Photo: Llandrindod Lake
by Nick Talbott

Art Group

Group Leader: Karen Latham - karen@u3a-llandrindod.org.uk

All are welcome to join the art group, whether you have done no art work since school or are already skilled artists. No experience is required!  The group is mixed media, mixed experience and ability.  We often try new things just to have a go.  We all enjoy being together, often in quiet concentration fully absorbed in our individual work.  It's a very therapeutic, immensely satisfying and supportive group.

The Art Group meets on the first Tuesday of the Month starting at 10:00am and finishing 12:00 to 12:30pm.  The usual cost per session is £3.00 which pays for the venue, refreshments and also builds a fund to pay for the occasional guest tutor and life drawing sessions.  Members should bring their own materials.  (Some materials may be provided for beginners until they can acquire their own.)

Venues may vary depending on weather and subject matter. Check this web site or contact the group leader, Karen Latham.

 

Art Group member Alan Quincey featured in the Zentagle Blog

The Zentangle Method is a way to create images by drawing structured patterns called "Tangles".  The “Zen” part of the name indicates that it can be a very relaxing and meditative experience. Alan is a Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZT) and has previously introduced the Art group to the technique.  Alan's profile as a teacher has recently been added to the official Zentangle Blog.

 

Work in Isolation

The lockdown provides time for members to produce work at home. Here are some examples of work from members.

 

"Hill Road to the East" completed by Alan Quincey from a sketch done in happier times when the art group meet together in different inspiring locations. The original sketch for this painting was made, now unbelievably two years ago, when we all visited the remote, old Quaker meeting house in the hills above Llandegley. Sharing cars and warming ourselves in the kitchen with hot drinks on a lovely if cool Spring morning as the amazing views drew us all to work outside.Thanks Alan for bring back memories of a lovely session and of the people who shared that morning in friendship, concentration, and laughter.

 

by Francesca Bantock

 

Alan Quincey writes ...

I dug out some old "fold over ruling pens". Two I bought and two I made from drink cans. The home made ones perform better. Originally they were for lettering but that's not easy and I am out of practice, so I just used them for mark making to get the feel again. They are remarkable because they make everything from a wide line to a hairline, depending on how they are held. Some bits were calligraphic, some exploratory with colour added.

 

 by Alan Quincey

 

 by Alan Quincey

 

 by Alan Quincey

 

 by Alan Quincey

 

 by Alan Quincey

 

 by David Barlow

 

 by David Barlow

 

 by David Barlow

 

 "Doubt" by Alan Quincey

 

By Thelma Mabey

 

By Ruth Brown

 

By Alan Quincey

 

Hare by Karen Latham

 

By Alan Quincey

 

Cartoons by Francesca Bantock

 

Workshops with Karl Sylvester

The pictures show two recent very successful workshops with guest tutor Karl Sylvester. We were exploring “tone” using a limited palette of two colours and black and white. There were some excellent pictures produced in a great atmosphere of concentration.

 

July 2018 meeting at The Rock Park

The art group met at the Rock Park on the 3rd of July where Steve Ashley gave a repeat performance of the presentation he first gave to the art history group on the work of the master Sesshu Toyo who worked in ink wash and was the “Turner” of his day, changing formulaic landscape painting to creative atmospheric masterpieces. It's the first time our group has started with a presentation. It will not be the last!  It was truly inspiring and several of us spent the next hour happily engaged in experimenting with the techniques we had been shown. I for one thoroughly enjoyed and can appreciate the lifetime it would take to master what appears so deceptively simple. Thanks Steve. I can see a lot of happy and frustrating hours ahead!

By Sesshū Tōyō (1420-1506) (attrib.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 

The Art Group session in the Rock Park. Photos: Karen Latham

 

The Zentangle Method

During 2017 we had a couple of very interesting sessions led by Alan Quincey on "Zentangle"

“The Zentangle Method is an easy to learn, fun and relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.”

Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art created through a very specific method from an ensemble of simple, structured patterns called tangles. The process of creating a Zentangle is a form of “artistic meditation” as one becomes completely engrossed in making each pattern, deliberately focusing on “one stroke at a time”. The creativity options and pattern combinations are boundless. Both the tangles used, and the resulting completed tile are intended to be unplanned, abstract, non-objective creations that grow organically as each deliberate stroke in laid down. The results can be surprising, beautiful and are always unique even when the group works together and is given the same instructions!

More photos of our work on Zentangles are shown below. You can see photos from other art group meetings on our photo gallery page.