Category Archives: Outdoor Painting

Outdoor Painting Days 2020

Painting days start at 10am and finish by 4pm (unless otherwise stated). 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 792542) or Maggie Richmond (01252 684816).
If you have never tried outdoor painting why not give it a try in 2020. We are a very friendly group and you are welcome to just come along a take photos for future reference if you prefer not to paint.

Monday June 1st CHAWTON VILLAGE GU34
A very pretty village which was the home of Jane Austen for the last 8 years of her life. As well as attractive street views there are places within the garden of Jane Austen’s cottage where it is possible to paint. There is no charge to enter the gardens but there is a charge to go into the house.
Plenty of parking, toilets and a very good café for coffees/teas/cakes or lunch.

Directions: Take A31 towards Winchester. After bypassing Alton take first left at roundabout with A32 signposted Chawton and continue into village.

We are grateful to James Hadfield for allowing us to paint at his farm. The farm is a little out of the way but it is worth the journey as there are some charming old farm buildings, an ancient barn, a river and views. The River Wey is close by with a bridge and a ford. Also nearby is an old Smithy. There is access to a loo and easy parking. Bring packed lunch.

Directions: From Farnham follow A325 towards Petersfield. Do not take first turning for Dockenfield but continue to Frith End and take turning on left (SP Dockenfield/Frensham). After ¾ mile turn right into Old Lane and then right again at grass triangle. Continue for ½ mile downhill with high wooded banks to Mellow Farm.

The farm supplies freshly cut flowers to florists and other customers and was created from an old hop garden. There is an outdoor flower field with abundant colour plus several polytunnels. As well as flowers there are good views of the surrounding Hampshire countryside. Easy parking, toilets and a small café serving lunches, hot drinks and homemade cakes.

Directions: A31 towards Alton. Signpost Upper Froyle/Hen and Chicken turn right then immediately left in front of Hen & Chicken pub. Follow lane almost to end ,look for ‘West End Flower Farm’ turning on right. Follow to top, turn right and park beyond polytunnels.

Views over the lake, woods and heathland. If we are lucky there may be sailing boats too. Plenty of free parking, toilets and small café.

Directions: A287 from Farnham towards Hindhead. After passing War Memorial on left take next fork right signpost Great Pond Car Park. Car Park will be found on left hand side.

We have arranged to paint at this venue again on a Friday when the engines will be in the sheds and, hopefully, getting ‘up steam’ ready for the weekend. Because we are allowed in the engine sheds we have to attend a Safety Talk (Health & Safety) so it is important that painters get there for 10.30** if you wish to visit the engine sheds. As the Watercress Line is a registered charity they have asked that visitors make a donation of £5 each to help keep the line running. There is parking nearby and toilets at the station. Please bring a drink and your packed lunch.

Directions: From A31 at Ropley (between Four Marks and Alresford) take turning Station Hill marked as no through road. Parking at top on the left after the bridge.

Waverley Abbey House is a Grade II listed Georgian mansion. It has extensive grounds with views over the river towards the ruins of Waverley Abbey. Plenty of parking and access to toilets. Bring a drink and lunch.

Directions: From Farnham Station take the left fork (B3001) immediately after the level crossing. Continue until you see the sign on the left for Waverley Abbey House. The House is on the right, just prior to the sharp left bend over the river.

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

Outdoor Painting Day – Watercress Line

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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.

Outdoor Painting – Lavender Fields

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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.

Outdoor Painting Day at Tylney Hall 2nd July

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Interest in outdoor sketching and painting is steadily increasing as the numbers who attended the Tylney Hall grounds rose to 12 ( plus one grass snake)

It was a lovely day and apart from the occasional dull period the sun shone most of the time. There was lots of interest in the small pond adjacent to the orangery where the pergola provides a great subject to sketch.

Tylney Hall with its many spectacular buildings and gardens has much to offer outdoor painters so we are considering including this one again next year.

Our next session will be the Lavender Fields at Selborne which, with this lovely summer weather, should be well worth the journey.   Please remember to bring some money as there is a small charge of £5 per person to paint in the fields.  You will also need to bring a packed lunch.  However there is a shop on site which sells cold drinks and ice creams.   We look forward to seeing you there.

Wendy & Noel

Outdoor sketching and painting – Manor Farm Seale

The morning threatened rain but thankfully we only had a few drops and by mid-afternoon the sun came out which was very much appreciated by the remaining artists.

With the café being closed there were plenty of parking spaces in the main courtyard and no-one there enforcing the 2 hour limit.

Eight artists in all attended the day’s event and everyone commented how delighted they were with the choice of venue.  How nice to see so many styles and mediums being used, ( see pictures below ) well done to all.


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Our next outdoor session is at Tylney Hall Hotel (Tuesday 2nd July).  The hotel manager has informed us that they may want to put some photographs of our activity on their social media site so artists should make us aware if they would prefer not to have their photo taken.