Snowmen – January Wednesday

The collective noun for a group of snowmen is variously given as a freeze, dusting or melt. We won’t use the last one as that implies ex-snowmen!

Our first Wednesday session of 2020 was very well attended with 21 members, 3 of whom were new to the group. A very warm welcome to you and we hope that you enjoy painting with us throughout the year.

Thank you to everyone who paid the yearly subs, we hope you enjoyed meeting and having a catch-up with your arty friends.

We painted snowmen, snow ladies, literate, happy and very plump snowmen in watercolour, acrylic and inks. Some members painted local snowy scenes in Meopham and Rochester and others used their Christmas cards as inspiration and painted a robin, cat, penguins and a Christmas Goth.

Other members drew an Art Deco design, continued with a train commission and finished a watercolour of a view in Sicily.

January & February 2020

JANUARY 

Wednesday 8th     7-9pm     –    Snowmen

Keep your favourite snowman snow scene Christmas cards.  Use them for inspiration or use your own imagination to paint a snowman, using any medium, but you could use tissue paper, cotton wool or texture paste to make your snowman 3D.  Perhaps it could be your Christmas card for 2020?  

Also pay subs and have a catch-up with friends.

Saturday 25th     10am-3.30pm     –    Animals in Winter

Think of animals in Wintertime and use any medium, although unpainted white watercolour paper is perfect as snow itself.  Imagine snowy fields with farm animals of cows, sheep or horses. Huskies or reindeer pulling sleds, Arctic or Antarctic animals such as polar bears or penguins.  Animals with their winter coats like arctic hairs, foxes or ptarmigans.  

The fee for today is £6, no need to book.

FEBRUARY

Wednesday 12th     7-9pm    –    Ink

February is usually a dull, drab month, so let’s get colourful.  Use Brusho powders, any inks in bottles or palettes, washable or permanent. Your choice of ink and subject.  If you don’t have any inks then perhaps use watercolour or gouache in strong tones to achieve a bold effect.

Saturday 22nd     10am-3.30pm    –    JMW Turner

The new, polymer £20 note is due for release on 20th February, featuring JMW Turner. Use any medium and paint in his style… plenty of movement, loose, areas of light and dark.  Either your own subject given the Turner treatment or use one of Turner’s paintings for inspiration.

The fee for today is £6, no need to book.

Welcome to 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone and THANK YOU for your continued support. 2019 was another good year for our group, culminating in our Open Day in November, with many visitors, membership enquiries and many paintings sold.

In 2020 we’re having our Open Day on Saturday November 28th  and we’ll be painting at Chalk Church on the July and August Saturdays

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 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. Click on where it says ‘follow’ on the home page and put in your email address. 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 ask a family member to follow for you as they can also look on the blog as it is a public site.

This coming year all Wednesday evenings will be free, unless something is arranged. We do ask for £6 on a Saturday towards the hire of the hall, unless there is a tutor and then the fee will be more, but will include both hall hire and the artist’s fee. 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 2020

The annual membership fee of £15 is now due and should be paid by the end of January 2020.

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 or hand your form and your cash/cheque to Tracy at the next Wednesday meeting on January 8th.  New this year is paying your subs by bank transfer, so look out for Susan’s email with details of how to do this, but which will also have her postal address if you prefer to send her your subs.

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

If your membership fee is not received by the end of January 2020 then you will no longer be a member.  If you wish to re-join 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 contact Susan asap, so your place can be offered to another person. If you think you won’t be attending any sessions in 2020 then please let a new member join in your place.

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, or become a ‘follower’ for you, so you know of future sessions 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 have mentioned to Tracy that it’s 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 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 2020?  Write down the dates of our meetings in 2020 or print them out now:- 

 2nd  Wednesday4th  Saturday
January  8th25th
February  12th22nd
March  11th28th
April  8th25th
May  13th23rd
June  10th27th
July  8th25th – Chalk Church
August  12th22nd – Chalk Church
September  9th26th
October  14th24th
November   11th28th — Open Day    (Fri 27th hanging evening)
December  9th – party

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

2020 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, or pay by bank transfer.

Name_________________________________________________

Address_______________________________________________

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Postcode__________________

Telephone Number/Mobile______________________________________________________

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.

Watercolour workshop with Bill Newton Oct 2019

What a fabulous workshop we had with Bill Newton, who patiently guided us through painting a river scene at Pin Mill on the River Orwell, near Ipswich. The main subjects were a barge and the Butt and Oyster pub, along with an atmospheric sky, based on one of Bill’s own paintings.

Bill used Raw Sienna, Ultramarine Blue , Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber and Orange to mix all the colours in the painting, so it was easy for us to combine these colours in different strengths to achieve a picture with harmonious colours throughout.

During the day Bill walked around everyone several times and helped those who needed it, giving advice all the time. He showed us how to add birds to a painting, demonstrating how we could show their direction of flight by painting parts of their wings more thickly. He also showed us a successful way to paint a tree in the light in summer and winter, and also how to paint rounded object successfully by painting shadows.

At the end of the session Bill held a mount to every painting and commented on how the artist had done, suggesting one or two ways to complete the paintings.

All-in-all a very successful day painting. Thank you Bill!

Here are all our paintings, most of them finished or with only a little more to do. Isn’t it interesting how we were all given the same picture to work from, but we’ve all ended up with our own interpretation of it?

November & December 2019

How are your paintings for our Open Day coming along?  Hopefully you have a few finished already, either for hanging or mounted for the browsers.  Susan will soon be asking how many framed paintings you will want to hang, so get deciding now!

NOVEMBER

Wednesday 13th   7-9pm   –   Preparing for Open Day

Use this session to finish any paintings for Open Day. If you’ve already finished your paintings, feel free to bring along frames to string or unframed work to mount, wrap and label.  If you’ve already done these, then bring along anything at all you’d like to paint.

Friday 22nd    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 so cannot be put up on the wall. If a frame is very heavy it might have to be leant against the wall as the hooks already on the wall cannot bear a heavy weight.  No clip frames please, as they are just too fragile.

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, £ 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 as long as it can be seen.  A label stuck on the back or tied tightly to the cord is no good, as all your details must be seen from the front. There are paintings every year that have no label and 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 often 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 23rd      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 oneeven if you don’t know them.  Wash up any cups or plates so we have enough all the time, and, very importantly, keep the biscuit plate topped up!

If anyone speaks to you about buying 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.  If you just point to Tracy or Susan, people often just wander off and we lose a potential buyer or member. 

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, and any sales are a bonus.

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

DECEMBER 

Wednesday 11th    6.30 – 9pm    –    Party

We will be having our traditional party and your family is welcome too. Wine and soft drinks 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 and can’t 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!

Please let Susan know if you are coming and if you are bringing guests, so we know numbers. Thank you.

There will be no Saturday meeting in December, but please put Wednesday 8th January in your diaries, as it will be our first meeting of 2020.

Remembering Renoir – Sept 2019

What a colourful session we had when we painted in the style of French Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, who died a hundred years ago in 1919. We found inspiration in many of his paintings when we painted people, still-lives or landscapes…

Members also came along to paint their own subjects and either continued them from a previous session or started something new…

Brenda’s beach huts

Brenda made an initial ‘sketch’ of her beach huts by using all types of interesting papers to make the shapes and to get an idea of colours. A photo of this can be found if you scroll down to our beach huts session on the last Wednesday. The first photo is the one.

Then Brenda enlarged her idea to make an embroidered wall hanging. Using a sewing machine for traditional stitching, she also moved the fabric around in freestyle mode to create the patterns you can see in the sand, sea and sky. Brenda finished off by hand-stitching on some tiny bird shapes, a fabric rose and a small confetti shell as hut decorations.

Isn’t it beautiful?

September & October 2019

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday 11th     7-9pm    –    Remembering Renoir

Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir died one hundred years ago, so let’s celebrate his life by painting in his style of using vibrant light and saturated colour. Renoir painted people, landscapes and still lives, so choose which you would like to paint.

Saturday   28th      10am-3.30pm  –   Nature

A broad subject that covers a multitude of ideas. From the tiniest insects to the largest animals on land or sea, the smallest leaf to the tallest tree, the narrowest stream to the largest ocean, your garden to the Grand Canyon or Antarctic, and anything in between.  Nothing man made, so no plant pots, no vehicles, no buildings.  

The fee for today will be £6.  No need to book.

OCTOBER

Wednesday 9th     7-9pm  –   Autumna walk in the woods

Think of autumnal colours…yellow, orange, red and brown, with a hint of green still around.  Paint a woodland scene with a path running through the trees, children running delightedly through a pile of crunchy leaves, a dog exploring the trees, or paint fallen leaves in detail.

Saturday  26th    10.00am-3.30pm   –   Watercolour workshop with William Newton

William Newton joins us today to paint a landscape or seascape.  Final details will be given nearer the time, but do have a look at his website at … www.williamnewton.com

If you’d like to attend, please check first that you are free that day.  Then email or phone Susan asap, on the phone number or email address you have been given, 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. 

(Please don’t use the comments box on this blog to ask for a place, as messages can take days to appear) 

For the last workshop we had 29 people wanting to attend, but only 23 came on the day.  If you decide you can’t come, please tell Susan asap, as letting her know the day before is a bit late unfortunately.   If you’re on the waiting list you may well get a place, but if you plan something else then let Susan know by phone or email, so she doesn’t have to phone around. Thank you!

The fee for today is £13, which includes the workshop and the hall hire.

Finished moon landing painting

Steve started his moon landing painting at the last session then finished it at home. His painting is based on the iconic photograph taken by Neil Armstrong, of Buzz Aldrin climbing down the steps of the lunar command module Eagle, just about to step onto the lunar surface for the first time.

Steve’s painting is so detailed that the Earth looks real and it even includes a crosshair from the original photo. It’s a fantastic painting, well done!