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Saturday, July 6, 2019

ANNUAL EXHIBITION

2019 EXHIBITION

ENTRY FORMS are now available from Mary and should be returned to her by 1st. August. The forms are slightly different this year so read them carefully!
The  Handing-In morning is Friday, August 17th at 9am and the Exhibition closes on the 24th August. Please fill in your Sitting-in time as soon as you can.

FUTURE EVENTS

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS SKETCHERS GROUP
Next venue is Marchwood waterfront on Friday,July 12th at 10-15 am.

The next ART EXTRA is on  Tuesday, July 16th, l-30 to 3-30pm in the Lilac Room. Names to Claire in case we are full up!

DEMONSTRATION EVENING   24th JULY 7-30pm Three-score Club

COLIN'S FINISHED PAINTING

 
Colin wrote to Di and sent a photo of his completed Street Scene:-
 
"I enjoyed doing the demo and meeting you and the group. I have attached the finished painting for the group to see. It took another 4 hours to do as I like to keep them nice and fresh with the brushwork.
Thank you, Colin."

PAINTING A STREET SCENE IN ACRYLICS


STREET SCENE IN ACRYLICS by COLIN BROWN 

Colin has worked as a freelance artist for 30 years after an early career as an illustrator. Now he paints street scenes in acrylics using only one technique.
His paintings usually take 3 days so the evening demonstration would only be the start.
Using a square canvas board and Golden Open acrylics Colin paints with Da Vinci flat impasto brushes.
He starts with a fairly accurate drawing and then does an under-painting. Then the painting is turned upside-down. This enables Colin to judge tonal range and colours more accurately. It also makes you look harder and stops exact copying or representation. Colin aims for a semi-abstract style putting his own interpretation on the subject.
The background is done using contrasting colours. Later some of the background is painted out leaving enough to prevent the painting becoming dull. The effect that Colin wishes to get is like a silk screen print and this is done more easily with a dry brush. Colours are used straight from the tube unmixed and the brush isn't cleaned between colours.
The next stage was to turn the painting up the correct way and put in more detail.To get some linear effects Colin uses a ruler and paints lines in grey or black often in ink. Background objects are painted with a dry brush and buildings are painted a darker tone when they are against the sky. Final touches include putting in highlights not necessarily in white but in a light colour.
Colin was unable to finish his painting but he managed to give us many ideas and tips to make us think hard over our next painting whatever the subject.
Colin and half finished painting



Previous painting

Sunday, June 23, 2019

DEMONSTRATION 26TH JUNE

Our demonstration on June 26th will be by Colin Brown who will paint a townscape in acrylics. It will be held in the Three Score Club at 7-30pm. See website for more details.

Abbey Visit


A warm welcome was received on a blustery, cool and showery June morning for 7 adventurous sketchers in Romsey Abbey.  Thank you to the Abbey.  The building is beautiful and it was difficult to choose what to sketch.  We were lucky when we took refreshment in the park cafe as the sun came out.  A lovely arty morning.
Report and photos by Helen






Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Adventurous artists and Art Extra

The Sketching Group will next meet on Friday June 14th at Romsey Abbey North Porch at 10-15 am.

The next Art Extra afternoon is on the 18th June 1-30 to 3-30pm in the Lilac Room. Book your place with Claire.

Louie Luton Demonstration


LOUISE LUTON DEMONSTRATION

Louise was a teacher for 20 years before becoming a very successful professional artist. Her demonstration for the evening was in oils but she will change her medium to suit the subject and uses a sketchbook for plein air work.
As a base, linen is coated with a clear gesso primer which means that the natural colour of the linen is retained. An alternative is PVA.

Louise's first subject was a Hare. The base coat is a very dilute mix of Raw umber with either Violet or Ultramarine. Her references are usually a watercolour sketch or her own photograph.
After painting a rough outline Louise started putting in dark areas in Black/Purple using the side of a half inch flat brush. Then Coral and Kings Blue were painted on the shoulders, nose and ears  and white added where appropriate. Colours can be harmonised by using one colour throughout or by overall glazing with one colour. Titanium white was used for this work but Zinc white or Flake white are used for portraits as they are not so harsh. Titanium white can also be toned down with Naples Yellow. The colours are blended in at the edges with a soft brush.
Eyes were then painted by putting a thin layer of blue on the edge of the brown which was then reinforced with white for the highlight.
 Pink was added to the nose.
 Whiskers were painted onto a dry surface with a rigger brush in strong sweeping movements in white with a few dark ones added. Where the whiskers meet the face dots were added very lightly with a flat brush. Eyelashes and eyebrows were painted in the same way.
Finally a "bit of flick" with all the colours was put in using a no. 3 rigger brush tapped on the side with the index finger to give a line of dots. 

The second part of the evening was taken up with a sky painting.
Magenta and Titanium White forms a good base coat for skies. The top part of the sky was painted with Ultramarine and with Cerulean near the horizon each mixed with Titanium White. The colours were blended vertically and then the horizon smoothed off.
Naples yellow and Purple form a good cloud colour. This is painted and blended in using a dabbing motion. Then Naples Yellow and Titanium White added to form highlights.
To form a sun the blue at the horizon is scrubbed out and Naples yellow blended with Titanium White painted in as a highlight.
Streaks of Titanium White blended in very lightly will produce Cirrus clouds.
 
By the end of the evening we all thought we had learnt much from a new approach to colour matching and harmonising to many new and different techniques. An excellent evening - thank you, Louise!

Friday, May 24, 2019

ART NOUVEAU WORKSHOP

THIS ACCOUNT WAS WRITTEN BY DI
 
Betty Rackham’s reputation as a great teacher resulted in twenty members taking part in the May Saturday Workshop.  Betty’s excellent  introduction informed us that the Art Nouveau movement was inspired from Celtic art:  carvings and illuminated manuscripts and Japanese woodcuts. The early stages began in 1848 with the work of the English Pre-Raphaelite artists. Art nouveau not only influenced the arts and crafts but also fashion, architecture , advertising and  publishing. Art Nouveau reached its height at the 1900 Paris Exhibition.
Betty illustrated common motifs such as: the ‘whiplash line”, flowing hair, elongated figures, stylised drawing, stained-glass black lines, borders, Arthurian subjects, flowers and nature.
Everyone interpreted Art Nouveau in their own way and achieved a gloriously diverse range of artwork  by the end.  Thank you Betty for all the preparation and care that you put into the day. We enjoyed it so much. Thanks too to Claire Palmer for organising it.

Some pictures follow:-






Sketching at the Trusty Servant

Adventurous Artists visit to The Trusty Servant
Minstead is a picturesque village and the Trusty Servant Inn is popular with visitors. Nine of us had a beautiful bright May morning sketching there on Friday. The churchyard was a popular sketching venue although Hilary and Peter did some sketches at the Trusty Servant, where we later had our refreshments.  
Not all photos are featured here because Di had her camera on the wrong setting. however there are enough to show the variety of sketching styles. Members bring their own materials and select their own positions. The aim is to relax and enjoy the experience rather than worry about accomplishing a finished piece of work.
Di
 
Following are some sketches and artists at work 
 






 

Friday, May 3, 2019

MAY DATES

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS MEET ON THE   10TH   AT 10AM   AT THE TRUSTY SERVANT   AT MINSTEAD.

ART NOUVEAU WORKSHOP is on the 18TH IN THE PALM ROOM 10AM TO 4PM.

ART EXTRA IS ON THE 21ST IN THE LILAC ROOM AT 1-30 T0 3-30pm

Next Demonstration evening is on the 22nd when LOUISE LUTON will show us how to add expressive colour to naturalist paintings

WATERCOLOUR LANDSCAPES WITH PETER FINCH


PETER FINCH - WATERCOLOUR LANDSCAPE

 

Peter worked for many years as a draughtsman drawing maps for the military but is now a fulltime artist.

During the evening he showed us how he painted two landscapes - one a country landscape in Norfolk with a church in the distance and the other a bridge near Warminster. 

The paper used for the church scene was Arches 300gms Rough. Firstly he painted the sky in Ultramarine using a one inch household brush and adding water to decrease the density of colour nearer the base. The picture was inverted, allowed to dry and the church dabbed out. A mixture of Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine was used to paint the church and distant landscape in tones of grey using an Escoda brush or a Jackson 505 which has a good point and plenty of body. By taking off the grey in the appropriate place Peter was able to show the mist lying in the fields.  The near trees were rendered with Raw Umber, Raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna with a touch of Ultramarine with red flicked over to give autumn tints to the foliage. Finally Cadmium yellow and Ultramarine gave the colour for grass which he painted at the base of the picture by rolling a hogs hair brush along. Field boundaries and foliage were painted using a natural sponge and branches were done with a rigger or dip pen. Field posts, cows and shadows added finishing touches.   

For the painting of the bridge Peter used Arches 300gms Cold Pressed paper. He started with a wash of Naples Yellow followed by a second of Ultramarine bringing both down to the base. Highlights were dabbed out with tissue. Neutral tint added to Ultramarine gave a good grey and using the side of the brush trees were added. Tree branches gave structure and foliage added with a natural sponge. Ivy on the main tree was painted by dabbing with a stiff brush and cherry blossom on other trees by using gouache. The bridge and it's reflection were painted with dark colours and lighter colours added using a pen to put in mortar. Foreground rushes were scratched out with finger nails. This was the final stage as scratching out can sometimes destroy the surface.

Peter was the first artist we have had to finish two paintings in one evening! It was a brilliant evening and we gained much from Peter's skill, knowledge and experience.


Art at King John's

The Adventurous Artists had a beautiful morning for sketching at King John's House. Such a sketchable venue - the gardens are beautiful and the tearoom is excellent. We enjoyed the art exhibition in the house as well. 10/10!







Monday, April 22, 2019

ART NOUVEAU WORKSHOP

ART NOUVEAU WORKSHOP SATURDAY 18th MAY

Sign up for our next Saturday workshop with Betty Rackham at the next Demo Evening. Names and fees to Claire. The workshop will run in the Community Centre from 10am to 4pm.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Watercolour Landscape

WEDNESDAY 24TH APRIL

PETER FRENCH will demonstrate how he paints a landscape in watercolours.

Monday, April 1, 2019

AGM ,Demo on Painting surfaces, Bring and Buy


AGM AND PAINTING SURFACE DEMO 

AGM

All current members of the Committee who agreed to continue were re-elected and Henry Needham was elected onto the Committee.
We still need a Publicity Officer and a Treasurer but hopefully we will have these soon!! 
Full details of the meeting will be available in the minutes. 

BRING AND BUY
Claire had organised this so thanks to her and to everyone who brought and bought. 

Demonstration on painting surfaces by Di.
It was obvious that Di had spent many hours investigating and preparing this demonstration.

She explained the advantages and disadvantages of different surfaces and their preparation for painting. 3mm MDF is rather thin so it is best to use a thicker MDF as is the case with plywood. Plywood  and hardboard bend and are affected by heat and water.  All surfaces have to be primed and it is best in the case of MDF to use a sealer or shellac. As MDF is carcinogenic and contains formaldehyde it is best to cut it wearing goggles and thoroughly seal it on both surfaces and sides.
 
An ordinary paint primer is no use as it doesn't last - it cracks and peels off.
Di then showed us how to make gesso from 2 parts paint : 1 part whiting : 1 part PVA glue : 2 parts water. Texture can be added using eg. egg shells, vegetable netting or pulses or by making it thicker to use it as a texture paint. The first coat of gesso should be thin but the next 2 or 3 thicker.
 
All the boards can be covered with fabric. First cut the board to fit the frame then cut the fabric either to the edge or leaving an edge to be folded over. A disadvantage is that it can wrinkle.
 
Aluminium is another surface which can be used. It is light and indestructable and can be used with many media but not pastels. It must be cut to fit the frame. It is first sanded with a block then wiped over with alcohol to remove dirt and dust before priming with gesso. Pictures can be hung by attaching wooden stripes with superglue then using hooks or self-adhesive hooks can be used.
 
We thank Di for a very interesting and useful demonstration which will prove very useful for future paintings. Full details are available on her website

Friday, March 22, 2019

DATES AGAIN

AGM
WEDNESDAY 27th MARCH

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS
FRIDAY 12TH APRIL

ART EXTRA
TUESDAY 16TH APRIL

NEXT DEMONSTRATION EVENING
WEDNESDAY 24TH APRIL

ART NOUVEAU WORKSHOP
SATURDAY 18TH MAY

Details see previous Blog

NEW DATES

  ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS SKETCHING MORNING 10.15 – 12.30 (approx.) King John’s House, Church Street, Romsey SO51 8BT  Sketch in the garden and chat over a drink in the café. Voluntary donations (£1- £3) via Di to King John’s House would be appreciated
 
ART EXTRA AFTERNOON
TOTTON & ELING COMMUNITY CENTRE 1.30 – 3.30 p.m., Draw or paint among friends.  Please book beforehand with Claire Palmer. Cost £1
SATURDAY 18th MAY 2019   MEMBERS’ SATURDAY WORKSHOP
Totton & Eling Community Centre 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
 
                 ART NOUVEAU         with BETTY RACKHAM
We will look at the way the Art Nouveau movement developed and the different styles of painting that arose and try some out ourselves. MORE DETAILS AT THE AGM.
Claire Palmer will be taking bookings for our next ‘in-house’ workshop at the AGM meeting. Please bring your £5 booking fee when you put your name on the list. Alternatively contact Claire to arrange a postal booking. The fee is due to be paid before the day.  


 
 

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Hawthorns Cafe

Sketching on Southampton Common

Four dedicated members sketched on Southampton Common on a cool and breezy morning in March. It was good to study the natural forms of the trees. The hot drink in Hawthornes Cafe afterwards was well-earned.. 
 




Thursday, February 28, 2019

March Dates

 IMPORTANT NOTICES

FRIDAY 8TH MARCH ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS
Meet at the Café at the Hawthorns, Southampton Common at 10-15 am. Parking in Cemetery Road SO15 7NN. Bring a seat - few benches on the Common!

TUESDAY 19TH MARCH ART EXTRA
Meet in the Lilac Room 1-30 to 3-30pm. Names to Claire.

WEDNESDAY 27TH MARCH AGM
Also demonstration about different painting surfaces.
SUBSCRIPTION is £ 25 each - cash or cheque. Helen will be in attendance.

WE NEED A TREASURER AND PUBLICITY OFFICER!!!!!
The Society cannot function without these officers so this is VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FEBRUARY DEMONSTRATION


SARAH ORCHARD painting a FOREST SCENE in WATERCOLOUR and CHARCOAL. 

The scene Sarah was to paint was in Bolderwood which she visits about twice a week and so is very familiar to her.
She had come prepared with the painting already drawn in graphite pencil. She uses sheets of watercolour paper instead of pads and mostly Daniel Smith or Windsor and Newton paints. Brushes are Da Vinci No's 5 and 8. She works very quickly which suits watercolour.
Working with watery washes the background tree trunks were painted in first using yellow ochre. Then using a mix of cadmium red and ultramarine to produce grey shadows were added on the trunks blending the colours in with the yellow ochre wash. Blue for the sky was painted in the background keeping a lighter area in the centre. Then the leaf areas were added.
Starting on the foreground with yellow ochre Sarah then darkened the lower parts of the tree trunks before moving on to the people and the dog. These were first painted with a light wash before adding darker tones for details.
Foreground shadows were added and the painting finalised with tonal contrast and further detail put in with darker colours. 

Leaving the Forest scene Sarah next showed us how to draw people to add to a scene.
Trevor Waugh and Hazel Soan were quoted as good examples to study.
After first painting an oval for a head Sarah then added a carrot shape for body and legs. Arms and accessories such as bags and hats are put in next followed by the ground. Feet are blended into the ground and final tones and details added with darker colours or pencil or charcoal.

After the tea break Sarah showed us how she works on her paintings with charcoal. There are two types of charcoal- willow charcoal, which gives grey when blended, and compressed charcoal, which produces a dark colour on the paper. Sarah uses a charcoal pencil of compressed charcoal to draw soft lines on trunks, branches and other places to bring out the shapes.
 On the figures the charcoal is used to emphasise details such as pockets and collars. It is important not to over-do the process.
For sketching Sarah uses a homemade paintbox with favourite colours and a Pentel brush pen with permanent ink.

To finish the evening Sarah added details with the charcoal pencil to the figures she had drawn earlier. The result was a population of very funny images and formed a perfect end to a very good meeting.

Finished paintings

People

Tea break stage

SPRING WORKSHOP


SPRING WORKSHOP

We all enjoyed painting our different ideas on "Spring" We ended up with a large flock of sheep and their lambs, spring chickens, plenty of birds and nests and acres of flowers. A very enjoyable day - thanks to Claire for organising it and setting the subject.



ART EXTRA


ART EXTRA

We had an interesting time on Tuesday afternoon. While we were doing our own work Mary showed us how she blended the paints to get a good multi-coloured ground. We then suggested how she could turn this into a misty river scene. A very good afternoon enjoyed by all.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

SIR WALTER TYRRELL

SKETCHING AT THE SIR WALTER TYRRELL

Five of us enjoyed sketching at the Sir Walter Tyrrell pub on Friday. We received a warm welcome and it was very cosy on such a stormy day.