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Saturday, November 12, 2011


Members exhibited over 200 paintings at the society's One Day Sale on Saturday 12th November at the Three Score Club Totton. 19 paintings were sold.

 Thanks to Chairman Anne Hamerton, President Ruth Edwards, Honorary Secretary Mary Maskell, Treasurer Glennis Courtney, and Competitions Manager Pat Scammell for devoting their time to sitting in. Grateful thanks, as well, to Bob Hamerton, Mike Maskell, Roy Fisher and Sue Fisher for their assistance.

Unusual individual paintings spotted included:

 a blue version of the Eling Boardwalk,

a Christmas Scene by Freddie Springer,

a line drawing by Jean Baker,

a colourful small market scene by Claire Palmer

two paintings on stone.

There were also some cards on sale.

We are very grateful to everyone who worked hard to make the sale a success.


Alan Langford told us that Totton Art Society was mentioned on the News Quiz radio programme on 29th October. The News Quiz is a topical panel quiz show, chaired by Sandi Toksvig, taking its questions from the week's news stories
Right at the end one of the panellists says:

“...a small ad in the New Forest Post sent in by Alistair Dineen.  

Totton Art Society demonstration on using mixed media to paint a chicken. Refreshments available.”

Missing out the ‘on how ‘ between on and using sounds funny to non-artists I guess.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Jake Winkle gave 14 members a challenging day on Saturday 1st October. The task was to create two watercolour subjects using his methods.  He stressed the importance of using an absorbant support, preferably Arches Aquarelle 140 lb. together with Kolinsky sable brushes.

After drawing an accurage outline in pencil, the backgound washes were applied wet in wet. Figures were painted in segments with similar tones but varying hues. Jakes stressed that the consistency should be similar to double cream.
After painting racehorses and jockeys, the group painted a couple of rockhopper penguins.

Photos: Di Alexander
Everyone appreciated the hard work that Jake had put into the day and surprised themselves with the results at the end of it.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust held Activities Days at various locations on 4th September to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Totton Art Society took up the challenge to organise an activity in a marquee. Ruth Edwards prepared landscape paintng worksheets and Claire Palmer created simple templates. The Trust provided furniture, paints, water containers and brushes.
Mary Maskell, Anne Hamerton and Claire Palmer set up the stall with some of their paintings, and sign-board and stayed all day, with additional assistance from Pat Scammell and Di Alexander.

The enthusiasm of the children was heart-warming.
Many children were happy to paint with templates, watched by their parents*.
However most wanted to paint their own picture and were extremely creative.

Many thanks to Claire, Anne and Mary for devoting the day after the end of the Summer Exhibition to Totton Art Society. Your dedication is amazing! 
*Parents were asked and gave permission for photographs of the children to be used online.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Summer Exhibition: the Inside Story

34 paintings were sold at the exhibition. It is a shame that we do not have the space to show all of the fantastic artwork in but congratulations to you all!

Karen, Glennis and Paula 'sitting in 'on Wednesday afternoon. The desk was re-located this year and it gave more room for everyone to move. Sales of the TAS greetings cards were good

Members snapped at the exhibition:

Roy Fisher with 3 of his seaside scenes.
Karen Frampton with her paintings A Corner of the Close Salisbury and Eling Tide Mill in Winter.
Paula Humphrey with Old Timer
 Bob Wellington with his Red Kite painting
Muriel Hiscott with her Promises of Summer butterfly painting.
Patricia Scammell with her picture of Cuddles.

Few people realise the amount of time and sheer hard work that is spent keping  the Summer exhibition running successfully by the following members of the committee:
Glennis Courtney - is the Treasurer and she sat in for many hours. She is also a s skilled salesperson! Here she is with her evocative painting of Jaccarandas.
Mary Maskell's efficient administration and commitment ensured a smooth operation. Here she is with two of her stunning marine paintings.
Claire Palmer was hard at work with enthusiasm. Here she is with her masterpeice Venice Before the Rush.
Chairman Anne Hamerton  our 'king-pin' - her feet barely touched the ground during the week. She introduced the society's first 'chip and pin' machine for the exhibtion and Bob assisted with its management online. Here she is with her painting of St. Ives.
Sue and Roy Fisher, Bob Hamerton and Mike Maskell seen here dismantling and packing away the display stands.

After the clearing-up on Saturday evening Anne produced the wine!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

2011 Summer Exhibition Preview Evening - a few photos

Members and guests viewed some stunning paintings while Karen sang with her guitar nearby.

Glennis  received a token of our appreciation for her expert demonstration and workshop on using Interactive Acrylics.

Gary worked hard selling raffle tickets

Glennis and Pat worked hard selling paintings!