TOTTON ART SOCIETY BLOG

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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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

COLOUR BALANCE IN THE LANDSCAPOE


COLOUR BALANCE IN THE LANDSCAPE WITH JERRY SMITH

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!