October 2022

Our annual Open Day is only eight weeks away on Saturday 26th November, with the hanging evening the day before on Friday 25th November from 7pm. Please note both dates in your diary/calendar/on-line reminder. Hopefully you’ll be getting organised now and have a few paintings to exhibit either mounted or framed. We’ll be asking for the names, media and prices of your paintings in November.

Our Christmas Party will be only a couple of weeks after the Open Day on Wednesday 14th December from 6.30pm. It is hoped to have a lucky dip for a painted wood slice Christmas decoration, which will be available soon for painting. If you want to take part in painting them with acrylics (watercolours, oils, pastels and pencils won’t work on them) then Tracy will be giving them out at the next couple of sessions, with the aim to have them all back by the Open Day. She won’t be able to paint the number needed, so hopefully everyone will be able to paint one or two :o)

Wednesday 12th October – 7-9pm – 100th Anniversary of the BBC

Draw or paint a portrait of your favourite BBC broadcaster, actor, radio personality or character. You could paint the whole cast of a programme either from the BBC’s early days, from a programme being broadcast at the moment or any time in between. Mastermind has been around for 50 years and University Challenge since 1962. Sir Patrick Moore holds the record as the most prolific presenter, hosting all but one episode of The Sky at Night between 1957 and 2013.

If you don’t fancy a portrait then paint a scene from your favourite programme. There have been so many people and programmes it will be difficult to choose one to paint!

Saturday 22nd October – 10am – 3pm – Botanical Coloured Pencil Workshop with Amber Halsall

Amber is a new artist for us but is well known for her plant and flower pictures, having exhibited at many places including Florum and at The Mall Gallery, which many of you have visited. Today she will be giving a botanical workshop in coloured pencils and more details will be emailed shortly.

Her website is here… https://amberhalsallartist.com

Amber prefers a small number of people to teach so her workshop will be for 20. Please EMAIL Tracy asap for a place but check the date first to see if you are available. If there are more people than places then a there will be a waiting list.

***** Do not use the comments box to request a place on this workshop as messages can take days/weeks to get through. Email Tracy directly on her usual email address *****

Please don’t book a place then realise the day before that you won’t be able to come. Unfortunately, in the past we have had people cancelling on the day or just not turning up. This means that people on the waiting list miss a place and we also lose the person’s fee, costing the group money.

The cost for this workshop will be £10 towards Amber’s fee, the hall hire already paid for by your regular subs.

As you have already paid for the hall in your recent subs we aim to make the hall accessible for everyone on the day, even if you’re not taking part in the workshop. We’ll have the workshop at the big window end of the hall and a few tables at the kitchen end of the hall available if you wish to come and ‘do your own thing’ on the day, but please work quietly, thank you!

Raymond Briggs by Steve

Steve has completed a coloured pencil portrait of Raymond Briggs.

Raymond’s most famous works were The Snowman, Father Christmas, Fungus the Bogeyman and When the Wind Blows. Steve created the portrait in coloured pencils as that is the medium Raymond chose to illustrate his books with. The texture achieved is very similar to the original illustrations.

Well done, Steve, super work!

Eyes – September 2022 – Saturday

Eighteen members tackled the subject of eyes in many different mediums. The subject was just one word but with so many interpretations it was amazing to see all the creations of the day.

Here are human eyes and faces including eyes.

Members drew and painted animal eyes too, with cats and owls being popular choices. The last image in this section is a reminder that Tracy must check her kitchen cupboards more often! ;o)

Some members painted to their own theme and finished pictures from previous sessions about the Queen, Clarice Cliff, summer flowers and animals.

Well done everyone, it was very enjoyable watching all your paintings being created throughout the day.

Our next session is on Wednesday 12th October 7-9pm.

Brenda’s online course

Brenda is not just creative with pens, paints and inks, she also loves creating forms with material, beads and embroidery. She has just completed an online course with Fibre Arts Take Two in Australia called ‘Perfectly Imperfect’, tutored by Lorna Crane.

The student exhibition is now available online, with Brenda’s contribution on page 60. Click on the link and flick through the book as there are so many variations of the vessels make. Particularly interesting are the brushes and mark makers made by the students from local found items.


Here’s a screenshot of Brenda’s vessels, contrasting beautifully with the dried flowers arranged in them. Do look through the whole book though, it’s fascinating .

Clarice Cliff – September 2022 – Wednesday

We were low on numbers with eleven members attending, but we were high on creativity, producing many paintings and drawings on the theme of Clarice Cliff. A gifted designer, Clarice Cliff’s ceramics known as ‘Bizarre’ ware are known worldwide for their bright colours and geometric, sometimes abstract shapes and forms.

Whilst some paintings are works in progress many were completed on the night as their simple shapes allowed fast completion. A special mention goes to Brenda who made a 3-D pencil pot in a classic Clarice Cliff design. Well done everyone, it was a very interesting and productive evening!

Some members completed their paintings from previous sessions about Tutankhamen and Holidays, or worked to their own theme.

Our next session is on Saturday 24th September 10am – 3pm, with the suggested subject of ‘Eyes’.

Kay’s pebble picture

Kay has created another pebble picture, this time for her friend’s 70th birthday. Using pebbles glued to a plain background Kay has used a black marker to indicate a few shapes, showing her friend’s golfing hobby.

You can see the depth of the pebbles in the second photo with the side-lighting, so Kay mounted the picture in a box frame. Isn’t the little bird sweet? Well done, Kay, it’s a unique and thoughtful present!

September 2022

After a long, dry, very hot summer there’s definitely a hint of autumn in the air, with cool breezes and plenty of clouds about. Several members have said they found it too hot to paint in the recent scorching weather, so hopefully the cooler weather brings with it some artistic inspiration!

Subs of £25 are due on 1st September to take your membership up to the end of 2022. Please pay online using the bank details Steve has previously sent, or by cash or cheque. If you can’t find his previous emails then look out for another email soon. If the amount is not received by the end of the month then sadly your membership will lapse :o(

Here are the suggested sessions for this month but you’re welcome to paint anything you want to.

Wednesday 14th September – 7-9pm – Clarice Cliff

Clarice Cliff (1899-1972) was a ceramic artist and designer, regarded as one of the most influential ceramicists of the 20th century. Her designs are in museums worldwide and when they appear on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow programme they are much admired.

Paint any of Clarice’s ceramic designs or create and paint your own, inspired by her work. Here’s a website with lots of inspiration… www.claricecliff.com

‘The Colour Room’ film was released this year about Clarice’s early working life in the potteries, to her rise as designer at her own studio. Starring Phoebe Dynevor and Matthew Goode it is interesting to watch. It’s currently free to view on Sky and may also be available elsewhere.

Saturday 24th September – 10am-3pm – “Eyes are the window to the soul”

Draw or paint a close-up of eyes using any medium. Human or any animal, focus on the shape and colour of the eyes to produce an interesting picture.

If you don’t want to paint eyes then carry on or start a Clarice Cliff picture, or choose to paint your own subject, that’s absolutely fine.

Rochester Cathedral – August 2022 – Saturday

Seventeen members visited Rochester Cathedral on a perfect painting day. The temperature was in the low to mid 70s, not too hot but pleasantly warm, with a little light breeze and fluffy white clouds adorning the bright blue sky.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable day drawing and painting a view of the Cathedral and precincts from the private gardens at the rear. We sat under the mature trees, their shade keeping us cool and stopping our paints drying too quickly. At lunchtime some ate packed lunch in the garden, some visited the cafe in the crypt and others bought their lunch and coffee from Rochester’s vibrant High Street. A whip-round for the Cathedral Trust collected £56 cash and several members added to the total by donating by card inside.

Many thanks to Kay for gaining us permission to use the private gardens. Thank you, Kay, we all had a fabulous time!

From sketches to completed paintings to works in progress, using pencils, pens, acrylics and inks, here are our drawings and paintings.

A few more views from inside and outside the Cathedral…

Holiday paintings by Ron and Tracy

Ron painted a sunset over a lake in acrylics and used opposite colours on the colour wheel, blue and orange, making the picture very dramatic.

In Ron’s second painting he used minimal pencil lines and applied acrylic paint from a limited colour palette in the picture of himself in Gran Canaria. He has used rich colour beautifully in both paintings, keep up the good work, Ron!

Tracy finished a watercolour of Viking Bay at Broadstairs and the second painting is a watercolour commissioned by her neighbours. It’s a view from the balcony of a hotel in Benaldámena on the Costa del Sol in Spain, where her neighbours spend February every year. It’s now in pride of place on their living room wall and they gaze at the view until the next time they travel there..

Two more watercolours on a holiday theme are one in just blue and white, the colours of the Greek flag where it’s set. Tracy splattered some white acrylic paint on the sea’s surface for the sparkling effect of the sun. The other picture is a tiny painting of a beach hut at Herne Bay and is a work in progress.

Holidays – August 2022 – Wednesday

It was a muggy evening after another hot day and super to have 18 members painting and chatting together in the hall.

The subject of ‘holidays’ was a popular one with drawings and paintings of the bucolic British countryside, a Cornish river, coastal scenes of beaches and Hastings, the Tower of London and also views in Venice, Greece and Egypt . Many are works in progress, to be completed at home or at a future session.

Some members painted to their own theme of a portrait of Marie Curie, a ballerina and a fuchsia.

Here are three paintings finished at home on previous themes of flowers in a container and Tutankhamen.

The next session is on Saturday 27th August at Rochester Cathedral from 10am. Look out for a detailed email in the next few days!