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Monthly Demonstration Feb 2017

This month’s artist was Stephen Cheeseman who paints a variety of subjects in oil pastels which allows him to create a sensation of movement as shown in the cyclist painting he created for us.

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Review by Angela Vizard

There once was an artist called Steve
Who came from Hastings I believe
He gave us a demonstration
Full of such true inspiration
Hang on while my notes I retrieve.

A large sheet of dark green card was used for the base
White angled strokes outlining the cyclists in the race
Using yellow ochre for skin tones more detailed parts dark blue
Also red and orange for the helmets, shorts and to highlight the shoe
I could tell from the start from the audience reaction
The afternoon was going to be packed full of action.

Blur the ovals for the wheels too much detail gives a static effect
“it’s action and movement we need to perfect”
Remember they are not a crayon and persistence is key
Keep layering the pastel and try to be free
To create recession use cooler colours at the back
Making the riders appear towards the end of the pack.

Straight lines don’t give depth so break them up too.
Soon the images of the riders began to shine through
Using diagonal strokes he covered the whole work in blue and red
The lead rider took on the appearance of being ahead
He highlighted random shapes with a thick white oil pastel
Making the whole thing look oh so terribly simple!

A brilliant piece of work to be sure
I’ll dig my old oil pastels out of that drawer.
I must have a go it looked such fun
An excellent demo good luck everyone.

Summer Outdoor Painting Days 2017

The following is the planned programme for outdoor painting days.  Please check the News tab for any changes or cancellations nearer the time.

June 22nd Thursday – Lodge Farm, North Warnborough
July 4th Tuesday  – Four Seasons Hotel, Dogmersfield
July 12th Wednesday – Old Rectory and Gardens, Winchfield
July 27th Thursday – Farnham Park and Castle, Farnham
August 8th Tuesday – Selborne Village and Common
August 16th Wednesday – Portchester Castle
August 24th Thursday – Tylney Hall Hotel, Hook
August 29th Tuesday – Crondall Church, Farnham
September 6th Wednesday – Basingstoke Canal, Mytchett
September 14th Thursday – Elvetham Hotel, Hartley Wintney

Detailed document can be downloaded here.

Monthly Demonstration Nov 2016

David Bellamy is a well known watercolour artist.  David specialises in painting mountain and wild coastal scenes, and is particularly fascinated by the moods of nature.  We are fortunate to have him showing us his way of painting, commenting on different aspects of tools and techniques, most interestingly his paintings trips across the globe.

David’s website: and blog:


Finished Painting

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Review by Angela Vizard

From his sketchbook a waterfall in the Lake District.
With Daniel Smith Watercolours, an ideal subject.
For the woodland and streams he worked wet into wet.
Creating a background with that lost and found effect.

He used Gamboge, burnt umber, cobalt blue and moonglow.
Soon the image of stones and water began to grow.
Add warm colours to the foreground to bring it forward was useful advice.
Quinaqridone gold is a good one to be more precise.

From the Arctic to Nepal he paints a plein air.
Truly a man after my own heart to be fair.
The tales of his travels were amazing and certainly amused us all.
Especially the one about the Yak eating the painting drying on the stone wall!!

His advice was “get out there and have fun sketching and painting”
You never know what great pleasure it may bring.
A brilliant afternoon jam packed with inspiration.
Thank you David for such an informative demonstration.