Monday, 1 July 2019

Meeting Tuesday 25th June 2019 - Demonstration in sculpting by Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson explains his approach to becoming a succesful artist

Examples of work by Harry Johnson

Harry demonstrating how to mould a human head

Ian Jay thanking Harry for his valuable insights to art

More sculpture by Harry Johnson

The ladies at the front desk attend to mambers questions

Members messing about with sculpting wax

Members listening to Harry Johnson

Work by unidentified member - please let me know if you recognise this as your work.

Work by Claude

Work by Joy Swift

Work by Vanessa Mc Donell

Vaughan-Jones Prospector

Work by Vaughan-Jones

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Meeting on Tuesday 28 May 2019 - Speaker Yvonne Ankerman

Yvonne Ankerman, resident artist on an Arctic Expedition ship delighted members with a presentation that covered art as well as the wildlife and environment of the Arctic. 

Watercolour sketch of the Arctic by Yvonne Ankerman

Members eagerly awaiting the talk

An iconic polar bear drawn as a zentangle

Yvonne explaining that she did many qualifications to enable her to work on board an Arctic Expedition boat. These ranged from First Aid to driving a Zodiac (rubber dinghy)


Yvonne illustrates a route chart map of each trip with scenes and animals seen. At the end of the expedition, the chart is auctioned to raise funds for the Planeterra Foundation which develops community-owned enterprises in areas where their tours operate as well as suporting Ocean Health

Smelly, moulting walruses slouch around looking quite comical

Polar bears are having to hunt further and further afield to find food, with the males often having to leave females and their cubs behind as they cannot traverse the distances, leaving them at risk of starvation

This ancient black ice is now being surfaced and is melting as a result of climate change

Ian thanks Yvonne for a really interesting talk illustrated by beautiful watercolours

Members were so intrigued looking though Yvonne's sketchbooks that they did not want to go home!

Friday, 26 April 2019

Meeting on Tuesday 23 April 2019 - Facilitator Karin Davel

Karin Davel led a fun hands-on session in which members were taken on a creative journey, learning drawing techniques, how to utilise space, line, shapes and texture to supplement their existing skillsets.

Lots of chatter and anticipation gave way to rapt attention as Karin started her session.
A huge Thank You to all those who helped set up (and clear) the room!

We started with Karin expanding on what she had written in the Palette about drawing circles and ellipses and soon we were all drawing jugs, mugs and imaginary pots

Several members offered to untangle the easels before the meeting but this was an example of Karin uses props to break up spaces, add interest to a composition and even create a whole new scene

Karin's husband patiently and very ably supported Karin with great camerawork so we could follow each part of the experience - Kudos and recognition to him for allowing this session to be part of their Wedding Anniversary evening!!
At the end of the evening we collaged all our work - this is just a small section of the wall that was covered in red and blue.
Based on the excited, energised and animated chatter and our difficulty in getting people to go home this practical, interactive session can certainly be considered a huge success!

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Meeting on Tuesday 26 March 2019 - Speaker Linda Austin

Linda Austin of Artland gave a fascinating and highly informative talk and demo of the product range from Golden Artist Colours. Their primary product range are acrylic paints although members also delighted in the watercolours in the invitation to try out the Golden products after the talk.
Linda demonstrated how the Open, Heavy, Fluid and High Flow Acrylics differ

Wide range of Golden acrylics as well as watercolours.
Oils will be arriving soon

Golden products used for texturing

Open, Heavy, Fluid and High Flow Acrylics are suited to a wide range of uses and applications

Linda showed us many examples of how different products can be used.
Here Open acrylics are used very successfully for monoprinting

 The range of luminescent paints

Our Chairman, Ian Jay, thanking Linda for a highly informative and enjoyable presentation.
Members indicated their appreciation with a loud round of applause 


Monday, 4 March 2019

Meeting 26 Feb 2019

The meeting went off well with a presentation by Belinda Basson on her work with SteamPunk art.