Vanishing points galore

from Bev Dunstan

Vanishing points were a key feature of Helen Talbot’s excellent workshop on 14th January, ‘Buildings in Pen and Wash’.

The workshop focussed on how to use perspective when drawing architectural subjects. 

Helen provided demonstrations showing various techniques using vanishing points and centre of vision for archways. 

Various photographs were used, either from Helen or brought in by the members and everyone enjoyed practicing the techniques. 

Everyone had a great time and found Helen to be very personable, knowledgeable and helpful.


Space available on Kirstin White Workshop 11 Feb

There is a place available on the Kirstin White workshop:

CREATIVE TECHNIQUES WITH WATERCOLOUR

This takes place Saturday 11 February 2023 from  9.30am-3.30pm at the Church Hall next to the Dovetail Centre.

We are now opening this to non-members, so if you are interested, and would like to try our Art Group out in a practical sense, please contact the treasurer, Roy Brophy.

More details of the workshop, and about Kirstin White, are here.


Welcome to 2023!

We welcome 2023 in with our first Drop-in session of the year, tomorrow 11th Jan, at the Community Centre Hall on Hursley Road.

New calendar

You’ll find the new programme has been updated here, with as much detail as we have until June, then mainly listings. Undoubtedly, like me, you will find the workshop you really, really wanted to do clashes with something else you’re booked for. With me, that is the Paul Berryman workshop, on June 10. I even got some of those charcoal pencils he recommended, as a Christmas present!

I’m also really interested in the Batik demonstration in March, and several other events.

batik from handprinted.co.uk

The highlight of the spring must be our Tabletop Exhibition on the last weekend in April (29/30) at the Church Hall. It’ll be eighteen months since our last one! How time flies.

January feast

January has a feast of all your favourites: a workshop with Helen Talbot on Buildings in Pen and Wash; Life Drawing Sunday; a New Year Lunch (sign-ups closed in December), and we finish with a Zoom Demo by Roger Dellar – Demo in Oils – on the last Wednesday of the month.

There must be something for you here, so I look forward to seeing you at one of the events (or online!)


Much creativity at Phil Biggs’ workshop

As usual, the workshop for November was fully booked months in advance. Phil Biggs held a ‘capturing atmosphere in watercolour’ day at the Church Hall, and members fully appreciated his time and coaching. Bev Dunstan takes over the story…

In the morning Phil provided a four step watercolour workshop to give everyone a chance to develop their painting based on his lead.  

Beginning with a pencil sketch the participants kept a limited palette of blues, yellows and light red to maintain the harmony of colours.  

By contrast, the afternoon session was very much more free-style; no sketch but straight into the work after a quick introduction by Phil.


Everyone had a great time producing two paintings by the end of the day.


November reminders

A gentle reminder of this month’s items…

Drop-In session

The Drop-in is next Wednesday, 9th, at the Community Hall on Hursley Road, 10 till 1. If you haven’t already made your piece for December’s social event, you might like to fix that here!

Workshop

Phil Biggs
Phil Biggs

Sunday 13th is the watercolour workshop with Phil Biggs, which looks most interesting, but is fully booked. And please note it is Sunday, not the more usual Saturday.

Life Drawing

The following Sunday is month’s life drawing session, and like the watercolour workshop, is the last one of the year.

Zoom Demo

We start our winter demonstrations on Wednesday through the medium of Zoom (at your own home, or place of convenience). Life drawing in charcoal, by Paul Berryman. Watch for the members email with log-in details.


A warm welcome at October’s Life Drawing

We welcomed some new members to our life drawing workshop in October (16th), but the main warmth was the hall itself. Not overly so, but much better than September!

Our model posed in several demanding poses over the two hours, for both him and the artists. Standing or bending over, using a support, were quicker poses (5 – 10 mins). Lying tended to be for 20-30 minute poses. Perspective from the foot up on a prone pose was especially difficult.

Digital using Sketches on iPad (Jacky)

A quick check on a sample of attendees revealed several media in use. Pencil probably most common, but charcoal, pastel, inks, pastel pencil, and a first attempt at digital life drawing all made an appearance.

Pastel pencils on paper

Don’t forget: our last live Demonstration of the year – Peter French -is on Wednesday at the Methodist Church.


Ali Lindley as good as ever

The feedback from Ali Lindley’s workshop last Saturday (15th Oct) was all good, as usual.

photos and comments by Bev Dunstan

Ali presented a great workshop demonstrating watercolour techniques with autumnal colours. This enabled the participants to produce their individual interpretation of the theme based on hedgerow berries, teasles and hogweed. 

We collected our efforts together at the end…

Great work, everybody!


Busy Week Ahead for Chandlers Ford Artists

It’s a busy week this week, with a cluster of active painting opportunities, only one of which has places available.

Wednesday 12th – Drop-in session

drop-in July

You don’t have to book for a Drop-in session, as that’s just what it is. Drop in between the hours of 10 and 1 at the Community Centre Hall on Hursley Road.

Bring your own work in progress, of any type–we have some dedicated fabric artists as well as people working in paint and other media. If you have liquid media, please bring something to protect the floor as well as the table.

Saturday 15th – Workshop with Ali Lindley

Ali’s earlier workshop was so popular, she’s back for more. Ali is a former member of the group, so she’s among friends as well as fellow-artists. This workshop will focus on abstracted landscapes, working in watercolour, and incorporating line and pattern. We hope to bring you a sample of the works here afterwards.

Sunday 16th – Life Drawing session

This is one of our regular life drawing events, in which our model poses for several five, ten and twenty minute sketches. We hope the hall will be warmer than it was in September. Our poor model had to cover up for the last pose to prevent risk of frostbite.

Future bookings

If you haven’t booked for the workshop or life drawing, then make sure you get in for future ones. The dates for the spring ones will be circulated soon. The club has a sophisticated system to ensure that everyone has an equal chance of getting at least one of their chosen events, which generally book up within a few weeks of publication. A waiting list also applies, in case of cancellations.

These events are for members only. Contact Roy and Gill Brophy for more information.


Wonderful workshop with Ron Moody

from Bev Dunstan

Saturday 10th September saw us enjoying a workshop in pen and ink with Ron Moody.

Everyone had a marvellous time today.  We tried a different table arrangement that seemed to work well, the room was just the right temperature and the subject and teacher went down a storm!

(Photo by Ron Moody for students who may not have finished)

I was so busy enjoying myself that I totally forgot to take photos during the day, except for our array of works which we produced working along with Ron.

I’m really hoping Ron will come to do another workshop with us very soon. It’ll be very popular, I think!

… and what we made of it! (Photo by Bev Dunstan)

Saturday Workshop with Ron Moody

Next Saturday 10th September, artist Ron Moody will be taking a workshop for Chandlers Ford Art Group Members. The subject is pen and watercolour painting, which has proved a very popular topic.

ron moody
Ron Moody (from his website)

This event has been sold out for some time, with a waiting list as well. If you are interested and you are not a member, why not join the group and get early access to the booking system for the new year?

For more details of the event, see here.