Monthly Archives: July 2014

Blue picture

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We began a new series of large canvases based on four colours. Blue – was begun by Betty who applied 4 different blue colours (acrylic). Bird images were chosen by Tony and Ron.  These were drawn and then white gesso covered the blues. Sue then took charge and added her own choice of colour using a type of tempera paint (which self glazes so is permanent). An inspiring start to an experimental painting.

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Red canvas

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Red was begun by Tony and david, using coral, rose, scarlet and cadmium reds. they painted luscious red acrylics. The flowers were decided upon by Kath and Rita and drawn and painted white (gesso). Then Trixie began adding colours of her choice followed by Joan and then Margaret – these ladies sat together and watched and discussed progress of the picture with Sheila and Ann added further colour with interest.

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Purple canvas

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Purple paints were mixed by Kath rich ultramarine blue, cobalt, roses and pinks swirling together to make purple. Kath did a great job. Purple seemed like an autumnal colour, so Jeanette added a bird pecking fruits…”Season of mellow fruitfulness” as John Keats wrote. Hot on the heels of Kath are Mary who chose to add rich and vibrant reds and oranges followed by Lucy who added the greens and browns of leaves and branches….

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Green canvas

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The green canvas a delight of shades of greens – grass green, viridian, permanent and lime green was begun by Jan. Jan approached the canvas by adding colour to the word Green, and then invited Rita to work with her. they produced a lovely and vibrant picture using acrylics. The white gesso flowers were added by Jeanette and we are awaiting additional colours to be added soon.

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‘Everyone Matters’

 The Forbury Care Home in Leominster are in celebratory mood after being awarded an Arts Council England grant to run a year long community arts project called ‘Everyone Matters’. Working with artist Jeanette McCulloch and the staff team at The Forbury, the residents will enjoy being involved in and working on ambitious and creative ideas including a collaboration with pupils from Leominster Primary School on artworks for their new school. “The pupils are already familiar with visiting residents at The Forbury, but now we intend to have a ‘Buddy’ system so that pairs of children and residents work together, building towards large scale murals, textiles and decorative panels for the school” explains Jeanette. The project aims to link the residents from the Forbury with the wider community in Leominster through a regular Blog, this will also give family and friends of not just the residents but all the staff the opportunity to keep in touch. There will also be a limited edition ‘Forbury Community Newspaper’, which will be distributed around Leominster.

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