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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Next Demonstration Evening etc

This will be on Wednesday 23rd May when Sue Colyer will paint a teasel in watercolour. More details on the web-site.
 Don't forget the portrait workshop on June 2nd and the extra painting afternoon on June 19th in the Maple room from 2-4pm. If this afternoon is successful we will continue them on the third Tuesday in the month from July onwards so please come if you can.

Adventurous Artits Farm Visit

Adventurous Artists Sketching at Meadowbank Farm

This was a popular venue and T.A.S member Catherine Hood and her husband Tim made us very welcome.  It was a bright and breezy morning and some of us painted in the seating area in the corner of a field. Others chose to paint from the conservatory. Catherine bakes wonderful cakes so we were spoilt for choice for refreshments. 

Meadowbank Farm is a designated  caravan park and she is looking for someone to decorate the end of an outbuilding with a decorative mural. If you would like more information, the contact details are on her website:

Di Alexander

Di Alexander

Friday, May 4, 2018


By kind permission of Catherine Hood, T.A.S. Member
From Totton  take the A336 towards Cadnam. After the New Forest Motor Company, take the second lane on the left - just before the rumble surface road sign. The farm at the end of the lane has security gates, so you might need to press a button to speak to Catherine.
Bring a seat to paint in the grounds if the weather is fine or we can sketch in the conservatory if wet.
Di Alexander Tel. 07979905192


will take place on 2nd June. Details and payment see Claire.
As part of our Golden Anniversary Exhibition in August we are hoping to have a display of self-portraits done by members. At the next Demonstration evening (May 23rd) interested members will be given a canvas to use.  The portrait workshop is aimed to help members paint their portrait. 

This is a new venture. On JUNE 19th from 2-4pm in the Maple Room we will meet to paint together on our own work. If successful the sessions will continue on the third Tuesday in the month starting in July. We do need support for this to make it worthwhile. 

Paul was a printer and illustrator for 30 years and has been painting for 9 years.
He uses Griffyn alkyd white oil paint as a first coat after applying B and Q egg shell as a primer on MDF board. The brush he prefers is a 2 1/2 inch Flat.
He blends the paint continuously as he works ending up with a 1 inch fine brush and spending 3-4 days on a painting. Vertical brush strokes are his favourite way of applying paint.
Colours are always put into white and colours mixed by layering on top of each other putting dark colours down first then light on top.
A T- square is used to straighten up roof lines etc. and Paul takes out the background to produce recession (often using a cloth).  
Pastel and water colour pencil are used on top of oil for fine detail and white or red highlights are added last.
Paul told us amusing anecdotes all through his demonstration so the commentary plus the brilliant painting made for an outstanding evening.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Lyndhurst report from Adventurous Artists

Although it was Friday 13th, Adventurous Artists were lucky with the weather and the location.  A good sketching morning and everyone produced great work.
Report and Photos by Helen

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Next meeting of the Adventurous Artists is at Bolton's Bench, Lyndhurst at 10-15 am on Friday 15th April.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Demonstration and special GENERAL MEETING

On Wednesday April 25th Paul Dolman from Ferndown will show us how he paints a seascape in oils.

In the tea-break there will be a Special General Meeting to discuss the steps we have to take to comply with the new amendment to the Data Protection Act. We hope that as many members as possible will attend.


The AGM was chaired by Elaine instead of Kate who was stepping down and leaving the Society as she is moving to Dorset. Elaine first thanked Kate for her years of Chairmanship and wished her luck for the future from us all.
Anne Hammerton was elected as the new Chairman and Mary as President as Ruth retired after many years service. The rest of the committee remained as the previous year.
As we have to comply with new regulations for the Data Protection Act there will be a Special Meeting in the tea-break at the next Demonstration evening on Wednesday 25th April. Please try to attend this.
A more detailed account of the AGM will be sent to members later.

The second half of the evening was a talk on framing by David Ridler from First Floor Gallery at Hunt's Farm Michelmersh. He gave us tips on framing various types of paintings eg using a moulding for narrow canvases. He also pointed out that buying in bulk and sticking to the same size canvas or paper saves money.