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Thursday, November 15, 2018

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS AT LANDFORD

LANDFORD VISIT

Eight of us had a great time on a showery morning at Landford garden centre where there were covered areas and a cafe. The ‘gothic ruins’ was a popular subject.  Penny’s scarecrow looked rather sweet rather than scary! Ali’s sketch proved that she knows her perspective!

NEXT MONTH'S VENUE is the King Rufus pub at Eling Hill at 10.15 a.m. on Friday 14th December.


Ali
Elaine and Penny












 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

November 28th

The NEXT DEMONSTRATION EVENING IS NOVEMBER 28TH (see below)

CHANGE OF DEMONSTRATOR

There is a change to our published programme in November.

We look forward to welcoming local artist SUSAN KERRIGAN-HARRIS who will paint a  monochrome portrait in pastels. She enjoys painting children as well as pets and here is an example of her work.



Sunday, October 28, 2018

NEXT EVENTS (after the one day sale)

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS INFORMAL SKETCHING MORNING

FRIDAY 9th NOVEMBER 10.15 a.m.
Landford Garden Centre, SP5 2BE    (drive past Plaitford on the A36. It is on the left-hand side. )
Bring your sketching gear and a stool. There is a covered area and a cafe. Garden Centres  are always interesting near Christmas so come and get into the Xmas spirit and perhaps produce a few potential Xmas cards !     
Contact Di if you need any more information Tel. 07979905192
 
ART EXTRA on NOVEMBER 20TH (and DEC. 16TH) in the Civic centre from 1-30 TO 3-3O. Bring your own work and see what others are doing. Please let Claire know beforehand if you want to come as numbers are limited by the size of the room. ( £1 charge for room hire) AN ENJOYABLE AND FUN AFTERNOON.  
 
DEMONSTRATION EVENING NOVEMBER 28TH
DANRHAZ RAMDHARRY produces a monochrome portrait.
 Please bring your latest work to show on the Art Table.
 
MEMBERS EVENING  JANUARY 28TH  - START WORK NOW!! Following from Di:-
 
 
Madonna by Leonardo da Vince
 
 
‘GENIUS NIGHT’
T.A.S. MEMBERS’ COMPETITION
WED 23RD JANUARY 2019
Paint your version of a famous painting of your choice.
Mount / frame it according to the medium and support that you use, although framing is not mandatory.  Unframed works should be stiffened enough to be displayed vertically.
 Enter the Genius Night Competition by contacting Di Alexander (email a@dialexander.co.uk or telephone 07979905192) on or before 1st January confirming that you are happy
(a)  to talk to members about why you painted that picture by that artist and
(b) give permission for your work to be featured online.
Please bring to the meeting:
1) your painting
2) notes to remind yourself what to say
3)  additional information (books/pictures/cards, etc.) 
     about the artist
We will vote for our favourite ‘genius’ at the end of the evening.
The prize will be £20 cash.

ONE DAY SALE NOV 10th

SPREAD THE WORD and get your friends to come ! AT THE THREE SCORE CLUB ON 10TH.
An excellent opportunity to sell your work.

Help needed to set up from 8.30 a.m. This involves setting out chairs and putting out paintings and other art work as it comes in.

Handing in 9.00 - 9.30 a.m.

Sale 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Collect unsold work 4.00 p.m.
 
Entry forms are available on the morning or can be downloaded from the website.
Some members are giving part or whole of the proceeds from a painting to the Poppy day appeal.

Friday, October 26, 2018

SHADOW PAINTING


PODI LAWRENCE DEMONSTRATION ON PAINTING SHADOWS 

Podi had just returned from Greece where she was running a painting holiday in Kalymnos. She has paintings held in galleries etc worldwide and was recently one of the finalists in the Artists Illustrated Artist of the Year competition.
She began by showing us the method she uses for getting the shadow effect in her paintings. The canvas she favours is smooth linen of good quality ready primed from Jackson's. Paints are mainly Golden Open acrylic and Windsor and Newton. She mixes the paint with pouring medium or slow drying medium. She has found that it is possible to wipe out the paint to get a faint shadow effect if the mediums are used but it is not so easy if they are diluted with water. The brush that she used was a flat No 4 synthetic from Jackson's and the colours Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna and Bismuth Yellow. The colours are mixed to give greens and violets which are present as a slight tinge in some shadows.  
While she was working she pointed out the following points:-
 
1. If the object is close the shadow has a hard edge.

2. A mix of Ultramarine with Alizarin and Burnt Sienna is added on top of the first layer of shadow and blended at the edge with fingers.

3. Addition of the pouring medium increases the flow and produces interesting drips.

4. Wipe off the paint if it is too thick/dense/heavy.

5. Allow at least 10 minutes of observation before starting to draw or paint.

6. Be careful where the shadows are placed - make sure they fit the angle of the sun.

7. Some leaves show the underside and some are translucent. This is also reflected in the shadows.

The painting she was working on would take some more days of painting before it was finished. We were very grateful to Podi for showing us how she produces such beautiful paintings


WINNER OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY SILVER AWARD

This year was the first year that visitors to the Summer Exhibition voted for their favourite painting. Two trophies to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Totton Art Society are to be awarded each year to the winning artists. Fred Grist and Peter Gurney are the joint winners of the 2018 50th Anniversary Gold Award and were previously presented with their trophies.( See web-site for pictures) 

Trevor Pike is the winner of the 2018 50th Anniversary Silver Award and was presented with his cup on the last Demonstration evening.

WILDLIFE WORKSHOP

The workshop where members painted their own favourite wildlife painting was enjoyed very much by all who took part and resulted in excellent paintings by everyone. Photographs thanks to Anne and Bob.





 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

FURSEY AND KAREN'S OPEN STUDIO

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS SKETCHING AT FURZEY GARDENS
Here are a few photos just to prove that some of us braved the wind and rain at Furzey Gardens on Friday. These are the sketches done by me and Helen. I really enjoyed the chat with Harry, his wife Olive and Peter in the tearooms afterwards. Furzey is well kept and there are some lovely things in the gift shop. I could not resist buying a few plants too.

 Di Alexander
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KAREN FRAMPTON’S OPEN STUDIO 20-22 OCTOBER 10.00 - 5.00
WOODSIDE COTTAGE, MINSTEAD, SO43 7GB

Karen Frampton would love to see you at her studio next weekend. Her range of artwork is now even more extensive, including paintings, prints, cards and paintings on slate and wood. See Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=290569541569925&set=a.118405125453035&type=3&t.

 

Monday, October 8, 2018

NEXT BIG EVENT

ONE-DAY SALE on SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER at the Three Score Club from 10am to 4pm. Bring your paintings that you wish to sell early and help with setting up, refreshments and putting away afterwards.

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS ART JOURNEY

FRIDAY, 12TH OCTOBER ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS meet at FURSEY GARDENS at 10-15 am
Entry is by donation. Bring a seat.

ART JOURNEY bring your latest work to the demo evening on 24th. There is no set theme for this month.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Art Extra, Workshop, Demo Evening

The next Art Extra afternoon is on Tuesday, 16th October at 1-30 pm in the Lilac room. Bring paints and brushes etc and "do your own thing"
Workshop on Wildlife Painting is in the Palm Room on Saturday, 20th October. See Claire for details.
The next Demonstration evening is on 24th October in the Three Score Club when Podi Lawrence will paint a scene with shadows. See the website for more details.

Monday, October 1, 2018

DEBBIE HIDE DEMONSTRATION


Demonstration evening with Debbie Hide

Debbie paints pictures of wildlife - mostly foxes and cats - using unusual backgrounds. She uses Pastelmat paper and produces a background first using acrylic ink or paint or watercolour and Aquacolour either bronze, gold or silver.  The background is sprayed with water and allowed to run to produce a variety of patterns.She produces a number of backgrounds at once and then selects a suitable one for her subject.
 For the actual subject Debbie uses pastel pencils or coloured pencils. They are sharpened to a good point using a ceramic sharpener - a slice.
 Extremes of tones are put in first using random varied lines rather than uniform ones. This produces the impression of real fur more accurately. She likes to start with the dark areas first then work into the light ones.
 Although it is a good idea to start in one corner to avoid smudging the painting should be approached as a whole and not worked at in small areas at one time. To prevent smudging Debbie rests only her little finger on the paper and when the painting is finished protects it with a sheet of glacine paper. Finally after using pale grey for the lightest areas Debbie added highlights in white.  
 
Debbie is an impressive artist and has many hints and tips so that this was a very enjoyable and informative evening.

THE PILGRIM INN

We all had a very enjoyable morning sketching the thatched inn and later in the morning having a welcome coffee in the bar area. Here are some of the sketches and sketchers.













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"