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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).

Monday, April 24, 2017

LINDSEY COLE DEMONSTRATION

Next meeting is on WEDNESDAY 26th APRIL when LINDSEY COLE will demonstrate to us on METALLICS AND FABULOUS TEXTURES.

VISIT TO KING JOHS HOUSE, ROMSEY, BY THE ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS


ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS AT KING JOHN'S HOUSE, ROMSEY

It was a beautiful windless morning when we gathered to sketch gardens and architecture at King John's. The gardens were full of flowers - a credit to the volunteers who look after them. We each  found a seat and a subject and spent a pleasant hour or so sketching. This time some of us tried using different media from usual and experimented with inks ( soluble or waterproof), coloured pencils and water-soluble crayons. The many different colours of the flowers in the gardens and the beautiful variation in stone and brick of the buildings lent themselves to such treatments. The morning ended with refreshments in the garden sitting in the sun. 

Comparing sketches

Different Viewpoints

Sketching architecture
Graphite sketch

Pen and soluble crayon

Soluble ink

Graphite

Graphite

Coloured pencil


Graphite

Thursday, April 20, 2017

NEW ART JOURNEY sent by Di


 

 

ART JOURNEY PROJECT LAUNCH APRIL 2017

 

Would you like to get more from your art? Whatever your experience - novice, improver or ‘old hand’ - this is for everyone. Come to the next meeting with pen and paper to take notes. The new T.A.S. Art Journey Project is designed to help develop your art over the next 12 months.  Here are some of our suggestions:

  • PRACTICE Each month you will practice something different. 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 Think about your individual art interest e.g. your usual art style, favourite subject and preferred medium. You may decide to focus on improving one aspect or one of our demonstrations might encourage you to try something new.


  • 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! Once the project is under way we will produce guidelines.
  •  We would appreciate it if some members would be willing to give feedback to Di and Helen about their own experience during the previous few weeks.

 

Here is a copy of Di’s post to the TAS Facebook page on 18th April:

“Huge burst of creativity this afternoon when I started to experiment. I started my own 2027-18 Art Journey by rolling a light green on bright orange. Will paint something over it tomorrow. Then I wanted to do a figure with the face in shadow. Did that in pastel pencils. Finally I looked at some acrylic figures I'm painting and created lost edges with the sunlit highlights. I am now convinced that doing some random experiments stimulate our creative subconscious. Can't wait to launch the Art Journey project on 26th!”

Monday, April 10, 2017

MESSAGE FROM CLAIRE RE SATURDAY 6TH MAY WORKSHOPS


Saturday 6th May workshop.
   The aim is to paint a subject from a reference without drawing it.  Observing areas of colour to create the image.  I will bring many references, it is a fun day, why not surprise yourself at what you can do when you loosen up.   £5 for a whole day of enjoying painting.  These are in watercolour but will be interesting doing these in acrylic.  Either see me at the next meeting to grab a space or send your fee to me @ 43 Friar Croft. Calmore. SO40 2SS. If a cheque make payable to Totton Art Society.

Ruth will be tutoring a watercolour landscape subject. Fee £5. Booking same procedure as above. 

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS IN ROMSEY FRIDAY 21st APRIL


ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS FRIDAY 21ST APRIL 

Avoiding the bank holiday weekend, we  meet at 10.15 on Friday 21st April at

Church Street  Romsey
We will be in the garden if dry and in the house if wet. This time last year we loved the beautiful surroundings and had a great morning sketching. There are some seats in the garden. I hope that you will stay for a drink in the tea-rooms afterwards.

 

New PhotoBook



 


News item from Roy Fisher


A bit of news which may be of interest to TAS Members. I have just had a PHOTO BOOK Published.


It is entitled “THE NAIVE WORLD OF ROY FISHER”. It can be viewed online at www.bobbooks.co.uk


Then go to Bookshop – Just Published.


 


 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

SEAS AND SKIES WORKSHOP WITH DAVE WHITE


WORKSHOP ON SEAS AND SKIES BY DAVE WHITE

We were very pleased to welcome Dave again after seeing his brilliant demonstration and looked forward to an inspiring day.

During the morning we learnt to put down smooth layers of different colours and tones as a background and add clouds going to a vanishing point. The clouds were very satisfyingly blended with our fingers

After a short lunch break the afternoon was spent on our waves learning to paint the breaking wave with the surf. Finally, with a flourish of spatter, we completed our paintings just as, at 4pm, we were told to "put your brushes down".

 The day had passed very quickly with intensive painting. Dave with his wit and enthusiasm had carried us through and we were pleased to have learnt so much. Possibly the best workshop we have had and certainly one of the most informative. A big " Thank you, Dave " from all who attended.


Daves demo painting

At work

how to paint waves

Betty and Tony at work

Daves Waves

Friday, March 31, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHING WILDLIFE FOR USE IN ART with Betty and Tony Rackham

The following account was written by Di Alexander.


Tony and Betty Rackham gave a superb presentation on their methods for photographing wildlife and using the photos as references in their paintings. We saw how a tiny plant was introduced into the foreground of a landscape painting. Photos of butterflies were  cropped and re-positioned onto a photograph of flowers. Photos of wading birds were cropped and used as part of a landscape. We could use photos of birds at our own garden feeders in order to create  a close-up study, such as Betty’s painting of woodpecker.


Betty and Tony use their expertise  to obtain high quality images. They explained how using the macro settings on our camera could enable us to sharpen the foreground and blur the background. They often isolate a plant from the background by placing bark or white card behind it. Since they are proficient users of Photo-editing software programs, they also have the option of placing that plant on top of another photograph, for example a mass of blooms in soft focus.


Tony and Betty know where to find wildlife and when they are likely to be  available. Tony’s strategy for obtaining photographs of moths is to set up a collecting station with a light overnight and then get up early in order to take photographs before they become too active. The wonderful hawk moth was used as a subject for a painting.


One of the slides showed how  a college created with tissue paper, card and newspaper was transformed into a forest scene using paints, inks and cut-out photographs of ponies.


We were grateful for the chance to share Betty and Tony’s twin passions of photography and art. Studying and photographing wildlife brings us closer to the beauty of the natural world. Since we are artists, we all have endless opportunities to celebrate nature through taking photographs and using them in our artwork. 


Tony and Betty

Display of paintings

Elephant hawk moth by Tony

Forest Scene - collage by Betty

Greater Spotted Woodpecker in watercolour and graphite by Betty

Tortiseshells on Fleabane by Tony

AGM MARCH 2017


 

The following is a summary of the main points of the AGM - more details if needed are available from our hardworking Secretary, Mary Maskell.

Kate opened the meeting by presenting her report and thanking everyone who plays a particular part in making the Society the success it is and for the support given by all the members.

 Di has produced a varied programme for the coming year and introduced the new Art Journey which she and Helen have devised to get us to experiment and improve our painting. More details will be given at the June meeting.

 Helen thanked everyone for paying their subscriptions - there are a few vacancies for membership. She also announced that there will be a visit to the Ashmolean Museum later in the summer and asked for any ideas for future trips.

 Glennis presented the accounts and as we made a small loss this year we voted to set the subscriptions at £25 for 2018.

 Claire has publicised the Society well and for this year's exhibition we will be in the Open Studios booklet. She also asked for more people to volunteer to lead workshops. Tony ( and Betty) reported that the Web-site and Blog were receiving many hits. More pictures could be put into the galleries and instructions for doing this were on the Web-site. The Blog is useful to use as a reference to previous Demonstrators work when doing one's own painting as well as being used as a diary.

 Colin has set up a closed Facebook page for the society but remember Facebook has the copyright for any images posted. It will be useful to pass on any information, comments etc about art related matters to other members. 

Glennis and Claire resigned from their posts (Claire will remain as Workshop Co-Ordinator) and we are deeply grateful to them for all the time and effort they have devoted to our interests. Kate presented them with a bowl of flowering bulbs as a token of our appreciation of their valuable contribution to the Society over many years.

Glennis and Claire were replaced as follows:-

          Treasurer - Janet Horton

          Publicity - Ali McShea

        and Colin Osbourne becomes a new Committee Member

Finally our past Chairman, Anne Hammerton, was elected as Vice-President.

Claire

Glennis

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

C0MING EVENTS

The A.G.M. takes place on WEDNESDAY 22nd MARCH. This year we are having a BRING AND BUY SALE of ART MATERIALS and a talk by Betty and Tony Rackham on PHOTOGRAPHING WILDLIFE. This is in addition to the main business of the evening so please come and use the opportunity to have your say about running the Society.


On SATURDAY 25TH MARCH we have a WORKSHOP on painting SEAS and SKIES with DAVE WHITE from 10am to 4pm. More details of this are on the Web-site.

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS AT THE GUILDHALL SQUARE


Adventurous Artists at the Small Faces Open Exhibition

 

Eight of us met at The Artisan cafe in Guildhall Square Southampton: Pam, Jean, June, David, Muriel, Elaine, Helen and Di. The morning was chilly and overcast so we had hot drinks in the excellent cafe before the Showcase Gallery next door opened at 11 o’clock. The gallery is part of Solent University but is open to the public and entry is free.

 

There were 7,000 postcards of faces covering the walls and display boards. The charm  of the exhibition was the wide variety of styles and techniques. There were all kinds of media used and some with just words or shapes. Many cards were created by students and schoolchildren but the remainder were created by people from all parts of the community. After an hour we still had not seen all of the exhibits! The possibility of mounting our own Small Faces exhibition was mooted.

 

Five people left after that but Helen, Di and Pam stayed in the square to sketch for a further half an hour. It had been a memorable Adventurous Artists outing.

The following photographs were taken by Pam Kellaway 






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Friday, March 3, 2017

JACKIE GREENHOWE


I do apologise for writing your name incorrectly - you are, of course, Jackie Greenhowe.

PAINTING ANIMALS WITH JACKIE GREENHOUSE


JACKIE GREENHOUSE  - PAINTING ANIMALS

 

Jackie usually paints from photographs she has taken herself. She recommended doing this as there is then no problem with copyright and suggested visiting places such as the New Forest Wildlife Centre and Marwell to get pictures of animals easily.

After trying various media she finally settled on pastels using polychromos pastels and pastel pencils on velour paper. To blend on this paper she uses a paper towel wrapped around a finger. The side of new pastels is cleaned off using a sandpaper block.

The animal she chose to paint was a cheetah cub. Jackie doesn't trace her image as it damages the velour paper. Starting with a brown pastel she draws in the eyes then the shadow areas using the side of the pastel and blends them into the paper. Brown and orange is pushed into the eyes and also blended in. White is used in the corner, outer edge and underneath the eye.   

To depict fur Jackie uses various brown pastels using grey and lilac in shadows e.g. inside the ear. The pastels are blended then wisps of hair or fur added using chalk to put in highlights. Pastel pencils or the edge of a hard pastel are used for greater detail such as the side of the nose or above the eye. Whiskers and eyebrows are drawn going in different directions. Background vegetation can be a problem but by using a variety of colours difficult subjects such as grasses can be dealt with. Finally a thin glaze is used to unify the painting and a light spray of fixative added.

Jackie suggested starting with our own pets first and then trying more difficult animals and with the Spring almost here there will be plenty of young animals on which to try out our painting skills! Thank you, Jackie for an inspiring evening.   




Halftime picture

Jackie and finished painting

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Workshop Saturday 18th February


We all had a lovely day on Saturday -thanks to Mary, Kate and Claire (Chief Assistant)
Here is a photographic record of the event.


Making Collages




Concentration 1
David and Alison
 
Kate Mary and Collagers
Concentration 2



Montage of our pictures


Steve's Sunset
Gail's Wave



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

WORKSHOPS ON SATURDAY 18TH FEBRUARY

Start getting your paints and brushes etc ready now for the workshops this Saturday. We start at 10am and go on until 4pm - tea and coffee available but bring a lunch. Should be a good day!!  

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS AT THE CHAPEL CAFE


 

Four adventurous artists braved the cold weather and spent a convivial couple of hours in the Chapel Cafe just down the road from Totton College. Dave Butcher sketched flowers and other items on the table. Kate sketched the illustration on the cover of a book. The Cafe has a section with charity items on sale. Helen sketched a view of the shop with blue dungarees picked out in blue. Di sketched a small candle-holder. The hot drinks were excellent and the atmosphere was friendly. It is an ideal place to meet friends.


 
Blue Dungarees by Helen

Candle Holder by Di

Daves Flowers

In the Cafe
Kates Seaside Picture