Watercolour workshop with Bill Newton Oct 2019

What a fabulous workshop we had with Bill Newton, who patiently guided us through painting a river scene at Pin Mill on the River Orwell, near Ipswich. The main subjects were a barge and the Butt and Oyster pub, along with an atmospheric sky, based on one of Bill’s own paintings.

Bill used Raw Sienna, Ultramarine Blue , Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber and Orange to mix all the colours in the painting, so it was easy for us to combine these colours in different strengths to achieve a picture with harmonious colours throughout.

During the day Bill walked around everyone several times and helped those who needed it, giving advice all the time. He showed us how to add birds to a painting, demonstrating how we could show their direction of flight by painting parts of their wings more thickly. He also showed us a successful way to paint a tree in the light in summer and winter, and also how to paint rounded object successfully by painting shadows.

At the end of the session Bill held a mount to every painting and commented on how the artist had done, suggesting one or two ways to complete the paintings.

All-in-all a very successful day painting. Thank you Bill!

Here are all our paintings, most of them finished or with only a little more to do. Isn’t it interesting how we were all given the same picture to work from, but we’ve all ended up with our own interpretation of it?

November & December 2019

How are your paintings for our Open Day coming along?  Hopefully you have a few finished already, either for hanging or mounted for the browsers.  Susan will soon be asking how many framed paintings you will want to hang, so get deciding now!

NOVEMBER

Wednesday 13th   7-9pm   –   Preparing for Open Day

Use this session to finish any paintings for Open Day. If you’ve already finished your paintings, feel free to bring along frames to string or unframed work to mount, wrap and label.  If you’ve already done these, then bring along anything at all you’d like to paint.

Friday 22nd    7-9pm    –   Handing in paintings and hanging

We would be grateful for a few volunteers (with scissors!) to help with hanging.

Please do not come before 7pm as we need to set up receiving tables before this time.

Framed work – up to 6 per member, ready to hang with cord/wire across the back, for sale or not.

Please do this as we have frames handed in every year that are not strung so cannot be put up on the wall. If a frame is very heavy it might have to be leant against the wall as the hooks already on the wall cannot bear a heavy weight.  No clip frames please, as they are just too fragile.

Mounted work – no limit, in clear plastic sleeves, ready to be placed in a browser. All browser work must be for sale, as visitors expect to buy from the browsers.

All work must have a label with your name, title, medium, £ price or NFS. 

The label should be on the front of the painting or plastic cover of browser work, or a luggage label is okay hanging from a frame as long as it can be seen.  A label stuck on the back or tied tightly to the cord is no good, as all your details must be seen from the front. There are paintings every year that have no label and we do not know who they belong to, so please label everything!  

We do not charge commission, so please price at the amount you would like for your work.

If you stay to help hang the paintings please don’t reserve a bit of wall and spread your paintings out. We often run out of space so be prepared to hang a picture where there’s a gap. Your paintings might not all be together but it doesn’t matter as people walk around and look at everything.  The group and the hall do not have insurance, so if you’re concerned about loss or damage, you need to arrange your own cover. If you’re a member of the SAA please check with them as to what level of cover you have.

Saturday 23rd      10am-3.30pm    –    Open Day

Come along and ‘do your own thing’ today, like a normal Saturday, but with our work on display. Bring your lunch as normal and eat it at any time, as we don’t have a break.

Visitors are welcome between 10.30am and 2.30pm and we hope you will be happy to chat to anyone who shows an interest in your work. 

If you see visitors waiting by the kitchen hatch for a cup of tea, please make them oneeven if you don’t know them.  Wash up any cups or plates so we have enough all the time, and, very importantly, keep the biscuit plate topped up!

If anyone speaks to you about buying a painting from the wall or browser please take them to Tracy Q-P, and if there are any membership enquiries, take them to talk to Susan.  If you just point to Tracy or Susan, people often just wander off and we lose a potential buyer or member. 

We usually accept cash as it’s easier to hand out at the end of the session.  If a visitor wants to pay by cheque then they will be introduced to the artist to arrange cheque clearing and delivery details between them.

If you don’t sell any paintings, please don’t be upset.  We call it our ‘Open Day’ so that friends, family and local people can come to see what we create during our arty sessions, and any sales are a bonus.

The fee for today is £6.00, no need to book, just come along to paint and enjoy the day.

DECEMBER 

Wednesday 11th    6.30 – 9pm    –    Party

We will be having our traditional party and your family is welcome too. Wine and soft drinks will be provided but please bring along a plate of food to share.  If it’s for a coeliac/ vegetarian/ vegan diet please label it clearly so people know what they can and can’t eat. 

If you can help organise the evening and/or have any quiz ideas, please let us know.

Dress in your best Christmas jumpers and hats!

Please let Susan know if you are coming and if you are bringing guests, so we know numbers. Thank you.

There will be no Saturday meeting in December, but please put Wednesday 8th January in your diaries, as it will be our first meeting of 2020.

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?