Art and awards
It was a very happy occasion when 41 people, members and visitors, assembled for the April meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI.
Judith Key, a talented local artist, set up her easel with examples of her work beside it and proceeded to create a watercolour image of Baconsthorpe Castle.
photo: Rosemary Brown
She had a number of helpful catchphrases useful for fellow artists; for the design “Think, identify, simplify, modify”; for the application of watercolours “Paint from light to dark, warm to cool, and bright to subdued”; “Remember it is a bit like riding a horse, you have to be on top of it for quick colour mixing and painting”; “and don’t forget the candle wax to mask out areas”.
She showed us the use of a thick brush, size 20, used in several different ways for effect, and a thinner brush, size 10, for more detailed areas.
All the while we were treated to anecdotes of her painting career, and her final remark was,”It takes 2 people to paint a picture, one person to wield the brush, and the other to shoot them before they go too far!”
Questions at the close of the demonstration, and afterwards, abounded.
Our business meeting was special too, as Coral Batchelor our Adviser was with us to conduct the vote for a change of timing of meetings in future. A majority of members voted to start at 2 pm.
But more excitement was to come. Julia Walton, as our delegate to the FAM in Norwich, gave a spirited report with pertinent asides on the day’s events which she thoroughly enjoyed.
At this event our president Pamela Austin had been very pleased to accept certificates for two prestigious awards on behalf of Stanhoe and Barwick WI. The first was a special Adviser’s Accolade for 2017 for “A WI’s Outstanding Year, with friendly meetings, friendly members, interesting programme, and community involvement.” The second was for our entry of a car sticker which was awarded third prize in the Rose Bowl competition.
Members also were pleased to hear more about our centenary commemorations. Fran Ulyatt, a long term member and former secretary, is searching through our old Minutes Books and is putting together a booklet of snippets from the history of Stanhoe and Barwick WI, in order that every member will be able to have a copy. Members also enthusiastically received the idea of a Centenary Mug for every member, each one bearing the member’s name, and made by the local potter.
It was a very busy meeting, and many people expressed their enjoyment of the afternoon.