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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Report from the N.F. Wildlife Park


The  Adventurous Artists  had a fabulous bright and sunny morning at the New Forest Wildlife Park on Friday morning. It was cold - so Helen, Elaine, Ali and Di did only the quickest of sketches. (Helen persevered the longest.) However we had lots of photo opportunities because the mammals were active.  Some of the easiest close-up photos to take were of harvest mice and otters . A long lens would have been useful for the wild boar and wolves.
After hot drinks in the large café, the four once again braved the cold to see the keeper attempt to feed Munchkin the lynx.  However she must have killed and eaten a small animal because she merely sniffed at it. Jean and June prudently stayed in the large café to sketch in the warm. The gift shop had an excellent display of artwork by our talented August guest artist Joanna Rose Tidey. The December trip had been truly memorable.
Di Alexander

Thursday, November 30, 2017



The Adventurous Artists will meet at 10.15 a.m. on Friday 8th December in the car park of the New Forest Wildlife Park Deerleap Lane near Ashurst SO40 4UH (site of the former Butterfly Farm at Longdown).   If the weather is good some of us may enter the park and sketch  (Adults £11.50 and Seniors £10.25) or sketch outside the park. Otherwise there is shelter in a large café with picnic benches Contact Di if you need more info.Tel. 07979905192  Email:


Helen's Art Journey paintings

The Art Journey table had three very different works by Helen Bartlett and there were eleven entries for the Rainbow Competition. Members voted for many entries. The winning artist was Di Alexander with her Rainbow Trout which she had created using acrylic inks over white gouache on dark grey mount-board. The Competition Entry fees will be donated to the Rainbow Project in Southampton which assists young people to gain employment.
Collage of the Competition paintings
Di with her winning painting


Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Wildlife artist Kim Thompson loves walking with a sketchbook. Her outings inspire her to create her artwork including fabulously detailed, colourful wildlife paintings, in acrylics or oils, which are exhibited and sold far and wide.
Kim works on drawings until she is happy with the composition. Then she transfers it to her board (such as illustration board or gessoed MDF) or canvas. She is meticulous in keeping her work clean and tidy, continually checking the accuracy.
The demonstration in acrylics was a portrait of a barn own on mount-board which Kim was copying from another that she had previously painted. She does not favour a stay-wet palette, preferring to work with small quantities of paint. Although she works in layers, Procolour and Chromacolour are favourite brands with a matt finish and higher pigment content than Winsor & Newton or Daler Rowney acrylics, which are too transparent for her purpose. When painting subsequent layers, she leaves small sections of underpainting to suggest layers of feathers. Kim began painting the dark eye of the owl with a No. 1 Series 7 sable brush using tiny strokes and worked outwards, moving the brush in the direction of the feathers in the concave eye area. A No.6 brush was used to paint the gold feathers on the head. Wriggly strokes in a darker colour emphasised the broken edge around the feathered disk around the eye. Pale blue shadows and cream reflected colour areas were scrubbed on with a worn brush. Feather textures were suggested with a small brush between the blue and cream areas. Brushes have to be kept clean in order to achieve the purity of colour which is a feature of her work.
Kim looks for pattern and texture.  Areas of the second layer was created with flicking movements and cross-hatching. Softer feathers remained untreated. Cerulean blue, black and white for light grey feathers over the gold body was, in turn, overpainted with darker grey feathers and subtle spotted patterns, avoiding applying the paint too thickly.  A cerulean blue and white gouache glaze was applied at the highlight in the eye.
After the break Kim showed slides featuring her illustrations in books and advertisements and her adventurous trips to Botswana, Zambia, the Himalayas and even a remote Scottish island for its birdlife. She sketches and paints in gouache on location as much as possible because it can provide more detailed information than a photograph. In conclusion she urged us all to draw as much as possible.
Di Alexander

Monday, November 13, 2017



Kim will show us how to paint wildlife in acrylics.


Claire will be taking bookings for places on the ABSTRACT ART WORKSHOP taking place on FEBRUARY 3RD.

DI needs QUESTIONS for the meeting in JANUARY




I am looking for your questions / suggestions for topics to discuss at the January meeting on Wednesday 24th. I shall be selecting video clips to show at the meeting. What topics would you like to know more about?

If you do not mind asking a question in person on the Question Time Evening in January, you could win a prize. Alternatively your questions or suggestions can be anonymous if you would prefer. Just send them to me  by hand, post  or email by 30th November. See website or programme for contact numbers


We  are over the moon -what a day! Ten members came forward and with all the help and support that you gave we had everything set up easily by 9.00 a.m. and the atmosphere was amazing. Everything had been put back by 4.15 p.m.  and best of all we took over £1,000, the highest figure ever.
Thanks to you all -  this was the best One Day Sale EVER!

 We would all like to thank  Anne, Claire and the Committee members who made it such a success.