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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

JULY 26th MEETING

JERRY SMITH will demonstrate COLOUR BALANCE IN THE LANDSCAPE IN OILS.

THINGS TO BRING TO THE MEETING

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.

SOME PHOTOS FROM REDBRIDGE

Ali's Sketch

Ali and David with David's sketch

Di's sketch

AT REDBRIDGE SKETCHING

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS EXPLPORE ‘HIDDEN’ REDBRIDGE 

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

SUMMER EXHIBITION


 
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


 

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS AT REDBRIDGE & THE SHIP INN
FRIDAY 14TH JULY 2017 
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
Footbridge
Walking route

By car

The Park


Station Road

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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.



https://www.facebook.com/groups/161632347660794/events/

 

 

Sonia Bacchus painting flowers


SONIA BACCHUS – FLOWERS IN THE FOREGROUND

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

Paintings


Monday, June 26, 2017

MEETING JUNE 28TH

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.

TAS AND THE FESTIVAL


TOTTON MEMORIAL PARK AND FOREST ARTS FESTIVAL 
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.  

SKETCHING IN THE PARK

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 Café 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 :-













Thursday, June 1, 2017

COMING EVENTS


ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS  posted by Di Alexander

Romsey War Memorial Park 41 The Meads, Romsey SO51 8HB

Friday 9th June  10.15 a.m.

 

The major attraction at the park is the War Horse Memorial statue by artist and sculptor Amy Goodman. Children cannot resist stroking it! There are also ducks by the river, flowers, a cafe, toilets and a band-stand to provide shelter from the weather. There are a few parking spaces for 2 hours in the road over the bridge. Alternatively the Newton Lane car park is a short walk away.

 

SKETCHING IN THE PARK

Testwood Park Salisbury Rd, Totton, Southampton SO40 3RA

Friday 23rd June 10.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

 

We are hosting this event for the 2017 New Forest Arts Festival, so ideally we need a handful of members to advise visitors. Please bring sketchbook and pencils and/or pens and something to sit on. We are meeting by the War Memorial. Although the theme of this year’s Festival  is “trees” people will be able to draw anything they choose.  We will also ask people if they are willing to be photographed  for our Blog.

 

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ART JOURNEY

It was good to see so many pictures produced during the first month of our Journey. If you haven't started it 's never too late! A suggested subject for this month is a domestic scene using two colours but this is ONLY A SUGGESTION. Do your own thing but TRY SOMETHING NEW. Bring the results to the next Demonstration evening.
  The following are some of the works produced during May.  




The   following are some of the works produced during May.  

A PORTRAIT IN WATERCOLOUR


WATERCOLOUR PORTRAITS WITH PENNY CRICHTON - SEAGER 

Penny started the evening by showing portraits that she had painted of familiar faces such as David Bowie, Hugh Laurie and Judie Dench. All were painted using photographs as a reference being careful not to infringe copyright. If the painting is to be used commercially eg for cards she gets permission from the photographer. Sometimes - especially when teaching groups - she looks at the work of other artists e.g. Modigliani and produces a portrait in their style.

The paints she uses are Old Holbein  in tubes which are then squeezed into pans. These paints remain tacky and are therefore easy to use. Her brushes are Isabey Kolinsky Sable watercolour brushes and the paper she prefers is Fabriano Artistico Rough or else Arches which is stretched on a board.     

To start the painting she first uses Photoshop to manipulate several photographs to get her final reference image. This is then drawn onto the watercolour paper. Before putting on any paint she identifies white or the lightest areas and makes sure these are left when the first wash is put in. This is usually a watery mix of eg Raw Umber then Perylene Maroon. Other colours such as Cobalt Blue and Permanent Rose give modelling to the face. The eyes are very carefully worked with a dot of white gouache for highlights and grey and pink for the whites. The colour of the iris is always checked very carefully and the pupil painted with a mixture of Payne's Grey and Sepia.  Penny always works from  light to dark using dilute washes so that the density of colour gradually reaches it's final level. Final stages include hair which is painted very loosely and the lips. She never uses red for the lips of men and treats them just as a different contour of the face not as a separate entity.  The background, although worked out before commencing the painting, is added at the end.

This was a very interesting evening when a portrait was painted in watercolour - a medium which most of us wouldn't consider using. Perhaps after Penny's inspiring demonstration we will all consider trying it for ourselves.

 


Half-time
Penny and portrait

Nearly finished

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