Using Social Media to stay in contact

With the current situation where we have to quarantine, self isolate and social distance, keeping social is obviously something we are finding hard to do.

This is where social media can help. I know quite a few people are suspicious of using social media, but I’m actually a big fan of it. You just need to be aware of what you are doing and posting to stay safe.

My own personal recommendations are, don’t post personal information or family information. Always take with a pinch of salt, posts from unknown sources. If you don’t like a post, block them or scroll on past. Don’t get drawn in to political or reglious “debates”, they are never debates, they just turn nasty! 

Heck, that all sounds very negative, but the positives are, keeping in touch with family from different parts of the country, finding new ideas, finding like minded people from around the world, being able to be inspired by others, show off your art to others, even sell if you want to.

TAS has had a Facebook page for quite some years, and has been mostly run by Karen de la Harpe (thank you Karen). The page is a great way of promoting TAS to the wider Facebook audience, and can be viewed and liked by anyone, which is good for TAS.

But to add to this, and for TAS members benefit, we have now created a TAS Group as part of the Facebook page, many thanks to Ali Cooper for suggesting it, and helping me set it up. The benefit of the group, is that we can control who joins, and that will only be TAS members. 

The idea of the group (and again this is all down to Ali), is that we have a place to share WIPs, completed work, catch up with each other, chat about art, chat about being creative etc, etc. I have put in place a few rules, which mirror my comments above, no politcal or relgious debates please.

I do urge you to consider joining Facebook and joing the group, it will be a great way of keeping in contact over the next few weeks/months.

Link to our Facebook page is:

Other Social Media you may like to use

Twitter: great for for following like minded people, but can get a bit intense with people sharing others comments. (

Instagram: Ideal for artists and creators, you can showcase your work and be inspired by others. Again, excellent if you are looking a for niche subject. (

Pinterest: Another excellent platform for visual artists and creators. Ok, not so much social interaction with this one, but fantastic for collecting visual ideas, references, and a showcase for your art/creations etc. (

YouTube: Fantastic for learning new skills and picking up ideas, and much much more, many an hour can be lost watching great inspiring content! (

For interest, I have 1 Twitter account (not art related, but aviation niche), 3 Instagram accounts (one for art/illustration, one for photography and one for a fun cute toy photos, don’t ask!) , 2 Pinterest accounts (one for collecting references and one to help promote my art/illustration/creative works) and 2 YouTube accounts (just starting to get in to video creation, as I have to do that as part of my full time job, so one is used for practice videos, and the other for creativity videos).

If you are selling your art/crafts, all of the above, including Facebook can be used to help market your work.

I hope this has been of some help.
Stay safe and keep well.

Additional sketching day – Friday 23 August

We have arranged an additional sketching opportunity for you on Friday 23 August. This will be at Coombeland EX16 7QP, a remote farmstead in the hills behind Knightshayes. Here there is an interesting farmhouse with outbuildings as well as country views. We have been kindly offered tea at 4pm by Charlotte the owner. As it is a little difficult to find, we suggest meeting as described below.
Directions: Leave Tiverton in the direction of Bampton with the Rugby Club on the left hand side. At the first roundabout turn right onto the A3126 and at the next roundabout take the first exit onto Lea Road in the direction of Moorhayes & Chevithorne.  After a short time, take the 3rd exit on the left off this road which is Bolham Lane. This becomes the road and bridge over the A361 Link Road. Meet on the bridge at 1.45pm to be guided to the venue. 
We look forward to seeing you on 23/8.
Best wishes
Sandy & Gillian

2019 TAS Sketching Days

Thursday 6 June – 2pm by the church in Witheridge EX16 8AF

Witheridge is 10 miles from Tiverton on the B3137. The church of St John the Baptist originates from 1450. We are also invited into the grounds of The Old Rectory for sketching.
Wednesday 19 June – 2pm Higher Burnhaies, Butterleigh EX15 1PG

We are invited to sketch in the garden of the home of our members Richard & Virginia who have been creating their glorious country garden on a 2.5 acre site since 1997. 
Directions: From Butterleigh village start to follow signs to Silverton. 100 yards after the entrance to Pound Farm (EX15 1PH) fork left. Car parking 150 yards on the left. 
Tuesday 16 July – 2pm meet by the church in Witheridge to car share to Plaz Metaxu (Coombe House)
We have obtained permission to visit for a second time this rarely open extraordinary garden created by Alasdair Forbes,. It is an architectural delight and has been described as one of the most original gardens created in modern day Britain. Set in 32 acres it has it all –  woodland, flowerbeds, a lake, a walled garden, a courtyard as well as unconventional sculptures and stone features dedicated to characters from Greek mythology. 
Wednesday 28 August – 2pm meet at the archway entrance to Holcombe Court, Holcombe Rogus TA21 0PA
The owner of this Grade 1 listed Tudor manor house has again agreed for us to visit and sketch in his 7 acre garden. The house was built in approx 1540 by Sir Roger Bluett. It has herbaceous borders, a walled garden and pond with duck house. It is located to the west of the village church. Parking is in the road outside the property.
We look forward to seeing you at all or some of these events.

Horse pencil sketch
Horse pencil sketch


The Annual Lympstone Art Exhibition will be held as usual during the May half term week. We will have a wide range of paintings,  as well as sculpture, ceramics and other 3D art on show .  Open from 11pm to 5pm in Lympstone Village Hall,  School Hill , Lympstone EX8 5BE. On the final day,  Sunday 2nd June , the Exhibition it will close at 2pm.

We have a secret auction for a wonderful watercolour of the  Estuary by the well know  artist James Tatum SWAc, who was nominated as Best Landscape Artist of the year by Devon Life .  Our raffle prize is a pen and ink drawing of Lympstone from the estuary by Neville Tarbath an accomplished  local artist and  draughtsman. 

During the Exhibition there will be a competition for children, (age 12 and under)  to produce a drawing on a postcard which can be collected  and produced at the Exhibition or taken home to complete.  The childrens’  work will be displayed on Saturday 1st June and the winner announced at 3pm. Prizes of vouchers for art materials will be given to the winner and the 2 next best.

Put the dates in your diary and  enjoy a visit – an opportunity to buy original art work at very reasonable prices. Entry £1, free for children under 12. Tea coffee and home made cakes available every day.

1st Sketching day for 2019 annouced.

We are kicking off our summer sketching schedule with an event on Thursday 9 May. Meet at 2pm at the entrance to Magnolia House, 17 St Peter’s Street, Tiverton EX16 6NU. We are invited to sketch/paint in this gardener’s garden on 3 levels with views over the river Exe. There is loads of interest for sketchers in this lovely garden along with exotic plants in a spacious conservatory. 
Pay-and-display parking nearby in Market Place or close to St Peter’s church.
Gillian will be offering tea and cake afterwards at around 4pm at 20 St Peter’s Street.
Other sketching dates will be advertised in due course.
We look forward to seeing you on 9 May.

Horse pencil sketch
Horse pencil sketch

TAS 2019 Spring Exhibition

The Tiverton Art Society Spring Exhibition was held at The Castle Primary School, Tiverton from April 11 to April 18.

Early indications are that is was one of our more successful exhibitions for some years. So maybe only having one exhibition over a shorter period created an environment for buyers to be more urgent in their purchases.

As with previous exhibitions, the quality, styles, media and variety was simply amazing. As a Society we are very blessed to have so many talented artists as members. 

We encourage all members to exhibit no matter where they are in their art journey. Being able to show your work in an exhibition helps to build an artists confidence, not matter what level they are currently at. All the better if you receive an award or sell an art work.

As a Society, we hope to build and learn from each exhibition, so that we make the next one even better.

Below is a the art works that received an award or certificate of merit. (Judging is done by professional artists who are not members of the Society).

Sad loss for the Society

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Pam Pebworth. Pam was a key part of the Society in its early days and is remembered with fondness.

Her funeral will be held on 1st April at 1.20pm at Torquay crematorium.

Our condolences to Pam’s family.

SAA Soft Pastel Review by Heather Strong

Intro by Stuart

I think we can all agree that Heather is an exceptional pastel artist, so her views on pastels can be considered to be very useful.

SAA Pastel review

I recently bought some SAA soft pastels in their sale, I normally use Unison ones but thought I’d give them a try. They were about a third of the price of Unisons and are harder and longer, I’ve actually found them very pleasant to use and easier to get fine lines. – Heather Strong

Tiverton Art Society - SAA Soft Pastels
SAA Soft Pastels

Gold Illumination Workshop


Gold Illumination Workshop
~ Medieval Castles ~
From the mighty fortress of Beaumaris to the fairy-tale Chateaux of The Duc de Berry, medieval castles have stood out as some of the most iconic buildings in the landscape of history. Create a fine image of a medieval castle and gild your work with 22-carat block gold.

The Boniface Centre Church Lane 
Crediton EX17 2AH
Friday November 30th
Arrive 10.00 for coffee. Workshop 10.30 ~ 4.30
Cost £37 including expert tuition, specialist materials & a delicious two-course lunch from Hilary Clemoes
Booking essential  01392 438273
Text 07905 006188
Cheques for £37, payable to
Judith Richardson-Dawes to 30 Chute Street,
Newtown, EXETER, EX1 2BX.