Our Seaford Club member Daryl has a web site with a blog, a gallery of paintings and also drawings. This is well worth a look. To have a peek, follow this link to Daryl's Drawings.weebly.com I have also put a link to this site on our 'Links' page. If you haven't looked at this 'Links' page you will see it has several links. If you have a link to suggest please let me know. ...Jeremy Sales
Enough is enough!
I think we’ve had enough rain, don’t you? What a dreadful Bank Holiday Monday – 5% of our annual rainfall in 24 hours!
I do feel so sorry for those event organisers who had their main fund raising event planned for August Bank Holiday, what a total washout. At the Martello fields the Donkey Derby for the Lions had to be cancelled, not only was the rain pouring down but the field was under a flood of not just of water but sewage as well.
Fortunately Saturday was a lot better, Daryl, Diana and I went into Lewes to see some of the Artwave shows. We made a point of visiting the Sussex Watercolour Society Annual Exhibition at the Foundry Garage in North Street. A great show and well worth a trip to Lewes, the show is on all week and finishes on the 31st August. Jan Norman was awarded the Daniel Smith Artist Award for 2014 and received her prize of £500 worth of Daniel Smith products. Huge congratulations Jan, a very worthy winner and one we’re really proud to have in our club as well. Picture attached.
Outdoor session — Friday 29th
This week’s outdoor session on Friday 29th August is a visit to view and paint the Long Man of Wilmington from 2 till 4pm. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us (meet in the car park next to the abbey ruin. No toilets, pub in the village). Subjects: apart from the 'Old Man', there is a wonderful (over a 1000 years old) tree and a fine stained glass window in the church (see the pictures below). Also there is a good view of the Downs looking towards Firle at the end of the church graveyard. NB: please be aware the car park may be busy this time of year.
Friday at The Downs
Last week’s meeting at The Downs, was again well attended, demonstrating that members do want to meet up, under cover, at this time of the year. Some really interesting work was on show and it was good to be showing a new member (Tania) some of our artwork and introduce her to members.
I have received some information on their courses from Catalyst in Eastbourne. If you would like to see a copy of their proposed programme for this Autumn, contact either me or Les Ayres email@example.com.
Coffee morning at the Sailing Club
Next Monday Sept 1st) there will be our now well established coffee morning held every first Monday in the month at the Seaford Sailing Club on the Buckle. Do come along (any time from 10am till 12pm), buy yourself a coffee (I can now recommend the scones, with jam and clotted cream as well as bacon butties!) Bring a partner if you wish and enjoy a natter.
Friday 15th August — visit to theTowner
The objective/thinking for our trip was first to take a look at the Peggy Angus Exhibition after which those who were game, could go on the sea front to paint/draw. What a wonderful idea! There was however an oversight, we had chosen 'Airbourne' week as the date for our visit (a lesson to be learned here I think). Parking anywhere was bound to be a trial and the seafront would be packed. Despite this, we had a good turn out from our intrepid members, several came by bus (good thinking).
The exhibition is well worth a visit. Peggy Angus is relatively unknown. She lived in a time when a generation of artists were overlooked from the 60s on. Tastes took a shift and many artists just became lost in a tide of rock and roll and hippy subculture. These artists are only now coming back into fashion and I think this exhibition celebrates this in a simple unpretentious display.
As a woman, making progress in the design world at that time was tough. For instance, In 1958, Peggy Angus designed a 50ft-long futuristic tile mural for the British section of the Brussels World Fair. She was not even invited to the opening and had to travel to Belgium to see it finished at her own cost!
A tendency to be rude
Perhaps her major achievement was that she pioneered coloured tiles, murals and wallpapers. What couldn’t have helped her progress commercially is that she a had a tendency to be rude to people “absolutely foul”. Also, quite a bit of Peggy’s work was done for private clients, which meant much of her work was never really credited to her.
A good part of her life was spent in a sublet and remote flint house in West Firle called Furlongs at an annual rent £10 (which is still there and relatively unchanged, see my photo). Peggy taught at Eastbourne in the early 30s and made friends with Eric Ravilious who together with his wife spent many holidays at her home painting the Downs and Asham Cement works (now known as Beddingham Landfill Site).
Useful Links — read more about Peggy Angus