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.



Pop Up Shop Review

The final figures are in and we are delighted to find that we sold over £1000 worth of members’ work, during the 2-day pop up shop.  Café Giardino is certainly the perfect spot with plenty of natural footfall.  Although Friday was busier than Saturday there was a constant stream of visitors on both days and the fact that Tony Yates was demonstrating painting in watercolour drew more people into the area.  There is plenty of space for displaying the paintings and we are considering whether we can invite members to submit 3 main works next time.

As well as raising money for the local hospital, the pop up shop serves as an advertisement for Fleet Art Society and many members of the public commented on the high standard of paintings on display.

To give visitors a feeling of participation we decided to ask them to vote for their favourite painting (something that is normally only done at our more formal Annual Exhibition).  Well over 200 votes were cast and the overwhelming winner was Sally Ellis for her painting entitled “Wonky Donkey”.  (check the news tab of our website to see photos http://www.fleetart.org.uk/index.htm)  Well done Sally.

Demonstration by Steve Hall – April 2019

A very enjoyable demonstration that moved at quite a pace and Steve produced two complete watercolour  paintings.  He stressed the importance of not slavishly copying a photo but rather to get a feeling of the shapes that make up the view.  In fact, he began the demonstration by showing us how he plans his pictures by making a quick sketch with the photo “upside down”!  This way the view is broken down into shapes and lines. On turning the sketch up the right way, it is then possible to make decisions about the composition and make changes or additions as necessary.

Steve starts a painting with a wash of wet in wet to cover the paper (except any areas of highlight which are left white) followed by adding more intensive colour.  At this stage the painting was dried before adding more detail, working from the back to the front and top to bottom. The most important consideration in a painting is to get the tones right, not being afraid to add darks to make a dull area come to life.

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A most enjoyable afternoon watching a professional at work.

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).



Turn into Car Park on the left signposted for “Farnham Park & Par 3 Golf Course” and cricket ground.

A short walk opens up great landscape vistas ,views of the castle plus an attractive cricket pavilion.

If you feel like a 10mins walk The Castle itself holds many good views. If you drive, only park in the visitors car park.

We are asked not to picnic on the front lawns or rose gardens of the castle but it’s OK on the keep or other public seating areas. There is a good café and toilets at the Par 3 golf course.



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.

Directions: From Alton take B3004, continue to A325 (New Inn and Country Market).  Turn left onto A325 and in 1 mile turn right SP Dockenfield.  In 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. 



Pretty cottages, St Laurence Church, which is Grade II listed, plus wonderful views down a valley from the War Memorial. Just inside the churchyard is a footpath leading to Manor Farm Tea Room where very good coffee and homemade cakes are available.  The tea room is situated within a craft complex where there are toilets.  Parking at the tea room is limited to 2 hours but there is plenty of room to park in either Seale Lane (opposite) or Elstead Road which leads up to the Hogs Back.

Directions: From the Shepherd & Flock roundabout at Farnham take the A31 towards Guildford. Take the first turning signposted Runfold and follow directions to Seale.  The turning for Seale is on a sharp bend to the left next to Chambers Gravel Workings.  Park near the T junction with Elstead Road and the Craft Centre and Tea Room is straight ahead of you.



Stunning buildings, Italianate gardens and water gardens and lake with a bridge and much more. There are some gazebos if the weather is inclement.  There are about 65 acres here so suggest you get a map from the Reception.

If the weather is wet and there is a need to use the toilets in the hotel we are asked to have a change of footwear to avoid muddying their carpets.

Directions: A30 through Hook then turn right to9 Newham and follow road round to right towards Rotherwick. Follow the brown signs for Tylney Hotel.  Please park in the visitors car park only.



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.



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.



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.



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



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.