Author Archives: Jenny

Jonathan Newey demonstration – 12 January 2019

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St Peters in Rome was the order of the day.

No pencil drawing either I might say

Straight in with a waterproof 04 Micron pen 

Start with the focal point, big question when?


Making that first mark is always tricky

Often making you feel quite panicky 

He started to draw with no hesitation

Also giving us very useful information.


Like drawing upside down when doing a dome

I will remember that when I’m next in Rome!

Soon this busy scene began to grow

Buildings, bridge, arches and trees began to show.


Next came watercolour with a brush number ten

By now he had dispensed with the pen

Keeping it simple were his words of wisdom

So far I think it all looks just awesome.


On wet paper for the sky he used cobalt blue

For the clouds he used a dry tissue

Burnt sienna and ultramarine for grey is the way to go

Good colour mixing and a good result will show.


I loved his tale about his days as a “wild card”

In those conditions it must be really hard

 On Landscape Artist in Wales and Kent no less

An opportunity and experience not to miss I guess.


The final result was an amazing feat

From a blank sheet of paper,hard to beat

I definitely give him ten out of ten 

For being brave enough to go straight in with the pen.


To say the least we all learnt a lot that day 

My sketchbook will have colour now anyway

Those watercolour pencils hiding at the back of the drawer  

Will get a new lease of life for now I am sure.


Angela Vizard

Fleet Art-Fest Exhibition

Fleet Art Festival 2018a

A few members of the Fleet Art Society took part in the Fleet Art Festival this weekend 26th and 27th October, with an exhibition of their work.

A big thank you to those who took part and particularly the stewards who devoted their time to man the display.  Three paintings were sold along with a few cards but there was a lot of interest by the general public.  It was a little unfortunate that, not only was  it the last few days of the children’s half term break with a lot of families away, but was also on the same weekend as two other art exhibitions in the near vicinity, one in Odiham and one in Crowthorne.  However, the excellent presentation was a great success and helped to raise the profile of Fleet Art Society.

We also had a lot of folios from the late Geoffrey Ainley and these sold very well giving us a total of £151 which, I am sure, the Phylis Tuckwell charity will be pleased to receive.

Demonstration by Colette Clegg – September 2018

Our demonstrator for our September meeting was Colette Clegg, a local artist who specialises in animals and still life subjects using a variety of mediums.

For our demo, Colette demonstrated still life using a mixed selection of garden flowers in a clear glass vase. Her pre-prepared canvas had a base of violet acrylic paint on which she roughly sketched out her subject using black oil. Working with a palette knife, Colette produced a vibrant semi abstract painting.

This was Colette’s very first demo and she rose to the occasion.


Report by Anglea Vizard

A glass vase of flowers were her choice of subject
A good combination for a still life project
She outlined the shapes of the flowers using charcoal stick
that pink canvas background seems to have done the trick.

She likes the squidgy nature of oil paint for sure
Using palette knives and credit cards alone what’s more
Excellent colour mixing is the way to go
Remember that fact a good result will show.

Burnt sienna and French ultramarine for good grey
Cadmium red and cadmium yellow for orange anyway
Mix your own colours make them your own
Remember that fact and get into the Zone.

Glass vases are good to paint because the shapes are abstract
Mix up lots of variations of green too a very useful fact
For the Zinnia French ultramarine cadmium and white
Soon the colours of the flowers came in sight.

White flowers always contain a bit of blue
Don’t put all the flowers in a line is also true
The stems appeared with edge of a credit card no less
Using the lost and found method with great success.

Lastly a really useful tip for sure she shared with us all
Store left over paint in tubs in the freezer no matter how small.