Finished flower picture in coloured pencils

Tracy Q-P was mostly happy with her picture from Saturday’s workshop, where she had used Staedtler karat aquarell watercolour pencils and then used a paint brush and water to spread the colours a little. Feeling the colours were a little pale, she has gone over the flowers and leaves using a set of 12 Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils. She also added a vase using an HB pencil, so it’s a plain grey colour against the vibrant colours of the tulips and daffodil.

Watercolour Pencils April 2018

We welcomed our tutor, Alex Roch, to our workshop. Alex talked about the different makes of pencil and the ways you can use them. She showed us how to tackle flower painting, using a mix of drawing, sketching, adding water and washes with a brush and different mark making.

We provided buckets of flowers for members to pick from. Some brought along their own. The hall looked and smelt like a spring day (despite the unseasonal weather outside). Alex spent all day walking around, giving advice and encouragement. At the end of the day we displayed our work and Alex talked us through each person’s ‘painting’.

Here are the paintings we produced.

May & June 2018


Wednesday 9th   7-9pm  –   Coloured Pencils continued…

Following on from our workshop with Alex Roch in April, use your coloured pencils again.  Continue drawing flowers or maybe choose a slightly different subject like bluebells in a wood, a spring countryside scene, an animal or bird.


Saturday 26th  10am-3.30pm  –   Acrylic workshop with Norman Rossiter

A new artist for our group, Norman Rossiter will be running an acrylic workshop on the subject of animals. Further details will be available nearer the time, but please have a look at Norman’s website at

Places at all our workshops are allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis, so if you want a place then please contact Susan asap by phone, email or post.

People often leave booking a place to the last minute, but are then disappointed to join a waiting list.

The fee for today is £15   Please book asap!



Wednesday 13th   7-9pm   –   Competition

Our yearly competition is a friendly affair and is NOT compulsory…if you don’t want to enter a picture for judging, that’s fine, please just use what is suggested as inspiration for a painting.

(Please note that the theme was chosen months ago, before the current diplomatic goings-on, but we have decided to keep with the subject as it can be interpreted in so many ways)

The theme isRUSSIA

Ignore the politicians and think of the largest country in the world…the current people, the many cities, vast forests, the steppe, all the architecture. The football World Cup is being hosted by Russia in June and July, so paint a football scene if you choose. Think too of Russia’s history, from early times to the rule of the Tsars from Ivan ‘The Terrible’, through Catherine ‘The Great’ to the last Tsar Nicholas II. If you’ve been on holiday or on a cruise to anywhere in Russia, please bring along your photos to work from. From Faberge to football, the choice is yours.

 There’s no right or wrong way to paint this subject…just your way.


Saturday 23rd   10am-3.30pm  –  Competition continued

Continue with your Russia picture, or paint another.

All pictures to be in by 2.45pm, then we all cast one vote for our favourite painting. The artist of the winning painting will win a small cash prize.

The fee for today is £6. No need to book.