We have been shocked and saddened to hear that Pollyanna Pickering has died after a short illness.
Pollyanna was a friend and member of The Wildlife Art Society International for many years, and a generous Patron of the Society, handing out our Awards at most of our Annual Exhibitions.
She was an award-winning internationally famous wildlife artist, and an energetic worker for the conservation of wildlife. Her many expeditions to all corners of the globe gave her an insight into the critically endangered species which she loved to depict in her paintings. Her dedicated conservation work formed the core of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation, which will stand as her lasting legacy.
We extend our condolences and sympathies to her daughter Anna-Louise and her family at this very sad time.
Pollyanna will be sadly missed by all.
DAVID SHEPHERD CBE. 1931 – 2017
We heard with great sadness of the death of David Shepherd, wildlife artist, outspoken conservationist, and founder of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation charity.
David was a Patron of TWASI for many years until his health declined, and he attended many events, always showing great interest in the Society’s artists and our conservation ethic. He was a genuinely gregarious man, very generous with his time.
One of the methods he used to raise funds was to donate his own artwork, inspiring many other wildlife artists to do the same for conservation causes.
I can remember many auctions of wildlife art that he arranged at Christies, and with David himself as the Auctioneer, what hilarious – but profitable – evenings they were!
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation that he founded supports far-reaching projects for the conservation of endangered mammals, and also supports both the wildlife Rangers and the indigenous rural communities.
David drew the public’s attention by illustrated talks over many years, and I am sure he inspired thousands not only to see the value of conservation, but also to appreciate the genre of wildlife art.
The link between these is the way in which we can all give something back to the animals that we love to depict.
David will be sorely missed, but I am sure that the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation will ensure that his legacy lives on.
Sarais CrawshawTWASI Chairwoman
Legendary Luangwa Safari – 18th September – 26th September 2018
A 9 day fully inclusive wildlife safari to the exceptional South Luangwa National Park.
Zambia’s South Luangwa retains a charm, wildness, unparalleled level of guiding and impressive density of relaxed wildlife, including predators, combined with the ability to do night drives within the reserve that easily sets it apart from other national parks and makes it somewhere not to be missed.
We will arrive in time for the height of dry season drama. At the end of the winter on the cusp of the summer rains, animals are forced to congregate at the river in large numbers each day to drink the little water that remains. It’s the time of year known for that classic ‘Golden African Light’. The heat and the dust add to the drama and make for a completely different feel to the atmosphere and the images we will capture.
We have booked exclusive use of the two of the best camps, using two different zones of the park will give us vast opportunities for exploration and unrivaled variety. We combine Robin Pope’s Luangwa River Camp, set in the game rich central region with the more exclusive and illustrious Nsefu Camp to give you full exposure to the best the Luangwa valley has to share, including the amazing colourful breeding colonies of carmine bee eaters. We have enlisted the support of local expert photographic guide Edward Selfe to make this an unforgettable wildlife adventure.
We enthusiastically welcome artists, photographers of all abilities and non photographers to join us to experience this incredible wildlife destination. Our ethos is to offer a small and intimate group (maximum of 6 guests on each safari). We take time to fully immerse ourselves in the environments visited. We spend time observing behaviour and animal interactions, which makes it the perfect safari for artists who want to spend time sketching, which we happily accommodate and equally with our expert photographic guidance we are able to help you capture the images that can serve as vital reference material for paintings when you return home.
We take conservation and responsible travel seriously and have carefully selected the lodges we partner with to ensure we have as positive an impact as possible. We have also priced in to the tour costs a donation of £200 per person which will be given to a wildlife conservation charity working in the South Luangwa to protect the wildlife.
All our safaris are fully insured. Payments and bookings are done through a registered UK travel agent offering full ATOL protection.
Price £6,499 per person Excludes: international flights, travel insurance, visas, discretionary gratuities, gifts/souvenirs.
If you would like to discuss this tour or enquire about booking please feel free to get in touch with either Fiona or Raj at email@example.com
or call on 07786 067271
Alternatively more details can be found by visiting http://bit.ly/Luangwa2018
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY –
2018 AGM AND MEMBERS WEEKEND AT NATURE IN ART 6TH AND 7TH OCTOBER
Nature in Art have kindly agreed to be our host again this for the popular annual event put on by The Wildlife Art Society International for you its members. We have two great workshops for you, and a very special guest on the Sunday.
A past member of TWASI Jonathan Pointer, internationally acclaimed oil painter of wildlife, will be spending the day with us, giving an illustrated talk in the morning, then spending time to chat personally with us and leading the critique of members work in the afternoon.
The fee for the whole weekend is still only £65 – a bargain! Many members who attend come from all over the country and we are aware of accommodation costs, so we have kept the price the same this year. Separate prices for one day available. Members’ guests welcome on the Saturday evening supper and Sunday event.
Saturday 6th October –
Workshops 10am to 5pm with coffee, lunch, tea and cakes
Mandi Baykaa-Murray ‘Relief Printmaking Linocut’
Gregory Wellman ‘Alternative oil painting with fast-drying oil paints’
Saturday evening AGM and Fish ‘n’ Chip supper
Sunday 7th October
10am to 5pm with coffee, lunch, tea and cakes
A day with Jonathan Pointer
Illustrated talk in the morning and critique of members work in the afternoon
For accommodation options in Gloucestershire please visit: Google Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts in Gloucestershire Gloucester Tourist Board 01452 396572
SATURDAY 6TH OCTOBER WORKSHOPS
RELIEF PRINTMAKING – LINOCUT – Mandi Baykaa-Murray
Mandi has been a member of TWASI for just over 3 years and is an active council member. She studied a Printmaking MA at Camberwell College of Art,1998/99 but only recently took up painting in 2010 after meeting some birds of prey which are now the main focus of her artwork. It wasn’t until 2014, that Mandi began to incorporate her printmaking experience into her work, which has since been very successful, being selected for The David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of The Year and NEWA, and winning the Christopher Parsons Award at last year’s TWASI Annual Exhibition
LINOCUT – Mandi Baykaa-Murray
This one-day workshop will focus on relief printmaking techniques, primarily the Linocut – without the need for a printing press. (So everyone can continue at home without the need for expensive, bulky equipment!)
Being a ‘TWASI’ workshop, our theme will be wildlife, within that, anything goes!
Initially, think simple, bold imagery…as the workshop unfolds, you can respond to your results and see where this exciting medium leads us.
As with all art, we will begin with some sketching/planning/composition ideas.
We will explore how to use the cutting tools to create a variety of interesting lines and marks to create areas of line/texture/pattern within an image.
I will show you how to ‘proof’ your lino block which gives you an idea of how the final print will look before you print it.
Using water-based printing ink, (because it’s easier to clean up!) we will learn how to use a roller to apply the ink to the lino block, and then the exciting bit – how to ‘pull a perfect print’. (A simple registration technique and avoiding finger prints).
We will look at how to achieve a variety of different results from the same lino block by using different inks/papers.
During the day, I’ll be introducing other relief printing methods that will complement lino cutting and offer artists some exciting results to explore within their own art practice.
All materials & equipment are provided but there is an additional charge of £10 per person to cover the lino sheets and cutting tools which will remain yours to keep.
Please bring your sketch book and a pencil and some reference images for inspiration.
ALTERNATIVE OIL PAINTING WITH FAST DRYING OILS – Gregory Wellman
If you have not been on a workshop with TWASI member Gregory Wellman before you are in for an exciting and enjoyable day, he takes you out of your comfort zone and helps you find another ‘you’. Exploring the mediums of alkyds and water soluble oil paints, Gregory will guide you through the pitfalls and the fun of painting alla prima wildlife art.
Painting wet in wet can be a challenge, especially in oils. But the rewards can be worth it! Gregory will guide you through a simple process to help you keep control of your work; balancing discipline and spontaneity.
Bring simple wildlife reference photos with a clear focal point. Gregory will also bring reference photos and paper for experimenting, planning etc.
Materials Essential for this workshop:
Two or three canvases/ canvas boards/ paper for acrylic or oil, in sizes that suit you.
(Gregory will have spare paper)
At least three different size brushes to suit your chosen medium, in sizes that feel within your comfort zone.
A graphite pencil or charcoal.
Kitchen roll/ wet wipes
Pallet/ plate/ cheap tray
Painting clothes/ apron
Other materials: (optional)
Easel, ruler, gloves, water pots etc.
SUNDAY 7TH OCTOBER
A day with artist Jonathan Pointer
After such a great day with watercolourist Hazel Soan in 2017 we are delighted to announce that Jonathan Pointer will be joining us for the day this year. Inspired by Victorian art, Jonathan’s work has a traditional feel, combining realism and a strong sense of narrative.
His approach to painting is highly individual with all the elements within the painting – subject, flora and landscape – being treated with equal importance. His work is therefore, part portrait, part botanical and part landscape, an approach that places the subject within the context of habitat, time and place and gives added opportunity for narrative within the painting.
This dedication to all aspects of nature means that his larger paintings can take months to complete, with an output of no more than ten paintings a year adding to the collectability of his work.|
Jonathan also enjoys a more intimate exploration of the natural world through finely detailed drawings in graphite, sensitive portrayals of birds and animals to which he has recently begun adding ‘found objects’ such as old birds’ nest or lanterns long left outside to the elements.
Jonathan has exhibited widely and is represented by several leading galleries. Past exhibitions include The Society of Wildlife Artists, Christies Wildlife and Sporting Art auctions, Olympia Fine Art and Antique Fairs, The Royal West of England Academy and Birds in Art in America.
Working from his rural studio close to the river Teifi in Wales, Jonathan is also a passionate avicuturalist and member of the World Pheasant Association, rearing many of the birds that appear in his paintings.
10am – Illustrated talk by Jonathan in the education block
12.30pm to 2.30pm – Time to talk to Jonathan and enjoy a leisurely lunch in the NIA cafe.
2.30pm to approximately 4pm – Critique led by Jonathan in the Atrium
4pm – Tea and cakes in the NIA cafe before we say farewell
You are all invited to bring along a piece of work, in progress (bring a table or floor easel to display it if you are unable to hang it by a cord), or a finished piece for the critique on the Saturday morning if you are attending the whole weekend or on the Sunday if only attending that day.
Please fill in the booking form you will find in the magazine and send it to Valerie Briggs with your
payment in full at the address on the form.