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.
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
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
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
Despite the inclement weather ten artists turned out for our painting day at the Watercress Line, Ropley.
Having had our safety talk we were then allowed to paint and draw in most areas including the sheds and around the engines. A Friday had been chosen as that is the day the engines are fired up ready for the weekend so there was lots of activity in and around the sheds and plenty of atmospheric steam to capture in the paintings. Friday is also the day new drivers are trained and a locomotive, complete with carriages, travelled back and forth throughout the day.
Ropley is a very pretty station which is also famous for its topiary and there are three huge examples each over 100 years old. There are also wide views of the surrounding countryside both from the station and the bridges so lots to paint if you are not an steam engine fan.
Next outdoor painting day – Thursday 25th July, Blackbush Airport. Please park in the public car park and stay in the public area.
Wendy & Noel
If you have never tried outdoor painting why not make 2019 the year to venture out with your painting/drawing materials. Times are 10am – 4pm with the exception of the Watercress Line when we are meeting at 10.30am for a Safety Talk. You are welcome to come and go at any time during the day and for most venues will just need a chair or easel, your painting materials and a packed lunch. If you have any questions please contact either Wendy Horne (01252 792 542) or Noel Kendall (07900 158787)
MONDAY 19TH AUGUST – HARTLEY WINTNEY VILLAGE – If local parking difficult suggest the public Pay & Stay car park in the village. Try village scenes or the pond by the High St or the pond area nearer the golf course. There is a delightful farm house and old trees.
Toilets in the village
WEDNESDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER – ELVETHAM HEATH NATURE RESERVE – As there is now a restriction on parking at Morrison’s car park of 2 hours it would be best to park at the Key Centre adjacent to “The Church on the Heath” (where we have held summer exhibitions for the past few years). For those with sat nav the post code is GU51 1BN. Walk diagonally through Morrison’s car park and continue eastwards down the hill to the nature reserve which is just over the next roundabout.
The café at Morrison’s should, by this time, be completed where there are also toilet facilities.
The initial meeting place will be in the vicinity of the pond at 10am but a wide expanse of the reserve is only moments away. 2 picnic tables and benches are in the pond area for those who need them.
A good turnout again for our trip to the lavender fields near Selborne. We were blessed with perfect weather, sunny intervals and a breeze to keep everyone cool.
The setting couldn’t have been better, vibrant purple lavender interspersed with rows of wild flowers provided our artists with scenes which could have been in Southern France. We painted to the sound of skylarks and with the perfume from the lavender filing the air. All so relaxing that it was tempting to just sit and enjoy the surroundings.
Our next outing is to the Watercress Line at Ropley. If you wish to paint or draw inside the engine sheds please make sure you are at the station by 10.30 for the Safety Talk. As the Watercress Line is a registered charity they have asked that members make a donation of at least £5 a head.