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The society was inaugurated in 2007 with the help and guidance of the Royal Watercolour Society and then president Richard Sorrell, and later adopted the title of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists
MEET THE FRIEND – Scilla Devenish
When did I start painting? I started attending a watercolour class in 1990. I absolutely loved it from the first lesson and kept going every term for several years. I then began to travel with my husband on trips around the world with his work. …
MEET THE MEMBER – Linda Purdy
When did you start painting? I drew as a child and began keeping sketchbooks as a teenager/young adult. Wanting to try watercolours I bought equipment and a book but struggled without a tutor. In 2006 I went on a three day course with Ian King…
CALL FOR ENTRIES – submit to our open exhibition
In previous years, we hosted three exhibition with an occasional additional pop-up exhibition in mid-summer. Our Spring Exhibition for members only, the late summer/early autumn exhibition was traditionally our Selected Exhibition and our winter exhibition was our open Festival of Watercolour. COVID-19 has upset these…
MEET THE FRIEND – Isobelle Gladstone
Welcome to our first “Meet the Friend” article When did you start painting? I first started painting in August 2017. What led you to start painting? I used to draw with wet and dry pencils occasionally, but never paint. Strangely, I feared it. However, after…
MEET THE MEMBER – Lesley Munro
When did I start to paint? When I look back on it, my interest in art probably originated from finger painting at nursery. I was drawing the whole time, on any paper that my dad brought home from his printing job and even the cardboard…
ISOLartION – Lori Bentley on the story of lockdown in pictures
This is our last edition of Season 2 of our weekly IsolARTion series. We are planning two more bumper editions at the end of April and May, but for now, please go back and enjoy the wealth of talent and inspiration in both seasons of…
ISOLartION – George Grayland’s ongoing portrait journey
In season 1 of IsolARTion, Friend of the SEAW, George Grayland shared a view inside his studio and the portraits he was painting. In the months since that article, he has continued to work in portraiture. He shares that journey with us now. When I…
IsolARTion – Members and friends are “Holding things together”
In the third article of the current season of isolARTion, Lillias said this about the objects she had painted: “I noticed that quite a few seem to suggest ‘holding things together’ – what we are all trying to do, no doubt!” As part of her…