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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

More news PAST AND FUTURE

ART EXTRA AFTERNOON IS ON TUESDAY 18th SEPTEMBER 1-30 to 4pm. Bring your latest work along and paint with fellow members.
WILDLIFE WORKSHOP IS ON 20th OCTOBER 10 to 4pm. Contact Claire for further information and to book.
LATEST NEWS ON THE EXHIBITION
The number of paintings sold (framed and unframed)  was 23 with 37 cards and one piece of pottery so congratulations everyone!
The "Best in the Exhibition" painting voted for on the Preview Evening was "Southampton Docks - Sunburst" by Peter Clements.
 The winners of the new 50th Anniversary Trophies will be announced and presented on the next Demonstration Evening on 26th September.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Photographs for the Blog





We often take pictures for the Blog at events and should always ask beforehand for permission. Di will be taking a few photos for the blog at the Pilgrim Inn, but inclusion in the Blog is entirely your choice. If you don't wish to have a photograph included always  PLEASE SAY - we quite understand.

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS SKETCHING AT THE PILGRIM INN MARCHWOOD 
FRIDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 10.15 a.m. PILGRIM INN, HYTHE ROAD MARCHWOOD, SO40 4WU
 
The picturesque pub/hotel has a garden with benches and we have a table booked for coffee etc. after sketching. 

 From Totton travelling south along the A326 Marchwood Bypass, turn left at the Twiggs Lane crossroads, then right onto the Hythe Road. It is on the right-hand side past Hendy Ford and St Contest Way. No need to tell me you are coming, just bring your sketching materials. I Iook forward to seeing you there!         Di Alexander Tel 07979905192 Email: dga@dialexander.co.uk
 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

MEMBERS DEMONSTRATION EVENING


MEMBERS EVENING
We all enjoyed an evening where three members set the style and everyone else tried out their techniques as near as possible. All the painting was done without brushes.  
 
Starting us off was Muriel who was working on a beautiful sunset picture in pastels.                    She used blenders to get the pastel embedded into the paper and then did more graphic work to add detail.

Gail demonstrated her pouring and tilting method. Using Atellier Interactive acrylic paints mixed with a pouring medium in a small dish, she poured the colours onto  the canvas and tilted it in different directions to get wave effects etc. This was very useful for backgrounds in particular and for getting an abstract feel to the painting.

Peter (following his success in winning the "Best in Exhibition" award) showed us how to use foam "paddles" to paint another sunset. This was a very good method for covering the canvas quickly and by the end of the evening he had painted a beautiful picture.

While our three demonstrators were working in the centre the rest of us were ranged in a big circle around them. Di gave us an assortment of paints, pastels, knives and paddles and we each tried them out on our favourite subjects. Brushes were not allowed.

We all agreed that the evening had revealed to us that there were plenty of ways other than by using brushes to apply paint to canvas or paper. This could prove very useful if we wanted to add different textures etc to our work or just to "do something different"
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 









 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Art Extra, Demo, Exhibition

 ART EXTRA
Another popular afternoon for 17 of us when we painted together. Subjects ranged from boats to people to flowers to mice and landscapes with rainbows in different media. A thoroughly enjoyable event.
 DEMONSTRATION EVENING
Tomorrow evening four members will paint without brushes! Bring your own materials and have a go!
EXHIBITION
If you haven't visited yet, take advantage of the late evening opening on Thursday until 8pm.
The Exhibition finishes at 5pm on Saturday when unsold pictures can be collected.

Monday, August 20, 2018

SELF -PORTRAIT PANEL

The Rogues' Gallery. All our  self-portraits done for the 50th Exhibition . Can you recognise each of us? Photograph by Mary.



Sunday, August 19, 2018

50 YEARS OLD!


50TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION

               Our Exhibition Pre-view evening opened in great style with a large crowd of members, family and friends.
        Anne welcomed us all and then handed the microphone to Mary who gave us a brief rundown of the history of our society.
        Ruth Edwards was presented with a bouquet in recognition of being the longest serving member and of her work on behalf of us all. Ruth has done almost every job possible for us and only gave up as President at the last AGM. 
  

            The Exhibition was then opened by wildlife artist Kim Thompson who had previously visited us last November. She told us of her very interesting work with children in Botswana before wishing us luck and declaring the Exhibition open.






           A celebration cake had been made for us by Anne's Sister - in - Law, Wendy Hammerton, which was beautiful inside as well as out. Unfortunately she wasn't able to join us but Anne and Bob will pass on our thanks and admiration for such a lovely cake.

     

 The Exhibition itself is "one of, if not THE, best" with a wide range of subjects, styles and media.
        On the Pre-view evening we voted for the "Best in Exhibition " picture which was awarded to Peter Clements for his painting of the Docks at night. So many congratulations to Peter. A second vote will be done by the visitors to the Exhibition - result on Saturday.

  
 
        Thanks are due to the Hanging Committee who spend a lot of time planning the event so that everything runs smoothly at the hand-in and for the duration of the Exhibition. An innovation was the board of self-portraits of twenty members done especially for the Anniversary. Many of us had never done a portrait before so thoroughly enjoyed trying something different and, of course, it was much more difficult than we had imagined! 

           The Exhibition is open every day from 10am to 5pm with an extension on Thursday until 8pm and continues until 5pm on Saturday, 25th August when members collect their unsold work etc







Tuesday, August 7, 2018

REMINDERS FOR AUGUST

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS Friday10th August
          Meet at 10-15am Park in cemetery car park and walk down to Goatee via path across the road from car park. If wet meet in the Eling Experience café at 11 am.

ART EXTRA 21st August
          Runs from 1-30 to 2-30pm in the Lilac room at the Community Centre. Please book place with Claire - charge £1.

EXHIBITION DATES
         HAND-IN at 9-10 am FRIDAY 17TH August     with PREVIEW that evening 7-30 to 9-0 pm
         HAND-OUT at 5pm SATURDAY 25TH August
                                                     All in the Community Centre.

DEMO MEMBERS EVENING Wednesday 22nd August.
         PAINTING WITHOUT A PAINTBRUSH. Bring your own materials and take part as well as watch four members demo.
        

Monday, July 30, 2018

PICTURES FOM POWER UP





PICTURES FROM CY BAKER DEMO AND POWER UP

CY BAKER PICTURES AND CARDS

August

T.A.S. POWER-UP   JULY ARTWORK
Penny Fry brought in some artwork including several experiments with silicon. Silicon oil is used with acrylic paint and poured onto a canvas to create so-called ‘cell’ patterns. Stephen Rawlins, who has recently joined the society, displayed a variety of work including small studies of fruit and trees, and some drawings

T.A.S.  VIDEO FOR AUGUST - PAINT TEXTURES USING PLASTIC WRAP This is a simple technique on creating lovely patterns for backgrounds or for sections of your acrylic or watercolour paintings. DOUBLE-CLICK ON THIS LINK ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gyi_Iq83Zg ______________________________________________________
 

A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CREATIVE PROCESS WITH CY BAKER
Cy gave us a unique insight into his methods for creating a new work of art.

He identified three main stages: inspiration, preparation and execution. Much of his inspiration comes from the natural world and he particularly notices the effects of light.
 
His preparation usually involves drawing on a whiteboard with a marker pen which is easily rubbed out. This enables him to experiment with the composition until he is happy with it. Many of the prints feature an animal or bird which is not centrally placed. The head or body may be cropped as well, as is the case with the large portrait in biro of a tiger. Its ears are not in the picture. The character of the animal may be suggested by the size and position on the canvas. His painting of a shy deer, for example, has only the head peering out among an expanse of vegetation.
The execution of the work might remain as a drawing in pen, graphite or ink. Cy uses grey tones and leaves spaces for the lighter areas. This means that shading negative spaces around fine whiskers can be extremely delicate work. Otherwise the drawing becomes a base for an oil painting, in which case it has to be completely accurate. His professional judgement compels him to destroy works that do not meet his own high standards.

Cy recommends that we experiment with materials and use what feels comfortable. He prefers to use two kinds of support for paintings: un-primed linen canvas for use with dilute oil washes or canvas primed with additives to give more texture, such as Polyfilla or sand.
 
e used a canvas with a toned wash of oil and Faber Castell Pitt Artists pens (warm grey 3, warm grey 5 and black) for the demonstration.  His reference was a colourful photograph of an indoor souk. Composing and correcting his drawing (often stepping back from the easel to assess the overall effect) he created an interior scene with repeated arch shapes and backlit figures. Although only in shades of grey, it was more atmospheric than the original photograph. It would be a suitable base for an oil painting. Creating an atmospheric work of art is always Cy’s aim.
Cy reassured us that at some point, while working on 90% of his drawings and paintings, he thinks that they are rubbish. So ‘you should not worry if it does not go the way that you want it to go’. The creative process is a conversation between you and the artwork. He has been writing his blog “The Life of an Artist” since he became a full-time professional artist in 2015. He is refreshingly frank about the highs and lows and we can all learn from it. (Use the numbers at the bottom of the page to navigate through it.)    http://cybaker.co.uk/blog/ 


We should spend as much time choosing a subject and freely experimenting with composition as we do painting or drawing. Cy showed us that making important  decisions early in the process will make a big difference to our artwork..   _____________________________________________________________________



ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS SKETCHING AT GOATEE BEACH, ELING 

FRIDAY 10th AUGUST 10.15 a.m. GOATEE BEACH
The entrance to the beach is beside Eling Toll Bridge on the same side as the church. Park in the Cemetry Car Park and cross the road. Walk down an unsurfaced lane and follow the path until you reach the shore.
If it is wet, meet at the Eling Experience Cafe (postcode SO40 9HF) at 11.00 a.m. 

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Friday, July 20, 2018

EXHIBITION and NEXT DEMONSTRATION

On Wednesday 25th July Cy Baker will demonstrate how to paint memories by painting an interior scene .
Entry forms for the Exhibition can be handed in at this meeting otherwise make sure they are returned to Mary by Wednesdsay 1st August.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

ART JOURNEY CONTINUED

POWER-UP YOUR ART - the second year of the ART JOURNEY

If you feel like trying something new, the video for July is by SURAJ PATEL an artist from India:

PAINT AN ABSTRACT WITH KNIFE & SPRAY – YOUR EASIEST PAINTING EVER!

Double-click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUvdW1iPgAI 

 Do bring any items of your work and put them on the Art Journey table. You are also welcome to apply to join our members’ Facebook page and post a photo of your artwork on it: https://www.facebook.com/groups/161632347660794/

LATEST NEWS

See some of our members’ work in the Art Pavilion at the New Forest & Hampshire County Show The Showground, New Park Brockenhurst, SO42 7QH 24th - 26th July

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS SKETCHING GROUP

ASHLETT CREEK FRIDAY 13TH JULY 10.15 a,m,

Sketching is at ASHLETT CREEK near Fawley meeting at The Jolly Sailor pub, Ashlett Road, Fawley, SO45 1DT. There’s a car park and picnic benches. Helen Bartlett will be hosting it.  
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ART EXTRA  - OUR INFORMAL MONTHLY PAINTING AFTERNOON
 TOTTON & ELING COMMUNITY CENTRE, LILAC ROOM
17TH JULY 1.30 - 3.30    £1
Come with your current work and materials and paint with the company of fellow members. Please note that you must book with CLAIRE PALMER Tel. (023)80866913  in order to attend. We can take a maximum of 18 people. See photos of the last one on our TAS Blog http://tottonartsociety.blogspot.com/ Your own news and photos may be sent to our website and blog team: Tony & Betty Rackham at: editor@tottonartsociety.org.uk

Friday, July 6, 2018

KNIFE DEMONSTRATION



MIKE PARKER ON PAINTING WITH KNIVES 

Mike showed us his selection of VERY LARGE knives but said that most of his work is carried out with a small "trowel" ending up with a small knife for the final details in a picture. The very large knives are excellent for dragging down paint to create ripples etc. He works on a canvas board primed with a large paint brush and doesn't worry if the paint is uneven. The palette he uses includes ultramarine and manganese blue, cadmium orange and Indian yellow and burnt umber.

 Most of Mike's work involves subjects that are with moving. For this painting of people walking in a wet street he started by placing a mix of  burnt sienna and burnt umber over the blue base then dragging off areas to create doors and windows. People were painted as shapes using a mix of titanium white and Indian yellow to create a halo around the burnt umber hair. Cadmium orange and burnt sienna were placed on the dark side of the face and an umbrella blocked in with cadmium orange adding lemon yellow or titanium white to produce modelling. The body shapes were defined using  the technique of cutting out with the knife and scraping off the paint.

  To produce a puddle shadows were formed by adding as blobs the colours already in the subject. These were then spread horizontally with a large palette knife. Spattering added a splash. 

  For rain Mike added highlights to the umbrella in titanium white and allowed the colour to "fall off the edge".

He painted a little girl by roughly blocking out the shape of the body  then cutting back and replacing with the background colour. The face had little detail in the features and Mike pointed out it was better to paint subjects with a back view and put details such as the hair in only.

  Mike suggested that keen observation was essential and it was best to aim to keep everything very loose. The interpretation of the painting is left to the viewer.

 Mike is an inspiring speaker and everyone left at the end of the evening eager to get their painting knives out and start painting.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The FIRST ART EXTRA

Our first session of Art Extra went extremely well with 15 members attending. We all spent an enjoyable 2 hours painting a variety of subjects from our portraits for the exhibition to botanical painting and landscapes and fortified by mugs of tea.
Due to the good support our next session will be in a bigger room and run from 1-30 to 3-30 pm. on July17th and will continue on the 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Thanks to Anne for the idea and to Claire for so capably organising it.  

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Exbury Exhibition

PERSPECTIVES ARTISTS GROUP

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 ás 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

ART EXTRA

We meet from 2 to 5pm in the Maple Room

ART EXTRA

DON'T FORGET!
Our next venture is our painting afternoon starting on June 19th, 2pm to 4pm, in the Maple Room.
Please come!!

Sketching at Mansbridge

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS SKETCHING AT RIVERSIDE PARK 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




PORTRAIT WORKSHOP



PORTRAIT WORKSHOP 

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!