Turner…February 2020

Our Saturday workshop brief was to paint in the style of Joseph Mallord William Turner, the English Romantic painter, printmaker and watercolourist.

He is known for his expressive colourisations, imaginative landscapes and turbulent, often violent marine paintings.

Some of us worked from our own photos, a few of which were places that Turner had painted, while others copied his paintings trying to emulate his brushstrokes and colours. Amongst the mediums we used were pastel, watercolour, acrylic and water mixeable oils. Perhaps because we were trying to paint loosely and freely many of us managed to complete two paintings.

A few of us painted independently of the Turner workshop

March & April 2020


Wednesday 11th      7-9pm     –    Monochrome 

The opposite of last month’s ink session using bright colours.  Any subject, any media, use just one colour to create all tones between light and dark. Use black and lighten through the greys, or try indigo or sepia for a more unusual effect.  Bring along a black and white photo or picture, or a colour one and look at it with almost-closed eyes to see which part of the picture are lightest and darkest.  

Saturday 28th     10am-3.30pm    –    Animal pastel workshop with Paul Hinks

Local artist Paul Hinks creates the most amazing pastel pictures of wild animals and pets.  You can see his work on Facebook www.facebook.com/paulhinksart and Instagram www.instagram.com/paulhinksart. More details regarding pastels and paper will follow.  

If you’d like to attend please check your diary first to see if you’re free, then email or phone Susan to book your place, which will be allocated in order.

DO NOT USE the comments box below, as messages can take days to reach us. Use the email address or phone number for Susan that you have been given. If more than 25 want to come then we will have a waiting list.  

The fee for today is £14.  Please book with Susan asap.


Wednesday 8th       7-9pm     –     Spring Flowers

A wide subject that can be tackled in many ways.  A vase of daffodils or tulips, a blanket of bluebells or snowdrops in a wood, or blossom upon a tree as painted by Vincent van Gogh.  Paint loose and bold like Jean Haines or Ann Blockley, colourful with negative shapes like Susan Crouch, or much more detailed like Billy Showell or Julie H. King, who ran a workshop with us 5 years ago.  Look up the artists online to see their variety of flower paintings. 

Saturday 25th    10am-3.30pm    –    Peter Carl Fabergé

Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) designed and made the most amazing jewellery and objet d’art at his workshops in St.Petersburg, Russia.  His most famous creations are 69 Easter eggs, including 52 Imperial Easter eggs, made for the Russian royal family between 1885-1917. 

There is a timeline of the Fabergé family and many pictures on the website www.faberge.com under ‘The World of Fabergé’ header. Details and images of all the Easter eggs, including the lost ones, are easily found online, but here’s a list… www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabergé_egg

Design and paint your own jewellery, objet d’art or Easter egg and add gold and silver to your picture to add interest.  This could be by using gold paint or gold/silver metal leaf glued to your painting.  

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

Ink – February 2020

Our Wednesday evening was well attended and very productive

Here we experimented with ink. The paintings are very richly coloured and bold.

A wide range of materials were used including painting on silk, and using a variety of inks such as acrylic, brusho and water soluble. The ink was applied with a variety of implements including pens, brushes and droppers.