Club Update

Community Heroes Day 

Charnwood Drawing and Painting Club have a stall at Hero’s day 3rd August Loughborough town centre, please come and have a look at what’ going on in the town, it’s for a great cause.

Rob Wareing Workshop

Rob Wareing Pastel Demonstration
Pastel portraiture

Rob Wareing will be demonstrating a pastel portraiture workshop. Saturday 30th August 10:00 to 16:00 Rothley Community Centre Mountsorrel Lane Rothley LE7 7PR cost £30 tea biscuits and coffee provided.

Exhibition news

Newtown Linford Painting Exhibition 29th to 31st August.  Application cut off 26th August to Joy Lockton.

Volunteers still required for all slots set up and take down

Members Gallery

Do take a look at our members gallery, new ones have been added thanks to Jill and Jasmine Whitehouse. Jasmine’s picture of Nottingham Trams is featured in this post.

Nottingham Trams watercolour
Nottingham Trams watercolour

Tim Fisher Demonstration

Poppies, poppies , poppies…. Acrylic creative techniques workshop with Tim Fisher

On a lovely morning in May we all turned up in Rothley equipped with bags stuffed with acrylics, brushes, car sponges and palette knives… and an easel, with the intention of learning how to paint a poppy field Tim Fisher style.  I took my sister, she had never painted, before and was like a jelly before we entered the hall, but in brave anticipation she soldiered on.

Pam Hull
Pam Hull painting

Tim suggested using mountcard to paint on about 18” x 16” if not canvass board or MDF.   The basic structure of the painting was pencilled in, following this Tim vigorously covered the board using cadmium red, and cadmium yellow to give a patchy orange glow.

Whilst his dried we had a go at ours.  The next stage was to put masking tape to form the horizon line. White and cerulean blue were splashed on to form a lively sky, and violet, white and ultramarine were used to create distant mountains.

Using a car sponge we blotted black in to form the background of trees in greens made from ultramarine and yellow, yellow and cerulean and yellow for the leaves, and raw sienna and yellow ochre for the trunks.

acrylic painting demonstration
Background work

Then came the really exciting bit!  Tim gave a really comprehensive session on how to use the palette knife, giving tips and hints as to how to get the best results.  We then practiced the techniques on scrap paper to hone our skills.   Using the same greens as for the trees but using a palette knife Tim started scraping the paint across the board densely at first then with a chopping motion as he came down the board creating the poppies in reverse.  It was really effective.  Then we tried…

Pallet knife practice
Pallet knife practice

We were all really proud of our paintings and the lessons learned that day using the palette knife.  Even my sister who had never painted before was inspired, since then she has not stopped painting and has created an impressive body of work!


Tim Fisher Poppies
Tim Fisher Poppies


Joy Lockton

Pastel portrait painting demonstration

Rob Wareing’s pastel portrait painting demonstration evening with Gemma Carrs

It’s always a pleasure to have Rob Wareing come and demonstrate for us on a club night. This time he was doing a pastel portrait painting demonstration.

Rob took us through from start to finish in just under 2 hours and produced this class piece of artwork of our model Gemma.

Once again Rob captivated his audience explaining his techniques and showing how to build up the pastel to create a stunning portrait of our very patient sitter!

Rob will be back for us again in August to do a workshop, details are coming to the website soon.

An excellent demonstration, thank you Rob!