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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Popular Still-life January Evening Meeting

 Gail gave us something different again for our January meeting.

We had two still-life arrangements to inspire us.

Gail was on hand to offer guidance and encouragement and she also created her own painting.

Everyone chose their own medium.  Anne used pastels and Di used black pens with Neocolor water-soluble crayons.

The challenge was embraced enthusiastically with beautiful and varied results.

Thanks Gail for a friendly and stimulating evening and very well done everyone!

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Sketching at Headlands Farm Fishery in January

Never deterred by the wet weather, our Adventurous Artists visited Headlands Farm Fishery in January. We gathered in the coffee chop to sketch and chat. Looking forward to returning again to sketch in the open air.


January 2023 Art Extra Workshop

A lovely start to the year working on our own projects and catching up with friends.


Thursday, November 24, 2022



Sharon showed how Inktense pigments are water-soluble - activated by water - but are not removable once dry. They are more saturated than watercolour and do not fade.

She painted an eye on smooth Derwent Painting Pad paper using Inktense pencils and parts of a cotton T-shirt using Inktense blocks. Most of the colour on fabric will remain after washing.

Inktense materials are sold in various sizes. There are two sets of paint pans 

Sharon has even painted canvas shoes

Well-known for her fantasy art, it was fascinating to have a peep at Sharon's sketchbook doodles


Here are just a few of Sharon's cards

She also had some of her favourite art supplies, card and DVDs for sale too.

During the interval, many were keen to try the Inktense mediums for themselves.

It was a hugely enjoyable evening. 

Find out more on Sharon's website.  
There are blogs - including the Travelling Brush Dippers - and also details of her Open Studio weekend 26th - 27th November and painting holiday in Peterborough in March 2023. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2022


 Helen, Betty, Tony, Di and Nick were November's Ingenious Artists. 

Nick was working in his studio.


He firstly showed us the 3M Command Large picture mounting strips that are claimed to hold 7 kg. He uses them to hang some paintings on his studio walls. They can be pulled off again, taking only the paint layer.

Nick's work in progress was half a dozen acrylic paintings, at various stages of completion. He applies paint generously in sections. Then he moves on to the next picture while the first one dries. Backgrounds are painted first, some areas might  include Pebeo metallic paints. This one is still in progress.

Here is a Biblical Sky.

Here Nick has painted the trees and is using a cutout to position to try various positions for the rally car.


This Mustang car painting is work in progress.

Here is his Psycedelic Hatchett Pond.

This is a Canadian Headland.

The theme of the month was Pattern. Betty had drawn a patterned drinking glass in graphite.

She had also painted humming birds with a flower using watercolours. Tony had taken a video of a hummingbird hawk moth feeding nectar from a flower.

Di had finished her glass tumbler bases using Neocolor Crayons.

She had also painted Choosing a Man - depicting a girl searching a dating site online. Sections of the screen formed a faint pattern on her face.

Discussions included: the cost of selling paintings in galleries, Nick selling his own paintings and jewellery at Winchester Sunday markets with his peddler's cart...

... and Nick's home gallery in his garden cabin.

The theme for December's meeting is MUSIC. 

Thursday, November 10, 2022


Autumn leaves proved inspirational in November.

The sun gave Ali & Di some brilliant shots in the New Forest Wildlife Park. Here are a few:

Chatting in the New Forest Wildlife Park cafe afterwards ,,,. an Adventurous Artists tradition.

A great finish to our sketching afternoon.