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October 2021

"Exhibitions and news..."

My latest exhibition in Mandells Gallery, Norwich with the SGFA (Society of Graphic Fine Art) is well under way and looks stunning.

With regulations still in place, of course one has to be able to actually get to venues in order to enjoy what’s on offer! Well the threat of massive rain storms on Saturday, together with not having sufficient fuel in the car could have spelt disaster – but we are made of stronger stuff, and along with a number of other people, fought off all opposition and got to the show.

A warm and friendly welcome together with refreshments along with a feast for the eye, was what greeted us, and it was well worth the effort.

This beautifully presented exhibition did not disappoint and a few of our exhibiting members, me included, made quite a journey in spite of the above, and we all enjoyed a good catch-up time together, watching red dots appear around us, and listening to the very positive feedback.

If you have the opportunity to visit the show between now and the end of October, I’m sure you will feel it was worth leaving home for.

All details are on the gallery website………..

www.mandellsgallery.co.uk

LATEST NEWS………..

I was recently in conversation with Knuston Hall near Wellingborough (NN29 7EU), and am happy to report that I shall be running a course there
22-26 January 2022 – Lino Printmaking.

This will be focused on winter hedgerows, creating simple and dynamic images during this three day residential course. For details, see their website –
www.knustonhall.org.uk
or
phone 01604 362200.

This last couple of weeks has been spent experimenting (as always) taking an idea for a walk – white orchid in pure watercolour and then ink and watercolour.

It’s been great fun just expressing the same subject simultaneously. This is something I often explore, playing with objects, white space, layering and lifting as I go.

Each one takes time to evolve even though do begin with a sort of plan which grow like topsy – the wonders of modern paper surfaces mean that much manipulation can be employed without losing the original freshness.

Worth a try although it’s not for the fainthearted. It is on the other hand a wonderful form of escapism – nothing is set in stone and reality isn’t really my aim.

Onward now with preparations for my next course at Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire at the end of the month.

Jackie Devereux


EXHIBITIONS

Having been showing in Babylon Gallery all of August, in their Annual Open Exhibition which was a joy and this beautiful contemporary space is perfect for my work, this was immediately followed by the Annual Open the SEAW (Society of East Anglian Watercolourists) during their Annual Open Exhibition - ‘Waterways’ - 3 – 26 September 2021. During this show I was invited to conduct a short animated workshop using ink and watercolour – three hours of fun and games! It doesn’t take a lot to get my creative juices bubbling and I enjoyed the time as though there had been no long Covid in my life.
Summer School at Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire in August was the first actual face-to-face course since 2020, and we were all tip-toeing around each other, adhering to the ‘rules’ of social distancing, and very soon we all realized that we had for a short time, forgotten all about it!
Weekend courses are now being booked and I’m back at Missenden Abbey again in October (see dates and details below) and the prospect of again being back working with groups is so exciting. Let’s hope nothing prevents this going ahead.

MORE COURSES & WORKSHOPS

Missenden Abbey – AUTUMN 2020 Through to Spring 2022 see ..... www.missendenschoolofcreativearts.co.uk
I’ll be there running both Ink+Watercolour and pure Watercolour courses as detailed below.

29-31 October 2021

Experimental watercolours – from transparent to REALLY transparent……..
Discover hidden depths in watercolour, and capitalize on it during this exciting experimental weekend as we mix on the paper, create illusions and use rescue remedies to creative exciting effect.

25-27 February 2022

Experimental Lino and mono printing workshop.
Incorporating collage, and working with a variety of exquisite papers, blending tradition with exciting contemporary ideas.

25-27 March 2022

Ink and watercolour know no bounds………An energetic stroll into abstract on this workshop. Feel the excitement brew as the unexpected creeps over the paper, whilst we develop ideas through creative play and experimentation.

22-24 April 2022

Contemporary works on paper………Oh the joys of creating contemporary works – with ink and watercolour – join me on a journey with a difference. It’s not all about paint, and paper isn’t just the vehicle for it. Find out more on this very exciting and creative workshop.

20-22 May 2022

Composition, composition, composition……..Working with pure unadulterated watercolour, we shall explore some intriguing methods which would make the early Victorians’ hair curl! We shall be dipping more than just a toe into this tantalizing medium – taking unnecessary risks and reaping the rewards together as a result.

10-12 June 2022

Small format, strong contemporary ink and watercolour works on paper……….
A workshop full of surprises…..let’s be brave with these liquid challenges. We shall look beyond the norm as we take the plunge with watercolour enhanced with ink. A thoroughly modern take transcending preconceived ideas as we step boldly into a world of minimalist ideas, whilst manipulating paper and subject matter.
Not for the faint hearted!


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