Remembering Renoir – Sept 2019

What a colourful session we had when we painted in the style of French Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, who died a hundred years ago in 1919. We found inspiration in many of his paintings when we painted people, still-lives or landscapes…

Members also came along to paint their own subjects and either continued them from a previous session or started something new…

Painting outside at Chalk Church August 2019

What a difference to last month when we had to stay inside the church barn because of the rain. Today was very hot but luckily, for those of us who chose to paint outside, there was plenty of shade from the trees.

How enjoyable to spend time painting ‘en plein air’ with members of our art group and how lucky we are to have such a beautiful spot to use in the summer. We actually lost track of the time and before we knew it, it was time to go home. Nonetheless we all had a productive and very pleasant day.

While some of us started new paintings, others used the day to finish off current projects. Some painted our surroundings and some worked from photographs. A lot can be achieved in just a few hours. What a coincidence that two of us decided to paint puffins!

Brenda’s beach huts

Brenda made an initial ‘sketch’ of her beach huts by using all types of interesting papers to make the shapes and to get an idea of colours. A photo of this can be found if you scroll down to our beach huts session on the last Wednesday. The first photo is the one.

Then Brenda enlarged her idea to make an embroidered wall hanging. Using a sewing machine for traditional stitching, she also moved the fabric around in freestyle mode to create the patterns you can see in the sand, sea and sky. Brenda finished off by hand-stitching on some tiny bird shapes, a fabric rose and a small confetti shell as hut decorations.

Isn’t it beautiful?

September & October 2019


Wednesday 11th     7-9pm    –    Remembering Renoir

Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir died one hundred years ago, so let’s celebrate his life by painting in his style of using vibrant light and saturated colour. Renoir painted people, landscapes and still lives, so choose which you would like to paint.

Saturday   28th      10am-3.30pm  –   Nature

A broad subject that covers a multitude of ideas. From the tiniest insects to the largest animals on land or sea, the smallest leaf to the tallest tree, the narrowest stream to the largest ocean, your garden to the Grand Canyon or Antarctic, and anything in between.  Nothing man made, so no plant pots, no vehicles, no buildings.  

The fee for today will be £6.  No need to book.


Wednesday 9th     7-9pm  –   Autumna walk in the woods

Think of autumnal colours…yellow, orange, red and brown, with a hint of green still around.  Paint a woodland scene with a path running through the trees, children running delightedly through a pile of crunchy leaves, a dog exploring the trees, or paint fallen leaves in detail.

Saturday  26th    10.00am-3.30pm   –   Watercolour workshop with William Newton

William Newton joins us today to paint a landscape or seascape.  Final details will be given nearer the time, but do have a look at his website at …

If you’d like to attend, please check first that you are free that day.  Then email or phone Susan asap, on the phone number or email address you have been given, and she will add names to the workshop list in the order received. If there are more than 25 names, then a waiting list will be used. 

(Please don’t use the comments box on this blog to ask for a place, as messages can take days to appear) 

For the last workshop we had 29 people wanting to attend, but only 23 came on the day.  If you decide you can’t come, please tell Susan asap, as letting her know the day before is a bit late unfortunately.   If you’re on the waiting list you may well get a place, but if you plan something else then let Susan know by phone or email, so she doesn’t have to phone around. Thank you!

The fee for today is £13, which includes the workshop and the hall hire.

Beach Huts August 2019

Here are our paintings from last night’s workshop.

There are believed to be around 20,000 beach huts in the UK. While we may not have quite that many here we do have a good selection of colours and and styles. Different mediums used include ink, painting on silk, collage, watercolour and acrylic.

Chalk Church July 2019

It was lovely to be back at the church despite the weather. Unusually we had to stay undercover because of the rain, but we carried on regardless. It gave us a chance to work on some new and existing projects as you can see here.

The pond, unfortunately (I later learnt from the church warden) has sprung a leak which explains the state it was in…….no water and very overgrown. Hopefully they will be able to repair it soon.

We look forward to coming back in August, fingers crossed for some sunshine.

Finished moon landing painting

Steve started his moon landing painting at the last session then finished it at home. His painting is based on the iconic photograph taken by Neil Armstrong, of Buzz Aldrin climbing down the steps of the lunar command module Eagle, just about to step onto the lunar surface for the first time.

Steve’s painting is so detailed that the Earth looks real and it even includes a crosshair from the original photo. It’s a fantastic painting, well done!

Moon Landing – June 2019

A very challenging subject as we had no photographic images of our own, but everyone painted superbly to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing in July 1969.

There were paintings of the moon’s surface, astronauts on the moon, the planets, an alternative moon landing from an alien, Earth rise, the Eagle lunar module, a blue moon, the moon from the Earth and the Columbia command module being recovered from the sea. Most paintings were not finished on the evening, but will be completed at home.

Three of us used the same reference photo of Buzz Aldrin standing on the moon, but all three paintings were different.

There’s also one beautiful iris from Fay, as she had already completed her planets picture.