Sue Faulks Tiger Acrylic Demonstration

Sue Faulks Tiger Acrylic Demonstration

Another fantastic online demonstration with Sue Faulks, this time painting a wonderful tiger. it was lovely to see lots of people joining in or observing in the demonstration. 

Here are some of the photos from the event.

We look forward to seeing you all at our next online demonstration with Stan Hurr on the 23rd June.

Angela Gaughan

Angela Gaughan F.W.A.S.I lives in Nottinghamshire but was born in Wales. She studied portrait painting with Andrew Vicari, a former student of the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art. Angela subsequently trained alongside Gareth Hawker RA.

“She has a unique style and technique in depicting wildlife examples which she brought along included polar bears, tigers and wolves. Her subject was a Red Squirrel, the detailed sketch work she had already prepared. Her painting brushstrokes were remarkable and her attention detail was remarkable. A thoroughly enjoyable presentation though with lots of friendly chit-chat and tips galore about pet portraiture.”  Blog by Paul Lockton.

Club Night – Paint a thon

23rd April Club Night – Paint a thon

Bring your own paints and have a go!

Every year we have a special evening just for ourselves. The theme is to work in groups and produce a picture together. It’s a fun evening so come along and see what happens!

£2 for members and £5 for non members.

Nanpantan Painting Group

Here’s a couple of pictures from our Nanpantan Painting Group.

It’s an informal painting session where you can join in with the still life or you can bring along your own pieces to work on. Each week is different and it’s also a great social occasion and a chance to share tips and opinions on each others art work.

We are still looking for more people to come and join us, if you do want to come along here are the details, it will be great to see you!

Nanpantan Painting Group, Sports ground Bowls Club, Nanpantan, Loughborough 1st and 3rd Monday of every month 7pm-9pm. £3 for members.

Sonia Bacchus

Sonia Bacchus – Making the most of still life – Mixed Media

Charnwood Drawing and Painting Club launches into 2019 with a cracking programme of events. It all starts on Tuesday 22nd January with a mixed media demonstration by renowned artist Sonia Bacchus. Club Chair, David Chaplin, says interest in painting and drawing is flourishing in Charnwood with new paint and draw sessions and quality art demonstrations throughout 2019 tempting in new members.

Sonia Bacchus has been a professional artist since 2000 and has visited Loughborough before. We warmly welcome her back, says David. Sonia studied art in her home town in Poland and was ‘spotted’ by a film company, who employed her to create many famous film drops. Her demonstration this month however is about making ‘moving’ pictures from still life, using a mixed media presentation. Exciting stuff.

Charnwood Drawing and Painting hold regular demonstrations in Loughborough on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 7 to 9pm at Woodbrook Vale School, Grasmere Road, Loughborough, LE11 2ST. A small entry fee applies but refreshments and free parking free parking are provided. Members and visitors are warmly welcome and reserving places is highly recommended.

Phone enquiries to David Chaplin on Tel 01509 230366. Further details about the club’s art programme including future demonstrations, exhibitions and art sessions can be seen on


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!

Chris Tkacz demonstration


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!

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!

Sit and Paint New sessions

We get out and about visiting interesting locations to sketch and paint along the way. Here are some recent pictures of one of our adventures!

The latest program for Sit and paint is here

May 2nd New Walk gallery – 30 Arts Council works titled “Night in the Museum”.

May 9th Burleigh Wood for the bluebells- street parking

May 10th Loughborough Market Place car parking Bee Hive or Granby Street car parks

May 23 Demo night- Sonia Bacchus Still life in the style of the old masters

May 30th Grace Dieu parking in Priory car park rear of Bulls Head

June 6th Swithland Woods – Roecliffe Rd Car Park

June 13th Shardlow – Pub car park Clock Warehouse Pub

June 20th Mount St Bernard’s Abbey car parking Abbey car park

June 27th Demo night – Phill Biggs(bridges) Watercolour landscapes

July 4th Nottingham University Summer exhibition Lakeside gallery

July 11th Wymeswold – Street parking Brook Street or The Stockwell for the green

July 18th Thornton Res parking reservoir car park

July 25th Demo night – Rob Waring Portrait in oil

Aug 1st Stoneywell National Trust, need to book in advance and pay entrance fee, parking on car park and coach provided to house by NT please let me know a week in advance so I can confirm parking etc.

Aug 8th Watermead Park Birstall Leicester street parking Front Street or Church Hill meet white horse pub

Aug 15th Beacon top car park (Beacon Road)

Aug 22nd Demo night – Critique night

Aug 29th New Lount Nature reserve Melbourne road Newbold Coleorton parking in car park

Sept 5th Rothley station Rail yard parking

Sept 12th Bradgate – Cropston Car Park Roecliffe Road

Sept 19th Zouch Rose and Crown car park

Sept 26th Demo night -Jenny Neale Botanical Watercolour