Mixed media workshop with Melanie Cambridge, 25th June 2016

Here are the group photos from our busy mixed media workshop.

Melanie set up two tables in the centre of the hall and on them put an easel from which she draped several different coloured fabrics. Upon the fabrics she placed flowers, vases, pots, candlesticks, lamps, grapes and cups on saucers, to make four interesting still-life compositions. Our tables were placed around this set-up, so that wherever we sat we could see a whole still-life.

Melanie sketched in charcoal on a board and showed us how inks could be used to give a quick, fluid background, into which we could glue paper or fabric, or just left to run slightly.

When the ink had dried Melanie started using acrylic paint to define the shape of the objects and the light source. The glass of the lamp was hinted at with white paint over the turquoise ink. The dark grapes had highlights added with soft pastel and the white flowers given a 3D effect by mixing white paint with art modelling paste and applying with a palette knife.

After lunch most members carried on with their still-life, but those who had finished were shown how to combine three photos of a bluebell wood to make into a composition of their own. Watercolour was mostly used this time for speed, but Melanie said that acrylic and thickener could be used over the watercolour to build up depth of field.

We all had a successful day painting and will hopefully use Melanie’s advice and tips in our future paintings.





July & August 2016

For our Saturday meeting on NOVEMBER 26th 2016, we’ll be holding our annual Open Day again. Please get painting now so you’ll have work ready for our visitors to admire, either framed on the walls or in the browsers.

Perhaps these session ideas will help to inspire you……


Wednesday 13th 7-9pm – Swans

White swans, black swans, any type of swan, your choice in any medium to capture these elegant birds. All cygnets will have been born by now…have you seen any? We’re lucky to have so many swans at Gravesend Prom to admire.


Saturday 23rd 10am-3.30pm – ‘Do your own thing’ at Chalk Church

We return to our summer venue at St Mary’s Church at Chalk. The church itself and the pond with its ‘Monet’ bridge are the obvious subjects to paint here, but please don’t feel you have to!
Many of us have painted these before, so start any project for our Open Day, bring paintings you want to finish, or ones that you’re stuck on and need inspiration for.
If it’s raining we still meet here, as there’s an indoor room with tables and chairs.
There’s lots of free parking, toilet facilities, and tea, coffee and biscuits as usual.
Please bring along a folding chair or stool if you intend to paint outside.

There is no fee for today, but any donation to the Church Fund is appreciated.



Wednesday 10th 7-9pm – Sunflowers

Bright yellow sunflowers on a patio tracking the sun throughout the day, fields of sunflowers in Provence or cut sunflowers in a vase painted by Vincent van Gogh…just a few images to inspire you.
Paint any type of sunflower in your choice of medium.
Sunflowers are not just yellow though. Have you seen orange ‘Soraya’, deep red ‘Moulin Rouge’, pink and white ‘Cherry Rose’ or the multi-petalled ‘Giant Sungold’?


Saturday 27th 10am-3.30pm – ‘Do your own thing’ at Chalk Church

As in July. Finish your painting from last month, paint something new, or complete another projects…have you any paintings ready for our Open Day in November?
Remember your stool or folding chair!

Again, no charge for today, but any donation to the Church Fund is most welcome.