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Eric Gaskell has been busy making more canal based linocuts.They were at Audlem earlier in the Summer and at the moment 14 linocuts are at the Wallbridge Centre in Stroud, if you are close take a look. Next year he has an exhibition in Welshpool.This is one of his latest canal linocuts "which started out as a complicated colour job, and ended up far, far simpler “Ebley Mill”.You may also have noticed his work being used as the title sequence for the new BBC series “Canals - the making of a Nation”.
It is with great sadness and shock that we heard of the untimely death of our Member Michele Field, on Sun day 6th April.
Michele has been a loyal and active member of The Guild of Waterway Artists for many years, exhibiting with us frequently at The Braunston Boat Show. Often, during these weekends, she would fascinate the public by working on a painting, gathering an admiring crowd around her. Several times she organised exhibitions for The Guild, at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford among other opportunities she spotted for us.
She was very professional and skilled promoter of her work, exhibiting widely in waterways venues and around her local area. Her work will be familiar to many, especially as most years one of her paintings featured as an IWA Christmas card.
As a painter, she saw and loved beauty and colour. She knew what her public liked and her paintings reflected this. But she was no ‘hack’ painter, she painted what she loved with feeling and the love of her subject matter shone through her work. Her spectacular flower paintings particularly reflect this.
As a colleague, in The Guild, she will be very much missed; She was very often the first to respond to discussion among members, usually with helpful and constructive suggestions. I personally valued our telephone conversations when tricky issues had to be addressed.
Personally, and on behalf of The Guild, I extend our sympathy to her husband Richard and to their family at this saddest of times. She will live on in her work, so full of colour and optimism.
Sarah Pressland. April 2014
This new multi-block linocut is a collaboration with Canal Poet Laureate Jo Bell. Both Jo's words and my design were developed separately, but came together quite well.
A dear friend and talented member of The Guild, Robin Smithett, died on Friday morning, 15th Nov. Robin will be remembered as a kind and friendly member of The Guild. Always self deprecating of his work , he was an artist with his camera and the equal of any of us. Members who knew him will feel a keen sense of loss and extend our great sympathy to his wife, Margaret.
Chairman - Guild of Waterway Artists