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.

Tigers – February 2022 – Wednesday

Good to see seventeen members have a creative session last night for the first meeting held in the Chinese New Year of the Tiger. Two members who couldn’t come along finished their pictures at home and sent photos to be included.

Created in watercolours, acrylics, oils, pastels and pencils the suggested subject of tigers proved very popular. Most pictures are works in progress and will be finished at home or at the next session on Saturday 26th February. All the tigers were orange coloured apart from one Pantone ‘Very Peri’ purpley one!

Some members worked to their own subjects in various mediums, including a chrysanthemum which originate from China, in keeping with the Chinese New Year theme.

Well done to all artists, your pictures are very good. Do finish them off and bring them along to the next session so we can see them.

Susan’s squirrel painting

Susan painted her ‘A Winter’s Day’ picture at home using watercolours on SAA practice paper size 11” x 15”.

The red squirrel scampers through the snow with its fluffy ears and bushy tail showing how alert it is. It’s beautifully painted in rich colours. Super work, Susan.

February 2022

Thank you everyone who has renewed or recently joined and paid their membership promptly for the first four months of 2022. This means we are able to look forward to meeting at Chalk Parish Hall for the foreseeable future.

Here are a couple of ideas for February but you’re welcome to draw and paint anything you want to. If you paint anything at home then please send photos of your pictures to Tracy or Steve by email, text or WhatsApp with some information about the paintings and they’ll get posted here on the blog.

Wednesday 9th – 7-9pm – Tigers

February 1st welcomes in the Chinese New Year of the Tiger. Draw or paint a stylised or real tiger in any setting and medium.

Saturday 26th – 10am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth II

Ascending to the throne 70 years ago on 6th February 1952, Queen Elizabeth II will become the first British monarch to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee. Draw or paint the Queen at any age in full ceremonial regalia, on tour around the world, at a family gathering or meeting the public. Any style, any medium, look back over her 70 years reign and choose to paint your favourite memory or event.

As a year-long project try and add the Pantone Colour of the Year 2022 ‘Very Peri’ to your paintings. Here is the colour swatch…

Steve’s paintings

Steve has just finished his two latest pictures that you might have seen him painting at recent sessions at the hall. They are painted on Bockingford watercolour paper, Daniel Craig in watercolours and the ballet dancer in gouache.

They show you are very good at painting portraits and the human form, well done, Steve!

George’s paintings

Here are George’s latest paintings, all in oil and painted with a good knowledge of shape and colour.

The first painting is of actor Chief Dan George playing the character Lone Watie in the film The Outlaw Josey Wales. The second painting is a very good likeness of John Wayne and the third a still life. Isn’t the glass especially well painted with the light catching its shape?

January 2022 – Saturday – A Winter’s Day

It was super to welcome so many members to the hall and we enjoyed chatting over tea, coffee and biscuits to catch up with each other.

Many artists painted the suggested theme ‘A Winter’s Day’ using their own pictures or those on recently-received Christmas cards. There were several landscapes, some with with farm animals and people added, wild animals in the snow and birds drawn and painted. The Pantone Very Peri purple/blue colour was added to several paintings in the snow shadows or to bring a chill to the paintings.

Some artists created pictures based on January’s other theme of ‘An Evening at the Ballet’, or drew and painted their own subjects. Well done everyone, it was a very enjoyable and productive day!

January 2022 – Wednesday – An Evening at the Ballet

Our first session of the year was attended by 16 artists including three ladies who came along to meet us to see if they would like to join the group. We hope they enjoyed the evening and want to return.

The suggested subject of ballet was very popular but many of us found our ballerina’s legs and feet difficult to draw in the correct position as their joints looked too flexible. Watercolours, acrylics, coloured pencils and pastels were used and the Pantone Very Peri colour was added to a couple of pictures in the tutu or sash colour. Some artists started painting, or continued with, their own subjects.

Most pictures are works in progress and will be finished at home or at the next session on Saturday 22nd January. It was a great start to the year, thank you to all who came along, long may our sessions continue!

Peta’s East End sketchbook

Peta was very busy last year visiting London and sketching various places. She sat and sketched in pencil then used a fountain pen filled with blue, sepia or black ink to complete the sketches.

These sketches have been published on the the website called ‘Spitalfields Life’…

The pictures are full of minute details and it’s very interesting to read why Peta chose to draw certain places and objects. Well done, Peta, please keep up your fantastic work and thank you for sharing your sketches with us!

Here are all the pictures screenshot from the website. Click on the first one to enlarge it and then use the right arrow to see all the pictures one by one. Or go direct to the website named above to see all the sketches in higher quality photos.