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Sunday, September 17, 2017



We are delighted to welcome HASHIM AKIB for an evening demonstrating painting STUNNING COLOUR IN ACRYLICS.


1. Book for the October 7th workshop (see website for details)

2. Bring your latest Art Journey work early to the meeting.

See you there!!


Muriel, Di and Helen - Photo by Pam Kellaway

Wednesday, September 13, 2017



The morning got off to a good start - we viewed Wendy Hall’s arts and crafts exhibition at the Hanger Farm Arts Centre. However a craft group was coming to use the gallery and foyer so we moved on to the Tennis Centre cafe.
 Some stayed outside to sketch but, when the rain begin to make the sketchbook pages crinkle, it was time to join those who had stayed inside. People drew views of buildings, the grounds, people sitting on chairs and even a litter bin!  
Sketching gave way to coffee and cake which was delicious and very reasonably priced. The cafe wishes to encourage more people to make use of their facilities and the well-lit space was ideal for sketching.
Report by Di

Saturday, August 26, 2017


The next meeting of the Adventurous Artists will be on Friday, 8th. September at Hanger Farm meeting at 10-15 am.

Di is trying to arrange a City Break in May for members to go to Florence.  If anyone is interested in taking part could they contact Di as soon as possible.

The Art Journey is still moving on - below are some of this month's paintings.

Di Alexander 's paintings
Galaxy Bear by Rita Coburn

Galaxies by Rita


Demonstration by Joanna Rose Tidey
The evening started with Kate thanking everyone for their contribution in making the Exhibition such a success either in producing paintings or with the "backroom work."
Di Alexander and Claire Palmer were then officially presented with the Reg Whiting Trophy for their "Best in Exhibition " paintings. (see earlier blog). They will share the trophy for 6 months each.
Kate then introduced Jo as our Demonstrator for the evening. Her subject was a pair of otters which she had become very fond of during her work as Artist in Residence at the New Forest Wildlife Park at Longdown.
While she was working she entertained us with accounts of her time at University and her career so far in becoming a professional artist. She also told us stories of her experiences in the art world interspersed with philosophical reflections on art.
  She usually uses watercolour paper and draws first from photographs of the animals which she has taken herself.
 Drawing animals from life is difficult as they move so quickly but she advises starting on small sketches and then with more experience and practice get larger and more detailed.
  Her paints are a mixture of tubes and pans  - tubes give deep colours and pans are good for washes.
  After drawing the outline of the otters and putting in ears, eyes and whiskers she wet the paper and then, when it was almost dry, dropped in colours. This was done with a fully loaded brush held horizontally. The colours were Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine and Turquoise. After allowing the paper to dry she carefully added black for the eyes, ears and muzzle.
 To paint the foreground Turquoise, Lemon Yellow and Ultramarine were spattered into wet paper. She uses a liner brush to represent wet fur and doesn't usually put in a background for watercolours, only for acrylics.
  To finish the evening Jo showed us how she adds touches of gold leaf to her paintings. Size is painted on in appropriate places and allowed to dry - usually for 10 minutes. The gold leaf is then brushed on using a mop brush - the gold sticking to the sized areas.
   Jo had given us an  interesting and unusual evening and we will certainly approach our animal paintings in a different way in the future.

Jo and finished painting

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Dave White opened our 2017 exhibition at the Pre-view Evening which was very well attended by members and their guests. The Exhibition was declared "better than last year" with paintings showing great talent by the members and covering a wide range of subjects.
    Di Alexander's Painting "Crabbing" and Claire Palmer's painting "Quiet Moorings" were voted "Best in Show" and jointly received the Reg Whiting Trophy
Kate introduces Dave White

Dave and Mandy

Di with painting "Crabbing"

Claire with Painting "Quiet Moorings"

Claire Palmer and Di Alexander - joint winners of paintings voted "Best in Show"