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Sunday, May 27, 2018


This is on June 2nd, 10am to 4pm, in the Palm Room.
Don't forget to bring your canvas to be used for a self portrait for the Summer Exhibition. Claire and other more experienced members will be available to give advice if needed to help with your portrait.

On June 8th Adventurous Artists will be meeting at the White Swan at Mansbridge at 10-15am. The Itchen canal and Hobbycraft are nearby!

On June 19th from 2 to 5 pm in the Maple Room we will have the pilot session of what we hope will be regular meetings where we all paint together either on our own work or a communal project.  If successful we will continue on each third Tuesday of the month starting in July.



Sue has been painting for 20 years. She gives demonstrations and workshops details of which can be obtained on her website

 For this demonstration painting she is using YUPO paper which can be obtained on-line and is also sold by the SAA. It is a synthetic paper similar to photographic printing paper. The watercolour paint lies on the surface and is easily wiped off with a sponge or tissue. This can be done even when the paint is dry. The paper is very strong and doesn't need stretching - just attach to a board by the corners with tape.

Always paint with the board horizontal. Water sprayed on produces a good effect and texture can be produced using table or sea salt or gesso. Washes have to be "scrubbed  on" to cover finger marks which are quickly picked up by the paper. They can also be removed by cleaning with an alcohol based cleaner. We were very impressed when Sue showed us that removing blue paint with a cotton bud through a gauze or circular stencil produced sparkle on the sea or a sun or moon very easily.

For this demonstration Sue used Windsor and Newton paints in Windsor Violet and Quinacridone Gold. Her brushes are a 3/4 inch flat and a rigger. She also finds useful a palette knife, toothbrush, ruler and comb.

The painting was started with an application of the Violet and Gold in appropriate areas using the 3/4 inch flat and then dabbing off excess with a tissue. The rigger was used with a circular movement to paint in the bracts and the stems. Sprayed on water and tilting the board, speckling with a toothbrush and sprinkling with table salt gave a very lose effect to the finished painting.

 After the tea-break Sue demonstrated a painting of the gorge at Lynton, Devon. For this she used Indigo and Quinacridone Gold.

 The gold was used with the flat brush to produce the canopy over the gorge and the indigo added to get the dark green base area. The rigger was used to get finer foliage.  After spraying and tipping and removing paint with a sponge or cotton bud to get white areas and highlights Sue produced a beautiful painting.

Sue had given us an excellent evening and certainly impressed us with the Yupo paper.

Sue at work
Lynton Gorge

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Next Demonstration Evening etc

This will be on Wednesday 23rd May when Sue Colyer will paint a teasel in watercolour. More details on the web-site.
 Don't forget the portrait workshop on June 2nd and the extra painting afternoon on June 19th in the Maple room from 2-4pm. If this afternoon is successful we will continue them on the third Tuesday in the month from July onwards so please come if you can.

Adventurous Artits Farm Visit

Adventurous Artists Sketching at Meadowbank Farm

This was a popular venue and T.A.S member Catherine Hood and her husband Tim made us very welcome.  It was a bright and breezy morning and some of us painted in the seating area in the corner of a field. Others chose to paint from the conservatory. Catherine bakes wonderful cakes so we were spoilt for choice for refreshments. 

Meadowbank Farm is a designated  caravan park and she is looking for someone to decorate the end of an outbuilding with a decorative mural. If you would like more information, the contact details are on her website:

Di Alexander

Di Alexander

Friday, May 4, 2018


By kind permission of Catherine Hood, T.A.S. Member
From Totton  take the A336 towards Cadnam. After the New Forest Motor Company, take the second lane on the left - just before the rumble surface road sign. The farm at the end of the lane has security gates, so you might need to press a button to speak to Catherine.
Bring a seat to paint in the grounds if the weather is fine or we can sketch in the conservatory if wet.
Di Alexander Tel. 07979905192


will take place on 2nd June. Details and payment see Claire.
As part of our Golden Anniversary Exhibition in August we are hoping to have a display of self-portraits done by members. At the next Demonstration evening (May 23rd) interested members will be given a canvas to use.  The portrait workshop is aimed to help members paint their portrait. 

This is a new venture. On JUNE 19th from 2-4pm in the Maple Room we will meet to paint together on our own work. If successful the sessions will continue on the third Tuesday in the month starting in July. We do need support for this to make it worthwhile. 

Paul was a printer and illustrator for 30 years and has been painting for 9 years.
He uses Griffyn alkyd white oil paint as a first coat after applying B and Q egg shell as a primer on MDF board. The brush he prefers is a 2 1/2 inch Flat.
He blends the paint continuously as he works ending up with a 1 inch fine brush and spending 3-4 days on a painting. Vertical brush strokes are his favourite way of applying paint.
Colours are always put into white and colours mixed by layering on top of each other putting dark colours down first then light on top.
A T- square is used to straighten up roof lines etc. and Paul takes out the background to produce recession (often using a cloth).  
Pastel and water colour pencil are used on top of oil for fine detail and white or red highlights are added last.
Paul told us amusing anecdotes all through his demonstration so the commentary plus the brilliant painting made for an outstanding evening.