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Waterside Art Group Autumn 2017 Newsletter

Dear Members 

I hope that you all enjoyed your summer break and are getting back into the autumn routine of Tuesday evenings.  Mary and I enjoyed a week’s sketching and painting in Provence with Barry Herniman, organised by ALPHA Painting Holidays, and it was a good reminder of the added challenge of translating the three dimensions of the real world into the two of the sketch book.  It does wonders for honing observational skills!

This sketch of the hill top village of Roussillon shows the challenge we faced! 


Summer Exhibitions

Well, the season of summer exhibitions has passed and we have now embarked upon our autumn programme.  As mentioned in my earlier e-mail, thanks and congratulations to everybody who helped to ensure that our exhibition in The Community Centre and the one during Hampshire Open Studios at Derek’s home were successful.  We received many positive comments from visitors about the overall quality of the Community Centre exhibition and particularly the arrangement of paintings by artist.  By entering Open Studios we tapped into a wider and different audience.  Our combined sales were probably higher than average and, once again, the Craft Table and painting raffle were popular.  As you know, our 2018 calendar has been a huge success - largely due to its subject - and we have managed to have a further 50 printed.  They will be available at The Herald Office until they sell out.  There seems to be much enthusiasm amongst members to produce another calendar next year.  Please let me know your views on the matter.

The paintings used for the calendar can all be seen on the slideshow on the home page of our website.  Click [here] to see the slideshow.

Colour Abstraction workshop

Summer workshop with Ashley Hanson

Early in 2017 one of our members entered a competition run by Great Art and was fortunate to win.  The prize was a day workshop for our art group with Ashley Hanson, an artist and tutor from Cornwall.  Ashley is inspired by the coastal scenery of Cornwall.  

 The title for the workshop was:

" Colour, Abstraction and the Art of Cornwall."

 We spent the morning experimenting with mixing colours and making marks.  Ashley then talked about some of the Cornish artists who have influenced his work.  

After lunch Ashley helped us all create our own painting.  We were asked to chose a photograph and then simplify this into the dominant shapes.   After a few drawings it was our turn to get paint on the canvas and interpret the scene.  At the end of the afternoon we reviewed all our work and the results were amazing.  We all had a fun day experimenting with something new.  Thank you very much to Great  Art  for sponsoring this event and for supplying all the materials.  Thank you also to Ashley for such an excellent and inspiring day.


Autumn demonstrations

Our autumn series of demonstrations commences on 26th September with Catherine Dunn creating animal portraits in pastel.  Catherine is a professional animal artist based in the New Forest. She has many clients throughout the UK and abroad. She particularly specialises in horse and dog portraits.  The demonstration commences at 7.30pm and the visitor fee is £4.00. If you would like to read more about Catherine and see her work then click [here] to visit her website.

This will be followed on 24th October by highly talented artist Richard Ashford demonstrating how to interpret pictures as a source of inspiration for watercolour paintings.  Richard paints both boats and costal scenes in oil and watercolour. He has exhibited with the Maritime Art Group in Hampshire, at Southampton Art Gallery at the Titanic Centenary Exhibition, at St. Barbe in Lymington, plus many other local venues. 

Our friend and supporter John Edwards will be visiting to demonstrate painting in oils on 26th November.

To read more about these demonstrations click [here]


Library Exhibition

Once again this year their will be an opportunity for you to exhibit your smaller paintings in the glass display cabinets in Hythe Library from Monday 27th November to Saturday 9th December.  More details nearer the time.


Christmas Social Gathering

Having experienced the fog whilst driving back through the Forest from Brockenhurst last December, many members requested that we should choose a more local venue for our Christmas Dinner.  As a consequence, we have made a reservation at The Boathouse Restaurant on Hythe Marina for the evening of Tuesday 12th December.  Hilary Bell has kindly agreed to organise this event for us.  More details and the menu choices will be available in the next few weeks but meanwhile put the date in your diary please. 


Let us have your views …..

Don’t forget that the Committee is elected by you, the members, to manage the group on your behalf.  So please do let us have your constructive ideas.  We may not be able to implement them all but be assured that they will be given serious consideration.  The calendar is a good example of this.


Keep informed!

Don’t forget that the best way of keeping up-to-date with what’s happening at Waterside Art Group and learning more about the above events is by frequently checking out our website watersideartgroup.co.uk.  Posts under the tab [News] will let you know if anything different is happening on a Tuesday evening.  Also this Newsletter and previous ones can be read at any time by going to the Members tab on the website and clicking on [Newsletter] in the drop down menu.   Chris and I will keep providing supplementary information via e-mails.

Best regards



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