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Local Architecture in Watercolours and Prints

April 24, 2015
R H Foster

R H Foster

Local Architecture in Watercolours and Prints is an exhibition at the Guildford Institute by Susie Lidstone.

The exhibition captures in watercolours some of the wonderful buildings on the Surrey-Hampshire border.

A pity she had not painted The Tumbledown Dick before it was destroyed for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s.

Each painting has a few notes about the building, who owned it and how it came to be painted.

It was unfortunate the paintings were obscured by glass, reflections from the windows and lighting.

Why, oh why, oh why, do artists not know how to display their work to best effect?

The cobbler, R H Foster no long exists. It was a shop of many generations in Downing Street in Farnham next to the greengrocer (which does still exist). The last in the line asked that the shop be painted before it closed for the last time.

Nature and Architecture

June 27, 2014
Nature and Architecture

Nature and Architecture

Nature and Architecture

Nature and Architecture

Nature and Architecture

Nature and Architecture

A series of watercolours by Susie Lidstone.

The floral watercolours I was not impressed by. Yes, the intricate detail was there, or was when not obscured by reflections, but would have been better, the classic still life, a flower in a vase or in the garden.

The paintings of buildings, well worth a visit for. Though could as much be the subject matter.

She does not say where they are, most I was able to suss out.

A group of three were Farnham, Castle Street, and the passage leading to and from the Parish Church.

In another group, the alms houses in Castle Street in Farnham.

On a leaflet, the greengrocer in Downing Street in Farnham, though not on display.

The artist paints what they see. It is for us to then see what they see. Somewhat difficult when glass is put in front of the painting, and all you see are reflections.

Presentation one would have thought goes with the job description. Why therefore are artists so lacking in presentation skills? Maybe that is why they need galleries.

The summer art exhibition at Café Mila in Godalming is well worth a visit (the food is pretty good too).

Diversity in watercolour

June 30, 2012
Under the Clock, Guildford High Street

Under the Clock, Guildford High Street

Peaceful Venice

Peaceful Venice

An exhibition of watercolours by David Harmer at the Guildford Institute in Guildford.

Lack of presentational skills!

Framed paintings covered in glass, unable to see clearly due to reflections.

Unframed paintings even worse, covered in crumpled up plastic.

No information on artist, no contact details.

Only one copy of a sheet of paper giving minimal information on the paintings, nothing on the artist. I had to ask the Guildford Institute to run me off a copy, which they kindly did.

I was baffled why by each group of watercolours was a notice telling me these were original watercolours.

The bandcamp model: Guildford Institute provides free exhibition space. The artists pay commission for use of the space on the work they sell.

Synchronicity: My eye was caught by a painting of Venice, where I had recently been, a Swedish friend (who used to live just outside Guildford) more recently. Venice features in The Fire, the sequel to The Eight, which I am currently reading.

Synchronicity: A lady was sat beneath one of the paintings of Venice discussing the positional notation of numbers. This was introduced into Baghdad from India. It is discussed in The Fire, the sequel to The Eight, which I am currently reading.

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