Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society

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Landscape learning

DAGFAS members descended on Kingholm Quay, Dumfries, on Friday May 19 in the first of the season's workshops. Landscape painter - and our new president - Davy Brown believes in getting out into the landscape you want to paint and took his class to the Quay to make a series of on-the-spot sketches.

 Sketching on the quayside

In the studio at Gracefield, Davy explored aspects of composition and demonstrated his method of scaling-up from a working drawing to a larger version, then blocking-in broadly with paint before starting to add detail.

Davy explaining his blocking-in method. Below: members start to translate their sketches into paintings.


The next workshop is on June 30, when Clare Melinsky will be offering guidance on linocut printmaking. Details can be downloaded from the Programme page.

Nearly 400 visitors viewed the society's exhibition at Castle Douglas Gallery, which ended on Saturday May 20, but only two works were sold of the 70 shown. Secretary Carol Reece and council member Muriel Collins were pictured helping to arrange the exhibition on May 9.


The society's 90th annual exhibition at Gracefield will run until August 19, not August 12 as previously stated. Handing-in will be on July 8 (12-2pm) and preview night on July 14 (7-9pm)

The amended schedule may be downloaded from the Programme page, and the spring magazine with the revised dates from the Membership page.


Commission of 20% on sales applied at the Castle Douglas show (not 15% as stated in the magazine). The rate for the 90th annual show at Gracefield will remain at 30%


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