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Friday, December 14, 2012

CHRISTMAS PARTY

LAUGHTER  FROM THE START
Helen Davies kicked off the evening with 'blind drawing'. One person at each table wore a mask while the others gave them instructions as they attempted  to draw a Christmas picture.
 

Here Pam advises Glennis
 
Jim is helped by Roy to the amusement of Mary and Ruth
 
John is helped from both sides!
 
Pat Osborne takes charge on this table
 
Pat Scammell makes sure that the draw operated perfectly
 The next activity was a 'speed dating' session - to give members with paintings a chance to write an appreciative comment about the paintings of the other members on their table.
 
 
 
 
 
The final part of the evening gave everyone the chance to see Helen hold up each painting and to hear the artist read a comment from the list of comments about their artwork. The list became a 'Certificate of Appreciation' which each artist kept. 
 
 
 Party organisers Helen and Di were delighted to receive bunches of roses for their efforts. Many thanks to Anne, Claire and the other members who contributed to the successful evening.
 


Friday, November 30, 2012

LINDA BUTCHER'S EYE OF THE TIGER

Linda Butcher gave members a detailed demonstration of a portrait of a tiger in November using mostly pastel pencils.
 
 
Linda worked on her painting from left to right to avoid smudging it. The fur grows in similar directions on many tigers.  Linda  painted an Amur tiger (Siberian) which has a broader face. She lightly applied layers of colours overlaid with streaks of different colours flicked upwards to provide a furry texture.
 
The eye began as a dark grey shape and white centre. The coloured iris then appeared to have light shining through it. A brown shadow from the eyelid was applied very lightly on the upper part of the eye. Linda emphasised that the eye is a mirror so the highlight can be one of many different shapes. She aims to have the eyes follow the viewer wherever they might be.
 
 
Totton Art Scoiety's animal artists, notably Paula Humphrey, found the evening interesting. Linda not only uses a pastel paper support but also velour and Pastelmat (with a layer of cork).
 
 
Linda's work may be exhibited at the following venues:
  • Nightingale Gallery of the Royal Hampshire Hospital Winchester
  • The Discovery Centre Winchester
  • Fair Oak Art and Craft Society
  • Online at Linda's Art http://www.lindasart.co.uk
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

SHARON HURST'S WORKSHOP

 
Sharon Hurst is a professional artist who paints fantasy pictures using watercolour and gouache.
She demonstrated how to paint a face at the June 2012 meeting of Totton Art Society.
 
Chris Jackson, Muriel Hiscott, David Butcher, Jean Symes, Kay Cavalier, Shirley Lester, June Green, Margaret Lee, Joan Jerrett, Patricia Osborne, Mary Andrews, Ruth Edwards, Rosemary Cunliffe, Pat Scammell & Paula Humphrey attended Sharon's Saturday workshop.
Some people painted portraits and some painted fantasy pictures.
 
Sharon also takes commissions for personal fantasy portraits, paints on silk and creates jewellery. She has now become a demonstrator for Shinhan Artists Watercolours.More details are available on her website.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

NOVEMBER 2012 MEMBERS' WORKSHOP

 
The November workshop was full-on with most people having a go at a portrait.  
The results were so good that groups of members were seen around the room discussing, praising and sharing experiences.
Jamil Akib certainly inspired us to try something new!
If you haven't come to a workshop yet - give it a try. We are a very supportive group.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

NOVEMBER ONE DAY SALE

SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
AT THE THREE SCORE CLUB TOTTON
 
 
THERE WERE CARDS AND UNFRAMED PAINTINGS FOR SALE
MEMBERS OF THE TEAM IN ACTION
MARY MASKELL, CLAIRE PALMER, ANNE HAMERTON, PAULA HUMPHREY AND GLENNIS COURTNEY
 
HERE ARE A FEW OF THE ARTWORKS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MEMBERS DISPLAYED A FANTASTIC VARIETY OF ARTWORKS
 
AND 34 PAINTINGS WERE SOLD. WELL DONE EVERYONE!
 
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, October 27, 2012

DOUBLE BILL FROM JAMEL AKIB

We had two demonstrations for the price of one in October when Jamel Akib painted a portrait and a 'city scape' in pastels.Being a prolific and successful illustrator Jamel can work very quickly using soft pastels on a support that he prepares himself.
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He uses mountboard (or packing cardboard if the artwork is for illustration) and paints it with a household paintbrush with:
This creates a surface like very coarse sandpaper which holds soft pastel securely.
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Jamel determined the angle of the head and the position of the head and shoulders on the dark green support before measuring the relative proportions of the turban, face and body. He continued to measure distances and angles all the time that he was painting. He prefers to draw the eye socket before the eye. He also uses colours for highlights rather than pure white and umbers and purples instead of black.

No blending was done until all of the colour was on. Jamel admitted that his pastel surface is hard on the fingers!


 Jamel's second picture was a view of Charles Bridge in Prague. He used a dark blue support and very roughly blocked in the buildings with deep orange, then scumbled over it with electric blue. Jamil's favourite blue - "magic blue" - is a combination of crimson, white and ultramarine.

The skyline was picked out with 'negative painting'and the sculpted figures were roughed in with dark purple/brown. Heads of pedestrians viewed at eye level should always be in line horizontally, no matter how far away they are. Using lighlights on parts of the figures and narrowing them towards non-existent feet made the couple in the foreground appear to be moving. Following a plea from the audience, Jamel added yellow light from the street lamps.

Before finishing a commission, Jamel often puts a painting away for a short while so that when he does re-examine it, the mistakes are more apparent. Remarkably, when framing his pastel work he uses only a single mount.

Jamel's work speaks for itself and it was amazing the way that he communicates personality in portraits and atmosphere in landscapes.

Jamel is holding a local art class at the Church Rooms, Braishfield on Wednesdays from 10.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. His classes and workshops are usually very popular.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

SUMMER EXHIBITION 2012

 
T.A.S. President Ruth Edwards presented a bouquet to Mrs Dixie at the Preview Evening
 
 
Visitors were very complimentary about the standard of the exhbits
 
 
Thanks to the overall management by Anne Hamerton, with the extra support from Mary Maskell, Claire Palmer, Glennis Courtney, Bob Hamerton and Mike Maskell, the exhibition was very sucessful.
 
 
 
 
 
 

SUMMER EXHIBITION - A FEW EXHIBITORS

Some members were persuaded to pose with their artworks...
 
Jill Gillespie with her painting Blue Tower, Aljezur
 
Peter Gurney with his painting Cat in a Wicker Basket
 
 
Mary Maskell with her painting Christchurch Priory
 
 
David Butcher with his painting an Arran Evening
 
 
Glennis Courtney with her painting Splash of Light
 
 
Derek Huntley with his painting Cheetahs
 
 
Claire Palmer with her painting At Rest
 
 
Roy Fisher with his painting Gull and Fishing Boats
 
 
Patricia Weller and her Red Sails paintings
 
 
Denise Parrott and her painting Green Corner
 
 
Di Alexander and her paintings Playing Merels and Tudor School
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, August 24, 2012

LOVELY MESSAGE TO ARTIST PAT WELLER

Pat Weller was painted by Robert Sharpe in February 2012

Our former chairman Patricia Weller received the following message, via the T.A.S. Website Editor, from a lady who had purchased one of her paintings. The both gave their permission for it to be posted online.
 
"In 2003 I bought a painting that you did.  It is of a wee red geranium plant perched on a windowsill, the windowsill is in a stone building.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you that it is my favourite painting and in good times and not so good times, it has been there on the wall cheering me up every time I see it.

I bought the wee picture when I was a student in Southampton. The painting was for sale at a charity bazaar type thing in Winchester.  I think they wanted £16 but I only had £12, so I got it for £12.  Yes, I know that is a bargain, but £12 to a student in those days was a fair bit of drinking money.

Since then I have bought a load of paintings, but yours is my ultimate favourite.  It has pride of place in the living room.

 The painting has moved from Southampton, to Scotland, to London, and now it is finally home in Oban (West Coast of Scotland).
 
Kay Lang"
 
What a lovely story! When we sell a work of art we rarely know what happens to it. Well done Pat!
 

PREVIEW EVENING

Cards were on sale for the first time
President Ruth Edwards presented the bouquet to Mrs Patricia Dixie


The preview was busy

Photos Di Alexander