The RBSA is committed to continue sharing work and engaging our community in the visual arts, even while our gallery is closed. The surge of creatives sharing their daily art practice online during social distancing has been uplifting to see. If you’d like to get involved and share your artwork or articles, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Isaacs RBSA
RBSA artist and urban sketcher, Ed Isaacs, joined the urban sketching community and is sharing is daily drawings with the hashtag #uskathome
Ed was in Edinburgh for the first few days of social distancing and produced a few sketches during his trip. Since returning home, he has challenged himself to produce at least one sketch a day.
“One big difference with this current work is that I have slowed right down. Rather than spend 20 minutes dashing off a sketch, these drawings are taking between 2 and 3 hours and I am totally enjoying the experience. I am also enormously thankful that the weather has become warmer. “
Roger Griffiths RBSA
Roger Griffiths is taking this opportunity to challenge himself by creating his landscape paintings in a more abstract style. These three watercolours start with an interpretation of a stark landscape with a tree as a focus.
Acrylics on canvas start with a painting of colour and light with Autumn twilight. Pennines moorland and Up to the Fells are becoming more expressionist but not yet abstract.
Usk valley is approaching an abstract interpretation of the valley in South Wales that Roger Griffiths visited last year where the transition occurs from fields in the valley bottom moving up into the more “natural” moorland near the peaks. It references aerial photographs, maps and views within the landscape from various viewpoints.
Honey Hill, Northamptonshire is an abstract work. It is of a local landmark, steeped in history and is a popular high point. Nearby is the first Ordnance Survey’s triangulation pillar from which the whole of the UK was mapped from the 1930s onwards. It also has Iron Age and medieval features and its field and drainage pattern are incorporated in the painting.
Mark Lippett continues his project documenting WW2 ruins from his home studio, one of these pieces, ‘Union’, won first prize at the RBSA Open 2020. He is currently working on an ink drawing which is based on the remains of RAF Tilstock and a commissioned piece.
Mark uses social media to stay connected with friends and other artists. He is also a freelance art tutor and faced a dilemma when many of the teaching venues shutdown due to the crisis. Mark decided to try teaching students online and delivers support for the summer term via email, WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype. He creates exercises for students to download, writing articles full of hints and tips as well as setting challenges for people to try.
I feel art is one of the things that helps people relax and so reaching out online is a way to keep it going. Hopefully things will go back to normal soon and we can get back to normality!
Thank you to all artists for sharing their work. If you’d like to get involved please get in touch at email@example.com
The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) is an artist-led charity which supports artists and promotes engagement with the visual arts through a range of exhibitions, events and workshops.
The RBSA runs an exhibition venue – the RBSA Gallery – in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, a short walk from the city centre.
The gallery is currently closed due to Covid-19.
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