Saturday, 29 September 2012

Swindon Open Studios- Part 5 Sunday morning starting at Lechlade Methodist Hall

We embarked on our second day of visits on Sunday the 16th of September. The day started shakily when we discovered Tim had forgotten the camera.
The artists we had gone to look at in Lechlade were Vedanti Ramlall-Moodley, Sharon Ellis and Brian Britton; they made us very welcome and showed us their work; Vedanti kindly agreed to take photographs, so the ones below are hers:
 Sharon and I coincidentally favoured the same colour jackets that day.
Tim talking to Sharon.

Finding out about how to make lino cuts and how to get the delightful effects Brian achieves.
Vedanti asked me to pose beside her glorious paintings, she makes all the frames herself.
Tim finding out about lino cuts
Looking through Vedanti's prints.
Brian runs courses, to find out more, email him on
He had some gorgeous prints from his lino cuts, he uses paper from the Two Rivers papermill in Watchet
Above Sharon is explaining how Brian gets his effects.
From Lechlade we visited Beverley Greig's light filled studio back in Swindon,

I love orchids, these two paintings shown above were a definite appreciation of the Phalaenopsis orchids. To find out more about Beverley's work :
This photo above shows a series of paintings completed around the same time.
And below is her latest work:
It was lovely to talk to Beverley,  and eat a few of her flapjacks before moving on to Vanetta Joffe's studio.

 Visiting Vanetta's to appreciate her work is only part of the experience, but let's start there.  The photograph above shows Jackie and Robert in Vanetta's studio, with windows on two sides, the light is glorious. There are diaries and sketch books to look at and this partially completed portrait:

Another painting I really liked was this one of an apple:
It was difficult to photograph, and is hard to appreciate fully from my efforts.
More paintings in the hall.
A very full visitors book to sign and then into the kitchen for a drink and a chat :
before appreciating the delights of the garden:
For more information on Vanetta's work, please visit her website:

From Vanetta's, our last call, on artists open on the second weekend, was at Toni and Gordon Dickinson's studios. As always, we had a warm welcome and had art in the garden on the fence, new twig sculpture in the garden and masses of work in the house.

What a great introduction to their space.
 Here's a photo of work indoors.
And here's Gordon beside a twig sculpture. I have taken one of a yellow and balc spotted one which I must include....

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