Seaton art group faces a brush with disaster

PUBLISHED: 17:30 03 June 2016

watercolourist David James

watercolourist David James


An urgent call for help was issued when the May demonstrator for Seaton and District Art Society was forced to cancel.

To the rescue came watercolourist David James, who valiantly drove all the way from Bedford to paint a view of the Lake District.

As he demonstrated, a packed audience learnt that he had started out as a motor mechanic, then a washing machine engineer, finally abandoning the mechanics to concentrate on the water element as a watercolourist.

A 25-year career as a professional artist followed and in retirement he still teaches.

Using a simple palette on Saunders Waterford paper, he conjured a view of Watendlath with its stone bridge and sparkling stream.

In a final Turneresque flourish, he gave the painting the faint outline of a daytime moon.

Members were encouraged to sign up for the many tasks involved in the society’s August exhibition.

The next demonstration is by celebrated Axminster artist Lynda White, who will be ‘exploring ideas in artistic journeys’.

The meeting will take place at Seaton Town Hall, on Monday, June 6, from 2pm to 4pm.

New members and visitors, who are asked to pay £3, are very welcome to attend.

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