At our August meeting it was time to have a go. Following on from our portrait demonstration the previous month we had two excellent models Naomi and Robin to put into practice what we had learnt These sessions are always well attended and it is interesting to see the different approaches taken by the Art Club members

A big thank you to Naomi and Robin for agreeing to act as our portrait models


The Art Club held an exhibition at Coolings Nurseries on 14th and 15th July 2018. A wide variety of paintings, sculptures, browsers and cards were submitted and it was recorded that there were 356 visitors over the two days, who provided good feedback comments on the exhibition. Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered. See a collage of the work below. JC

Our demonstration for July was a portrait in Acrylics by Keith Morton. One of our club members, Ann, volunteered to model for Keith and after setting up the pose he then explained and demonstrated the importance of accurate measuring and application of marks with a brush on the paper to create a likeness of the model. He showed us how to bring the 2 D image to a 3 D by the use of shadows and highlights with a limited palette. See the finished picture below.

Thank you Keith for an interesting demonstration I am sure we will all have a go. JC

Model Ann with her portrait in Acrylics by Keith Morton

In June we were treated to a demonstration by Jean Turton on the use of chinese brushes to create traditional styles of chinese paintings. Jean explained the importance of the flow of Chi and the four treasures of the scholars desk. These being the Inkstone, Ink Stick, Brush and the paper, in addition she talked about the three elements of a chinese painting which are the painting itself, the calligraphy and the chop or seal.

Thank you Jean for a fascinating talk and demonstration and guidance on how to get the most out of our brushes. See examples of Jeans work below.