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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" 

Thursday, August 17, 2017



Handing in August 18th 9am to 10 am

Preview Evening August 18th 7-30pm to 9pm

Exhibition runs until 26th August

Handing out 26th August 5pm to 6pm

All at the Palm Room, Community Centre.

More details on the Web-site

Sunday, August 13, 2017


What a great morning it was at Hythe Marina Village after a very wet week! David Butcher, Patricia Osborne, Harry Yearsley, Helen Bartlett and Di Alexander were all raring to go at 10.15. The village, the sailing craft  and Southampton Water were so beautiful that it was a job to choose a subject. Sketchbooks were filled with an anchor, boats and the picturesque houses.  
Pat was rather unlucky, she began to draw a boat only to have it driven away before she had finished! A couple of people saw Jean Kirby who stayed only for a short time. Helen’s mother, who came with Helen, even joined in by drawing several yachts.
Sketching is growing in popularity and you may well come across other sketching groups when you are out and about. To name a few:  the Hampshire Sketch Meetup Group
Our Adventurous Artists Sketching Group is very much on trend! Once you have taken the plunge and ventured out with your sketchbook you will find that there is absolutely no need to produce a recognisable drawing or have your work photographed. You just relax, meet friends and enjoy the moment.  
Report by Di Alexander

Saturday, August 12, 2017




Joanna produces and sells vibrant, colourful wildlife paintings as well as teaching drawing and watercolour and acrylic techniques. see programme/website for more details. 



Our next workshop will be different – YOUR PAINTING DAY – designed for you to bring whatever painting you would like to work on – any style, any medium, any size, any subject! Continuous painting all day – what a pleasure.

From beginners to seasoned painters a chance to paint with like-minded people and exchange ideas, solve sticky problems, discuss composition, talk about framing, ask for advice from more experienced members who will be on hand painting too, or simply do your own thing. A delightful day’s painting …….. all for £5.

We are hoping to fill the Palm Room with artists, so book your space with Claire at the August and September demonstration meetings. Fee payable on booking rule still applies.

Friday, August 11, 2017



Claire, Anne and Mary at the "cutting edge".

Monday, August 7, 2017



Meet at  10-15am  by the ANCHOR at the end of SHAMROCK WAY.

Parking is available in the Brinton Lane car park SO45 6BZ if there are no spaces in Shamrock Way.
This is an excellent opportunity to sketch yachts

Contact Di Alexander email or tel. 07979905192

Thursday, July 27, 2017



As Jerry's car unfortunately broke down Di gave us a short talk on the colour wheel while we were waiting for him to arrive. She reminded us of the positions of the primary and secondary colours on the colour wheel and how these can be used in mixing colours, juxtaposing them to get recession or drama in the picture, and their relative colour temperature. She pointed out that the colours of the spectrum were in the same order on the colour wheel and starting with red going through to purple corresponded to colours used to get recession in a painting. She ended with demonstrating how mixing warm and cool colours in different proportions will produce different greys.
We thank Di for stepping in at a moment's notice and giving us such an informative and interesting half hour.

During our tea break Jerry arrived. He began by pointing out that a scene can be as simple or complicated as you like and, by using a grid, part of the scene can be isolated to form the painting. A tonal sketch was then made of the scene to be painted which was then copied using thin dark brown or black paint onto the mount-board.
Jerry paints on mount-board that has had two coats of gesso and one of oil primer.
His colours are laid out and mixed with white to give different tones. The painting began with an overall coat of a mid-tone brown mixed with Jackson's fast drying paint medium 50 : 50 low odour thinner applied with a paper towel. The tree areas were covered with dark green. Then using a baby wipe he removed much of the paint from the highlight areas. Next, using a 1 inch brush, he blocked in dark tones in appropriate colours in the foreground, trees and sky. By comparing tones in different parts of the painting he painted in the rest of the scene so that lightest tones were in the areas nearest to the source of the light and darkest furthest away. He pointed out that the base of clouds are softer than the tops and the highlights on trees are not as light in tone as the tops of clouds.  This was a fascinating talk  and we very much regretted that Jerry had only half the time to deliver it. Perhaps he will return in the future to give us another talk with more time and less hassle! 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017




COMPLETED ENTRY FORM with your entry fee.

DIARY/CALENDAR - book your sitting in date!
              We would also like some members to sit and paint/draw as extra to the sitters-in. If you could spend an hour or two ( or three!) it would be much appreciated and add interest to the exhibition for the general public ( and perhaps encourage some new members)
              There is also a need for a bit of extra help for various jobs during the exhibition.

ART JOURNEY   -  bring this month's stage of your Journey early to the meeting for discussion and display.


Ali's Sketch

Ali and David with David's sketch

Di's sketch



Harry, Ally, David and Di arrived at Redbridge Park, keen to explore its sketching possibilities. It can only be reached from the footbridge over the railway line so it is more peaceful than most city parks. It is a green triangle beside the water, planted with grass, trees and bushes. Large pieces of old docks machinery have been recycled as children’s play equipment. The familiar bridges over the River Test  and distant views of the far bank of the estuary are visible from unfamiliar angles. Swans and other wildfowl splash in the water. 
John Shotter dropped in for a chat while the group sketched. One of David’s sketches was a view of the far shore through the yellow crane. The view looking south was dominated by three full-size container port cranes. Drawing the wooden posts marking the shallows was an excellent exercise in the use of perspective to suggest distance. 
Sketching was followed by a convivial chat over coffee in The Ship Inn (which has been refurbished). Although August is a busy month for artists, it was decided to meet up next month and sketch on Friday 11th August - possibly somewhere with a view of boats.
Report by Di

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


The Exhibition this year runs from Saturday 19th August to Saturday 26th August so start getting your best works ready for handing in on Friday 18th August 9-10 am (collect on Saturday 26th August 5-6pm)
 More details are on the entry forms available from Mary Maskell which should be returned to her with hanging fees by Tuesday 1st August.
  Please read the form very carefully and refer to the notes on presenting your artwork. Work will not be accepted if it does not conform to the rules. All work must be signed.
Anne Hamerton brought one of her framed paintings to show how the back should be finished.  The taut cord should be one third of the way down from the top and secured with D-rings at the sides and tape over the ends. The frame must be sealed with good adhesive framing tape - not masking tape. Glass and mounts must be pristine. All works must be labelled with the artist’s name, title of the work, medium and price.
 Remember to sign for a sitting-in session when the form is passed round at the next meeting.


Adventurous Artists at Redbridge


Meet 10.15 a.m. at :
Redbridge Railway Station, Station Approach Road. Old Redbridge, Southampton,
SO15 0LR
Join us to explore and sketch the views from Redbridge Park  on Friday morning. There is a walking route from Commercial Road Totton and a driving route - you take the first turning off the Redbridge roundabout.  If you drive you will need to find a place to park in the road or ask the Ship Inn if you can use their car park.The footbridge across the railway line does have slopes as well as steps. There is a small shelter in the park but no seats or toilets. Afterwards we will be meeting up for a drink and a chat at the Ship Inn
Walking route

By car

The Park

Station Road


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Art Journey June meeting

Elaine and Di had brought work to display and Gail Morris later posted photographs of two paintings that she had done on the TAS  Facebook Group page.



Sonia Bacchus painting flowers


Sonia Bacchus comes from an artistic Polish family, her father being a professor of art and her mother designing textiles. Sonia is experienced in many branches of art and has developed her own style and technique. She was painting on card for the demonstration. It is ideal for practising composition skills because it can be trimmed.  Rather than using expensive gesso she seals her support with 1part PVA glue to 1 part water, then adds a layer of acrylic emulsion paint. The whole is then covered with a greyish green medium tone to match the colour of her wooden palette.

The first half of the session was done using acrylic paint (thinned with water in the early stages). She does not use mediums with acrylic paint. Sonia did not specify the names of all of the colours. She used, among others, golden ochre, tan, cobalt blue, brown, ultramarine, buff (unbleached titanium), viridian, and burnt sienna. She prefers to use Paynes grey or a mix of colours rather than black. Three bands of colour were applied to the painting: blue at the top, yellow in the middle and dark at the bottom. She painted the outline of a distant mountain in the blue section, and stems and flower heads in the bottom two sections.

Working with a small knife Sonia applied light and medium tones to the mountain area. She added a pale orange area to the sky to suggest an evening light. The flowers in the foreground were to be backlit, so the stems and foliage were dark even though parts were painted with viridian or orange. The cornflowers were bright blue and the poppy petals were bright red over the yellow middle ground. They were much darker over the dark section. Sonia uses the background to modify her colours. She demonstrated this by showing two examples of the same square of colour and how different they appear when surrounded by different colours. She suggested experimenting with colours in different contexts using gouache paints which are opaque.

The second half of the evening was devoted to glazing: applying transparent washes of colour – some dull to suggest shadow and some bright to suggest light. This improved the otherwise flat appearance of the painting. Amazingly Sonia adds oils to some areas of the painting, while leaving the remaining acrylic section untouched. She does use turpentine with linseed oil to improve the flow of oil paint.  The poppies, heads of corn and cornflowers then became stunningly three-dimensional. Touches of yellow/white or dark colour with a rigger brush added contrasting shadows and highlights to the flowers.

So much had been achieved in such a short time. Sonia had given a masterclass in how to make the foreground leap forwards towards the viewer. Her final words of advice were:

Don’t stick with one medium – be brave and try new ones.

Don’t follow a photograph exactly.
Accept that every painting will be different
Glenys admires the painting
A selection of cards


Monday, June 26, 2017


Our next Demonstration evening is with Sonia Bacchus who will paint flowers in acrylics and oils. She is comes from Milton Keynes so please attend if you can.
Don,t forget - bring your Art Journey Paintings early on the night.
The next sketching event is on 14th July - details from Di on the evening.


Our contribution to the New Forest Arts Festival was to host a morning sketching in the Memorial Park at Totton. We were joined by members of the public including a visitor, Alison Lee, from Australia who was enjoying her visit attending the Festival events. We all had a very good morning sitting around the pond sketching and chatting and being entertained by a moorhen and her two youngsters.
 Here is a montage of pictures taken:-
 This was one of the last events of the Festival which covered  the New Forest area and lasts for about two weeks. It includes music, drama, poetry, writing, numerous crafts and workshops as well the visual arts. We were represented in the exhibition at the Five Arrow's Gallery at Exbury by Anne Hamerton and Mary Maskell whose paintings are shown below

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sketching in the Memorial Park Totton

This is a New Forest Arts Festival event which we are hosting. We meet at the War Memorial at 9.55am on Friday 23rd June when we hope to introduce members of the public to the pleasures of sketching as well as do some good sketches ourselves so please try and support us in this.  


The Adventurous Artists met in the park on a pleasant morning to do some sketching.
 The most popular subject was the statue of the First World War officer and war horse erected to commemorate the thousands of horses who passed through a military centre just outside Romsey before shipment abroad. Created by the artist Amy Goodman it was unveiled by Princess Anne in July 2015. Some of us drew the very ornate Bandstand and the Pavilion CafĂ© where we finished our morning with tea, coffee etc. These meetings are an excellent opportunity to discuss new ideas, try out and "swap" different materials etc and talk about how our Art Journey is progressing.

Here is a selection of sketches and photographs :-