Saturday 25th February 2023

Twenty one members attended the meeting. The theme for the day was ‘A full length portrait’

Steve provided two 30 minute poses.

Some members just did their own thing

We also welcomed a new member Dorothy Finlayson

Everyone sent their best wishes to Ann Brooker for a speedy recovery. Jane Oram was unable to attend but sends hers as well.

Thank you to George for doing the raffle and for everyone who helped set out and put away the tables and chairs.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 8th March

Coloured Pencil Workshop Saturday 22nd October

Twenty members attended Amber Halsall’s excellent Coloured pencil Workshop Amber explained all the aspects and techniques used in Botanical drawings in a clear and interesting manner and managed to get round the group to encourage, assist and answer our many questions at least four or five times during the session.

Pansies and Violas were the main subject. The following photos are mostly works in progress so do please send your images of your finished work to either myself or Tracy.

Well done everyone !!

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 9th November 7pm to 9pm Don’t forget that the 26th November Saturday meeting is our Open Day so time to choose which paintings you want to enter in the exhibition

Wednesday 13th July. Flowers and Vases

Hi all

Thank you for all who attended on a very hot stuffy evening. The air-conditioning wasn’t very efficient over the 2 hour session so in future we will have to rely on opening the windows and front door and using the ventilation system.

Here a some images of Flowers in vases or just flower studies. Most are ‘works in progress so do send the finished works to either myself or Tracy.

George was painting a lovely image of a horse and rider in a river and Peta brought her excellent finished painting of a roof top scene in Portugal

Well done everyone.

Our next meeting is at Chalk Church on Saturday 23rd July 10.15 am til 3.0 pm


There was a lovely atmosphere in the room on Saturday with 24 members attending. With such a broad subject we had a range of paintings from landscapes, Galway Bay and The Rock of Cashel. An Irish dancer, a Leprechaun and a portrait of Brenda’s grandmother. Cillian Murphy a character from Peaky Blinders was sent in by Jane. Some are still works in progress so do send your finished work in, on line or bring it along to the next session.

Some members chose to ‘Do there own thing’

Tracy and Steve brought along their finished pointillism paintings.

Well done all.

Our next session is on Wednesday the 13th July. 7pm to 9pm.

It would be good to see some members, who do not usually come to the evening sessions in the dark winter months , come along and take advantage of the light evenings

Wednesday 13th April. Tutankhamun

On a warm Wednesday evening we had 13 members painting, drawing and continuing with collage.

The majority started work on this month’s theme of Tutankhmun, most are still a ‘work in progress’

Tutankhamun theme

Christine continued with a collage work of the seven Sisters, Peta started a view of a town in Portugal, Andrea painted a spray of flowers and George was painting a self portrait which he will send in later.

We are looking forward to seeing the completed Tutankhamun works at our next meeting on Saturday the 23rd of April which as you know is our 30th Anniversary. There will be tea and cakes to celebrate and a competion to find the best Tutankhmun painting on the day.

Do come along

FEBRUARY 2022-Saturday

The Queen, Tigers & Lots More

We had a really good turn out with 24 members attending including five new members.

Welcome to Gloria Holden, Christine Copps, Joyce Plascott, Liz Bundock and Sue Bartholomew.

We had some great paintings of the Queen some are a work in progress so do send your finished paintings to Steve or Tracy.

Tigers. !!! Some were started on the day and others had been finished at home after the Wednesday meeting

Landscapes, Animals and Flower studies in a variety of mediums

Well done all, what a great mix of topics and mediums used

Next meeting Wednesday 9th March

September 2021 Wednesday

It had been a real scorcher during the day so we expected to see quite a few members coming along to take advantage of the hall’s air conditioning. Sadly we were only 9 in total which was disappointing.

Members painted various subjects, finished off work started at Chalk Church and some made a start on this months’ subjects of Transport and Animals

There was also a preliminary portrait of our PAOTM subject, Elaine Page

All refreshments including various biscuits have been renewed and the kitchen fully open so do come along to our next meeting on Saturday the 25th September. We need your support to keep the group financially viable.

PAOTM – Benjamin Zephaniah-August 2021

British writer and poet. He was included in the Times list of top 50 Post-war writers in 2008 His poetry is called ‘dup poetry’ which means it is performed – the words are recited over the beat of reggae music.

Christine painted a really colourful Benjamin wearing his ‘Rastacap’ or ‘Tam’

Juliet sent in an image created using her iPad. Surprisingly this was her first attempt. She used the ‘Procreate’ program

Dot first work was a sketch she made in 2005 and the second a striking painting using mixed media. Graphite, watercolour and pencil on Bockingford paper. She started the painting on Saturday and finished it later in the week

Tracy also used her iPad and the pre-installed ‘Art Studio’ programme. She produced the image by using ‘Wet brush,’ her fingers and a ‘tiny brush and has captured a really realistic younger Benjamin

Steve painted a thoughtful Benjamin using Acrylics on hardboard

Well done all.

August 2021 ‘Through the Window’

Tracy finished two pieces of work started at Wednesday’s meeting. She bought these lovely little frames and then added the colourful watercolours. A really original idea

Susan painted two more delicate watercolour sketches from our visit to Chalk Church on Saturday

Steve finished his watercolour and ink painting of Chalk Church in the style of a Tiffany panel. It was fun to try something a bit different.

August 2021 Saturday at Chalk Church

The weather on the day was changeable. We saw the sun, briefly, it was a bit breezy, chilly and finally smoky. In spite of this we had 15 hardy souls just enjoying being together and producing quite a bit a work

Members chose various subjects to draw or paint. Some just made a few sketches

Thank you again to all that attended the July and August outdoor meetings at Chalk Church. We made collections at both and gave a total of £66.69 to the church fund.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday the 8th September at Chalk Parish Hall 7pm to 9pm