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Friday, August 24, 2012


Pat Weller was painted by Robert Sharpe in February 2012

Our former chairman Patricia Weller received the following message, via the T.A.S. Website Editor, from a lady who had purchased one of her paintings. The both gave their permission for it to be posted online.
"In 2003 I bought a painting that you did.  It is of a wee red geranium plant perched on a windowsill, the windowsill is in a stone building.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you that it is my favourite painting and in good times and not so good times, it has been there on the wall cheering me up every time I see it.

I bought the wee picture when I was a student in Southampton. The painting was for sale at a charity bazaar type thing in Winchester.  I think they wanted £16 but I only had £12, so I got it for £12.  Yes, I know that is a bargain, but £12 to a student in those days was a fair bit of drinking money.

Since then I have bought a load of paintings, but yours is my ultimate favourite.  It has pride of place in the living room.

 The painting has moved from Southampton, to Scotland, to London, and now it is finally home in Oban (West Coast of Scotland).
Kay Lang"
What a lovely story! When we sell a work of art we rarely know what happens to it. Well done Pat!


Cards were on sale for the first time
President Ruth Edwards presented the bouquet to Mrs Patricia Dixie

The preview was busy

Photos Di Alexander


Di and Helen gave members an insight into colour relationships and the colour wheel on Wednesday 22nd August. The first section of the demonstration covered four principles illustrated by old master paintings.
Complimentary colours - opposites on the colour wheel
Analogous colours - adjacent colours on the colour wheel
Warm and cool colours - the position of colours on the colour wheel
Aerial perspective - using the spectrum (rainbow) to create the illusion of distance
Di then introduced the technique of colour mapping, which was originated by American artist James Gurney and featured in his book "Colour and Light: a guide for the realist painter "(Andrews McMeel Publishing, Kansas City 2010). Colour maps are used to limit the range of colours in order to create a colour scheme for a painting.
Di talked about using colour in her own painting and in paintings by other artists. She showed examples of colour schemes that she has done and said that they made painting it faster and easier. Then she showed how to make a colour scheme from a photograph. The text of the demonstration is available on Di's Old England Fine Art website: (see Techniques).
After the break members used the worksheets and created a colour map and colour scheme using a photograph for reference. Di asked members to make a colour wheel at home using their own paints and bring them to the next demonstration meeting.