Competition – Animals June 2019

Well done everyone who entered the competition. We had a good turnout of members and lots of entries. You will recognise some work from our previous meeting which members finished today. The subjects range from family pets to animals in the wild.The mediums used include pencils, watercolour, pastels and acrylics.

The members each receive one vote and the first prize went to Suzan for her ducklings and second prize to Wendy for her Blue Tits. Congratulations and well done to you both.

Acrylic Workshop with David Hyde May 2019

We had a brilliant day painting with David. He is an excellent tutor and gave us lots of advice which will make a big difference to the way we use acrylics. Here are some photos of David and the group working, together with David’s finished painting. Make sure you click on the goldfinch to see the textures and detail.

Here are our members’ paintings from the day including Patrick’s raven and Ken’s two watercolours.

Queen Victoria 8th May 2019

DSC05414Our topic was, in fact, anything relating to Queen Victoria and the Victorian era. How interesting to see the range of subjects used. We have numerous paintings of Queen Victoria at different ages.

Here are some William Morris designs including a modern day interpretation.

Here we have the Taj Mahal and an Indian gentleman (India once being part of the British Empire), Rosherville Gardens (Victorian Pleasure Gardens in Gravesend, a favourite destination for thousands of Londoners, many travelling by paddle steamer down the River Thames, no longer in existence). The Clock Tower, Gravesend and Victoria Falls (in Africa named by David Livingstone).

And finally James Clerk Maxwell (The Scottish physicist best known for his formulation of electromagnetic theory), Charles Dickens and a lady in a crinoline.

Topiary April 2019

As usual at our Wednesday evening meetings we only used half the hall but a good number of members turned out.

While most of us were working on our ‘Topiary’ which is a fascinating subject, some of us were finishing off existing work or making Easter Cards. A range of mediums were used including collage, ink and oils. Most paintings are yet to be finished but will tie in nicely with our upcoming Saturday meeting ‘Spring Greens’.

Watercolour Workshop with Kit Leese March 2019

Kit is a new tutor to our group and we had a very productive day with him.

Most of us worked from our own material while a few used some of Kit’s photos. He demonstrated throughout the day and walked around encouraging and helping where needed. He also showed us how he uses masking fluid and how to stretch paper. We even had time for a demo on creating an abstract painting.

It was a busy, constructive day, thoroughly enjoyable with some good practical and useful tips.

Here are our paintings including a few abstracts.