May & June 2019

MAY

Wednesday 8th 7-9pm – Queen Victoria

Princess Alexandrina Victoria was born 200 years ago this month. At birth she was fifth in line to the throne, but just 18 years later became Queen Victoria and reigned for 63 years. You could paint Queen Victoria as a young or old woman, or paint a famous Victorian like Prince Albert, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Florence Nightingale, Charles Dickins, Isabella Beeton, Alexander Graham Bell, Mary Seacole, William Morris etc. Or paint a Victorian invention, the crown jewels, a William Morris design, a view in India as Victoria was Empress of India, or a statue of her, such as the one in Gravesend Market. 

Saturday 25th     10am-3.30pm    –   Acrylic workshop with David Hyde

David painted with us a few years ago and today we welcome him back. We will be painting wildlife in acrylic, probably birds, but final details will be known nearer the time.  Have a look at David’s website at www.davidhyde.org.uk

If you’d like to attend, please check your diary first to see if you’re free.  If you are, please email or phone Susan asap and she will add names to the workshop list in the order received.  If there are more than 25 names, then a waiting list will be used.

Do not use the comments box on the blog to ask for a place, as messages can take days to appear.

The fee for today is £14, which includes David’s workshop and hall hire.

JUNE

Wednesday 12th      7-9pm     –    Start painting for our Competition

Our yearly competition is a friendly affair and is NOT compulsory.  If you don’t want to enter a painting that’s fine, please just use what is suggested as inspiration for your painting.

The theme is…ANIMALS.

A very general theme this year, so you can basically paint any animals you like! Wild or tame, farm or flying, British or worldwide, furry, feathery or fishy, polar or tropical, in its own native habitat or a study on a plain piece of paper, the choice is yours.

There’s no right or wrong way to paint this subject…just your way.

Saturday 22nd    10am-3.30pm    –    Competition continued

Continue with your animal picture, or paint another. All pictures to be in by 2.45pm, then we all cast one vote for our favourite painting. The artist of the winning painting will win a small cash prize.

The fee for today is £6. No need to book.

Paintings finished at home

Here are two paintings from the session on texture that were started on Saturday and then finished at home.

Margaret W’s watercolour woodland picture uses texture to enhance the bark of the trees and the foliage in the foreground. It’s a beautiful painting, Margaret, well done!

Tracy Q-Ps acrylic painting uses the impasto technique of putting on thick layers of paint. This was done with a paintbrush and then the colourful paint on the ampersand was added with a palette knife.

Texture – February 2019

What an interesting session we enjoyed by incorporating texture into our paintings. It was good to see so many artists painting together as there were 33 members present.

Some continued their January ‘depth of field’ paintings and added texture to the foreground, by using an impasto technique with palette knives or texture medium.

Others started new paintings and used thick paint, paper, string, feathers, matchsticks, sand, netting, collage, shells, embroidery, tissue paper, pastels, beads and gravel to create texture. Some paintings remained flat, but the artists had applied paint or used pencil in a textural way for animal fur or foliage.

It was a successful day for all the artists, so why not use these techniques again in your next painting?

March & April 2019

MARCH

Wednesday 13th    7-9pm    –  European cities

With Brexit nearly upon us, think of a visit you’ve made to a European city and paint a favourite view. If you haven’t travelled to Europe then paint a picture of a city you’d love to visit.  We’ll display our paintings at the end of the sessions and see if we can name all the cities.

Saturday 23rd     10am-3.30pm   –  Watercolour workshop with Kit Leese

A new artist to us, Kit will be running a watercolour workshop based on a landscape or garden view (final details nearer the time).  See Kit’s paintings on his website at www.kitleese.com

If you’d like to attend, check your diary first to see if you’re free.  If so, please email or phone Susan asap (her contact details were emailed to you last month) and she will add names to the workshop list in the order received.  If there are more than 25 names, then a waiting list will be used.

Do not use the comments box on the blog to ask for a place, as messages can take days to appear.

The fee for today will be £14, which includes Kit’s workshop and hall hire.

APRIL 

Wednesday 10th     7-9pm    –    Topiary

In formal gardens all year round, paint a picture of topiary in any medium.  Hall Place in Bexley has many topiary trees, including those called the Queen’s Beasts, planted in 1953 to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II…www.hallplace.org.uk.   The world’s oldest topiary is at Levens Hall in Cumbria…www.levenshall.co.uk, Hampton Court Palace has magnificent topiary…www.hrp.org.ukand Hever Castle has many examples too…www.hevercastle.co.uk.  Another interesting website is www.topiaryintheuk.co.uk.

You may have visited many more gardens with topiary, so bring any photos with you. 

Saturday 27th    10am-3.30pm   –  Spring Greens

Spring should be with us by now, so use today as practice for making greens in any medium. Try different yellows and blues, or use a favourite green paint and learn which colours lighten or darken the tones. Paint a spring landscape, a vase of daffodils, a tulip field full of greens and colours, an Easter scene, trees full of leaves and blossom etc.

The fee for today is £6.

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January & February 2019


JANUARY           

Wednesday 9th    7-9pm  –   Fast and loose

Brush off the cobwebs and get drawing and painting in a relaxed but speedy style.  Any subject, but if you’re stumped for an idea look through your Christmas cards for any scenes or subjects you can tackle with a flourish.  Try out ideas in your sketchbook if you don’t want to commit anything to watercolour paper or canvas.  Also paying subs and having a natter!

Saturday 26th    10am-3.30pm   –   Depth of Field

Think about your composition before you start painting. Look at the foreground, main subject then the distance. Is the foreground too plain?  Can you add details, texture or vary colours to draw the viewer’s eye into your painting? Try painting a winter scene from a photo or a Christmas card, or if you’d rather be somewhere warmer, bring in a summer holiday photo to paint from.

The fee for today is £6.  No need to book.

FEBRUARY

Wednesday 13th   7-9pm  –   Miniatures 

Try painting on a smaller scale than you usually do to see if you can really pick out important details. Paint on a postcard, paper or a canvas no bigger than 4” x 6”.

Saturday 23rd    10am-3.30pm   –   Texture

Following on from last month, think again about your compositions.  Can you add texture to give your paintings more interest to the viewer?  

With acrylics or oils use modelling paste on your canvas, add sawdust or sand to your paint, or use a palette knife.  

With watercolours prepare your paper before the session by gluing on tissue paper, other watercolour paper or white material.  Make sure the glue you use will accept watercolour paint on top.  You can also use ‘watercolour ground’ directly on the paper.  

Alternatively, use today as a mixed media session with any textures you like.  In the past we have been amazed when people use flowers, material, patterned card, nail varnish, sand and even dead bees and spiders in their paintings.

The fee for today is £6.  No need to book.

Welcome to 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone and THANK YOU for your continued support. 2018 was another good year for our group, the highlight being our Open Day in November, with lots of visitors, membership enquiries and several paintings sold.

In 2019 we’re having our Open Day on Saturday November 23rd and will be painting at Chalk Church in the summer.

Our blog continues at www.medwayandchalk.art where the newsletter is published every two months, together with anything relating to the group and with photos of the sessions. This also gives you the opportunity to have your work on show, so please continue to look at the blog and email Susan your paintings for inclusion.

Please become a ‘follower’, if you haven’t already done so, to ensure that you get email alerts every time something is posted on the site. You click on where is says ‘follow’ on the home page and put in your email address. Then go to your emails, find the one from WordPress and click on the link to confirm you want to ‘follow’ the blog.  If you don’t have an email address or internet access you can ask a family member to follow for you and they can also look on the blog as it is a public site.

This coming year all Wednesday evenings will be free, unless we have a guest artist or model. No bookings are required for Wednesday evenings and non-tutored Saturdays, but please book for all Saturday workshops.

We know Wednesday evening sessions aren’t as popular as the Saturday ones, but do please try to come along to support these sessions as they’re always good evenings.

Free coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided at all meetings.

The session ideas we suggest are to help you think of what to paint.  If you’re already working on something else, no problem at all, please come along anyway for a cuppa and a natter!

Membership for 2019

The annual membership fee of £15 is now due and should be paid by the end of January 2019.

A paying-in form is provided with this newsletter and cheques should be made payable to ‘M & C Art Group’.  Please send forms and cheques to Susan as soon as possible (an email has been sent with her contact details), or hand your form and your cash/cheque to her at the next meeting.

If you will be on holiday then please email or phone Susan, so she knows your membership fee will be paid on your return.

Year after year we have members who don’t reply to emails, letters or phone calls, but then still want to be members a few months later.

We feel we have to be stricter now and say that if your membership fee is not received by the end of January 2019 then you will no longer be a member.  If you wish to rejoin after that date then your name will be added to the waiting list and you can return when a place becomes available.

We do have a waiting list of several people who wish to join and be active members as soon as they can, so if you no longer wish to be a member then email or phone Susan asap, so your place can be offered to another person.

 

Workshop etiquette

On some Saturdays we have workshops with visiting artists.   We will continue the ‘first come, first served’ policy of putting your name down for a workshop. We feel this is the fairest way as everyone can see the newsletter on the blog at the same time. If you don’t follow the blog then you may miss out if you can’t see the newsletter when it’s first published.  Even if you receive a paper newsletter you can ask someone to check the blog for you regularly, before the newsletter is posted to you.

Many tutors only want to teach 15/20 people, but we always persuade them to accept more at our group. However, any more than 25 and we run out of tables and time for the tutor to speak to everyone is limited.

If we have more than 25 members wanting to attend, we will have a waiting list.

When you see a workshop you want to attend…

  • Check your diary. Only book if you’re free that day and not away or busy.
  • Email or phone Susan asking to attend the workshop. She will confirm your name is on the main list or waiting list.
  • Please don’t use the comments box on the blog to ask for a workshop place, as WordPress can take days to pass messages on.                                  
  • If you find you can’t attend please email or phone Susan as soon as you know, so your place can be offered to the next person on the waiting list

 

On the day of the workshop…

  • MOBILE PHONES – Please turn off or silence your mobile phone. Tutors mention to Tracy Q-P that it’s very annoying when mobile phones ring or make noises and it disturbs other artists too.
  • Please watch, listen and follow the tutor so you know what to do. Some people rush ahead and then sit waiting whilst the rest of us catch up.
  • Save your sarnies for lunchtime which is usually about 12.30pm. It’s easier if we all eat at the same time, instead of the tutor feeling he/she is disturbing your lunch to talk about your painting.


Have you got a new diary/calendar for 2019?  Write down the dates of our meetings in 2019 or print them out:- 

  2nd  Wednesday 4th  Saturday
January   9th 26th
February   13th 23rd
March   13th 23rd
April   10th 27th
May   8th 25th
June   12th 22nd
July   10th 27th – Chalk Church
August   14th 24th – Chalk Church
September   11th 28th
October   9th 26th
November   13th 23rd Open Day (Fri 22nd hanging evening)
December   11th – party

Saturday dates are for the 4th Saturday.  Some months have 5 Saturdays, but we meet on the fourth one.

2019 ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION

Please complete this form and post to Susan with a cheque for £15.00 payable to ‘M & C Art Group’.  Alternatively hand in with cash or cheque at the next meeting.

Name_________________________________________________

Address________________________________________________

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Postcode_______________

Telephone Number___________________________________________

E-Mail Address________________________________________________

Your email address will be shared with M & C Art Group members only. Please advise if you do not want this information given out.

November & December 2018

How are your paintings for our Open Day coming along?  Susan is designing the advertising poster so if you have paintings you’d like featured, preferably landscapes as lots of animal pictures have been received, please email photos to her a.s.a.p. 

NOVEMBER

Wednesday 14th    7-9pm    –    Remembrance / Preparing for Open Day

It’s one hundred years since the end of the First World War, so paint a picture of a poppy, an illustrated poem, a battle scene or anything that you feel is a commemoration of those who fought and died or who came home but were changed by what they had seen.

Alternatively, you can finish any paintings that you will be displaying at our Open Day in a couple of weeks. If you’ve already finished your paintings feel free to bring along frames to string or unframed work to mount, wrap and label.

 

Friday 23rd     7-9pm        Handing in paintings and hanging

We would be grateful for a few volunteers (with scissors!) to help with hanging.

Please do not come before 7pm as we need to set up receiving tables before this time.

Framed work– up to 6 per member, ready to hang with cord/wire across the back, for sale or not.

Please do this as we have frames handed in every year that are not strung across the back so cannot be put up on the wall.

Mounted work– no limit, in clear plastic sleeves, ready to be placed in a browser. All browser work must be for sale, as visitors expect to buy from the browsers.

All work must have a label with your name, title, medium used, £ price, or NFS. The label should be on the front of the painting or plastic cover of browser work, or a luggage label is okay hanging from a frame. There are paintings every year that have no label…we do not know who they belong to, so please label everything!  We do not charge commission, so please price at the amount you would like for your work.

If you stay to help hang the paintings please don’t reserve a bit of wall and spread your paintings out. We always run out of space so be prepared to hang a picture where there’s a gap. Your paintings might not all be together but it doesn’t matter as people walk around and look at everything. 

The group and the hall do not have insurance, so if you’re concerned about loss or damage, you need to arrange your own cover. If you’re a member of the SAA please check with them as to what level of cover you have.

 

Saturday 24th      10am-3.30pm    –    Open Day

Come along and ‘do your own thing’ today, like a normal Saturday, but with our work on display. Bring your lunch as normal and eat it at any time, as we don’t have a break.

Visitors are welcome between 10.30am and 2.30pm and we hope you will be happy to chat to anyone who shows an interest in your work.

If you see visitors waiting by the kitchen hatch for a cup of tea, please make them one, even if you don’t know them. Also, wash up any cups or plates so we have enough all the time, and, very importantly, keep the biscuit plate topped up!

If anyone wants to buy a painting from the wall or browser please take them to Tracy Q-P and if there are any membership enquiries, take them to talk to Susan E. 

We usually accept cash as it’s easier to hand out at the end of the session. If a visitor wants to pay by cheque then they will be introduced to the artist to arrange cheque clearing and delivery details between them.

If you don’t sell any paintings, please don’t be upset.  We call it our ‘Open Day’ so that friends, family and local people can come to see what we create during our arty sessions.

The fee for today is £6.00, no need to book, just come along to paint and enjoy the day.

 

DECEMBER 

Wednesday  12th    6.30 – 9pm    –    Party

We will be having our traditional party and your family is welcome too. Drink will be provided but please bring along a plate of food to share.  If it’s for a coeliac/ vegetarian/ vegan diet please label it clearly so people know what they can eat.

If you can help organise the evening and/or have any quiz ideas, please let us know.

Dress in your best Christmas jumpers and hats!

Let us know if you are coming and if you are bringing guests.

There will be no Saturday meeting in December, but please put Wednesday 9th January in your diaries, as it will be our first meeting of 2019.

SAA – Paint a Poppy Challenge

Many of our members belong to the SAA (Society of All Artists) and will know about the ‘Paint a Poppy Challenge’.

The finishing date has been extended to the end of December 2018, so you still have a few weeks in which to paint a poppy, donate to the Royal British Legion and send your painting/s in for their exhibition.

The paintings have to be 12.5cm square but any medium can be used to paint a poppy, an illustrated poem, a landscape or any design, but it must have at least one poppy in.

Tracy Q-P has painted 4 poppy pictures and has sent them to the SAA. Three of the paintings are in watercolour and one is a collage using a National Geographic magazine article about hostilities in WW1.

Has anyone else painted any poppies for the challenge?