Joining a local art group has advantages.
You meet other artists, find out about opportunities to exhibit. You meet potential mentors and gain inspiration from their work.
These were the reasons I joined Buckingham Art for All in 2008.
But, depending on the group, there can be unforeseen advantages.
Which is why, on probably the hottest day of the year so far, I spent yesterday sketching on a sun drenched terrace at the House of Commons.
My sketching practice has been a little remiss recently so it was a delight to spend 3½ hours dedicated to it. This is one of them.
And I’d never have had the chance if I hadn’t joined the group!
(I’m also reminded of what an excellent invention the ruler is. Freehand drawing of buildings requires a very steady hand. I’ll say no more.)
So if you’re not a member of an Art Group, I urge you to join one.
You never know where it might lead…