Monthly Demonstration – Jan 2018

Our demonstration subject for January was painted by Roger Dellar.  The subject was interiors.  Members chose a photo of two dancers in their dressing room.  After roughly mapping out the composition in burnt umber, Roger painted the darker colours in blocks before cutting in with lighter shades.  He shared his techniques, thinking process and reasoning throughout the demo.  All agreed, the finished painting was delightful!

Details of Roger’s work and achievements can be found on his website here.



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Summer Outdoor Painting Days 2018

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

June 20th Wednesday – Four Seasons Hotel, Dogmersfield
June 27th Wednesday – All Saints and St Mary’s Church, Crondall
July 10th Tuesday – Old Rectory and Gardens, Winchfield
July 18th Wednesday – Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre, Mytchett
July 31st Tuesday – Elvetham Hotel, Wintney
August 8th Wednesday – The Barley Mow
August 22nd Wednesday – Selborne Village
August 28th Tuesday – Lodge Farm, North Warnborough
September 6th Thursday – Tylney Hall Hotel, Hook
September 11th Tuesday – Upton Grey Village

Detailed document can be downloaded here

AGM and Demonstration – Dec 2017

The AGM went smoothly with reports of business from the Chair and various posts. The Chair and all existing committee members were re-elected. We also co-opted a new addition member to the committee. Jill Smith is taking on a new role as Deputy Chair in addition to her very committed duties. Please see photos and Angela’s report below.


Wendy, Secretary Reports

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An AGM then cakes and tea
A perfect start it seems to me
But I believe there’s much much more
Is that an upside down face I just saw?

Yes Rick was working from a face, identity unknown
With a black and white photo he worked on shapes alone
Using lamp black watercolour the shapes came in sight
But no one could get the the name of the person right!
Using charcoal he blocked in the dark side of the head
Adding burnt sienna watercolour, white and cadmium red.

Guessing who the person was became our quest
Then someone suggested it’s “Timothy West”
That was the right answer we all found.
So the face was turned the right way round
He then used pastels to complete the face
All the facial features were in the right place.

Just to get the Christmas spirit right
With a sweeping skill of red and white
He turned the image into Santa Claus
To an audience of rapturous applause.

Angela Vizard

Another successful Pop Up Shop

Pop Up Shop 2017

The first day of the pop up shop was a great success, taking nearly a thousand pounds in painting sales.  Our newly set up “Card Reader” proved very useful as the majority of sales were made by card rather than cash.

The number of entries was higher than last year and there was lots of  interest in all of the paintings on show.  Tony Yates very kindly offered to paint a harbour scene during the day which drew quite an audience. Tony delighted some of the younger members of the audience by including the objects that they wanted to see in the picture.

Day two (being Sunday) was much quieter but we still managed to sell three paintings.  There was a lot of interest in our Society and several people left their contact details with a view to becoming members.

Definitely a worthwhile venture.

November Demonstration by Sera Knight

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With newspaper,magazines tissue and PVA glue

Can’t wait to see what Sera will be able to do

Triangular shapes cut from magazines was the first process

Stuck down to create the ruffles of the dress.

Up market magazines are too shiny don’t stick at all

You could end up a future masterpiece downfall

Using neat glue but the brush must be wet

Sweet wrappers and pamphlets are a better bet.

Cutting up paper and tearing it makes you feel good

Takes you back to the freedom of your own childhood

Laying the collage on top of each other makes the image look nice

Remember capturing  movement is important so don’t be too precise.

Crushed up tissue paper went on next for texture to be sure

It must be sheer, acid free and durable and yes, less is more

Lastly she covered the whole thing with yellow acrylic ink

Process magenta was used for the dress turning it pink.

Thin acrylic for the background,Paynes grey,indigo and white

Cutting in around the figure,suddenly the audience came in sight

Yellow ochre,alizarin crimson and white for flesh and face

Echoing the red of the dress into the background looks just ace.

Finally lighter colours produced movement to the edge of the skirt

Ah yes, I think  I could definitely become a collage convert.

Thank you Sera for a brilliant and informative afternoon.

We all look forward to another visit soon.

Angela Vizard