Steve’s tiger in pastels

Steve has used soft pastels to create his tiger, by using the materials and photo from the Paul Hinks pastel workshop that we’ve had to postpone. We will hopefully have the workshop at a future date. Steve’s tiger is very impressive, especially as he says that it was difficult to know in which order to apply the colours.

Lloyd’s painting of Deal

Lloyd has painted a picture of Deal beach seafront area, from one of his own photographs. It’s an oil painting on canvas and measures 800mm x 600mm. He feels he needs to tweak a few things, but it’s so good as it is, with so much detail. Hopefully we will all be able to visit the seaside again in a few months.

April 2020

A few weeks ago the suggested subjects for our two sessions for April were published in the last newsletter. Unfortunately, life has changed the past couple of weeks and now we cannot meet for our sessions :o(

Here are a few more ideas if you plan on painting this month whilst at home, but it’s not compulsory! Other art groups are also suggesting ideas to their members, so please don’t feel overwhelmed, just paint any ideas if you want to.

Send your finished paintings by email to me (Tracy Q-P), or to Susan. If you can’t work out how to email a picture then send it to me on Facebook’s Messenger App, or email me for my mobile number and then text it or WhatsApp it to me. If you finish anything else, then we’d love to see it too.

Keep safe and happy painting!

Spring flowers – what’s in your garden now? Daffodils, tulips, snowdrops, bluebells etc

Paint loose like – Jean Haines, Ann Blockley, Joanne Boon Thomas 

Botanical style – Billy Showell, Julie H King

Colourful with negative shapes – Susan Crouch

These artists are on Facebook, some have websites, and some have YouTube demos available online. Joanne Boon Thomas uploaded a loosely-painted tulip demo the other day.

Peter Carl Fabergé – Imperial Easter eggs, objet d’art, add gold and silver to your paintings with paint, paper or metal leaf. It’s 100 years since he died, so there are many online articles. Look at www.faberge.com and www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabergé_egg

Easter – a bonnet, egg dyeing, children going on an egg hunt, your local church.

Animals – hares, chicks, newborns on the farm or in the countryside.

Goddesses – Greek goddess Gaia, Germanic goddess Eostre.

Blossom – fruit trees in your garden, or from photos, be inspired by Vincent van Gogh and his blossom paintings.

April – rain showers, umbrellas, wellies, a wet weather still life, write and illustrate an ‘April’ acrostic poem.

March & April 2020

MARCH

Wednesday 11th      7-9pm     –    Monochrome 

The opposite of last month’s ink session using bright colours.  Any subject, any media, use just one colour to create all tones between light and dark. Use black and lighten through the greys, or try indigo or sepia for a more unusual effect.  Bring along a black and white photo or picture, or a colour one and look at it with almost-closed eyes to see which part of the picture are lightest and darkest.  

Saturday 28th     10am-3.30pm    –    Animal pastel workshop with Paul Hinks

Local artist Paul Hinks creates the most amazing pastel pictures of wild animals and pets.  You can see his work on Facebook www.facebook.com/paulhinksart and Instagram www.instagram.com/paulhinksart. More details regarding pastels and paper will follow.  

If you’d like to attend please check your diary first to see if you’re free, then email or phone Susan to book your place, which will be allocated in order.

DO NOT USE the comments box below, as messages can take days to reach us. Use the email address or phone number for Susan that you have been given. If more than 25 want to come then we will have a waiting list.  

The fee for today is £14.  Please book with Susan asap.

APRIL

Wednesday 8th       7-9pm     –     Spring Flowers

A wide subject that can be tackled in many ways.  A vase of daffodils or tulips, a blanket of bluebells or snowdrops in a wood, or blossom upon a tree as painted by Vincent van Gogh.  Paint loose and bold like Jean Haines or Ann Blockley, colourful with negative shapes like Susan Crouch, or much more detailed like Billy Showell or Julie H. King, who ran a workshop with us 5 years ago.  Look up the artists online to see their variety of flower paintings. 

Saturday 25th    10am-3.30pm    –    Peter Carl Fabergé

Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) designed and made the most amazing jewellery and objet d’art at his workshops in St.Petersburg, Russia.  His most famous creations are 69 Easter eggs, including 52 Imperial Easter eggs, made for the Russian royal family between 1885-1917. 

There is a timeline of the Fabergé family and many pictures on the website www.faberge.com under ‘The World of Fabergé’ header. Details and images of all the Easter eggs, including the lost ones, are easily found online, but here’s a list… www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabergé_egg

Design and paint your own jewellery, objet d’art or Easter egg and add gold and silver to your picture to add interest.  This could be by using gold paint or gold/silver metal leaf glued to your painting.  

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

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.