Open Day October 2015

Our Open Day this year was a big success. We had lots of visitors, from 10 am until 2.30 pm. Thank you to everyone involved, we hope you enjoyed the day.

Also, thank you to George who kindly donated three of his paintings as raffle prizes, raising money for the group. To those members who helped out with making tea & coffee, making sure there were biscuits on the plate and doing the washing and drying up, we are very grateful, we couldn’t have done it without you.

The numbers:-

  • 25 artists working/demonstrating on the day.
  • 26 artists exhibited framed work (plus many more with unframed work  in browsers).
  • 115 framed paintings were displayed.
  • 19 paintings sold.

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We received lovely positive feedback as visitors took time to enjoy looking at the work and talking to the artists.Here are some comments from our visitor book.

Lovely exhibition as always. So many different styles of work. A joy to come and visit each year.
Enjoyed the exhibition very much – got some new ideas for trying out too.
Very very high standard, wonderful.
Great exhibition – lovely to see so much talent.
Wonderful work. A variety of mediums used. Nice to see such clever people.
Very good exhibition. such variety of work. Well done.
Lovely ‘buzz’ in the room – excellent exhibition displaying a variety of styles. very friendly atmosphere!
Some beautiful work on display, very enjoyable.
Thank you for the warm welcome – lovely atmosphere and great range of work going on – well done.

November & December 2015 sessions


Wednesday 11th 7-9pm – Hibernating animals

Now the weather has turned colder, many animals start their winter hibernation. Use any medium to depict an animal hibernating. Some animals to choose from are bats, bees, butterflies, four types of bear, dormice, hedgehogs, tortoises, squirrels or amphibians.

Saturday 28th 10am-3.30pm – Pastel Workshop with Joel Wareing

We haven’t had a pastel workshop for a long time, so dust off your pastels! Joel will guide us through a street scene with people. He’s emailed a suggested list of materials, but please don’t go spending a lot, bring along the pastels you have:-

1 – Sennelier pastel card – 65cm x 50cm (approx 25”x 20”) – grey or Van Dyke brown, or Daler Rowney Murano pastel paper – coal shade (Joel will have paper to buy on the day)

2 – a range of hard and soft pastels (Joel uses a combination of Unison, Daler Rowney and Sennelier pastels, with Faber Castel pastel pencils to start with)

3 – charcoal could be useful but not essential.

4 – A street scene image with interesting body language e.g. people seated at a cafe table, walking along a street, browsing in a market etc (Joel will have a selection of images to work from, if you do not have your own image)

He doesn’t use fixative but if anyone wants to bring some that’s okay.

Joel will bring some examples of his previous work and will aim to complete his own pastel picture throughout the day, calling us to his picture at intervals to explain various things. Normally people produce one picture on his
workshops but sometimes there is time for another one.

His website – has examples of his technique and you can see the type of picture to bring.

The cost is £12. Please book with Susan a.s.a.p.


Wednesday 9th 6.30 – 9pm – Party

As usual we will be having our traditional party. Your family is welcome too. Drink will be provided but please bring along a plate of food to share.

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

Dress in your best Christmas finery…silly hats optional.

Please let us know if you are coming and if you are bringing a guest.

There will be no Saturday meeting in December as usual, but put Wednesday 13th January in your diaries as it will our first meeting of 2016

Sue Bradley’s Watercolour Workshop 26/09/15

What a wonderful time we had at Sue Bradley’s watercolour workshop!

In the morning Sue showed us how to bring movement and bright colour to flamenco dancers. Carefully we painted the upper body but then used lots of paint and blew through a straw to achieve the movement of the skirt.

In the afternoon we painted Venetian masks and again used paint and straws to move the colour around the painting.  Great fun!