Red – May 2022 – Wednesday

Just one word and no suggested ideas for this session’s subject led to many drawings and paintings for ‘red’. In all different mediums members explored the colour red from small paintings of poppies to large abstracts. Brenda painted not a diptych or a triptych but a polyptych of 4 panels.

Word of the evening went to Myrna who use the word ‘scaphognathite’ in reference to the crab painting, meaning ‘a thin leaflike appendage (the exopodite) of the second maxilla of decapod crustaceans’. Every day is a learning day!

Some members tried their hand at the previous Tutankhamun theme or carried on with artwork they had started elsewhere.

May 2022

The first four months of 2022 have zoomed past haven’t they? It’s lovely to have warmer weather with brighter evenings though.

Subs of £25 for the next four months are now due and Steve emailed everyone on Thursday 28th April with details of how to pay by bank transfer, cheque or cash (but don’t send any cash by post!). Please refer to his email of that date for all the information.

Here are the subject ideas for May, but if they don’t appeal please come to the sessions anyway and DYOT (Do Your Own Thing) whilst enjoying a cuppa and natter with your friends.

Wednesday 11th May – 7-9pm – Red

Interpret the word ‘red’ in your own way. Let’s see what paintings are created at the session!

Saturday 28th May – 10am-3pm – Pets, paws, pelicans, pandas, pachyderms etc

There have been several requests for a Saturday session about animals. So here’s your chance to draw and paint pet portraits, or a pet you’d like if you don’t have one. Or choose your favourite animals of land, sea or air and create your picture in any medium. Don’t forget this year’s project of incorporating Pantone’s Very Peri purplish colour into your paintings.

It’s a very wide subject to interpret so look online for inspiration. Here are a few ideas… – Dawn Maciocia paints colourful acrylic backgrounds with collaged animal in the foreground. – Sandi Mower paints animals in expressive and vibrant watercolours. – Emma Ball’s animal watercolours on household items are in gift shops up and down the country. The animals are painted in a colourful and quirky way, like her ‘penguins in pullovers’. – the late, great David Shepherd was a master of painting wildlife from around the world.

Or maybe you’d like to paint traditional British wildlife like Sir Edwin Landseer or exotic animals in lush, tropical landscapes like Henri Rousseau or Frida Kahlo.

30th birthday and Tutankhamun competition – April 2022 – Saturday

It was absolutely brilliant that 32 members came along to Saturday’s session to enjoy some cake to celebrate M&C Art Group’s 30th birthday. Seeing so many people being creative together brings hope that, after two awful years of coronavirus and lockdowns, the group has a promising future for many years to come. Please keep coming to the group to enjoy painting with your art friends!

The day was lively and abuzz with chatter as members walked around to see the pictures being painted for our yearly competition. This year the subject of Tutankhamun proved a popular one with much gold paint being applied to paper and canvases.

Fifteen entries were put forward for the competition which were all viewed closely. We each had one vote to pick our favourite picture. The mediums used were watercolours, acrylics, inks and coloured pencils on paper and canvas, with one entry even being painted on papyrus. It was a very difficult decision as all the pictures had their own merits and were beautifully painted. Well done to all entrants, your work was amazing.

The runner-up was Kay, with her painting of Tutankhamun arising from his golden coffin, painted in acrylic with tiny details on the mask.

The winner was Susan, with her detailed coloured pencil study of one of Tutankhamun’s guardian statues, carved from sycamore wood and covered in resin and gold leaf. She actually saw the original statue at the Tutankhamun exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in 2019.

Very well done, ladies, your pictures are worthy winners!

During the day some members painted Tutankhamun pictures but didn’t enter them for the competition and other members painted their own theme, one especially being very apt as Saturday was actually St.George’s Day.

The next session at the hall will be on Wednesday 11th May from 7-9pm.

Also, look out for Steve’s email at the beginning of May which will tell you how to pay subs for the next four months.

April 2022

Happy 30th Birthday to us!

The art group was started in 1992 by Pat Dear and Ruth Thompsett, initially meeting at Pat’s house in Strood then in a local school as the group grew larger.  In the late 1990s Eric Stewart took over running the group and began meeting at the old village hall in Chalk.  When the old hall was demolished the group met at St.Aidan’s Church Hall in Gravesend until the new Chalk Parish Hall was opened in 2007. 

In 2008 Susan Ewing and Patrick Sebell took over from Eric, being joined by Tracy Quarrington-Page in 2015.  Susan took a step back in 2020 and Steve Goldson took over her roles within the group.  

Medway and Chalk Art Group still runs on the original ethos of an informal gathering of art friends, creating art together over a cuppa and a natter.   Many members are still friends after all these years and Ruth remained a member until last year. We hope that M&C remains a friendly group which welcomes artists of all abilities who enjoy painting together.

We will celebrate our 30th Birthday at the Saturday session on 23rd April when we will have Birthday Elevensies of tea, coffee and cake.  Coeliac/vegan cake will be provided so everyone can join in.

Wednesday 13th    7-9pm   –  Start painting for the competition

Our annual competition is a friendly affair and is NOT compulsory.  If you don’t want to enter a painting that’s fine, please just use the suggestion as inspiration for a drawing or painting.

Get your gold paint out because the theme is…TUTANKHAMUN

One hundred years ago in 1922 the tomb of Tutankhamun, the best-preserved pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings, was discovered by archaeologist Howard Carter.  Carter’s meticulous assessing and cataloguing of over 5000 of objects in the tomb took nearly ten years.

The objects were displayed at Cairo Museum and around the world at various times.  The exhibition in London due to run until May 2020 unfortunately closed two months early due to Covid.  Did you get a chance to visit and take photos?  All the objects from Tutankhamun’s tomb are now housed in the Grand Egyptian Museum and will never leave Egypt again.

Choose to draw or paint Tutankhamun’s death mask or jewellery, a model boat or guardian statue, canopic jars, chariot, chair or wall paintings. The choice is yours in any medium.

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

Saturday 23rd    10am-3pm   –   Competition continued

Continue with your Tutankhamun picture, or paint another. All pictures to be in by 2.15pm then we all cast one vote for our favourite painting. There will be small cash prizes for the winner and runner-up.

A maximum of three drawings/paintings per member.  If you paint a picture but can’t attend today please arrange with someone to take and collect your artwork.

If you feel uncomfortable entering a competition that’s fine, you don’t have to. Paint the Tutankhamun theme but leave your painting on your desk so it won’t be with the pictures submitted which will be on a separate table.  

We’ll stop at 11am to have Birthday Elevensies. 

Collage workshop with Fiona Spirals – March 2022 – Saturday

Its been a very long 2 and a half years since our last workshop so we were delighted to welcome artist Fiona Spirals back to M&C for a hands-on, face-to-face workshop. Fiona brought along some of her own collaged artworks for us to see and explained the collage process, from tearing or cutting the paper pieces to enhancing the surfaces with tissue paper and paint.

Fiona suggested the subject of birds and butterflies but members were welcome to tackle any subject they wanted to. Some brought along their own pictures for reference whilst others used pictures from Fiona. She also supplied many magazines for us to tear from and helped all of us individually with our compositions throughout the day. One member had printed her own colourful papers at home to make her butterfly collage unique.

We all used a canvas or canvas board as the base or our collages as using paper or card would get too soggy. The glue used was PVA, watered down to the fluidity of milk.

You will see from the final photo in this section that creating a collage can be very, very messy! At the end of the session the floor was a total mess. Thank you very much to everyone who helped clear up by collecting all the rubbish and sweeping up the day’s detritus.

Everyone enjoyed the day with many expressing a new-found appreciation for collage. Here are all our pictures in a vibrant explosion of colour. Good work everyone!

The Moai of Rapa Nui – March 2022 – Wednesday

The island of Rapa Nui, otherwise known as Easter Island, was sighted 300 years ago by its first recorded European visitor, Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen. The giant heads, known by their Polynesian name moai, number nearly 1000 and are carved from volcanic ash. We drew and painted the moai from different angles using pencils, watercolours and inks.

Some members finished work started at previous sessions or worked to their own theme. What a super variety of artwork in monochrome and vibrant colours, well done everyone!

The next session is Saturday 26th March when Fiona Spirals will be running a collage workshop. Please email Steve asap to book your place.

March 2022

Wednesday 9th – 7-9pm – Easter Island

Easter Island was sighted 300 years ago by Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen on Easter Sunday 1722, hence the name. The island has been a territory of Chile since 1888 and is actually called Rapa Nui, its Polynesian name. The massive monolithic ‘heads’ on the island are called moai and have bodies which are buried in the ground. There are nearly 1000 moai on Rapa Nui, weighing up to 86 tons and standing up to 10m in height, though most are half this size and weight. It is not known when they were carved from volcanic ash and erected but it is thought between 1200-1600 CE and it’s suggested they represent chiefs and important people.

Here is a website with more information…

Draw or paint any image of Rapa Nui and the moai in the landscape or close up with detail and texture.

Saturday 26th – 10am – 3pm – Collage workshop with Fiona Spirals

We welcome Fiona back to M&C for our first practical workshop since 2019. Fiona’s workshops are always good fun and we go home with a finished collage. She will bring magazines to tear up and all the glue, pots and brushes. Details of a theme will be sent nearer the time but Fiona has said that you can create any image you like but she will have pictures with her to inspire you.

Fiona’s website is here…

You will need to bring…

  • a canvas or canvas board is best (NOT PAPER OR CARD as it would get too soggy). You can reuse an old, already painted canvas or board as you’ll be covering the surface.
  • lots of newspaper or a plastic sheet to cover your table
  • an apron as all the glue can get messy
  • The fee for today’s workshop will be £8. The hall hire is already covered by your membership fee.

Email Steve asap to reserve your place. His email address you know already from previous emails sent to you.

Please do not use the comments box to message Steve as messages can take days to come through. Sending him an email is the best way to contact him.

Susan’s tiger painting

Susan started her tiger painting at the last session and has finished it at home. Using watercolours she painted the picture loose and light to avoid overworking him. The Pantone ‘Very Peri’ colour has been cleverly used in the shadows on the tiger’s chest and in the background too.

All the colours go so well together and it’s beautifully painted, Susan, well done!

Kay’s pebble picture

Kay made a pebble picture for her family for Christmas. She collected the pebbles from Upnor Beach late one winter’s afternoon just before it got dark, enlisting the help of a nice lady and her daughter who were walking their dog.

Kay glued the pebbles and some garden flora onto a background then added details with a black pen to indicate two parents, two daughters and their pets. The picture was mounted into a box frame to house the depth of the pebbles.

Isn’t it a lovely idea? If you have young ones in your family maybe they could help you collect pebbles to make your own family pebble picture.