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Monday, May 15, 2017

PORTRAIT IN WATERCOLOUR

The next Demonstration is on May 24th when Penny Critchton-Seager will paint a portrait in watercolour.

Don't forget to arrive early to the meeting with your Art Journey work so that we can have a quick discussion/"show and tell" and exchange ideas on our progress.

ARTISTS AT ST. MARY'S

Di sent this account of the Adventurous Artists Visit to Eling Church:-

AN ELING EXPERIENCE WITH A DIFFERENCE
What did the Adventurous Artists do on a wet May morning in Eling? Four of us took the opportunity to experience the glorious Church of St Mary the Virgin on Eling Hill, by kind permission of Graham Norman Church Warden. The church dates from the 9th century and has many beautiful features. The decorated roof beams, massive Norman pillars, early gothic arches and ancient stone memorials  were impressive enough. Yet the later additions - such as the delicate wooden filigree of the rood screen  and  large oil painting of the Last Supper behind the altar - are exceptionally fine. June, Jean and Di sketched the  view from the nave while Ali drew an angel from one of the stained-glass windows. It was a great pleasure to visit the sumptuous interior, which is in complete  contrast to the area around the church.
 

Ali

Di

Jean and June

Last Supper Painting

Monday, May 8, 2017

SATURDAY 6TH MAY WORKSHOPS

Everyone enjoyed the workshops run by Claire and Ruth and some good pictures were produced during the day. Here is a montage of the pictures taken by Claire of some of the results.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS AT ELING MILL

The next meeting will be sketching in the area of Eling Mill. Meet at the Toll Booth at 10-15 am on FRIDAY 12th MAY.

YOUR ART JOURNEY

HAVE YOU SET OFF YET?

Start by getting a BIG A3 sketch book - not too expensive in Smiths or the supermarket - and start planning your first painting. Brainstorming and an ideas web, photographs and sketches all help to get started. Bring the results to the next meeting on May 24th.
 
Art Journey Project information displayed at the last meeting: 

ART JOURNEY PROJECT – SOME SUGGESTIONS 

  • PRACTICE Each month you will practice something different
  • APRIL – A Scape – sea, land, city - or e-scape…
It is for you to decide the path of your own art journey.  We will make suggestions -  a  subject  and possibly a new technique as well. There are no rules about what you should do. The aim is to experiment without any pressure and see how you improve.
  • KEEP A RECORD For best results you need to keep a record of your art activity so that you can review your progress. Keep your sketches and work in a portfolio.  Write a diary or log or write on your calendar showing how long you spend each week. Take photographs and store them in one place.
  • YOUR INTERESTs & YOUR INTEREST CODE Think about your individual art interest e.g. your usual art style, favourite subject and preferred medium. Find your interest code from our chart. Find out if others have any numbers in common.  You may decide to focus on improving one aspect or one of our demonstrations might encourage you to try something new.
  • MAKE CONTACT Come to meetings early and spend 5 minutes talking to each other about what you have done in the past month. Phone or email each other. Post to the TAS Blog. Sign up to Facebook and apply to join TAS Facebook Group 
  • IMAGINE What will your art look like this time next year? This determines the direction of your journey. You could draw a rough freehand sketch and put it at the front of your portfolio. You will probably change direction several times over the course of the year, but still make progress. Keep it up and we guarantee that you will amaze yourself!
  • ·         BE A SUPPORTER Volunteer  to help make the Art Journey Project even better. Give feedback to Di and Helen about your own art journey experience during the previous few weeks.
    Di Alexander Tel 07979905192      Helen Bartlett Tel  023 80868579
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    ART JOURNEY CALENDAR 2017-18 
    Start your own very special ART JOURNEY this year. Try new things and if you are happy to do so, bring your work to a meeting .
    APRIL  A …Scape- Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape You could have some parts printed with an implement, such as a piece of card or a sponge, or some screwed-up paper.
     MAY  Scenes of daily life You could  use only 2 colours (such as blue and burnt sienna)
    JUNE A face, or part of a face  You could use cut-up paper to make the face  or paint over torn newspaper 
    JULY Animal Vegetable or Mineral  You could use a different surface, such as mount-board, wood, driftwood, rocks, slate, tiles, unglazed pottery.
    AUGUST  Topical or Summer  You could use dabs of colour in an impressionist style
    SEPTEMBER Small picture on a postcard - You could use pen/inks or shiny paints on parts of the picture.
    OCTOBER En Plein Aire - outdoor art  - you could use a roller or large brush to create a background quickly.
    NOVEMBER Abstraction - you could use kitchen foil or metallic paint on some parts of the picture
    DECEMBER   Winter You could apply  PVA glue or texture paste or make patterns with cling-film.
    JANUARY  Trees  you could use dried leaves to print patterns in parts of the picture
                            TAS ANON EXHIBITION Bring best work to the meeting.
    FEBRUARY Spring - you could splatter paint with a toothbrush, drip paint or blow it around using a straw or allow the water or paint to run in drips
    MARCH         Show and Tell of the year’s work at the AGM
    N.B. These are suggestions for you to try. You do not have to do these topics. There are no rules.  Any technique can be used with any subject.
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     T.A.S. ART JOURNEY
    ART INTEREST CODE
    1.       Pick the Style, Subject & Medium you want to work in.
    2.       Example:  Expressionist / Animals  Acrylic = 2AA
    3.       Write down the number and two letters.
    4.       This is your ART INTEREST CODE. You might find it useful to compare with other people’s. 
    STYLE
     
    SUBJECT
     
    MEDIUM
     
    PHOTO-REALISTIC
    1
    LANDSCAPE / SEA / SKY
    L
    WATERCOLOUR // INK
    W
    EXPRESSIONIST / IMPRESSIONIST
    2
     
    ANIMALS / WILDLIFE
    A
    PASTEL
    P
     
    CONTEMPORARY 21st c.
    3
    PEOPLE / PORTRAITS
    P
     
     
    ACRYLIC
    A
    ABSTRACT / COLLAGE
    4
    GRAPHIC / FANTASY
    G
     
     
    OIL
    O
    NAÏVE
    5
    STILL LIFE
    S
     
    GRAHPHITE / PENCIL
    G
     
    OTHER
    6
     
    OTHER
    O
    OTHER
    Z

Di Alexander Tel 07979905192      Helen Bartlett Tel  023 80868579

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

TEXTURED LANDSCAPES WITH LINDSEY COLE


LINDSEY COLE DEMONSTRATION 

Lindsey lives in Ringwood and works from her garden studio in a variety of media. She is perhaps best known for her impressionist landscapes produced using different textures and materials.
Her demonstration was divided into two parts - the first planning a landscape painting by first producing a charcoal tonal drawing and the second showing the different techniques used in her paintings.
Lindsey takes her sketchbook on location and takes photographs and colour notes using watercolour. She decides the medium she will use in the final painting in the studio.
 To show us how she does a sketch on cartridge paper from a photograph she selected a scene using a viewfinder. The format of the scene was then masked off with tape and using willow charcoal a mid-tone was put over the whole paper and smoothed off using the hand.
Lindsey then put in dark areas using charcoal and charcoal pencil. Next using an electric eraser the highlights were added. Few details are required at this stage. It is a good idea to hold the charcoal by fingers and thumb and not like a pencil as this gives a freer result . A wide variety of marks are used in the sketch and sometimes these can be turned into a feature in the painting e.g. a gate or tree trunk. Lindsey groups colours according to tone e.g. dark tones are browns, purples, blues and the colours are chosen from these groups using the sketch as a reference. Finally the sketch is given a coat of hair spray or fixative and put in the sketch book with a cover of cellophane to prevent damage.  
To start the second part of her demonstration Lindsey covered a piece of 140 lb watercolour paper with Windsor and Newton Texture pasture paste using a palette knife and covering the whole surface to form a smooth layer. She then covered this with silver foil pressing it on from the base upwards to get rid of any air bubbles. If any bubbles do form they can be pierced with a pin. Random circular marks were then made on the foil using e.g. bottle tops or brush handles taking care not to break the foil. The foil is then wiped over with a baby wipe to remove grease and left to dry. Acrylic inks were dribbled on using the stopper then spread out with a brush on the foil with the picture laid flat. Translucent inks are used first with opaque on top.
The colours merge and create secondary colours. Sections can be used to make cards. Modelling paste, broken egg shells or sand etc can be put on the foil and painted over. Lindsey showed us an example where Silver Birches had been created with modelling paste and tissue and then painted. This type of painting has to be mounted with a gutter mount. Gold leaf  stuck on using Pritt and silver acrylic paint brushed over sand give other textures in the paintings.       
This demonstration coincided with the start of our new project aimed at developing our painting. Lindsey certainly showed us how we should open our minds and experiment and gave us a good send off on our Art Journey.

Charcoal sketch



Textured foil
More textures

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

MEMBERSHIP NEWS


:  Totton Art Society currently have PLACES AVAILABLE FOR NEW MEMBERS  The fee is £20.00 for the year 2017-18 and includes free demonstrations by practicing artists once a month, a sketching group and at a small extra cost, trips, exhibitions, workshops.  Look back in the Blog or visit the Web-site to see our past events.
 We will be launching our new project for 2017-18 to help you progress your artwork in which you can participate.
  Please contact Membership Secretary in the first instance, Helen Bartlett 023 8086 8579 (leave a message and I'll call you back).