|The Musée de Minérologie has a breath-taking display of minerals including many precious stones as well as the mundane like sandstone.
Prof Patrick Callet welcomed the audience (SECOIND ROW - LEFT) to the darker dramatic areas whilst colleague Eloise Gaillou led the tour of the brighter regions.
After the impressive tours, the audience was somewhat awestruck but the rest of the programme was interesting and relevant if not quite so spectacular.
|In the early evening Mirette Hanna (red flower) and Ilona Gault (white flower) gave a brilliant concert of piano music for two and for four hands.
Finally at 21.00 hrs everyone assembled outside the west front of Notre Dame to hear Prof Callet (LEFT) explain his theories on how the setting sun made caustics from the gold leaf that originally lined the statue niches of the kings. These produced aureoles around the heads of the statutes on the Cathedrale as described in his monograph Spectral Simulation for Cultural Heritage (available for download on this site). The timed series (BELOW) of pictures taken every five minutes from 21.15 hrs shows the shadows creeping across the West Face and the expected reddening of the light, but just as the statue niches were to be illuminated as described by Prof Callet, low cloud on the western horizon blocked out the sun - see last two pictures - and a true sun set picture was not obtained.
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Photos : John Mellerio
Sonia Delaunay Lecture
Wednesday 03 June 2015
Colour Group members were treated to a fantastic and informative lecture in the Starr Auditorium at Tate Modern. Frank Vasset, from Tate Modern, delivered a fluid, eloquent talk about the Russian born Parisian artist, fashion designer, textile artist and wife of Orpheus artist Robert Delaunay. The show was colourful and full of joy representing the first ever British retrospective of this talented cross-disciplinary artist. Demonstrating a vibrancy of spirit, Sonia Delaunay's visual vocabulary of fine art literally seeped into her practice of the decorative arts in a celebration of both colour and joie de vivre.
|After the lecture, the exhibition, and then a chance in the Tate cafe to discuss what had been seen and heard.|
Workshop with David Hornung
Wednesday 20 May 2015
William Road Gallery, 6-7 William Road
London NW1 3ER
|Professor David Hornung (Adelphi University New York) treated us all to an afternoon of Colour Pedagogy at William Road Gallery. This was arranged as part of our 75th anniversary special events. After a fascinating talk about his background at the Rhode Island School of Design and other faculties, he talked about how his book on colour (Colour, A Workshop for Artists and Designers) evolved over the years. He even showed us the early editions. We then were given a tour of his students work to explain his system of teaching. After a colourful tea David gave us a demonstration of colour mixing with his preferred paints and then we worked with his ready made swatches to create our own artworks taking into consideration saturation, hue and value. The whole event ended with a book signing. William Road Gallery proved a fantastic venue for this event and we are very grateful to Raquel Sampson for all of her help.|
| Below are three examples of work produced at the workshop using coloiurs from the Hornung swatches.
PHOTOS: KAREN HALLER
The AGM, Honorary Members,
75th Review (Patrick Forsyth),
Old and New Chairman's Lectures
(Valerie Bonnardel and Carinna Parraman)
Wednesday 06 May 2015
City University, London
|The candid snap above at the AGM looks as though Treasurer Vien Cheung has been caught out fiddling the cash by Chairman Valérie Bonnardel (LEFT) and secretary Elza Tantcheva (RIGHT) but it's nothing of the sort - Vien was explaining a difficult point about balance sheets.
||The citation for Ralph Brocklebank's Honorary Membership, as a 62 kb PDF file, may be seen with this link.|
|After the formal AGM business, John Hutchings (ABOVE LEFT) made a citation for Honorary Membership of the Colour Group for Ralph Brocklebank (ABOVE RIGHT) who was amused by some of John's stories. The picture below shows him more relaxed with his membership certificate and chairman Bonnardel|
Then followed another Honorary Membership for John Mellerio, (LEFT) shown with the chairman and his certificate.