Garrowby Hill Via Fareham

 Written by Carole Jarman, March 2021

I am a member of Fareham art group in Hampshire and during lockdown we have maintained our enthusiasm for painting by accomplishing various challenges and competitions, organised by our  committee, by means of our online website and Facebook page.

Our biggest achievement has been our group project which was to create a painting of Garrowby Hill by David Hockney. 

The painting was chosen by a members vote from a choice of four paintings. I think that this was the favourite due to its vibrant colours, chosen at a time when we were all feeling a little down and despondent due to Covid.

Near on fifty member took part in the  project whereby each participant painted a small section of the painting in their chosen medium. When completed they were returned to the committee who then pieced them together to form a collage and create one large image measuring 1 meter by 1.5 metres.

A lot of work went into enlarging the image and dividing it up into the right number of pieces. Each piece was then numbered and posted to each person with their instructions on how to replicate their rectangle of the painting in order that the final painting would come together as a whole.

Photos were taken at various stages and posted on our social media sites to keep us all up to date with the progress. 

The finished painting has  been framed and is now on display in the Fareham Gallery. It will also be the showpiece at our next art exhibition which we hopefully plan to hold in October.

Being part of the project was great fun and although we have not been able to meet up in person, this has given us a great opportunity to share a painting experience together.


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