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

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!

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

 

Charles Evans Returns!

On Tuesday night we enjoyed the welcome return of Charles Evans, a professional artist and demonstrator from the North East of England. Painting in his preferred medium, Windsor & Newton acrylics. We watched him create a woodland landscape and, after a short break, a beach scene from his beloved Northumbria.

 

Charles has the unique ability to paint, talk and entertain whilst simultaneously delivering advice and very useful tips on all manner of painting topics.

 

The two paintings showed us two vastly different representations of skies: The landscape with a pleasing sunlit summer sky; the beach scene with its dark foreboding storm cloud. Both were painted in a similar way to demonstrate how colour choice can make a huge difference to a painted scene.

 

Charles also showed us how a restricted palette of 8 or 9 colours can help maintain colour harmony and save cost, as any other colour can be mixed from those few colours.

 

He gave us many other pieces of advice during the demonstration including using wet and dry acrylic palettes and a tip on restricting blue within a painting. Stick to one blue he recommended using the same colour in both the sky and in the green mixes, again in order to maintain harmony within the work. For Charles this is invariably Cobalt Blue.

 

Altogether it was a very interesting demonstration by a master of his craft as well as being a very entertaining evening. Thank you Charles!

Sue Faulks Demonstration

The interesting demo by Sue Faulks on the 27/09/2016 it was very well received. I feel we all need to stretch our artistic endeavours, so we will be following Sue’s lead next Monday evening at Barrow’s Bishop Beveridge Club. I’ve very cheekily included three of my own works from last month to show we are not all fixated by one medium. My first ever Lino cut, first go at Pointillism and a sketch from the towers of La Rochelle while on holiday. I found, only by using them for it, that Winsor and Newton Watercolour markers were great for pointillism!

Barrow on Soar Street Market

What a lovely day we had in Barrow on Soar last Sunday. 

The weather was kind  and we managed to get a space with lots of steps, so perfect for displaying a few paintings. Peter brought his dog, Scrap, to help by modelling at the top of the steps, so many people came to see him as well as the paintings.

The market was very busy most of the day, people wandering about and enjoying the stalls, buying plants and cake from the WI.  We had loads of interest in the Club, especially the Beverage Club painting session which is on alternate Mondays 12.30-2.30pm.  People are always concerned as to whether they would be ‘good enough’ to join, we don’t mind how good you are, its great fun, you will improve, it doesn’t cost much and you will meet some lovely people as well, so please come and join us.

Peter handed out loads of leaflets whilst wandering around looking very ‘French’ in his stripy shirt, beret and red bandana, he even managed to sell a painting which was a bonus too!

It was a great way to promote the club and I am sure we have made some new friends, the next one will be the Heroes Day in Loughborough on August 2nd, if anyone would like to help out we would love to see you there.

Joy

Charles Evans demonstration

In March we had the pleasure of a visit from Charles Evans, a popular artist, demonstrator and TV personality.  He travels the country demonstrating and doing workshops using Windsor and Newton products, of which he says there are 150 colours in their range and he uses only 8!

Charles produced two watercolours, one before the break and one after, with a running commentary with many tips and wrinkles along the way.  The first scene could have been in the Northumbrian hills, taking a pencil he drew a simple scene with hills and valleys.  Then with a big brush and loads of water he wet the sky area, again with his large brush swept colours into it, he then squeezed out the brush and began to take out colour to form the clouds, moving it from one place to another, it was very effective.  Sky done.

Now on to the hills, building colours, mixing on the palette and dropping them into the picture and leaving a blank line right across the middle.  Filling in the foreground with the lighter colours, building them up as well – they all dry 50% lighter..  Finally the blank line in the middle, lots of different darker shades were sploshed into it, and then whilst still wet, Charles produced a piece of plastic, not unlike a credit card and began scraping across the tops of the dry stone wall and forming the bricks within it – amazing effect!

He then started darkening the foreground under the wall and to the front of the picture, telling us to mix a black never use a premixed one as it makes the picture flat, the final touch was scraping upwards with his finger nails to create grasses within the wall which was also an interesting and effective technique.

Charles second painting was at the seaside, again building the sky first, then the coastal hills and sea areas, again using his credit card to scrape out the rocks on the beach and the headland, a few darker spots to emphasise the grasses coming over the headland and the picture was almost done.  He then showed us how to place people in the picture, he said we must remember a letter ‘P’ and ‘Y’,  ‘P’ forming the body with a head on top, and ‘Y’ forming the legs.

It was a very entertaining evening, much banter and a lot of hints and tips along the way, most people seemed to enjoy it.  Charles donated the paintings to the club, thank you Charles looking forward to seeing you again.

 

Mayor of Loughborough presents Painting to Epinal

It has been a while since our winter exhibition ‘Charnwood Exposed’ at Charnwood museum in Loughborough. On his visit, the mayor of Loughborough took a shine to one of our paintings of Loughborough Market by Clive Kind. Our Mayor has since visited the President of Epinal and presented him with the painting as a gift.

We are very honored and pleased to be a part of this.

Mayor of Loughborough and the President of Epinal
The Mayor of Loughborough presenting Clive Kind’s painting of Loughborough Market to the President of Epinal.