Thursday, 4 June 2020

Daedalus and Icarus

This is Bill Sayer's latest acrylic on canvas board "Daedalus and Icarus".

Bill has also written about the myth and how he started painting.

"For those not familiar with the story, Daedalus the inventor had to flee and provided himself and his son Icarus with a set of wings. Icarus was warned not to fly too near the sun, but the impetuous youth flew too high, the wax holding his wings together melted, and he fell to his doom. I wanted to show the desperate father just failing to catch his falling son. In the absence of suitable models falling from the skies of Ledbury I had a lot of fun making these up with the help of various figure drawing references to get the anatomy right. I started with a large watercolour sketch to get things in the right place and then committed myself to canvas.

Monday, 1 June 2020


Here's a new piece of work by Daph Willett


Thursday, 28 May 2020

Abstract acrylics

Today’s images are from Nicole Willett. Both are abstract and done in acrylics. The first she painted on a course last September. It's on a 60 x 80cm canvas. The second is a bit wonky but the original is square - on an 80x80cm canvas.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Angkor Wat

When Ian Fountaine submitted this he wrote, "Been meaning to have a go at this since we went to Cambodia in 2017. Not exactly fast and loose and there was a point when I wished I hadn’t started. Still, got there in the end."

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Bluebells and past exhibitions

Daph Willett has sent in this painting of bluebells and that of an art society exhibition from the days when we had just one a year over a long weekend. The venue was the Burgage Hall and it looks like this was taken from the seating gallery on the preview evening. I think this might be called "social proximity". Many of us have memories of lugging those heavy display boards from the church tower to set up and then back again after it was all over. The legs were detached for storage and they were not interchangeable so erection wasn't always easy. Thank goodness someone had developed a numbered labelling system to match the parts.

Bluebells, Malvern

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

A Flight of Fancy

Diana Woods-Humphery wrote, “here is another abstract piece which I actually completed over a year ago. It is just a flight of fancy and I got a bit carried away with the colours and shapes. Then a I had the sudden idea of adding the insects in black pen. Otherwise it is in acrylics.”

Friday, 15 May 2020

Portrait of Martin Kinnear

Sue Murphy shares a portrait she did recently in the style of Chaim Soutine. "I saw an exhibition at the Courtauld a couple of years ago, he did a series of portraits of the staff in hotels in Paris in the early 1900’s. They are all a little strange but somehow full of feeling and empathy - compelling. The portrait is of Martin Kinnear. His comment was ‘creepy - I love it’. Oil on cotton board 40 x 40 cm"

Martin Kinnear by Sue Murphy
in the style of Chaim Soutine
More about Chaim Soutine and his work on