News update

A new display of paintings unveiled at Loughborough General Hospital has been a great success with visitors and patients. Proceeds from the sale of artworks, all painted by local artists, has also given a boost to the charity Friends of Loughborough General Hospital in a cheque presentation attended by the local MP Nicky Morgan.

Charnwood Drawing and Painting Club has for many years supported the Charity by providing artworks to brighten the Hospital’s corridors, which the new display will continue. Chair of Friends of Loughborough hospital, Maureen Block, said they were delighted with popularity of the paintings and the boost given to hospital funds.

The Club holds regular demonstrations by nationally acclaimed artists. The next one will be held on Tuesday 25th September from 7 to 9pm when accomplished watercolourist David Wilcox will be ‘at the races’ at Woodbrook Vale School, Grasmere Road, Loughborough, LE11 2ST to capture the drama and excitement of horse racing. Further details of the event can be found at www.charnwooddrawingpaintingclub.com. A small entry fee applies but refreshments and free parking are provided. Non-members are warmly invited. Phone enquiries to David Chaplin on Tel 01509 230366

Sue Chatterton ‘Big Game’ Painting

Sue Chatterton’s demonstration on May 22nd taught us all how to raise our game especially when painting ‘Big Game’.

The elephant was well and truly in the room for all to see and how instructive her talk was with lots of tips on creating personalised animal portraits in stunning watercolour.

Sue is a British wildlife specialist who now lives in Stafford having spent a lot of time in the past studying wildlife in her native Botswana where elephants inspired her to paint. Working from photographic references Sue first created a pencil sketch then applied paint directly to non-wetted 425 gsm Sanders Waterford paper without stretching.

Sue Chatterton painting big game watercolour

Using plenty of water for the background she mixed her colours on the paper not on the palette using her favourite Rosemary and Co brushes. Three predominant colours were used throughout: Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue and Veridian, which she certainly made the most of giving us all lots of encouragement to explore different colour contrasts in two hours flat.

Whilst Sue ran short of time and did not complete the portrait it mattered not as the tips she gave were extremely valuable and well appreciated. It was also great to see many new faces who we all hope will return for future demonstrations. Thanks Sue for an outstanding evening – and do come back soon!

Summer Art Exhibition 2018

Creative arts will be on display to the public at two exhibitions organised by members of Charnwood Drawing and Painting Club.

The first exhibition is scheduled to be opened on Saturday 2nd June by the new Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Jane Harrison. At the opening the Club will also announce the launch of the Alan Dorrell Award for Artistic Merit.

Alan Dorrell, who passed away in 2017, was a founder member of the club which started over twenty years ago in order to encourage budding local artists to develop their skills. The club now has over 75 members who range from beginners to accomplished painters. David Chaplin, Club Chair said –

We are thrilled to be launching this prestigious new Award at the Woodhouse Eaves exhibition this year as a tribute to Alan who gave so many years of loyal service to this club by encouraging and supporting young artists to achieve their full potential”.

The Exhibition will feature an eclectic mix of quality exhibits including paintings, sketches, ceramics, most of which are originals and which will be available for sale at very reasonable prices. One item however definitely not for sale will be a classic Charles Evans seascape that the Club will raffle off during the exhibition with proceeds donated to the Rainbows Appeal.

This month the Club, in conjunction with the General Hospital League of Friends are also proud to announce the inauguration of the newly extended Hospital Painting Exhibition which this year has been augmented with new works of art which are all available for sale.

Those wishing to visit these free exhibitions can do so at Woodhouse Eaves from 10am Saturday 2nd June through to 4pm Sunday 3rd June, and at Loughborough General Hospital at anytime. No admission charges apply to these events.

Chris Tkacz demonstration

CHRIS TKACZ DEMONSTRATION 27TH MAR 2018

If we thought that painting in abstract was a walk in the park, Chris Tkacz’s presentation on March 27th made everything clear. Or did it? Painting landscapes in the style of abstract expressionism was the theme for the presentation which kept us spellbound for two intriguing hours, with lots of questions and healthy banter – the sign of a good night!

Chris hails from Matlock and now runs the Little London Gallery Studio following a highly successful career in academia where he studied at The Birmingham School of Art and Design. This led to him teaching art in Leicestershire and becoming head of art and design at a leading grammar school.

Evidently his early work embraces American Abstract Expressionism which on this evening was fused with a ‘hint’ of English Romanticism in his interpretation of landscapes. But to put it all in perspective Chris began with a short historical appreciation of the subject abstract art superb presentation

Through the evening John applied vast amounts of high-pigment wet colour to create his own mixes on the paper itself all applied with flair and confidence– he paints with an enthusiasm that inspired everyone on this evening.

Thanks Chris for an outstanding evening – and do come back soon!

Exhibition coming up at Loughborough Library!

We have news for our next exhibition:

Mon 3rd Sept to Fri 14th Sept 2018

The exhibition will be at Loughborough Library

A message from the Chairman:

These dates are fine and exhibiting over two weeks will allow many more people to see our work, and perhaps we can arouse interest and get a few new club members as well.

We will decide which of our pictures to exhibit over the next couple of months and and talk with you in the summer to finalise the details. David.

Tim Rose returns!

Our thanks to everyone and especially Tim Rose who braved the bitterly cold conditions on 27th February to get to our second demonstration of 2018. Tim again wowed us with his consummate water colour skills creating a remarkable street scene in Sheffield his home town in just 90 minutes. True genius!

Tim has the unique ability to bring street scenes to life and in this case capturing a mixture architecture of traditional and new architecture in stunning detail whilst talking through his subject with humour and helpful tips as his artwork came to life in front of us.

Tim Rose architecture sketch

He worked from a detailed pencil sketch in a dynamic style painting boldly and loosely to get things started. Using his favoured un- stretched Saunders paper and Winsor and Newton paints, Tim quickly established the skyline first configuring the shadows and then applying base colours to get the perfect tone. Things then took shape with cranes, industrial units and even his favourite pub coming into view.

Tim Rose watercolour background

Tim normally paints city scenes ‘al fresco’ using a photographer’s tripod and working with a palette of both cool and warm colours. He said “Street scenes are pictures of human life” demonstrating this case by adding people in the picture last together with trees to soften the view. His tips included looking at where the light was coming from and appreciating the contrasts that light created.

Tim Rose Charnwood painting demonstration

Altogether this was yet again an inspiring evening and in spite of the cold we all went away with a warm feeling and lots of ideas for the future. Well done Tim!

John Connoly

JOHN CONNOLY’S DEMONSTRATION 28TH NOV 2017

For our last demonstration of 2017 and on a cold November evening the club extended a warm welcome to John Connoly an acclaimed artist who lives in Nottinghamshire close to Sherwood Forest. In an exciting evening John gave us a magnificent presentation that captured a woodland scene and a sea-scape using his favoured medium, acrylics. This was very much a tutoring session which showed us both the thrills and the spills of this quick-drying medium.

The demonstration began with a woodland scene in the New Forest. John started on the background using a Cobalt blue and magenta mix applied with a flat half inch brush to create hints of saplings and mature trees through ‘stippling’, which allowed wet paint to cascade down from an inverted position.

While the work dried off John applied Cadmium Yellow to the foreground, again using the ‘flicking’ technique, to suggest the leaves and dense foliage in a picture that morphed and changed by the minute to illustrate different aspects of painting woodland scenes. John then tamped down the picture using a cloth to smudge some areas before the paints dried.

After the break attention turned to painting a sea-scape. Using similar techniques as before John divided up the picture into ‘thirds’ (sky, sea and foreshore) and painted the sky in blue . He then layered-in the sea to create perspective using ultramarine and cobalt blue and applying white using a credit card to show breakers, and as luck had it an upturned bucket to give the evening an exciting finish.

Throughout the evening John chatted incessantly describing how he used his trade mark techniques to create many stunning landscapes for customers around the country especially those in the South of England. Thanks John for a memorable evening!

Demonstration with John Pooler

JOHN POOLER’S DEMONSTRATION 24TH OCT 2017

On October 24th in a change to programme John Pooler stepped in for Steve McLoughlin with a fabulous Venetian theme which captivated the imagination and left us saying ‘Wow, how did he do that!’. Amazingly John created three paintings in two hours – the Franchesi in Rome; Gondolas near St Peter’s square and a scene reminiscent of the Bridge of Sighs.

John who lives in Nottingham and has been an artist since the age of 18. He paints loosely in blocks of water colours using a Windsor and Newton colours, in this case Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber on 400 gsm non-stretched rough paper. Having first sketched out his subjects in pencil from photographs, John started with a Sable Rosemary no 12 brush blocks of colour wash using what he described as ‘unusual technique’.

Through the evening John applied vast amounts of high-pigment wet colour to create his own mixes on the paper itself all applied with flair and confidence and with no reference to symetry. John is a natural artist and irrespective of his subjects – scenes of Venice, Churches and even people’s houses – he paints with an enthusiasm that inspired everyone on this evening.

Thanks John for an outstanding evening – and do come back soon!

Phil Biggs demonstration

On 27th June we had enormous pleasure in welcoming Phil Biggs to Charnwood Drawing and Painting Club.

Phil, who lives and paints in Lincolnshire, re created a wonderful landscape in the Lake District, the beauty of which he adores and which he has painted many times.

It’s fair to say that Phil paints in a very traditional way that shuns gimmicks. He says his influences are Turner and the old masters, but he has clearly developed a unique style using light and atmosphere creating a breathtaking scene near Lowswater looking down the Pike, amazingly finished in two hours!

Phil applied Windsor and Newton tube paints on to 300lb Saunderswater paper which he likes with a rough texture. Working top-down using a Devinci Squirrel brush for the sky he used Burnt Umber and Paynes Grey beginning with a wash. Working down the page using his familiar size 12 Windsor and Newton brush he painted the hills dark-to-light creating stark crags and rising mists.

He showed a unique ability to bring a rather ‘brooding’ scene to life with some deft brush strokes whilst at the same time chatting constantly and answering our questions in a humorous and engaging style.

Surprisingly the demonstration involved limited drawing and painting directly onto canvas from the palette (which he kept scrupulously clean) applying plenty of water onto pre-stretched canvas.

Phil created his picture from a fairly restricted palette of 3 yellows, 4 reds and 3 blues working steadily to capture the drama of a what was stormy scene. His tips included: sticking with imperial sized papers; locating the light source; and knowing when and where to paint light or dark.

All present found the presentation rewarding and entertaining and an occasion to remember. Thanks Phil for a truly great evening!