On the 18th June Pauline Hazelwood demonstrated painting a Steam Engine in water soluable oil paints

Pauline trained at the Central School of Art and Design as a graphic artist and then moved on to become an illustrator for book and magazine publications

Following the birth of her three sons she started to explore the use of oil paints and some of her portraits have been exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery

Pauline is interested in transport paintings but her particular love is for Steam Engines having been introduced to this world by a friend becoming fascinated by the work of miners and the part played by the steam engines

She is an Associate of the Guild of Railway Artists and now writes illustrates and publishes her own books for children based on true stories of these steam engines some snippets of which she shared with us

Pauline provided a lively demonstration using a limited palette to create harmony and combined brushes and palette knife to complete her painting

See examples of Paulines work below



On saturday June 1st Fiona Hooper did a workshop painting Still Life of glass vases and pomegranates with oils and palette knives

Morning demonstration with Fiona

Chislehurst Artists held their Spring Exhibition at The Garden Room in Chislehurst on 13th April

This was a successful event please see the websites paintings section for a selection of work exhibited


The preview evening which is always well attended

On wednesday 19th March the Art Club was treated to a liveley and inspirational demonstration of Skies and Wild Seas in watecolour

Fiona Pruden who describes herself as the self styled wicked witch of watercolours painted two pictures using Wet in Wet technique

She first sketched out the drawing using a watercolour pencil and applied masking fluid to areas requiring highlights of white

Then using a limited palette of four colours and applying a lot of water to the paper she kept the paint moving by applying water spray as needed and tissues to remove excess water or paint

Fiona provided lots of tips and suggestions for experimenting with less traditional colour combinations to create more abstract effects

See below work in progress and completed paintings by Fiona


On the 19th Feb 2019 Anthony Nield Artist and Illustrator demonstrated painting a watercolour landscape in which he showed us how to paint a very convincing sky within 2 minutes

With 25 years experience using watercolours in the last 4 years he has been experimenting with Pen and Ink a medium which he finds relaxing

Anthony has painted in numerous locations around the world and whilst working in Bermuda he exhibited with the Bermuda Arts Society where two of his paintings were awarded Presidents Choice and now form part of the collection of the Masterworks Foundation Gallery

He is a regular contributor to The Leisure Painter publication and produces limited prints and paintings of local Kent scenes

Thank you Anthony for a very interesting demonstration incorporating useful tips


Chislehurst Artists held its AGM last night when Gwenyth Wheeler stepped down from her role as Chairman following her 4 year term

She was warmly thanked for her valuable contribution and received a bouquet of flowers

Our new Chairman is Jacky Franklin 10

The Subject for our demonstration in November was painting with water soluble oils given by Alex Roch

She believes that drawing is the basis of creativity and chooses to sketch in situ but also uses her own photographs for further reference

For her demonstration she chose a venetian scene which she had previously completed from one of her sketches looking down the canal from one of the many bridges

Alex explained that water soluble oils are an ideal medium for taking on hoilday as the paint can be squeezed directly onto a folding palette for transport and only require a little water to use

She prefers to use canvas pads as these are easily transportable and flat headed acrylic brushes for easy care

Having made a pencil sketch onto the paper and provided a basic wash of acrylic paint she then proceeded to demonstrate how easy these oils are to use

Thank you Alex in providing insight into the use of this medium with some useful tips.

Alex Roch - The finished venetian canal painting using water soluble oils which was used as a reference throughout the demonstration

At our October meeting Sonia Bacchus gave us a talk about Women Artists through the ages whilst posing the question why dont we know more about them

Sonia had a formidable task covering the numerous artists ranging from Marcia 116-27 BC employed by noble Romans to Tamara Lempicka 1898-1980

It was a large subject to cover within the allotted time so Sonia selected women artists from each period and a variety of nationalities providing an interesting overview with examples of their work

Thank you Sonia for an intersting evening


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Our september meeting was entitled Monoprinting but little did we know we were in for much more than an excellent demonstration of a specific technique

Curtis Tappenden was our guest speaker who had driven all the way from Brighton He was all set up and ready to go by 7.30 on the dot and go he did His presentation included performance of his own poetry as well as an inspiring demonstration of how to do monoprints with a delivery that was fluent accessible and full of humour

He even provided us with photocopied instruction and ideas sheets and gave us the opportunity to buy his greeting cards and poetry books and to peruse his numerous sketch books

Unsurprisingly Curtis has had an amazingly full and varied career finding time to write paint illustrate teach creative writing and art and give demonstrations to groups like ours

Im sure that everyone who met him in Chislehurst tuesday night will agree with me that Curtis Tappenden is an inspirational teacher and demonstrator

It was a great pleasure and privilege to have met him

Thank you Curtis