site hosting tips, advice and master classes  community forums, tips, tuition and supplies

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The Secret Art Show

Back in May we told you about this year's Secret Art Show in aid of the MS Trust.  

The 2013 show is now available to view online. Buying started at 9:00am on Monday 1st July. 

The pieces are displayed and sold anonymously.  So take a look and see if you recognise ( or can guess) paintings by members of York Art Society.  If you've got a really keen eye you may spot work by one of the famous name artists taking part.

All works measure 12cm x 12cm and are priced at £45 so here's your chance to snap up a bargain. Simply pop along to the MS Trust site to view.  This is a really great chance to sample new art at a reasonable price and support a very worthy cause at the same time.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Heworth ChristChurch 50th Anniversary

Heworth Christchurch, who provide the hall for our monthly meetings, celebrated their 50th Anniversary last weekend.  

As one of the groups who regularly use their premises we were invited to submit a floor display of the Society's activities.  Here's the finished product.

Thanks to Shannon Morgan for pulling this together at short notice and sending us the photograph.  We're planning to start using a similar display to promote YAS at future demonstrations and exhibitions.