Outdoor Painting Day Elvetham Heath Nature Reserve


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Wednesday was the last session this year for outdoor sketching and although the weather was fine it seems the forecast put a lot of people off. Those that did manage it sketched mainly around the pond area of the reserve and were delighted with the opportunities offered by this picturesque location.

A little sunshine would have made it more interesting by creating shadows and given more intense colour to the scenery, nevertheless with some artistic licence some good pictures were produced.

This year we have certainly had some mixed weather which caused us to leave two outdoor sketching days early and the cancellation of one altogether but in general those that ventured out have enjoyed these days and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year. We have already started planning the venues for 2020 and hope that something will tempt more members to give outdoor painting a try.

Outdoor Painting Day Hartley Wintney Village

With such a choice of views in a large area it was difficult to know how many artists ventured out and the weather forecast was not going to help so we seemed to be few in number.  However the pond with its duck house and occupants was obviously the place to be and most of us set up our painting and drawing equipment in that corner of the village.  Black clouds gradually threatened and by the afternoon the only choice was to take photos and finish the paintings at home

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We have our fingers firmly crossed for our last outdoor painting day on 11th September at Elvetham Heath Nature Reserve, it must be time that we had some good weather for a change.  Please remember that there is now a restriction on parking at Morrisons of 2 hours so take this into consideration when parking.

Wendy & Noel

Outdoor Painting Day Blackbushe Airport

Tony Karavis very kindly wrote the following report as Noel was on holiday and I had been advised to stay away from the heat!

With temperatures at some 35 degrees, it was hardly surprising that only five stalwart artists turned up. We all managed to find patches of shade in which to paint. This determined the subjects for our endeavours. Most of us found that aircraft are challenging subjects, severely testing our size, shape, scale and perspective judgement. The majority decided to sketch rather than attempt masterpieces in the heat. By 12.30 our energies had expired and I found most people had already quit before I could see their work. An interesting day with a very different and challenging subject.

Thank you Tony for the report and photos.  Our next outdoor session is Monday 19th August at Hartley Wintney.  Let’s hope the weather will sort itself out and we have a pleasant, warm summer’s day not the extreme heat or cold wet weather we have experienced recently.

Wendy & Noel