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

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.

Animals in Winter – January 2020

Our first Saturday meeting of the year had 30 members in attendance so a very good turnout.

Most members painted wild animals but a few painted domestic animals. A wide range of mediums have been used including watercolour, oil, acrylic, pastel and wax resist. Some managed to combine animals with snowmen following on for our Wednesday evening meeting.

A few members carried on with ongoing projects.

Open Day 2019

What a brilliant day we had. Lots of paintings on show and lots of visitors.

Thank you to all our lovely talented members for showing their work and making the day such a huge success. As always, you all worked very hard in setting up and taking the time to chat to our guests about your work. We now have more names on our waiting list demonstrating our popularity.

The comments from the visitors book say it all.

Another great display. Well done all

Lovely collection of amazing artwork. Lots of talent in one place.

Wow! Incredible art work….many hidden gems. Well done.

Lovely event, lots of artwork.

Really enjoyed the art and seeing the artists at work.

Amazing work. Lovely to have been here.

Having just chosen Art for GCSE, it was interesting to come along and get some ideas.

Very beautiful, lots of different styles, very clever. Thank you, a lovely morning, keep up the good work.

Lovely work, a pleasure to view!

Very good.

Fantastic artwork, admiring the painting . Brilliant work all round.

Lovely exhibition. Some superb work!

Amazing paintings and great work. Really enjoyed all the work.

Lovely work – well done everyone.

Very good show.

We had 114 framed paintings on the walls, 3 browsers full of mounted work and Dot’s cards on display. We sold 6 framed paintings, 12 mounted paintings and 12 cards.

Painting outside at Chalk Church August 2019

What a difference to last month when we had to stay inside the church barn because of the rain. Today was very hot but luckily, for those of us who chose to paint outside, there was plenty of shade from the trees.

How enjoyable to spend time painting ‘en plein air’ with members of our art group and how lucky we are to have such a beautiful spot to use in the summer. We actually lost track of the time and before we knew it, it was time to go home. Nonetheless we all had a productive and very pleasant day.

While some of us started new paintings, others used the day to finish off current projects. Some painted our surroundings and some worked from photographs. A lot can be achieved in just a few hours. What a coincidence that two of us decided to paint puffins!