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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Exbury Exhibition


An exhibition has just started in the Five Arrows Gallery in Exbury Gardens by the Perspectives Artists Group. There are paintings by our Chairman and Secretary, Anne and Mary, photographs by Betty and Tony ( Website and Blog) as well ├ís work by other artists.
The gardens are beautiful at the moment with lovely walks down to the Beaulieu River. The little train and an excellent tearoom are
added attractions.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


We meet from 2 to 5pm in the Maple Room


Our next venture is our painting afternoon starting on June 19th, 2pm to 4pm, in the Maple Room.
Please come!!

Sketching at Mansbridge

Four of us - Joan, Ali, Helen & Di - sketched a beautiful scene at Riverside Park. Helen shared a bench with two of the regular visitors to the park. Afterwards we had a drink and a chat sitting by the river at the White Swan.
Helen will be hosting the next sketching morning at Ashlett Creek on 14th  July.  

Di Alexander



We all had a very enjoyable day at the workshop. Some of us tried out our techniques for our self-portrait for the Summer Exhibition while others tried other interesting subjects.

We would like to thank Claire for organising the day. Unfortunately she wasn't well and we thank Anne for stepping forward as her substitute. Di and Mary were invaluable in giving us help and guidance especially for those who were novices as it quickly became obvious that painting a portrait is a very complicated process!





Sunday, May 27, 2018


This is on June 2nd, 10am to 4pm, in the Palm Room.
Don't forget to bring your canvas to be used for a self portrait for the Summer Exhibition. Claire and other more experienced members will be available to give advice if needed to help with your portrait.

On June 8th Adventurous Artists will be meeting at the White Swan at Mansbridge at 10-15am. The Itchen canal and Hobbycraft are nearby!

On June 19th from 2 to 5 pm in the Maple Room we will have the pilot session of what we hope will be regular meetings where we all paint together either on our own work or a communal project.  If successful we will continue on each third Tuesday of the month starting in July.



Sue has been painting for 20 years. She gives demonstrations and workshops details of which can be obtained on her website

 For this demonstration painting she is using YUPO paper which can be obtained on-line and is also sold by the SAA. It is a synthetic paper similar to photographic printing paper. The watercolour paint lies on the surface and is easily wiped off with a sponge or tissue. This can be done even when the paint is dry. The paper is very strong and doesn't need stretching - just attach to a board by the corners with tape.

Always paint with the board horizontal. Water sprayed on produces a good effect and texture can be produced using table or sea salt or gesso. Washes have to be "scrubbed  on" to cover finger marks which are quickly picked up by the paper. They can also be removed by cleaning with an alcohol based cleaner. We were very impressed when Sue showed us that removing blue paint with a cotton bud through a gauze or circular stencil produced sparkle on the sea or a sun or moon very easily.

For this demonstration Sue used Windsor and Newton paints in Windsor Violet and Quinacridone Gold. Her brushes are a 3/4 inch flat and a rigger. She also finds useful a palette knife, toothbrush, ruler and comb.

The painting was started with an application of the Violet and Gold in appropriate areas using the 3/4 inch flat and then dabbing off excess with a tissue. The rigger was used with a circular movement to paint in the bracts and the stems. Sprayed on water and tilting the board, speckling with a toothbrush and sprinkling with table salt gave a very lose effect to the finished painting.

 After the tea-break Sue demonstrated a painting of the gorge at Lynton, Devon. For this she used Indigo and Quinacridone Gold.

 The gold was used with the flat brush to produce the canopy over the gorge and the indigo added to get the dark green base area. The rigger was used to get finer foliage.  After spraying and tipping and removing paint with a sponge or cotton bud to get white areas and highlights Sue produced a beautiful painting.

Sue had given us an excellent evening and certainly impressed us with the Yupo paper.

Sue at work
Lynton Gorge

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Next Demonstration Evening etc

This will be on Wednesday 23rd May when Sue Colyer will paint a teasel in watercolour. More details on the web-site.
 Don't forget the portrait workshop on June 2nd and the extra painting afternoon on June 19th in the Maple room from 2-4pm. If this afternoon is successful we will continue them on the third Tuesday in the month from July onwards so please come if you can.

Adventurous Artits Farm Visit

Adventurous Artists Sketching at Meadowbank Farm

This was a popular venue and T.A.S member Catherine Hood and her husband Tim made us very welcome.  It was a bright and breezy morning and some of us painted in the seating area in the corner of a field. Others chose to paint from the conservatory. Catherine bakes wonderful cakes so we were spoilt for choice for refreshments. 

Meadowbank Farm is a designated  caravan park and she is looking for someone to decorate the end of an outbuilding with a decorative mural. If you would like more information, the contact details are on her website:

Di Alexander

Di Alexander

Friday, May 4, 2018


By kind permission of Catherine Hood, T.A.S. Member
From Totton  take the A336 towards Cadnam. After the New Forest Motor Company, take the second lane on the left - just before the rumble surface road sign. The farm at the end of the lane has security gates, so you might need to press a button to speak to Catherine.
Bring a seat to paint in the grounds if the weather is fine or we can sketch in the conservatory if wet.
Di Alexander Tel. 07979905192


will take place on 2nd June. Details and payment see Claire.
As part of our Golden Anniversary Exhibition in August we are hoping to have a display of self-portraits done by members. At the next Demonstration evening (May 23rd) interested members will be given a canvas to use.  The portrait workshop is aimed to help members paint their portrait. 

This is a new venture. On JUNE 19th from 2-4pm in the Maple Room we will meet to paint together on our own work. If successful the sessions will continue on the third Tuesday in the month starting in July. We do need support for this to make it worthwhile. 

Paul was a printer and illustrator for 30 years and has been painting for 9 years.
He uses Griffyn alkyd white oil paint as a first coat after applying B and Q egg shell as a primer on MDF board. The brush he prefers is a 2 1/2 inch Flat.
He blends the paint continuously as he works ending up with a 1 inch fine brush and spending 3-4 days on a painting. Vertical brush strokes are his favourite way of applying paint.
Colours are always put into white and colours mixed by layering on top of each other putting dark colours down first then light on top.
A T- square is used to straighten up roof lines etc. and Paul takes out the background to produce recession (often using a cloth).  
Pastel and water colour pencil are used on top of oil for fine detail and white or red highlights are added last.
Paul told us amusing anecdotes all through his demonstration so the commentary plus the brilliant painting made for an outstanding evening.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Lyndhurst report from Adventurous Artists

Although it was Friday 13th, Adventurous Artists were lucky with the weather and the location.  A good sketching morning and everyone produced great work.
Report and Photos by Helen

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Next meeting of the Adventurous Artists is at Bolton's Bench, Lyndhurst at 10-15 am on Friday 15th April.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Demonstration and special GENERAL MEETING

On Wednesday April 25th Paul Dolman from Ferndown will show us how he paints a seascape in oils.

In the tea-break there will be a Special General Meeting to discuss the steps we have to take to comply with the new amendment to the Data Protection Act. We hope that as many members as possible will attend.


The AGM was chaired by Elaine instead of Kate who was stepping down and leaving the Society as she is moving to Dorset. Elaine first thanked Kate for her years of Chairmanship and wished her luck for the future from us all.
Anne Hammerton was elected as the new Chairman and Mary as President as Ruth retired after many years service. The rest of the committee remained as the previous year.
As we have to comply with new regulations for the Data Protection Act there will be a Special Meeting in the tea-break at the next Demonstration evening on Wednesday 25th April. Please try to attend this.
A more detailed account of the AGM will be sent to members later.

The second half of the evening was a talk on framing by David Ridler from First Floor Gallery at Hunt's Farm Michelmersh. He gave us tips on framing various types of paintings eg using a moulding for narrow canvases. He also pointed out that buying in bulk and sticking to the same size canvas or paper saves money. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


There were thirteen of us on the trip to the Russell Cotes House and Gallery on Saturday 17th March.   We were impressed with the  beautiful cliff-top house and its paintings. Sir Merton Russell Cotes had been an art dealer, politician and mayor of Bournemouth. He and his wife Lady Annie travelled the world collecting arts and crafts and shipping them back to England. The house was designed by them and the luxurious interior of the house is a unique setting for their collection.

We visited the A Question of Guilt exhibition of twentieth century portraits and at least one person identified the murderer using the clues next to the paintings. Many thanks to Helen Bartlett for organising the trip.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

                      DON'T FORGET!

                                       AGM    28TH MARCH    7-30pm

                                                        See earlier Blog and Web site for details.

Choice Plants Sketching

Choice Plants visit

The craft room at Choice Plants is a treasure trove of ready made models for artists . The wall are lined with shelves of  pots, bowls and other pottery and an assortment of model animals in all shapes and sizes. Some of us sketched these while others selected pottery items which were painted with glazes. They were then left for firing and later collection. We finished our session with tea and a chat and left after a very enjoyable morning.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018



Saturday 17th March 10.15 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth, BH1 3AA  

There are car parks on the Bath Road after the Royal Bath Hotel.  Alternative parking is at the Bournemouth International Centre on Exeter Road BH2 5BH.
Entry £8 if you are coming under your own steam.
 Minibus passengers who have prepaid - please be at  the bus stop near the former Countrystore shop on the Salisbury Road in Totton  before 9.00 a.m. for a prompt start. The museum has  stunning views over the sea, a large collection of artwork and a cafe. We are looking forward to seeing their special exhibition ‘A Question of Guilt’.

Adventurus Artists Friday 9th March

Friday 9th March 10.15 a.m.
Choice Plants, Stockbridge Road, Timsbury. SO51 0NB

From Romsey, take the A3057.It is on the left after the sign to the Household Waste Amenity Point. We will be well catered for - there is the crafts studio, cafe and plant centre
We can choose to sketch or to pay a small sum to try one of the crafts on offer.



Wednesday 28th March 7.30 p.m. Three Score Club Totton

This will be an important meeting for the society.
We need to appoint the Committee members for this next year, including a Chairman since Kate Rodrigues is standing down. Mary Maskell is collecting nominations. Please contact her if you would like to nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission).
  • There will be changes to the constitution, including new procedures to conform with the General Data Protection Regulation  2018. It will be necessary for us to obtain your permission for us to store safely and use your contact details, photographs, videos, etc. of yourself and your artwork. You  have legal rights over how we use that data. The unsubscribe message at the foot of this email is just one example of the new procedures that have to be implemented.
  • Help us decide how to celebrate the golden anniversary of Totton Art Society.

After the business of the AGM and refreshments we will focus on framing.

FRAME SALE  David Ridler, owner of First Floor Gallery Picture Framing at Hunts Farm Michelmersh 
David will give us the professional low-down on framing and will be bringing a selection of frames for sale.

FRAMING FAIR       Members bring samples of their frames 
Framing can be daunting if you have never been shown how to do it.
if you are an experienced artist please bring a framed sample of your work, with the back fully finished with D-rings, cord and labels. Hopefully there will be a variety of media: watercolours, drawings,  mixed media, pastels, acrylics and oils. We will lay them out and the idea is to share information and tips about finishing work for sale.  


You are welcome to bring your unwanted art equipment, magazines, DVDs, etc. to this meeting to be sold in aid of T.A.S. funds. Please clearly label them with a suggested price.  This is a good chance to have a ‘clear-out’! 


February Demonstration Animals in Watercolour




Julia Cassels has a wealth of experience sketching and painting in Africa. She lived in Zambia for more than ten years and on a farm in Kenya for one year.  Her exquisite watercolour paintings owe much to patient observation and sketching the details that might not be evident in a photograph.  

The main subject of her demonstration was a group of flamingos using two photographs of flocks of the birds as her reference. Her preferred supports are stretched 140lb Arches NOT paper purchased on a roll and Saunders Waterford pads for painting trips. Favourite brushes are Kolinsky sable pointed round Nos. 8 and 16 (sold by Luxartis of Blandford in Dorset, a hake, sword and rigger. Using a cheap child’s paintbrush, some splattered masking fluid reserved white paper for splashes of water around the birds’ legs.
While it dried Julia drew and a mother and baby elephant.  The following techniques were used to depict animals on the move:
·        sketch important lines and angles – little hooks” -even if these are disjointed
·        draw the legs less well-defined than the body
·        draw more loosely and do not connect all the lines – leave “optical gaps”
·        use energetic lines and marks
·        “scribble drawing” – tonal sketches using a scribbling stroke with pencil
Returning to her main painting, Julia used five Winsor & Newton artists’ colours including prussian blue, which dries to a muted shade, cadmium red and naples yellow. She worked wet-in-wet creating subtle colours using layers of washes. Her flamingos were peachy pink with dark grey-blue wings and the water was white with shades of  muted blue-green. The total effect was not unlike a group of beautiful ballet dancers.
Members enjoyed the demonstration and were also interested to see her sketchbooks, greetings cards and copy of her book ‘How to Capture Movement in Your Paintings’.   
Julia’s painting holidays in Zambia, Spain and Greece are very popular.
13th – 21st May 2018   Zambia, Luangwa National Park  2  places available
6th – 13th June 2018    Wild Spain, Aragon & Valencia   . 2  places available
2019    Greece, Island of Zakynthos  (full for this year)
2019    Spain, Andalucia, (full for this year)
More details are to be found on Julia’s website
Kate Rodrigues thanked members for their support during her two years as Chairman and regretted that it was not viable for her to continue in the role. She was presented with flowers on behalf of the society by Anne Hamerton
Di Alexander
Kate retires as Chairman
Masking fluid flamingoes
African Elephants

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Roy Fisher has currently 2 paintings hanging in Southampton Art Gallery. They are part of the “FOUR SEASONS” SOUTHAMPTON OPEN ART EXHIBITION. The paintings are called “The Winter Bird Table” and “The Bournemouth Ice Cream Van”. The Exhibition is on to  the 21st April 2018.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


There were ten of us at the February sketching morning. It was good to see some members who had not been before.  We were welcomed by Mike the manager and given the freedom to sketch where we pleased, The displays were very attractive and it was warm under cover. We were spoilt for choice for subjects to draw.

After some very productive work we enjoyed a refreshment break surrounded by colourful blooms. Wyevale is now one of our top sketching venues!

The Artists
The Sketches

Monday, February 12, 2018




Report on abstract workshop 

Twenty members attended the workshop on  abstract art run by Betty (Rackham) We first looked at a powerpoint presentation Betty had prepared on the development of abstract art ending with an examination of the different ways of abstraction which  

exist today. She then showed examples of her own paintings which illustrated these before we tried a few exercises to produce simple paintings using shape and colour and line to express our personal feelings about a subject. After the lunch break we developed this approach to produce a final painting.

 Betty is an excellent teacher and this well organised and prepared workshop inspired us to think about and approach our paintings in a different way to our usual style with very satisfying results. Hopefully this will continue in the future.

Anne at work

Betty and Muriel

June and pattern painting