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Friday, August 30, 2013



Drop in and 'feel the difference' this year. There are surprising subjects such as Glennis Courtney's 'Wishing You Rainbows'. 

There are unusual techniques like Paula Anning's swirling acrylics and you will see more abstract paintings. The exhibition appears to be more colourful, for example Claire Palmer's volcanic 'Dramatic Splendour' blazes in the middle of it. Notice the new stands of unframed paintings and members' own greetings cards

Guest of Honour Alan Langford opened the show on Thursday 29th August with a thoughtful and humorous speech.

Alan mentioned a few artists by name: Pam Payne for her 'Papaver' watercolour; Rosalind Scraggs for her oils; Roy Fisher for his 'primative-style' works; Ruth Edwards for her 'All the Way Home, Fritham' watercolour; Di Alexander for her light effects; Derek Huntley for his painting of deer in oils and general mention of Shirley Lester and Anne Hamerton.
 Votes were cast for many different paintings at the Preview, but the winner of the Best Painting Rosette was Trevor Pike with his atmospheric 'Fog Bound'

The exhibition is mounted by Anne Hamerton, Mary Maskell and a team of dedicated artists who work extremely hard. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude. Please show your support by buying a raffle ticket or making a donation when you visit.

Photos: Di Alexander


John is a successful landscape painter and member of Totton Art Society. His August demonstration showed the later stages of painting a watercolour scene.

He included some useful painting tips: 
  • create foliage by applying a sponge with only a 'kiss and a whisper' i.e. hardly touching the paper
  • create sunlit foliage by applying white gouache+a touch of lemon yellow with a sponge
  • create a field of poppies  or roses around a door by applying white gouache with a sponge, then ading daps of red on top
  • use a closer-textured sponge for distant foliage
and framing tips :
  • use photographic corners to hold the painting against the mount
  • twist the cord to make it taut 

Photos: Di Alexander