Follow up, “Why Do We Paint?”

Roger Julien Dufour, Veuve de l'île de Sein (Widow of the Isle of Sein)

Roger Julien Dufour, Veuve de l’île de Sein (Widow of the Isle of Sein)

Following on from my question “Why do we paint?” in December’s Update, I have carried out further research via the internet [technology can have its rewarding side!] into the source of the tiny print, which was hanging on a cafe wall in Ireland, and so inspired me 22 years ago. It has thrown up some very interesting information, and posed yet more questions.

Small Barn Gallery

New FishTo start 2020, I will be opening my small gallery in Holme Hale for three days-
February 14th,15th,16th, from 10am – 4pm daily.
New work will be on display including fish, woodturning, cards etc. Also, many original paintings will be reduced by 20%.
Tel. 01760 447478 or e-mail for more information if needed.
Happy New Year!
Christopher Hollick

Artfolk of Norfolk

A group of 6 WNAA members have been selected to stage an exhibition at the West Acre theatre from 9th March – 4th May 2020.
Selected for their extraordinary talents, these award-winning artists shine out within their own media that includes jewellery & digital art, lino printing, acrylics, pastels, watercolours and oils.

Antony Gormley Exhibition At The Royal Academy

Antony Gormley, Subject II, 2019. 10 mm square section mild steel bar, 189 x 51.5 x 37.5 cm. © the Artist. Photo: David Parry / © Royal Academy of Arts

Antony Gormley, Subject II, 2019. 10 mm square section mild steel bar, 189 x 51.5 x 37.5 cm. © the Artist. Photo: David Parry / © Royal Academy of Arts

This exhibition had a profound effect on me – I found it inspirational and am so impressed with this man.

Antony Gormley is described as an internationally renowned sculptor. In my mind he is much more than that. Having visited this exhibition I would describe him also as a visionary, philosopher, architect, and engineer.

Why Do We Paint?

My own version of ‘A Hopeless Dawn’

My own version of ‘A Hopeless Dawn’

The reason will often be apparent in the work you produce. For instance, artists will create portraits of pets that are no longer with us. Portrait painters work to a commission. Many paint for the sheer pleasure of creating something visual. Painting is also ideal therapy.
 It can take you completely away from ‘ life’s many problems ‘ for a while. Every time you pick up a brush or pencil, do you stop to consider why you are doing this? A professional artist will paint for money, and that has a marked effect on what and why they paint a particular subject.

Companions in Colour

Waiting for Daddy by Stina Burger

Waiting for Daddy by Stina Burger

An Exploration of Colour and Light Through the work of Hugo Grenville and his Alumni

WNAA member, Stina Burger,  will be showing her work alongside Hugo Grenville and other course students in this exhibition.

28th January – 2nd February 2020


We are very lucky to have so many talented artists amongst our membership and even luckier when one of them gives their time freely to inspire and teach other members.
Many of you will have seen Helen Walker’s beautiful mosaics on display at our exhibitions.  Helen, very kindly, agreed to give Gill Repper, my friend and fellow member and myself a day of inspiration and guidance.  It was such FUN!   We both like getting our hands dirty and always seem to be working in a mess and this day was no exception!  Helen was an amazing teacher and even gave us a printed list of where to buy supplies etc. as well as supplying us throughout the day with tea, coffee and chocolate biscuits!  She also gave us templates to take home and continue experimenting with this exciting medium.
We started at around 11 a.m. and finished at 5 p.m. and we’re both very proud of what we achieved.  

Garden Sculptures and Water features at Chatsworth

(photos by Chris Ward)
It was a beautiful September morning as we made the short drive from our holiday cottage to Chatsworth House in the picturesque Derbyshire Dales. The road wound through the steep wooded hills and sloping fields that divide the valleys of the river Wye and the river Derwent. Arriving early, as we did, without huge numbers of people about, Chatsworth did not disappoint, sitting majestically on the eastern banks of the river Derwent and set in a landscape designed by none other than Capability Brown.  Historic houses like Chatsworth have beautiful interiors, but for me it is the landscaped gardens that I feel drawn to. 

Illusion of Motion?: CUSP @11thour in King’s Lynn

The first 11thour took place on 11 October. It was a magical night. The horrendous showers didn’t dampen the spirit of the evening. There were performances, exhibitions, light shows and more at several venues in King’s Lynn.

We,  cusp (Alison Dunhill, Lydia Haines, Helen Breach and Esther Boehm), ran a workshop at the Ceremony Room of Hanse House. Starting with organic, inorganic & found materials including bicycle parts. The first step was building a frame. Then things started to move up and out.



Kate Giles Now I

Port-2-Port is a pair of connected art exhibitions that forge new cultural links between what were once two great ports. In medieval times the two port towns of Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn were major players in English seaborne trade, the former broadly facing the Low Countries and also focused on fishing, the latter facing the Hanseatic League ports in the Baltic and with onward trade routes inland.