John Smith Acrylics Demonstration
Monday 15th January 2018
On Monday 15th Jan 2018 the artist giving us a demonstration was John Smith, with his usual flare and repartee he painted us a City Scape in acrylics. It is quite amazing how from a few strategically painted lines John has the perspective and lay out of his painting on his canvas. He suggested we needed confidence and some planning to be able to achieve this ourselves, but I think we would need some of Johns talent too.
We had an enjoyable evening watching the city scape develop before our eyes and listening to Johns running commentary, he is a real entertainer and his quick wit encourages members to join in. However the fun we all had during the evening must not overshadow the artistic skill of our demonstrator.
Thank you for an excellent demo night John, and thanks to the audience too.
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Bob Harris-Watercolour Workshop
Saturday 13th January
On Saturday 13th Jan 2018, Bob Harris from Ashby Art Club gave a half day workshop painting a scene from Wells next the Sea, in watercolour. On a cold damp January afternoon, it was a real pleasure to be transported to the Norfolk seaside to join Bob in painting a lovely estuary scene. All the workshop members got down to work and produced very good results, helped by regular stops for hot drinks and biscuits. Bob said he was very pleased with our paintings and recognised that some parts of his photograph were hard to draw and paint.
Thanks Bob and all participating members I enjoyed the afternoon, felt I learnt somethings about painting from a photograph, and was pleased with my painting.
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Christmas Card Painting Morning
Wednesday 13th December 2017
Ashby Art Group making Christmas card, we had a good morning with, mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas music. The hall was warm and decked for Christmas.
Merry Christmas Everyone.
Yve Hill Oil Painting Workshop
November 18th 2017
On Saturday the 18th November, Yve Hill a member of the Ashby Art Club, presented an afternoon workshop painting in oils in the style of Bob Ross. There were six students present and Yve provided all the equipment and materials that we needed. With such a small group Yve was able to give us all lots of individual attention to ensure we become familiar with oils and produce a picture we could be proud of. This aim was met by all six students and we all left with a very nice piece of artwork and a better awareness of painting with oils
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On behalf of all the workshop students, I would like to say a very big thank you to Yve, she had put in a great deal of work preparing everything for us, right down to a rubbish bag for all the kitchen role and baby wipes we used. Her teaching technique was very helpful and gave us a lot of confidence to work in an unfamiliar way.
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Yve is presenting another workshop in oils in February so more club members are in for a wonderful afternoon of oil painting.
On Monday 13th November Jan Freeman came to Ashby Art Club to give us a demonstration of her work in Pastels. Jan does a lot of teaching in this medium so was able to give us advice, information and instructions on using Pastels, she showed us a range of Pastels of different qualities and uses. Although not many of us in the club use Pastels it was interesting and useful information that Jan passed onto us.
Jan was very enthusiastic about Pastels, the range of colours that are available and the many ways they can be used to create pictures. She brought with her pictures she had drawn and they demonstrated the very different effects which can be created with Pastels. Jan made the use of Pastels look easy quick and creative which might encourage members to try them, and wether we try them or not we had a good evening watching Jan.
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John Smith Acrylic Workshop
October 14th 2017
John Smith put on an Acrylic workshop on Saturday afternoon for the Ashby Art Club and what a fun afternoon it was, here are a few photographs of the preparations.
We got through plenty of work and we all produced two paintings in a relaxed atmosphere with the sun shining through the open windows of the hall and some lovely mood music. I cannot think of a better way to spend an afternoon.
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On 9th October we were lucky to have Robert Brindley come to demonstrate his watercolour techniques. He used a limited palette of Light Red, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Violet. Raw Sienna and Ultramarine Blue to create his demo.
The main painting was a soft snow scene and most of the painting was done with the first stage washes using only light and mid tones.
After tea break Robert put in the darks and details.
As the painting was finished fairly quickly Robert began a second painting.
Robert is an entertaining demonstrator who clearly explained what he was doing and the members of the club enjoyed watching him as he developed the paintings.
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Mixed Media Demo
On Monday 11th September Ashby Art Club had a demonstration from Victoria Brown on her very individual and imaginative art work using mixed media. Vicky's work is big and bold and she brought along a number of her pictures to show us the range of styles she has developed, some were on canvas boards and other work on heavy cotton based material.
Her family were involved in lace making and lace was one of the main images which influences her work, she was very enthusiastic about how natural or man made images can influence an artists work Vicky suggested when we were out and about we should gather items and bring them home and use them to create our own picture story.
Vicky will be showing her work this weekend (16th & 17th September) at the Melbourne Festivals Art Trail, it is worth a visit.
'Wet into Wet'
On the 8th of May Ashby Art Club enjoyed an evening of "wet into wet" watercolour painting by Andrew Geeson. Like many of us, Andrew had been a "tight" watercolour painter, painting objects and scenes as a true image of the real thing in both shape and colour. His style has now changed to a loose representation using more imaginative colours to give the tonal values of his subjects. He told us he is now more inspired by his painting and feels more relaxed
with his style, and to his delight lots of other people from around the world appreciate and enjoy his paintings, which can be seen on utube.
Andrews demonstration gave us enough instructions and techniques to start us on the road of wet into wet, it seemed he really wanted to teach us his methods so we too could get as much enjoyment from painting as he does. His methods were simple, 140lb not paper which he does not stretch, preferring to let it buckle a little, which allows a further degree of options for the paint to travel and settle. Just three brushes, a large one, a smaller rigger and a large sword liner,
student quality Windsor and Newton paints and lots of water. He draws a feint outline of his subject in a soft pencil and to ensure he keeps the drawing loose he hold the pencil, as he does his brushes at lease half way down. I think members had a very enjoyable evening, being instructed and entertained by Andrew and hopefully those who want to "loosen up" a little, now have a better idea of what they could do.
Easter Exhibition Party
On Monday the 24th of April the Ashby Art Club members had a party to celebrate another successful Easter Art Exhibition. I think I can report that everyone had a good time, Maureen and I had thought up some fun games and a good quiz to keep members amused and challenged.Click to enlarge.
Everyone brought delicious party food to share and the buffet and drinks were presented and served by Barbara and Carolyn, thanks guys. David took a few photographs of us all which are printed here. Jean announced the winner of "The Best in Show Picture" which was "Ann and Blue Boy" painted by Kay Smith, well done Kay.
Teams were asked to write a Limerick and were given the first line to start, my favourite was:
While I was baking a cake for Pam,
I pondered over chocolate or jam,
Lemon drizzle was out
So I gave a shout
And conjured a flan with spam.
And I thought you would like to see it.
April Demonstration by Yve Hill
Last night, on the 10th April 2017, Yve Hill, one of our club members and club Treasurer, presented for us a demonstration of painting flowers in oils in the Bob Ross style. For half of the evening Yve showed us some techniques of painting in oils, as many of our members are aware of the advantages of oil painting but use other mediums in their work, it was very interesting to see again what can be achieved with oil paints.
Within the first hour Yve had talked us through the colours she was using, the methods best suited to flowers and had produced a painting of a very nice vase of flowers. After coffee we were invited to try the painting for ourselves. There were plenty of volunteers, I think Yve had made it look easy and members hoped to get a good result following her instructions.Click to enlarge.
Using the right brush, mixing the paints as instructed and making a series of careful marks members produced very realistic leafs and flowers which the audience appreciated with a round of applause. The painting did not stay on the canvas for very long as it was wiped off ready for the next pair of "learners" to create their leafs and flowers.
It was a very enjoyable evening and the interactive session was well appreciated. I must give praise to Yve who worked very hard to present this demonstration. She brought lots of equipment ( well Terry, her husband helped with this) and she worked very fast to present all she did within a couple of hours, well done Yve you gave us an entertaining and exciting evening
Painting with your ipad Demonstration by Richard Knowles
On Monday evening the 13th March 2017, Richard Knowles presented a demonstration for us "Painting with your Ipad". As we have regular demonstrations through the year most members are familiar with the varied mediums and painting methods different artists present, but this demonstration was on another level entirely. Richard had less than two hours to explain and demonstrate the many applications available to the iPad painter and there are lots!
Richard tried to keep the demonstration straight forward so as not to blind us with too much information and he began by telling us the art material available in the Pro create application which include an endless range of colours and tones, brushes in many sizes including airbrushing, pencils, pastels, graphite, charcoal and textures, there is also an eraser, a smudged and layers which can be painted on and placed on top of the first screen. The options and applications seemed endless and Richard painted some examples to give us a feel for the range of them.
I would like to thank Richard for introducing us to this form of art, feedback from the audience was positive, some said they had felt inspired, others were glad to have seen the possibilities and it was clear from the questions members asked during the demonstration that it got us all thinking. One advantage we recognised, was the ease of taking the iPad on holiday or on a day out, as it was so much easier than packing up all our paints to take with us.Click to enlarge.
Watercolour Workshop with Matthew Palmer, March 2017
Artists from the Ashby Art Club had a very enjoyable and productive afternoon last Saturday, 4th March, when they attended a Matthew Palmer workshop. Matthew works in watercolours, he is a talented artist and a competent teacher and his workshops are well organised and enjoyable events.
The afternoon was pleasure all the way, it was a nice sunny afternoon, we could opt to use a pre drawn picture ( which eased the pressure on us that have difficulty with perspective in landscape paintings ) and there was plenty of drinks and treats available.
Matthew gave us all the the watercolour paints we would use in the painting and this helped in getting the colours and tones correct. We began by painting a bright winter sky which had a lovely glow, then onto the snowy paths, banks and road. We all borrowed one of Matthew tree brushes to stipple in the trees and brushes, the colours we used for the houses and the church gave them a realistic tone and then the splash of red from the postbox complimented the scene.
I think everyone had an enjoyable afternoon and felt pleased with their painting.
A big thank you to Matthew, for tutoring us though an instructive workshop
Watercolour Demonstration by Bob Harris February 2017
On Monday the 13th Feb 2017, Ashby Art Club had the pleasure of watching a demonstration presented to us by club member Bob Harris. Bob was working from a picture of St Martins in the Field taken in the early sixties, long before traffic free zones and parking meters and what about those old fashioned cars, a lot of us remembered them and some had owned one.
Scene set...... Bob had a big task to complete in less than two hours and even he recognised he had set himself a race against time but one he was confident he could meet.
We were entertained by seeing the early washes go on and the scene begin to emerge in its early form. It was wonderful to see the dark shades go on the painting and how they created shapes and perspectives even with just one or two lines or a brush stroke here and there. At times you could have heard a pin drop and Bob had to keep checking that his audience were still there. At other times there was an amusing banter between members and Bob, talking about how different the scene would be now.
Bob worked accurately but fast, he told us he likes to work fast specially if working outside, he explained that the light on scenes is always changing and to capture the reality of the scene it is essential to work quickly. Not only had Bob set himself a big task but he was also working at a more acute angle, than he would normally do, to ensure we all had a good view of his painting.
Bob kept painting through the coffee break and even with the distractions of lots of the members going up to have a closer look at his work, he kept going and the scene was emerging before our eyes. We all settled down for the second half of the evening when Bob started to fill in the detail of the cars, buses, people and finally the trees and bushes. At dead on nine o'clock Bob put a mount on the painting and declared it finished, to a hearty round of applause from a very appreciative audience.
A number of us were captivated by the speed and ease at which Bob can work and we have asked him if later in the year he might come and do a workshop for us, to give us guidance and instruction on his techniques .
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Thanks Bob, you gave us a very entertaining demonstration which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Chairman's Art News, 12 January 2017
1. Change to the programme of demonstrators, Bob Harris will be doing a city scape on 13/2/17 and Andrew Geeson will be doing wet into wet on 8/5/17.
2.This year's raffle picture is to be a selection of 'doors'. I have included here an image of doors to get your imaginations working. Maureen has the squares of paper, so collect one from her asap as Peter Chadwick would like the finished pictures to him by the beginning of March so he can mount and frame the picture. This little project usually raises a reasonable sum of money, which we donate to our chosen charity, the Air Ambulance this year, so please join in and get painting.
3. I thought it might be a good idea to have some bunting hung up in the entrance of the village Hall at Ticknall for the exhibition - what about paintings of Easter Eggs, about 8"x 6", let me know what you think. I am a real fan of bunting and I think it would really cheer up the entrance to the hall. The club could supply you with cartridge paper if you would paint an Easter Egg.
John Smiths Acrylic Workshop Saturday 21st Jan 2017.
On Saturday afternoon at Smisby Village Hall, 18 Ashby Art Club members were transported to the Mediterranean to paint a seaside scene in Acrylics and what fun it was. John played us relaxing music suitable for the scene we were painting, he gave us a short demonstration of the picture he had painted, a few tips on acrylic painting then put his confidence in our imaginations and ability and off we went on a painting holiday.
I don't think there was anyone who was not pleased with their painting, there were a few people there who had not painted in acrylics before and they were delighted with their results. John gave plenty of individual tuition, assistance and encouragement throughout the afternoon which helped us all to grow in ability and confidence. New comers to acrylics are often amazed at the freedom it gives to their painting style, the fact that you can paint over a mistake is a revelation to watercolour painters.
Thanks John, we all enjoyed a relaxing fun afternoon and have good paintings to show for our efforts, roll on the next time, what destination next?
Monday the 9th Jan, 2017 was Ashby Art Clubs first night back after the Christmas break and I am pleased to report that we had a very good turn out, for a demonstration on how to paint waves, by John Blundell.
John Bundell Demo
John told us that he has a real affinity with the sea, he was born near the sea and likes nothing better than watching the sea and particularly waves, he likes to see how they develop, the angles they come in at and where and when they break. John's interest in waves and seascapes is well documented in his art work, he paints in oils, and more recently in water mixable oils and he has developed a method of painting a rising wave which highlights the light shining through the water in a very realistic way which was fascinating to watch.
It may be a while before us folks in Derby, so far from the coast, get to see the sea so tonight's view of waves was a real treat specially for January.
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Ashby art club enjoyed a couple of pre Christmas fun sessions. On Monday 12th December we had our annual Quiz night which was very well attended, our usual quiz master and scorer ( Jane and Alan BetterIdge) were away this year, however Jean and Yve stood in for them using Alan's kindly pre prepared questions and I think we did a good job. The final scores were very close, only half a point in it, we have some knowledgable members and even the team with the least points did very well and their scribe won the booby prize. Well done everyone, keep swatting for next year as Alan tells me, he and Jane have already started thinking of more fiendish questions.
The food brought on the night was amazing, thanks everyone and I think we all came up with better answers after lovely festive nibbles and warm mulled wine, kindly prepared for us by Barbara and Caroline.
This event was followed on Wednesday morning (14th December) by a card painting session, where all present painted a Christmas card to give to one another. There were some lovely cards painted, I received a card from Kevin with a picture of a very life like turkey on it....however when I took it home David thought it should have come ready plucked!
These events made a lovely end to our year of painting in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
We were looking forward to a demonstration night in the new year to be presented by John Blundell who would be painting sea scenes in oils. Here is a sample of his work.
John Smith Demo
On Monday the 14th November the Ashby Art Club enjoyed a demonstration presented by club member John Smith. John stood in at the last minute, as Robert Brindley the scheduled demonstrator was unable to attend, due to a family illness.
I was a bit stressed on Friday night when I received Roberts email explaining he would be unable to do his demo, it was my birthday party on the Saturday night and another matter to deal with nearly sent me into overdrive. However I contacted the club members who do demos for us to see if any of them could be available on Monday night...and they all offered to stand in, what stars, many thanks to you all, it is easy to be a Chairwoman with such helpful members.
John's demonstration was very good as he talked and joked his way through a lovely Acrylic Painting of an Autumn scene in the style of Monet. John brought along a painting he had done earlier for us to see whilst he showed us how he built up the painting, the original was of the scene in summer and John donated this to the raffle, picture here is of Chris winning it. He also gave the second painting to The Birthday Girl. Thank you John!
Mary Smith Demo
On Monday 15th Oct Ashby Art Club members were treated to a demonstration of mixed media work by Mary Smith. Mary gave us examples, instructions and information on many aspects of mixed media painting, she explained how this method of art can be incorporated into all mediums of painting.
Mary had prepared samples of her work at different stages so we could see how the picture developed with each medium that was added. She gave us a running commentary on the equipment and materials she was using, their qualities and possibilities, their makers, where they could be purchased and what effect they had on the painting.
Whilst working on her paintings Mary shared with us some very interesting events and muses. In the summer Mary had been invited to paint in Windsor Castle gardens, she had been one of ninety artists invited to paint a garden scene in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday. Mary had chosen to paint a scene from the moat garden which incorporated glimpses of the castle and a host of blooming roses, she brought along the finished picture shown here, and a sketch of the scene and showed us a little of how she had developed the picture.
Mary talked us through a picture she had created using her artistic skills and her musings, the scene was from a derelict Folly in the gardens of Elvaston Castle in Derby. The final painting, shown here, shows a woman in the style of 'Vemeer' behind a window and around her are images to depict a story of romance mystery and history.
Throughout the session Mary gave practical tuition on the use of mixed media & its possibilities to enhance paintings whilst entertaining us with the stories and results of her visits to the two castles. Some members are now eagerly awaiting Mary's workshop on Saturday.
Mary Smith Workshop
Some of the results of the Ashby Art Club members work at Mary's worshop.
Our new Twitter account
At the AGM it was decided to improve our publicity especially for the Easter Exhibition. Part of that was to engage more with social media. With that in mind we now have a Twitter account that can be found on @AshbyArtClub.
Twitter is a service for people to stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. People post Tweets, which may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text.
If you are a Twitter member please look at the account and we would welcome you to 'follow'.
In mid September some of the club members and tutors provided a new art exhibition at the Castle Medical centre, Ascebi House, Burton Road, Ashby replacing the successful Ashby Camera Club photographic exhibition, which has been running over the summer. The Art Club also displays paintings at the North Street surgery in Ashby, click on the Dr Sheperds Exhibition tab for more information.
First demonstration of the 2016/17 season : Bob Wareing
The first demonstration got off to a flying start for the new season with Bob Wareing doing a pastel portrait of one of our members Scarlet Thomas. Scarlet sat for Bob whilst he transformed a blank piece of paper into an amazing pastel portrait of her, starting with just a rough sketch of her face and hair and then, layer by layer, added pastel tones to create the structure and shape of her face. He then put in the finer detail which transformed the sketch into an amazing likeness. Scarlet was delighted with the result and Bob kindly gave her the finished portrait which she can now frame and put on display herself. Thank you Bob for a most informative and enjoyable evening.
2016 AGM News
On Monday the 3rd Oct Ashby Art Club held their AGM, the event was well attended by the members who listened to the reports from the chairwoman, the members secretary, the treasurer and the demonstration organisers. All the reports were positive and gave a picture of a positive, entertaining and interesting year in the life of the club.
The chairwoman Barbara Royds, the members secretary Paul Prichard and Marie South members representative all finished their term of office this year and they were all thanked for the time and effort they had put into the club whilst on the committee. They all continue to be members of the club so their experience and expertise will still be available.
Jean Park was elected as the new chairwoman, Maureen Weeks will be demonstration organiser, Kay Smith the members secretary and Yve Hill continues as treasurer, however this will be her last year in this role, so the club is looking for a volunteer to take over from Yve in October 2017. Helen Eames and Phil Hatter were elected as the new members representatives and were welcomed onto the committee.
After a short break for tea and biscuits the meeting continued with a question and answer session where some good ideas and suggestions were put forward and discussed. The club prides its self on being dynamic and forward thinking so these new ideas will help to ensure the club keeps looking forward.
The meeting ended at 8. 30pm after thanks were proposed for past committee members, the new ones and also for all the club members who it was recognised put a lot of hard work and effort into keeping us a top notch art club in the Ashby area
2015/2016 season reports
Collaborative Oil Painting with Yvonne Hill
The last demonstration of the season was run by club treasurer Yvonne Hill. Yvonne is an experienced artist in a wide variety of media and has taught the Bob Ross oil painting method. Bob Ross was an American painter and well known art instructor on TV and video. Yvonne explained his "Joy of painting method" as she worked on a quick painting of a woodland scene.
Yve explained that Bob Ross used the wet-on-wet oil painting technique, so she began by adding thicker paint on top of still wet thin paint layer on the canvas, rather than waiting to allow each layer of paint to dry.
Yve's painting started with simple strokes putting smudges of color on the canvas. She then showed us how palette knives and large 1 and 2 inch brushes could be used to quickly paint the sky, water and trees. Rather than waiting for this layer to dry, Yve continued painting to add highlights using thinner oil paint on top of the thicker layer to complete the scene. She explained that she uses odourless paint thinner to thin the oil paint as necessary as well as for brush cleaning.
After tea break, members were invited to participate in painting another woodland scene. This was on a canvas primed with black gesso. This surface was firstly painted over with a layer of transparent paint to start the wet on wet painting, then thicker paints were added. Yvonne demonstrated on one canvas while members took turns in following her instructions to paint a second canvas (see photos taken by Terry Hill and click to enlarge).
Overall members had great fun and a very enjoyable evening, with many wishing to learn about this method of oil painting, Many thanks to Yve.
Critique Evening with Scott Bridgwood
Instead of the usual demonstration at our Monday meeting, the Art Club invited well know figurative painter Scott Bridgwood to provide a critique of members work, see photo by David Park.
Scott is a graduate of Chelsea Art College and is based in Leicester. he exhibits at many local, national and international galleries, see his website at www.scottbridgwood.daportfolio.com/
Members provided a range of art for Scott’s advice, which ensured a full evening. Scott highlighted positive points of each painting and offered suggestions for improvement in many cases. Feedback from members during and after the meeting was very positive.
Our Chairman said that she had enjoyed the evening more than she expected. In particular, she took away the importance of including dark areas in a composition and to add form. She found the advice about inclusion of dark areas at the front of a painting very helpful. Overall she thought that it was brilliant evening and thoroughly enjoyed it as learnt a lot.
Scott commented after the meeting that he thought that a good standard of work was presented to him.
Last Saturday Workshop of the Season with Jeremy Fordformer President of the S.A.A. He is based in Ackworth, West Yorkshire, so his willingness to travel to our Art Club is much appreciated. The photo shows the watercolour painting produced by Jeremy. Everyone went home with a satisfactory picture having practiced a number of watercolour techniques. Jeremy’s tuition included some “rescue” measures, when participants made mistakes! However Jeremy quickly put things right for a number of people, showing us a number of simple rescue measures. His rescue advice is also available on a DVD “ Watercolour SOS” and an extract can be seen on his website www.jeremyford.co.uk. (He has made a number of DVDs and books about watercolour painting and all these can be purchased from the SAA shop.)
If you missed this workshop, Jeremy is a regular contributor to the Painting & Drawing Channel, on Sky 192, & FreeSat 402 and can also be seen onwww.thepaintinganddrawingchannel.co.uk/
Another great success at the 2016 Ashby Arts Festival.
Many of our members exhibited in the Gallery at this years festival. The Festival also hosted an exhibition by the Ashby Guild of Artists, the students from Lewis Charlton School and students from Ivanhoe College. There was a Photography Exhibition, Morris Dancers, Roots Choir, African Drummers, and a Hand Made Craft Fair with the formal opening by the Mayor of Ashby Councillor Mike Ball.
One of our members (Pam Ripley) took charge of the Arts Cafe with her husband and did a sterling job with home made cakes and treats to tempt everyone.
The gallery exhibited almost 300 paintings and doubled the sales from last year. Kate Devey won Best in Show for 'Snowdonia', Jean Grew won the Runner-Up Prize, Kay Smith won the Peoples Prize and John Smith & Kay Smith both got Highly Commended by the judges (all Art Club members) - what an achievement! Well done to everyone. Some of our members also did outdoor boards around the town, which marks the start of the festival and here are a few of them: Pam Ripley with Rapunzel; Margaret Jones with Even Tigers Run & Hide; Irene Boddington with Flying High (Biggles); Kathryn Hellier with Narnia; Jenny Chapman with Journey to the West.
Working with the children of Rosliston School for the Queens Birthday celebrations
Art club member John Smith. aka Jay Dubya, recently assisted Rosliston School with their Queens Birthday celebration. Rosliston School had seen the work John had done with Measham and Swannington Junior Schools and invited John to work with the children to create a mosaic and other art work. John did a large picture of Buckingham Palace with the coronation coach in front and he got the children to create Lowry style figures to create the crowds. The younger children made lots of small 2" square red ,white and blue paper squares and helped John create a mosaic of the queen.
Life drawing with Tony Sumpter and model Claire Peacey
Tony Sumpter's life drawing workshop atttracted a big audience. However, everyone managed to squeeze in with drawing boards and charcoal supplied by Tony. Tony started the session with a series of quick poses and with everyone having a limited number of lines to draw. Some longer poses followed with a review during the tea break. This review showed that the quick sketches were much more vibrant and dynamic. Tony explained that people tend to focus on detail in the longer sketches and lose sight of the overall pose. Tony provided some quick guidelines to measurement of the body, which can help prevent the frequent problem of too short a leg. Model, Claire, was very skillled, providing some interesting and dynamic poses while keeping very still!
Tony mentioned that the Attenborough College in Leicester are putting on some open sessions over the next three months to see what the response will be. Each session is for 3 hours on a Sunday. A studio has been booked for 3 life drawing sessions - no tuition - on 29th May, 26th June, 24th July. All Sundays, 10:00 - 1:00. Tony is putting the lists of participants together. You don't need to sign up for all three. Please let Tony know if you want to reserve a space by telephoning or texting 07526 268275. Tony said that easels and model provided, but to please bring your own drawing equipment.
Barbara Colbert Workshop
Barbara Colbert ran a pen and ink workshop, which let us try a very free style of pen work using the quill and the fronds of each end of a feather to create a picture. This starting point was helpful as some of us were not familiar with pen and ink styles and starting with a feather freed us up to give it a try in a fun way. We then went on to use more conventional implements to develop our own pictures and styles which the photographs represent.
Barbara was a good teacher and she found skill and artistry in everyone's work, this was very encouraging, especially for members who were inexperienced in pen and ink techniques and styles. Barbara is very experimental in her work and her enthusiasm for her subject was infectious.
Everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing afternoon and had at least one piece of presentable work to take away.
Matthew Palmer Watercolour Demonstration
On Monday the 11th April, the Ashby Art Club had the pleasure of a watercolour demonstration from Artist, Matthew Palmer. Matthew painted a fairly local scene from Edwinstow, near Sherwood Forest, on the borders of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The picture he chose was a snow scene with a focus on Edwinstow church, a stream in the foreground with snowy banks and trees in the distance and in the foreground.
From this composition Matthew was able to give us advice and instruction on how to paint a snow scene, a realistic stream, trees and buildings. As the picture developed we were made aware of how to give the picture a depth and how to bring images into the foreground, also his method of creating shadows and reflections in water.
Matthew's ability to give us precise and helpful tuition whilst entertaining us with his own brand of repartee is a skill on its own and ensures a very entertaining and instructive demonstration, which is just what we had.
The spontaneous round of applause Matthew received as he painted the finale brush stroke was a real indication of the members enjoyment of the evening.
More about Matthews paints, workshops and videos can be seen at http://www.mattartist.co.uk/
Annual Easter Exhibition Report
Another successful Annual Exhibition at Easter with 416 visitors, in addition to members and their guests. Thanks to everyone who joined the rota over the Easter weekend , baked cakes and organised this event. A brief report and some photos of attendees can be see by clicking on the Easter Exhibition tab. David Park kindly took these photographs and some snaps of the paintings on display whcih are shown in the gallery tab.
Our nominated charity this year was Hospice Hope, see http://www.hospicehope.org.uk/
Claire Botterill Demostration: Seed heads in Ink
Claire Botterill's demonstration was well attended and members really enjoyed it. Claire stressed the importance of using the right weight of paper for working wet in wet and with inks. She explained that beginners often made the error of buying a light weight paper rather than a heavy weight paper, which then prevented them producing a good painting.
Claire had pre-drawn some seed heads and explained that a good composition and an accurate drawing was needed to be produced before starting to apply inks and water. She also pointed out that the rules of perspective needed to be applied too.
Claire inked in the drawing and applied denser ink lines in areas of the seed heads which needed to be darkest. She used blue Quink ink, which when water is added spreads showing other colours than blue.
She then applied wax crayon. Lines which were to be preserved as an inked line were drawn over with a clear crayon. A yellow coloured crayon was used to highlight some of the seeds. She then applied water, working with the painting flat and working in from the edges. A typical picture is shown in the photograph ( please click to enlarge).
Claire then invited members to have a go and provided materials for members to try her techniques.
Claire is running a series of painting outdoors workshops, including ones at Bradgate Park on Monday 9th May. Further information can be found on her website, see www.clairebotterill.co.uk
Sarais Crawshaw Pastel WorkshopPlease click on picture to enlarge
10 participants thoroughly enjoyed the pastels workshop with Sarais Crawshaw. Sarais introduced pastels as a medium and explained and demonstrated the three main ways to mix colours. She explained pastel surfaces and demonstrated the effects of paper type on a painting, using two types of pastel paper.
Sarais then showed how to transfer an image onto the pastel paper. She continued her demonstration by showing basic pastel painting techniques, how to handle the background to add depth to the picture and how to add a tonal range to the underpainting. Participants then began their own paintings and had the options of painting the robin picture, which was being used for her demonstration by Sarais; or selecting another animal in its habitiat from Sarais’s pictures; or working from their own image. Sarais advised and helped participants individually to make a stress free start to their painings!
After a tea break, Sarias demonstrated how to paint fur and feathers and add details in the landscape such as moss/lichen. Towards the end of the afternoon, when participants were completing their pictures, Sarais explained how to seal the pastel paintings and how to store them. Then she explained how to mount the finished picture using a three layered mount. At the end of the workshop everyone’s completed paintings were reviewed by Sarais.
Ashby Art Club thanks Sarais for an enjoyable and instructive afternoon painting and everyone successfully completed a pastel of an animal in its habitat, which they were pleased with.
Di Lorriman Tonal Range WorkshopPlease click on pictures to enlarge
Di Lorriman ran a very challenging and successful workshop on Saturday 6 Feburary. The importance of tone, in both monochrome and colours, was explained to obtain distance and perspective in a painting. An exercise in mapping a range of tones from a photograph to produce a tonal sketch started the afternoon.
Participants then had the choice of working from their own photograph or using a photograph and watercolour study provided by Di to try to put the tonal theory into practice using a painting technique involving layering colour to deveop a tonal range and the appearance of depth in a painting. participants learnt that even when using just one colour a convincing painting can be made by application of the right tones
Bob Harris Demonstration
Bob came with a fairly detailed picture already drawn which helped him complete the painting during the session, giving his audience the pleasure of seeing the picture painted from start to finish. Throughout the evening Bob shared with us his tips, techniques and experiences, all very helpful to the clubs experienced and new painters. We were also entertained by a few of Bob's funny stories, which he had warned us he would tell if we did not ask him enough questions.
In all it was a very entertaining and informative demonstration which was enjoyed by a very high turn out of members. Our thanks to Bob, it is never easy to demonstrate in front of your peers, we thought that his performance on the night was peerless.
Matthew Palmer Workshop (9 Jan 2016)Click to enlarge picture.
16 participants,( including two non members) thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday afternoon workshop with Matthew Palmer. Matthew gave a step by step demonstration of how to paint each part of the picture, a view of Bamburg castle from the beach. This picture was based on a photograph, taken by Matthew on one of his Northumbrian painting holidays. . A wide range of watercolour painting techniques were practised and participants enjoyed Matthew’s amusing presentation.
Firstly, Matthew ran through the colours for the picture. He designed and used the SAA Natural colours. He provided this paint to everyone who wanted to try it and also explained how to mix each colour from the standard palette of colours, so people could mix their own if they wanted to.
Then the painting began, with a wet in wet sky and sea being put in using a large brush and a fast application of paint. Matthew lent large brushes to everyone who needed them! Matthew made this step look very easy, and he stressed the dangers of going back into a painted area and trying to change things. However, this stage was challenging to participants, particularly people who were used to working slowly with small brushes as the paper began to dry out! Matthew came round to each person as we worked, gave advice and and sorted out any problems
Then the castle was added, with Matthew demonstrating and explaining the lifting out and shading techniques needed to add form. The next step was to use some dry brush techniques to add a beach. This was followed by painting the rocks, and then by scraping over the thick wet paint with a credit card to obtain rock like effects. Finally some additional shading was added to the sea and Matthew demonstrated how to use a craft knife to add highlights and sparkle.
Matthew runs web sites, www.watercolour.tv/ and www.mattartist.co.uk/. where on line tuition, worksheets, videos and painting supplies can be purchased. He also runs regular watercolour workshops in the Midlands: at Southam, near Leamington Spa and at St Peters centre, Mansfield, which is the closest to Ashby. The Mansfield workshops (10am to 4pm) are very good value, as they cost £30 including lunch! Matthew mentioned that there are a few vacancies on Saturday 20th Feb and on Saturday 5th March, when the topic is “On a frosty day, a lakeland snow scene”. Book via his web site or call 01246 825559.
Hares in Acrylic
November 2015 Demonstration by Kevin Shepherd
Members were delighted to welcome Kevin Shepherd to the club on Monday night. (Please click on photos to enlarge)
Kevin is a very talented professional wildlife artist who works from his studio on the Staunton Harold Estate where he focuses on capturing the wildlife in the local area. Kevin demonstrated with acrylic paints, showing us the techniques he uses in painting the coat of a hare with a fine stubble brush and he built up layers of the paint with fine brush strokes. Kevin brought several examples of his work for us to see and here are a few of those.
Thank you Kevin for a wonderful evening - this was Kevins' very first demonstration to an Art Club and he did himself proud. There was a rapturous applause at the end of the evening and many of the members couldn’t wait to get home to start using the techniques themselves.
"Slap It on with John" Acrylic Workshop - Sat. 7 Nov. 2015
Members enjoyed an acrylic workshop given by John (Jay Dubya) Smith on Saturday afternoon, 7th Nov 15. John is an Ashby Art Club member. Participants chose a landscape picture from which to copy and used various techniques as demonstrated by John.
The first thing was to paint the whole canvas in a vibrant colour and then paint an outline of the subject in a contrasting colour using a brush. We then ‘slapped the paint on’ with a pallet knife using various techniques which enabled us to use free expression and work in a very loose style.
During the afternoon we stopped for coffee and cake and we were all very expert at critiquing other members efforts but at the end of a most enjoyable afternoon, we had a display of acrylic paintings which would have held its own in any gallery.
Thank you John for passing on your expertise and for being on hand for anyone and everyone who needed guidance during the workshop.
Our October demonstration was with Lind Wain
The demonstration on Monday evening 12th October 2015 was by Linda Wain F.T.W.A.S.I.,. who is an internationally recognised artist and has original work. in public and private collections throughout the world. Linda did two demonstration pieces, firstly the eye of a tiger, followed by a painting of a wolf.
Linda is a wildlife artist and she demonstrated the techniques she uses to paint the eye of the tiger with ProColour Artist's Colours, a water based paint with a matt finish which gives you more vibrancy, opacity and versatility than any other professional fine art acrylic.
It was fascinating to watch the demonstration and see the eye of the tiger develop using many layers of paint.
After a coffee break, Linda then showed us the techique for painting the fur of a wolf again using many layers of paint.
Linda had been working on this painting previously so we were able to see the end result of her work.
Members enjoyed a relaxed and informative evening where we were all able to study the demonstration pieces during the break. Thank you Linda.
Our First Workshop of the season was a great success
Members enjoyed the first workshop of our 2015/16 Programme of Workshops on Saturday 12 September with Steven McLoughlin. Steven is a very talented professional artist who mostly works in oils, developing the paintings on location, and finishing the pieces back at his studio. The British coastline and countryside have been Steven's inspiration for many years and for our workshop he brought his picture of a Cornish Cove (see picture) . He then demonstrated how to reproduce this in acrylic.
Steven demonstrated his painting method, which starts with an underpainting to show the the tonal values. he then moved on to overpaint with the desired colours, keeping the tonal range. The range of colours needed to paint the sea and cliffs was a suprise to many! Finally, he demonstrated how to add detail and texture, particularly to the flowered cliff top.
Members worked in acrylic, mostly on canvas or board and everyone produced a piece of artwork to be proud of. Although everyone worked from the same photograph of Steven's orginal painting, particpants produced a piece of work stamped with their own style of painting, using Steven's methods. It was a most enjoyable afternoon - with no thought of shopping, housework or the television - just an afternoon of enjoyment doing what we love - painting.
This workshop was held at Ivanhoe College on this occasion but all future workshops will be at Smisby Village Hall, unless indicated otherwise.
Our first Demonstration of the season was a portrait in oils with Stephen Ashurst
Members who visit Patchings, may be familiar with portraits by Stephen Ashhurst, our first demonstrator of the season.
New member, Julia (who was attending her first meeting!) was asked by Stephen to pose for the evening and she kindly agreed. see picture.
Stephen then explained and demonstrated his painting process. Firstly he drew Julie in 8B pencil. Members were imoressed with the excellent drawing.
However, some became worried when he covered it with runny paint! This was the second stage, a tonal underpainting using a mixture of runny oils. Stephen used ordinary and watersoluable oils mixed with both water and turpentine.
After the tea break, Stephen moved on to add details using a variety of colours such as reds, greys and blues to develop the features and clothing.
At the end of the evening members were very impressed with the portrait, shown in the picutre beside Julie. However, Stephen explained that it required more development, which he intended to finish in his studio.
Stephen has been invited back to Ashby Art Club next season, on Saturday, 24th September 2016, to run a portrait workshop in acrylic and pastels. For anyone wanting to sign up for this please contact us using the 'Contact Us' page.
June 29th - Tony Sumpter will be entertaining us with 'How to Use a Sketchbook'.
Non-members welcome - £5.00 per person.
Our last Saturday Workshop of the Season is on 20 June 2015 with Barbara Colbert. 12.30 - 5.00 pm (Doors open at 12.10). 2 Places left - Hurry if you want to book (£25)
This workshop will be on Charcoal Drawing
Barbara will bring some examples of her own work and will chat about her themes and techniques. Following this a general play with the materials, after a demonstration. Time then for a practice doing a group piece on a large scale. Discussion about drawing and tonal values, proportion, handy tips etc, and then artists can produce their own works. It will be either from life or provided images. Artists are welcome to bring their own images (these don't need to be black and white) or items to draw from. Students will be given individual tuition..
Barbara will provide charcoal, paper, putty rubbers and fixative. Students can bring their own paper if they prefer and drawing boards. Also students will need a pencil and sharpener, and an ordinary rubber and reading glasses or magnifying glass. Dark or old clothing is probably a good idea too.
Ashby Arts Festival is Coming - 23rd May to 30th May 2015
Ashby Art Club are supporters of the Ashby Arts Festival.
Art & Photographic Galleries are at Ivanhoe College, North Street, Ashby this year on Sat. Sun. & Monday 23/24/25th May (Bank Holiday). It is all happening at 10.30 am when there will be Roots Choir singing, Presentation of Prizes, Morris Dancers, African Drummers and lots more. There will be yarn bombing on Market Street, Workshops, a Rock School, A Pudding Bag production at the Venture, A Dragons Tale Workshop & Performance at Ashby Baptist Church and the Festival is rounded off with a Musical Accoustic Extravaganza on Sat. 30th May at the Venture Theatre.
Look out for all the giant Outdoor Boards which are going up in the town on Sunday, 10 May.
Programmes and Tickets for all events are available at Tourist Information Centre in Ashby.
A workshop was given by John (Jay Dubya) Smith on Sat. 18th April 2015 when members enjoyed 'slapping it on with John'. Members attempted a cityscape with acrylic on canvas using a pallet knife (something a bit different than usual) and what fun it was. The critique at the end showed a variety of vibrant, colourful and imaginative works of art. Thank you John for a fun day.
OUR MAIN EVENT - EASTER SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MONDAY
It was our Annual Art Exhibition at Ticknall Village Hall, Ticknall, Derbyshire on 4/5/6th April 2015
WOW is all I can say. What a fantastic week-end with our best ever Exhibition.
Thank you to all the members who were able to help in the kitchen (what a wonderful array of homemade cakes made by our members) with the setting up, stewarding, and taking down the exhibition. What wonderful team spirit we have in our fantastic art club.
An additional bonus this year was that Jane Betteridge, the wonderfully talented local artist, had her annual solo exhibition alongsaide ours. Jane did book signings of her new book 'Watercolours Unleashed" and her exhibition was an extra dimension to our event.
Saturday Workshop with Carol Hill - Sat. 14th March 2015
Members enjoyed a Saturday afternoon workshop on 14th March with Carol Hill, the very talented and much admired professional artist. Carol gave her time and energy to pass on her wonderful techniques and skills whilst demonstrating a landscape scene, complete with barn, which we all endeavoured to work from. With Carols' help and guidance we had a wonderful array of different styles of paintings by the end of the session.
Ashby Art clubs "Paint along with Jane" on the 9th March was an amazing evening.
From committee member Jean Parks
Lots of members came along, so much so that we used up every painting table available in the hall with painters sitting three and four to a table.
Jane soon organised us, we formed a circle around her table for her to give us a short demo and a few simple instructions to get us going on painting Silver Birch trees. We masked out the trees wet the paper and dropped in woodland colours, the watercolours began to worktheir magic and by coffee time we had the makings of a 'masterpiece'
During the break a lot of us took the opportunity to buy signed copies of Janes newly published book "Watercolours Unleashed" we are very proud to have one of our club members achieving such recognition in the art world.
During the final part of the evening we concentrated on the trees, giving them their familiar markings and shadows, then finishing them off with branches and putting some detail into the forest floor. Janes easy to follow techniques and enthusiasm for the subject helped us all to feel pleased w ith our pictures.
A good night was had by all and I think our applause at the end of the evening conveyed to Jane our appreciation
Members enjoyed a wealth of techniques shown by Lyn at the Lyn Bailey Demonstration on Monday 9 February 2015
Art Club members were fascinated by the use of household items to use in painting techniques. Cling film, kitchen foil, cotton buds, lollipop sticks, salt, but to name a few. Lyn demonstrated the affects achieved by using these items and there were lots of stories to go with them. A delightful evening, informative, funny and most enjoyable. Thank you Lyn.
To view some of Lyns' work visit her website at: www.artprofile.co.uk/artist
Members also enjoyed the Saturday afternoon workshop with Di Lorriman on 7 February.
Di structured the workshop around persepective and pen & wash. It really got the brain cells working and, what seemed difficult to do at the start of the workshop, turned out to be a great achievement for all the members taking part. The end result was an array of stunning Pen & Wash paintings. Thank you Di - we had an exhilarating and wonderful afternoon.
Members also enjoyed the Saturday afternoon workshop with Di Lorriman on 7 February.
Di structured the workshop around persepective and pen & wash. It really got the brain cells working and, what seemed difficult to do at the start of the workshop, turned out to be a great achievement for all the members taking part. The end result was an array of stunning Pen & Wash paintings. Thank you Di - we had an exhilarating and wonderful afternoon.
Michael Lakin Demonstration - 12 January 2015
Mick used his laptop to display the image he was painting and explained how helpful this was as it enabled him to zoom in on part of the subject to to get an enlarged view to aid his painting, it also represents colours in a realist way.
Although his painting methods are slow and very precise, we were kept interested throughout with Mick's informative and amusing commentary, a good evening was had by all!
Check out Michaels' website to see his work at http://www.michaellakinart.co.uk/
Art Club Open Day - 6 December 2014
Ashby Art Club held their Christmas Open Day on Saturday and for the people who attended on a cold December day, they were welcomed with a fabulous gallery display of art club members' latest work. We were supported by the Ashby Camera Club who video linked a stunning display of photography. The Smisby W.I. group put on a wonderful array of home made cakes and served a light lunch, and there were table top stalls for people to browse - which included papercrafting, crystal creations, prints, bric a brac and a calming corner of buddhism. All in all, despite the lower numbers attending, everyone seemed to enjoy and appreciate the hard work put in by members who organised the event. As Chair of the Art Club I would like to thank all the committee and members who gave their time and energy to support the Open Day.
Richard Knowles; November 2014 Demonstrator
Jay Dubya ( John Smith); October 2014 Demonstrator
Geoff Kersey; September 2014 Demonstrator
This demonstration was followed by a most interesting and well attended workshop the following weekend. Everyone went home will a delightful picture after successfully following Geoff’s step by step guidance.
Geoff is based in the Derbyshire Dales and runs regular one and two workshops in Cromford, near Matlock. As well as being well known for the rural scenes described in his books and DVDs, Geoff has also produced two ready to paint books based on pictures of London and New York. His latest book describes how to paint successful watercolours from photographs.