Charnwood Exposed

Art Exhibition

Charnwood Museum

29 Nov 2014 – 4 Jan 2015

Queen’s Park (opp library) Granby St, Loughborough

‘Charnwood Exposed’ explores the diversity of the Charnwood area, particularly in terms of its culture, industry, history and people, and provides an insight into Charnwood life.

Charnwood life – Rural activities, village scenes, town scenes, events (market, fair, holidays, etc.)

  • Historic and Iconic buildings, monuments etc. plenty of these around Loughborough and in and around the villages and towns beyond
  • Industry past and present, old work places, waterways, quarries, re-use of buildings change of use etc.
  • People & culture – Christmas, seasonal events, multicultural aspects, character portraits, old equipment, machinery garden plants, juxtaposition between old and new
  • Natural history: gardens, woodland, quarries, rivers/canal, Charnwood forest, local weather

The Mayor of Charnwood will open the exhibition. All are welcome to come along, the admission is free.

Link to our events page for more information

John Nixon Demonstration

JOHN NIXON – FROM SKETCHBOOK TO CANVAS – mixed media

Local artist John Nixon gave an interesting and informative demonstration for our October club night looking at how to transfer a sketch to developing the finished painting.

John began by showing  some of his very accomplished architectural sketches, completed whilst out on his travels in Europe, explaining how he worked them up with key lines and detailed notes about the colour of buildings, of foliage, the street, where the sun was and reflections.

Using two copies of the sketch, one with keylines highlighted and the other with a grid of 4 x 4 squares and a diagonal line running from bottom left to top right.

By placing the sketch to line up with the bottom left and extending the diagonal line will enable you to work out the size of board to use for your picture.  The next step is to grid the canvas with the same amount of squares.

Using acrylic inks and the edge of small pieces of card John began mapping in the key lines on the canvas for the out line of buildings, where foliage was placed, a lamp post and steps, measuring from the grid on the sketch and bringing up the size in proportion.

The next step was to do an under-painting in the acrylic inks let down with a little water he sploshed on bright colours, dripping everywhere to create an impressive scene, taking care to use his notes on where the sun caught the buildings, and highlighting the reflections, and the general coloured areas.

We stopped for a cuppa then to allow the painting to dry before starting the next layer of oil painting.  Using very little paint and mixing colours with a little liquin, and a variety of different sized brushes, John started with the sky dabbing on different blues and whites taking care not to cover the whole area but building and highlighting particularly lighter areas around the buildings to offset a later contrast.

He then picked a yellow ochre for the church where the sun would be picked up, a red pantiled roof, a cream building with white shutters, foliage with flowers,  steps, lighter buildings, shadows, emphasising the contrasts of light and dark, and creating interest by using differing colours of a similar tone.  Finally people to give a little scale.

John’s  easy teaching style was much appreciated, demonstrating and talking throughout you could hear a pin drop in the room.  As he said it wasn’t a finished piece it was a work in progress but it showed the process of getting there.  Thank you John it was great.

Tas Severis

Tas Severis Painting Demonstration

Woodbrook Vale High School Loughborough 23rd September 2014

Wow a demonstration to cheer us all up!  Bright and colourful acrylics using a variety of brands available, Tas had a table with at least 50 tubes on.   With palette knife and paint straight out of the tube Tas smeared it on a pre-coloured purple board and began composing a vase with bright red tulips.  Gradually after initially placing the flowers he built up the layers developing the background first, with little mixing apart from where colour went on top of colour.

Tas emphasised the need to have a composition in mind before starting and think about where colour marks were placed, it wasn’t random although it seemed like it with the array of colour used.

As the acrylic tends to dry fairly quickly it was necessary to establish the design quite speedily in the first half of the session, and Tas needed the paint to be more malleable.  Then as the painting developed more time was taken to place colour marks which brought out the flowers and stem details, highlighting with some very bright colours to complete a very lively picture.

Just as we thought about putting our sunglasses away for the summer, this bright little gem appeared before our eyes.

Tas Severis Tulip demonstration
Tas Severis Tulip demonstration
Tas Severis Tulip Painting
The finished painting

August Artworks

So now we are in September, it’s been a busy few months for the club with a successful art exhibition held at Newtown Linford, walk and draw sessions, a brilliant demonstration by Rob Wareing with pastels, and our new Monday Art group held at Bishop Beverage Club, Barrow upon Soar is coming along nicely with new members joining. He’s a couple of photos from this last months activities!

If you are interested in coming along to any of our workshops, demonstration evening or painting groups check out our Activities page.

Come and join us on either Facebook or Twitter, we regularly tweet and update our Facebook page with photos and much more.

Happy painting!

Rob Wareing Pastel Workshop

Rob Waring – Pastel Workshop – 30 August 2014

I am not really a pastel lover, I have never really given the medium a thought, although I have admired work that others have done. I think I have always thought of it as messy, although it cant be that really as I love working in charcoal and look like a coalman when I have finished, so no it cant be that. A bit scratchy then…mmm…maybe.

For some reason it was difficult to get people to come on this workshop, whether it was the time of year, the subject or the medium I don’t know, but what I do know is that everyone who did come produced a very satisfying and lovely finished portrait, under the gentle guidance of a very experienced painter.

Rob started the workshop with a practical demonstration, explaining his technique for using pastels as he worked. His palette was limited to four tonal pastels from light to dark in flesh colours, 2 pastel pencils, a dark brown and a reddy orange, and a fine pointed dark pastel, he worked on a grey pastel paper.

Rob Wareing pastel demo

Firstly he measured the face by using his hand, from finger tip to wrist and making a mark with the orange pencil on the paper at each point. He then divided it up for the nose and mouth lines. From there he measured a point for the left eye, the gap between the eyes and then the right eye, drawing in the vague positions of each. Concentrating on the eyes, forehead and nose areas which Rob described as ‘fixed’ positions, the next crucial point was the highlight on the end of the nose, and the gap between the eyes, if established correctly then the painting would ‘look’ right.

The lower half of the face was left till later as this area was the one that would change as the model got bored and potentially fell asleep, so if you had established it early on when the sitter was happy then the facial expression on the cheeks, mouth and jaw line would change and you would have to keep correcting.

After sketching in the rough dimensions, then Rob changed to the darker pencil and started adding in the shadowy areas on the cheek and around the eyes and nose areas, scuffing in a bit of hair as well. Then onto the pastels and concentrating on the tonal range he began to build up the layers fleshing out the skin and slowly bringing the model to life.

One of the major ‘no, no’s’ was ‘do not blend in with your hands’ as the image will become flat and lifeless. Just build the layers up using the different pastel tones.

Rob Wareing pastel demonstration

Then it was our turn. We had two models, so there was plenty of room to get close to them, so after a lot of shuffling about and a coffee we tentatively put pastel to paper. Rob guided us through the process, encouraging us to look harder, it was the eyes that I found the most enlightening. I was just putting in the blue iris at the bottom half of the eye, when Rob said to shade over the top half of the eye socket as this is in shadow of the top eyelid, demonstrating this for me he then put a pin prick of light on the pupil, then said to add the white of the eye on the left hand side and on the right just a small line to indicate the inside of the lid. Your own eyes filled everything else in, it was very effective.

Little tips like this were invaluable. The emphasis on drawing and establishing the framework, measuring all the time, then filling out the flesh tonally with the pastel, it made you look hard at the subtle changes of tone, a very good exercise from life.

The final pictures were all very different, and we were all very happy with the results. Many thanks to Rob and his wife and to Amanda the model, it was a superb day enjoyed by all.

pastel portraits charnwood drawing painting club

Oh, and it wasn’t at all messy, with clouds of dust everywhere, far from it… but it was tiring and a cuppa and a bar of chocolate when I got home was a very satisfying end to the day.

Joy Lockton

Club activity updates

The Woodhouse Eaves self help group has had to move to Beaumanor Outdoor Learning Centre from next Tuesday due to changes at Woodhoues Eaves See attached map for the route from the main gates in Woodhouse. Just in case, Woodhouse is the small village between Quorn and Woodhouse Eaves and the main gates to Beaumanor are just before the spot roundabout, when travelling from Quorn.

Charnwood College painting and drawing evening sessions.

The dates have just been formalised
We start on Monday 1st Sept
The full set of dates are
  • Sept 1st and 15th
  • Oct 6th and 20th
  • Nov 3rd and 17th
  • Dec 1st and 15th
  • Jan 19th
  • Feb 2nd and 16th
  • March 2nd and 16th
  • April 20th
  • May 18th
  • June 1st and 15th

Walk and Draw sessions

  • Tuesday 2nd September Hoby Street parking
  • Tuesday 9th September Sutton Bonington Street parking
  • Tuesday 16th September Shardlow Car Park on Ralong “The Wharf” Tuesday 23rd September CLUB NIGHT
  • Tuesday 30th September Lincoln Meet Loughborough station

10am start unless stated, contact Brian Frost for more details

Club news July/Aug

We had a brilliant day at Charnwood Community Hero’s Day

we met hundreds of people, gave out lots of information and leaflets, we hope to see some new members joining up very soon!

Rob Wareing Demonstration

There are still places, but they are filling up fast, if you would like to come please contact Joy or email us. Information about this demonstration is available here.

Come and join us on a Monday at the Bishop Beverage Club in Barrow upon Soar

Still life painting, and much more £2 members, £2.50 for non members 12.30-14.30

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. https://www.charnwood.gov.uk/pages/communityheroes

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

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!

Club news

WOODHOUSE EAVES EXHIBITION 6/7TH JUNE 2014

We had a very successful weekend with the sun shining (mostly) and everyone stopping for tea and cake and a look around our exhibition of paintings.

In total we sold an impressive amount of paintings and cards and refreshments.

Best painting in show was: ‘Whitby Days End’ by Barbara Peacock.

NEWTOWN LINFORD EXHIBITION

29 – 31 AUGUST 2014

Members get your entry forms in now! Submit them at club night. 

Download your entry form here Entry form Newton Linford exh 2014

PASTEL PORTRAIT WORKSHOP

With Rob Wareing

Saturday 30th August 2014 10.00am to 4.00pm

Rothley Community Centre,   Mountsorrel Lane , Rothley, LE7 7PR

Rob has been a professional artist for thirty years exhibiting and painting portraits in many parts of the world. He was born, and has spent most of his life in South Africa where he owned his own gallery for a number of years.

 Among the numerous commissions he has completed over the years are the official portrait of the state president of Botswana Festus Mogae and the attorney general. He was recently commissioned to paint the portrait of Nelson Mandela by museum services in Kwa Zulu Natal.

Numbers are limited to 14.  Please book early. The deadline date is Aug. 20th 2014.

Workshop cost: £30 which includes tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day. A deposit of £10 will secure your place on the course.

Please bring your own packed lunch.