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Graham Wilson’s watercolour demonstration

photo by Ruth Bourne

DAN meeting on 11th June at The Park’s Café was an opportunity to learn more about or be introduced to the watercolour technique. Many artists dread the thought to do watercolours, as it is considered somewhat advanced painting technique that requires a lot of skill and good quality and expensive material. 

Graham Wilson, a local artist and illustrator, show us during his demonstration that there is nothing to fear about the watercolours. Going step-by-step and leading us through a landscape painting, he showed us how to paint the sky, sea, sand, trees and figures with ease. In a humorous way, with a lot of interesting side stories, Graham explained his ways to improve the technique and do it in an adventurous and inventive way. 

On his website, Graham says: “I have painted all my life and for many years only worked in watercolour. Over the last ten years I have become more adventurous and now work in watercolour, acrylic and even oils on occasion.”  He has created illustrations for books, magazines, calendars and greeting cards. 

 

Graham Wilson’s illustration at the Hanbury Hall exhibition 2017

Roger Ricketts’ exhibitions at Park’s Cafe and the Maltstone pub

Roger Ricketts has two solo exhibitions during March-April. At Park’s Cafe, Roger has a selection of colourful mixed media artworks. Mostly figurative abstract paintings, done in a combination of traditional media, such as acrylics and glass paint, with resin, polyfilla, noodles and a touch of gold. Roger’s bold and attractive paintings attracted a lot of interest, and several of paintings were sold. The exhibition is open until 17 April. 

The exhibition at the Maltstone pub brings up more paintings in various styles, seaside scenes, still life, flowers…, and is open until 1 May 2018.

Rhys Jones’s portraits in Park’s Cafe

Droitwich Arts Network is proud to bring together many creative people of Droitwich area. Amongst the painters, crafters and mixed media artists, there is a very active group of photographers. Rhys Jones is an accomplished photographer and DAN current treasurer, and the most creditable person for organising the very first ArtsFest in Droitwich. 

In the Park’s Café, Rhys exhibits 7 portrait photographs of the local people – John B., DAN member, dressed for the Artist in View last summer; Laura D. of Fresh Nous; a MadCap Theatre actor; a little girl, a boy dressed up for the wedding; Karen T. from The Big Bra Lady; a girl dancer. 

Exhibitions in June

©Nigel Reader

Droitwich Arts Network exhibitions in June are very interesting in their diversity. Droitwich Library hosted a picture by John Bodley (read more) and local photographer Nigel Reader, a member of Droitwich Camera Club for 10 years. He has displayed his black & white photograph taken on an iPhone, which is a proof that in photography is much more important to have an idea, a good eye, and a sense for the ‘right moment’ than a costly camera (not that Nigel doesn’t use professional equipment too). The Button Tree Cafe on High Street is the home for another exhibition. Local artist Sue Harley have chosen 8 of her pictures, with subjects of animals and nature, to show at her exhibition. There are minimalistic drawings of cats and gentle portraits of animals, such as elephant, lion and hare.