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Farnham Castle Outdoor Painting

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Well done all those who managed to brave the elements and join us on the first outdoor sketching and painting day of 2019 at Farnham Castle.  There were lots of opportunities all around the grounds and also inside the keep for every style of sketching and painting.

The weather was quite reasonable until about lunchtime but deteriorated from then until rain at 2pm onwards at which point most of us left.

As can be seen in the photos 11 artists turned up and produced some very good sketches in watercolour, ink, acrylic and oil – well done to all.

Mellow Farm next Thursday 13th so let’s hope for some decent weather then.

Outdoor Painting Days 2019

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). 

WEDNESDAY 10th JULY –  LAVENDER FIELDS, HARTLEY PARK FARM, SELBORNE ROAD GU34 3HP     NB: There is a charge of £5 per person to paint at this venue.

The Lavender Fields were created in 1999 so have been established for some time. Recently parts of the fields were replanted not just with lavender but also wild flowers so there will be plenty of opportunity to paint colourful pictures. ​There is a shop selling lavender products, ice creams and cold drinks but you will need to bring a packed lunch.  There is parking and toilets on site.

Directions: Lavender Fields are based in North East Hampshire Between Alton and Selborne, 3 miles south east of Alton on the B3006.
Please follow signs off the A31 main trunk road at the B3006 junction sign posted for Selborne. At the end of the slip road turn South East towards Selborne. After about 1.5 miles you will see signposts on your right for Lavender Fields and Hartley Business Park. Once on the business park follow signs to the Lavender Shop.

​FRIDAY 19TH JULY – WATERCRESS LINE, ROPLEY STATION ** SO24 0BT (START TIME 10.30)  –  We have arranged to paint at this venue 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.

Directions: From A31 at Ropley (between Four Marks and Alresford) take turning             Station Hill marked as no through road. Parking at top near station.

THURSDAY 25TH JULY – BLACKBUSH AIRPORT  –  Park in the public car park and stay in the public area. There are plenty of small aeroplanes, people and hangar activity to draw, sketch or paint.  There is a good café as well.     Public toilets available.

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

Reminder:  The Outdoor Painting days start next week on Tuesday 4th June and our first venue is Farnham Castle and Park.     Just turn up any time between 10am and 4pm with your sketchbook/paints/pastels or just a camera to take photos for painting later.  If this is your first attempt at outdoor painting please don’t be nervous, you don’t have to paint the whole scene, just a small picture of something like a corner of the castle, the cricket pavilion or even a flower and if you sit with your back to a wall you won’t have anyone looking over your shoulder!

Our next outing on 13th June is Mellow Farm, Dockenfield – PLEASE NOTE NEW DIRECTIONS

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.

Wendy & Noel

Rick Holmes Workshop

RH workshop

We had a most enjoyable day painting with Rick Holmes. We completed six paintings, starting with our own interpretation of a view in Scotland featuring a group of cottages, a loch and distant mountains. Rick then asked us to do the same scene using only black which we diluted to give us four tones. Continuing with the tonal theme we then painted in Rick’s style using the three primary colours applied starting with the lightest and working through to the darks.

After lunch we were each given some onions to interpret into a still life, followed by a wet into wet and Rick showed us how to produce a very loose painting which he then turned into a woodland scene simply by adding darks. We finished off with a picture of Venice . Phew! We certainly worked hard but it was a very productive day and we left having learnt a lot about using colours and tones.