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Saturday, November 29, 2014


Wendy started with a short talk on materials used in acrylic painting. For the evening's painting she was using a canvas but watercolour or acrylic paper, canvas board, mount board and M.D.F. can all be used successfully.  The basic brushes are flats and riggers - she was using a brush of her own design similar to a swordtail. Starter packs of paints are good value for money and she always uses a stay-wet palette.  She recommended using texture pastes such as sand or glass beads to introduce some variety into the painting but "be careful not to over-do it!"  They are put under the paint.

The painting had been roughly drawn onto the canvas and highlights  been put in using masking fluid and a ruling pen. Wendy started painting by laying in washes for the background varying the tone and using a mix of blue and burnt sienna with a touch of green. Foreground shadows and windows were painted next using a dark tone of the same mix.

Then, using thicker paint, a green canopy and flowers on a balcony were placed in the picture followed by umbrellas, table and chair legs, shutters etc and finally people. A wash of yellow ochre was put on the foreground

The masking fluid was removed and then the highlight areas toned down slightly with a wash. Finishing touches were then worked by increasing the contrast between shadow and sunny places and adding detail eg. to balconies, shutters and foreground areas.

Although Wendy was painting on a white canvas she often uses yellow ochre for sunny pictures or red under green for foliage etc. Finally she showed us her sketchbook and photographs of reference material that is used in paintings or as teaching aids for her workshops.

This was a truly inspirational evening. Wendy had not only produced a beautiful painting but had taught us many things. Everyone went away feeling enthused and keen to try out acrylics for themselves. 


Sunday, November 23, 2014


Looking forward to the evening with Wendy Jelbert on Wednesday (26th).

The One-Day-Sale last Saturday was a successful event with a good number of pictures and cards sold. Thanks to all
members who produced a terrific display.  Photos below:-


Friday, November 14, 2014

One Day Sale 10am to 4pm TOMORROW

Start getting ready to hand paintings (framed or unframed ) in tomorrow between 9 and 9-30am at the Three Score Club with hanging fees. Presentation and labelling as for the Exhibition. Collection of unsold work is at 4pm. Good luck to everyone!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lantern Procession

We have just received this e-mail from the new Art-E-Mail  for Totton  about this years Lantern Procession:-

Light it up with the Lantern Procession.

Local people will be getting stars in their eyes when artist Caroline Rackham will be making star lanterns with local residents from Totton and Eling.  The lanterns will be in readiness for the Totton and Eling Lantern Procession, which takes place on the 7th December this year.

The lantern making workshop will take place on the 22nd November from 12 to 3 pm (free entry) at Hounsdown Community Centre where Children and adults will be making star lanterns using a special cut paper technique which they will then be able to carry in the procession on the 7th.  More details can be found on posters or contact Caroline on

The lantern procession will leave the Countrywide car park at 5pm on the 7th December to walk down Salisbury Road, Commercial Road and Beaumont Road.  With the fair, bands like Back 2 Swing, and carol singing taking place until 8pm.

There will be a second workshop at on December 6th - details later.

 The new Art-E-Mail is aimed at advertising any Totton-related art events- meetings, exhibitions, workshops etc
 Any members wishing to receive the information directly or advertise an event get in touch with Caroline as above. The full newsletter, sent out once a month, will be put on the notice board at our meetings and on this blog.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Next Meeting, Wednesday 26th November

Our demonstrator for this evening will be Wendy Jelbert.

Wendy is a nationally well-known artist who will paint a French café scene for us in acrylic.
Details of Wendy's work with examples of her paintings can be seen on her web-site.

Friday, November 7, 2014


The sale takes place on Saturday 15th November. All paintings, cards, and mounted pictures should be given in with the completed form and entry fees from 9 to 9-30am. at the Three Score Club.

Publicity is important for an event like this so please tell as many as possible about the sale. It is an ideal opportunity to get Christmas presents etc. and people are usually pleased to hear about it.