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Saturday, August 26, 2017

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS

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

OTTERS IN WATERCOLOUR

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

OPENING OF 2017 EXHIBITION

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

EXHIBITION

REMINDER

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

HYTHE MARINA SKETCHING

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

WEDNESDAY 23 RD AUGUST


 WDENESDAY 23RD AUGUST
DEMONSTRATION BY JOANNA ROSE TIDY

OTTERS IN WATERCOLOUR


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

OCTOBER 7TH WORKSHOP


OPEN WORKSHOP FOR ALL MEMBERS – OCTOBER 7th   10a.m.-4.00p.m.

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

EXHIBITION 2017

PREPARATIONS ARE UNDERWAY!

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


Monday, August 7, 2017

SKETCHING AT HYTHE MARINA


ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS AT HYTHE on FRIDAY 11th AUGUST  

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 dga@dialexander.co.uk or tel. 07979905192