An artist in the natural world

We enjoyed a stimulating talk in April from Bruce Pearson on being An Artist in the Natural World.

Taking a dynamic approach to working in the field, Bruce aims to capture moments in nature through drawing and painting, letting his attention be drawn by whatever is happening around him.

Working instinctively, he often draws on a roll of B&Q lining paper, using twigs, grass and any other natural materials that come to hand.

Bruce distils the day’s experience through ‘evening sketchbooks’ and then works up his final compositions in the studio, letting his imagination work on all that he’s observed.

Mixing watercolour, graphite, oil pastel and coloured pencil, he aims to create multi-layered compositions with a sense of tension, a moment suspended in time.

‘A painting is an evolving surface,’ says Bruce. ‘A piece of paper can’t recreate the texture of an iceberg that’s millions of years old. You are trying to convey essential rather than literal truth.’

He also speaks about the importance of giving back, of ‘putting art into service’. His exhibition and book, Troubled Waters, which explored the decline in albatross species over a decade, helped to raise awareness and inspire positive action in wildlife conservation.

Forty Hall gardener among graphic arts finest

This superb drawing in graphite pencil of a gardener at Forty Hall in Enfield, by EAC artist Elizabeth McCrimmon, is on display in central London this week.

He Tends the Garden is on show at the Society of Graphic Fine Art exhibition at the Mall Galleries near St James’s Park from Monday 11 to Saturday 16 March.

EAC artist at the RBA exhibition

This beautiful acrylic, Mismatched, by EAC member Mary Horsfield, is on display at the Royal Society of British Artists annual exhibition from 29 February to 9 March.

Lovebugs with Kim Amis

Fascinating workshop with Kim Amis for our February gathering, with a good turnout despite the awful weather! We drew bugs, working from images provided by Kim, using soft pencil to create the images and then lifting out some of the pencil marks to create light and movement.

Painting portraits for the new year

Our Thursday meetings got off to a great start in January, with a stimulating demo from artist Keith Morton on painting a portrait in acrylics. Keith uses a limited palette of primary colours to focus on a careful construction of the face to underpin later layers of paint. Thanks too to our model, Casey Kitchener!

EAC art sale at St John’s, Palmers Green

There’s a great opportunity to buy original art from local artists on Saturday 25 November, when EAC artists will be exhibiting and selling their work at St John’s church hall in Palmers Green.

The sale is on from 10.30am to 5pm in the small hall at the rear of St John’s Church, 1 Bourne Hill, Palmers Green, N13 4DA.

Mickos at Arbeit Studios

An exhibition of paintings by EAC member Mickos opens on Friday 24 November at Arbeit Studios in Palmers Green.

‘Searching 2023’ explores the artist’s interests in the physical qualities of oil paint and the effects of light on natural and man-made forms. From still life to landscape, Mickos’ work sits at the boundary between figurative and abstract, shading towards the flatness of modern art.

Admission is free to the exhibition, which opens from 6pm to 10pm on Friday 24 November at Arbeit Studios, at the rear of 310 Green Lanes, N13 5TT.

The exhibition is then open at weekends, from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays, 24 and 25 November, and 2, 3, 9 and 10 December. The last day is Saturday 16 December, 10am to 6pm.


Painting auction to benefit Friends of Grovelands Park

Local artist and EAC member Mary Horsfield has given this beautiful painting of Grovelands Park for auction to support the much-needed upkeep of the park.

The painting, which is currently on display at Agha Home on Wades Hill in Winchmore Hill, captures the stunning lake area in Grovelands. It is in acrylic on canvas and measures 60x76cm.

Bids for the painting, starting at £75, are invited by 10pm on Friday 17 November via the ‘Get in touch’ box on the Friends of Grovelands website.