January 2022

Here are a couple of ideas of what to paint and draw, but you’re welcome to come along and paint your own ideas.

A project for the whole year is to incorporate into your artwork the 2022 Pantone Colour of the Year. A new colour has been created called ‘Very Peri’ and is mid purple, or in Pantone’s own words “a blue with violet red undertones.”

Wednesday 12th – 7-9pm – An Evening at the Ballet

Think of childhood memories of post-Christmas visits to watch the ballet at a local or London theatre or dance school. Draw or paint a scene from your favourite ballet or a ballerina in a pose. Use pastels like Edgar Degas or Henri Toulouse-Lautrec used in their ballet pictures. Add the ‘Very Peri’ colour to your picture for a ballerina’s tutu, sash or shoes.

Pay your membership fee to Steve by cheque or cash if you haven’t already done so by bank transfer.

Saturday 22nd – 10am-3pm – A Winter’s Day

Save any Christmas cards to help you choose what to paint or draw. Use any medium to paint snow in bare fields or your garden, wild or farm animals on a cold day, children building a snowman or throwing snowballs, people taking their dogs for a walk, a misty morning, hoar frost, crisp footprints in snow, a distant building on a cold night with lights aglow. Add texture to your picture by using tissue paper, modelling paste or white material. Use the Very Peri purple colour for shadows on snow or for a person’s clothing.

If you can’t attend the Wednesday session come along today to pay your subs.

Welcome to 2022

Happy New Year and thank you everyone for your continued support for M&C during 2021, whether it was attending sessions or submitting paintings for this blog if you painted at home. 2021 was another odd year for us all but hopefully, as we move into 2022, the world will begin to be a healthier, happier and kinder place to be.


You’ll know from Steve’s emails that we are financing the group in a different way this year, with a payment of £25 due 3 times a year in January, May and September, to cover our hall rent for the year. Steve has emailed everyone with details of how to pay by bank transfer, cheque or cash.

If you don’t wish to be a member any more then please email Steve asap so you don’t continue to receive emails from us.

If you have any friends or family members who would like to join us then please show them this blog so they can see what we draw and paint at the sessions. If they want to join then please pass their details on to Steve.

Please pay your membership fee by the end of January to continue to be a member of the art group. Thank you!


With no current Government restrictions on meeting, apart from having to have adequate ventilation in the hall, our sessions will be on the second Wednesday and the fourth Saturday of the month, as they have been for years.

Session ideas will be posted monthly, not every two months, just in case rules change and sessions have to be tweaked at the last minute. You don’t have to paint the suggested ideas, please come along and paint anything you want to. Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided at all sessions so if you just want to come and chat with your art friends then that’s fine too.

Here are the dates we intend to meet in 2022. Please print them out or write them in your diary or calendar.

Some months have 5 Saturdays but we meet on the 4th one.

M&C session dates
2nd Wednesday

4th Saturday

  12th  22nd
9th 26th
  9th  26th
13th 23rd
  11th  28th
8th 25th
  13th  23rd 
10th 27th 
  14th  24th
12th 22nd
  9th Fri 25th Hanging evening
Sat 26th Open Day 
14th Christmas Party 


When we resume having workshops it will be the usual ‘first come, first served’ policy of putting your name down like we have done in the past, with an additional fee to cover the expense of the tutor. If more than 25 artists wish to attend the session we will have a waiting list and if you’re on that you have a chance of getting a place as sometimes people pull out at the last minute.

I have made enquiries and have not been able to find any artists running workshops in person at the moment, only offers of demonstrations over Zoom. Hopefully as the year progresses then artists will return to running workshops with art groups.