Pablo Picasso – February 2023 – Wednesday

What a dreadful day it was weather-wise, with snow, sleet, heavy rain and icy conditions causing crashes and delays in the evening on local roads. Several members were poorly too, so we hope you all feel better very soon.

Eight hardy members made it to the session and enjoyed painting pictures inspired by Pablo Picasso, whilst one member painted at home and sent in a photo of her painting. Most ideas were taken from Picasso’s cubist paintings and one from his rose period, using pinks and oranges. Some photos include the original picture that inspiration was taken from. Do you recognise the person in the last photo? A self portrait inspired by Picasso’s ‘Woman in a red armchair’ painting from 1929.

Two members finished paintings from previous sessions, of a full length portrait and a hare. Note the Pantone Colour of the Year, Viva Magenta, in the flowers to the left of the hare.

The next session is a watercolour workshop on Saturday 25th March. Email Tracy to see if there’s any spaces left, or you can come and paint quietly at the kitchen end of the hall.

Angela M’s blackbirds

Angela M has continued to practice sketching birds, with the most recent being blackbirds. She sketched the upper two using a B3 pencil, then used Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils for the the bottom one.

Good work, Angela, you are learning from all this sketching!

March 2023

Here are the session idea for the Wednesday in March, to hopefully give you inspiration, and details of a workshop to be held on the Saturday.

Don’t forget to try and add the colour Viva Magenta to your paintings this year.

Wednesday 8th – 7-9pm – Pablo Picasso

Fifty years have passed since Pablo Picasso’s death and his artwork is still hugely popular worldwide. During his long life of 91 years he painted in many styles, but is best remembered for his abstract paintings. His early works during his monochromatic Blue Period and the subsequent colourful Rose Period are less well known.

Draw or paint a picture inspired by Picasso, or study a particular artwork and paint it. Use any medium.

Here’s a website with lots of info…

Saturday 25th – 10am-3pm – Watercolour workshop with Sue Bradley

Sue Bradley returns to run a watercolour workshop, having painted flamenco dancers, Venetian masks, sunflowers and cornflowers with us before.

This time we’ll be painting seed heads and Sue will be providing the photos. You’ll need a decent weight watercolour paper as we’ll be using a lots of water, watercolour paints, probably some clingfilm, and Brusho pigments if you have them. Don’t worry if you don’t have any Brusho, Sue will be bringing some to show how to add the colours to a painting and you can borrow them.

Sue’s website is here…

If you’d like a place on the workshop please first check you are free that day, then email Tracy asap at her usual email address. Please don’t use the comments box below as sometimes messages take days to get through!

Once Tracy has confirmed your place you can pay by bank transfer (preferred) or by cash on the day. There are 25 spaces so hopefully that’s enough for everyone who wants to come.

The cost of the workshop will be £10.

If you don’t want to attend the workshop you can still come along to the session as your subs have already paid for the hall rental. The workshop will take place at the big window end of the hall but we’ll also have tables at the kitchen end if you want to come and paint quietly while the workshop is on.