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Dear Members

Summer is upon us, and with many members taking time to get away on holiday the Society will be taking a break until September. That’s not to say we should all stop painting… Weather permitting there is always the possibility of getting outside with sketchbook or paints and even if it’s cold and wet, why not set up a still life and enjoy an hour or two indoors…

Our last workshop on 22nd June was using Soft pastel with acrylic ink, run by Rick Holmes.  Rick is a very experienced artist and has won many awards for his work.
He was very generous with his tips and tricks, some of which are listed below:

1 – Mountboard primed with “Art Spectrum colourfix primer.” (paint a diagonal cross on the back first to prevent buckling)
2 – Start with acrylic inks: Prussian blue, Magenta, red earth and yellow ochre. Use them neat or dilute with a roller or other weapon to create background interest. Dry before using pastels
3 – Unison pastels recommended
4 – Draw in basic shapes with white pastel pencil
5 – Make cardboard gutter to fit on the easel under your board to collect dust
6 – Cover work with Glassine paper to protect it. Don’t spray except to rework an area.
7 – Clean pastels by putting each colour in a small box with couscous or ground rice and shake.


Some comments left on the day:  Really enjoyable day, informative and inspiring.
Fantastic workshop, Rick is extremely talented and most
generous in his tips and tricks. Thank you so much!


Coming Up in the Autumn…

September 21st – Mark Fielding – Figures
Mark will be giving us an insight into drawing and painting figures in our artwork. He will also look at incorporating movement as well.

October 12th – Julie Dunster – Alla prima flowers
Julie will be demonstrating in oils but is happy if other mediums are your thing!  Bring along a posy of flowers.

More details of these workshops will be sent closer to the time.

Advanced notice
Following the success of last year’s Pop-Up Sale, we are planning to repeat it again this year in the W.I. Hall, Newton Ferrers in December. More details to follow.

For more details of workshops or the Yealm Art Society, contact:

Sue Denny
YAS Secretary


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Villages around the River Yealm, in the South Hams

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Mondays 10am - 1pm in the Parish Room, Yealmpton
Mondays 1pm - 4pm in the Parish Room, Yealmpton
Thursdays 10.00am - 1.00pm in The Revelstoke Room, Village Hall, Noss Mayo.