Thursday, 13 July 2017

Local Exhibitions

In Ledbury
Shared Perspective July 31 to August 13
At Weavers Gallery, Church Lane, Ledbury
An exhibition of paintings by Carol Randall, Joanna Dixon, Patricial Gregory and Jane Headlam

Herefordshire Painting Club August 22 to September 2
At Weavers Gallery, Church Lane, Ledbury

ArtBurst August 19 to August 28
Eight venues in Painswick or nearby
Further details

ArtFest 2017 July 15 to August 5
At several venues in Droitwich Spa
Organised by Droitwich Arts Network

Malvern Terrace Artists Annual Exhibition August 5 to August 6
At Hanley Swan Village Hall

Tewkesbury Art Society Summer Exhibition July 22 to 29 July
10.00a.m. - 16.30 (not Sunday 23rd)
At The Methodist Hall, by The Cross, Barton Street, Tewkesbury, Glos
Refreshments available.
Disabled friendly.
Further details

Worcestershire Open Studios August 25 to August 28
At several venues

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Painting Challenge - Canoe Slalom

Several people have reminded me that I haven't set a painting/drawing challenge for some time. Now that things have settled down after the exhibition I thought I'd share one of the photos I took in Italy last month. Email a digital image of your picture to

I've chosen this one as it is uncluttered by the trees and life-savers on both sides of the river and by the various wires and poles suspended above the river to form the gates for this international slalom competition held in Merano on 20-21 May. This is a fast flowing, icy cold alpine river and half the difficulty with painting this will be keeping the dynamism that shows even in this still photograph which I took from the the vantage point of a bridge near the finishing line.

If you really want to appreciate the movement of this river and the difficulties for canoeists then take a look at this video from the day we were there.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Summer Exhibition

A Walk in Frith Wood voted Best in Show
Our exhibition was well received by the public many of whom commented on the attractive way the pictures were displayed and the variety of styles. Many remarked on the wonderful and welcoming display of flowers as they reached the top of the stairs. Many thanks to Sue Embrey who provided the flowers from her garden.

With the exhibition extended for an extra three days we recorded a total of 540 visitors - 157 came on Community Day. Thank you to all the visitors who voted for the Best in Show. Not an easy choice with 71 paintings to consider. The winning painting was A Walk in Frith Wood, by Ian Fountaine. The runner up was Bergen
Winner and runner up
, by Colin Harries. I'm glad to say both paintings were among the ten that sold. A further three paintings from the print browsers also sold as did 144 cards.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in organising, hanging or stewarding and particular thanks to the seventeen artists who exhibited.

A number of members were not able to exhibit this time but we hope that most of them will be able to take part in the Christmas Exhibition - 20 to 25 November.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Pictures from the Summer Exhibition

Here are a few pictures from the exhibition. We have a good standard and wide variety of work well displayed in the Weavers Gallery. We shall now be open for an extra three days, finally closing at 4.30pm on Wednesday 14 June.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Summer Exhibition 2017 - with extra days

Don't miss our Summer Exhibition at Weavers Gallery, Church Lane, Ledbury HR8 1DW

The exhibition will be open to the public at the following times:
     Monday 5 June, 2.00pm - 4.30pm
     Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 June, 10.00am - 4.30pm
     Sunday 11 June, 11.00am - 3.00pm

     Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 June, 10.00am - 4.30pm

We are grateful to Amanda Wright of Weavers Gallery who has allowed us to have three extra days in the gallery. Please be aware that The Homend and part of Bye Street will be closed for road works on the first three days of the exhibition.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Graham Wilson demonstration

Rainy day at the beach
Graham Wilson produced three paintings while he entertained us with the humorous manner in which he communicated his approach to watercolour painting and working with line and wash.

He works on Bockingford Rough and uses tube watercolour pigments from Ken Bromley.
In the woods

On the beach
When he applied paint the brush was not heavily loaded and he worked wet on dry and also demonstrated the use of dry brush technique e.g. for the sea in the first picture.

For the tree trunks in the woodland painting and the masts of the boats in the third picture he painted the edge of mount card scraps and 'printed' the paint onto the paper.

The grasses in the foreground of the first picture and elements of the trees in the second were painted with a rigger. He favoured a rigger from Rosemary which is designed to hold more paint than a conventional rigger.

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Carole Baker: Landscape in Acrylic

Our demonstrator for February was Carol Baker  who tackle a landscape using a scumbling technique to apply thin layers of acrylic paint.

Carole does a lot of plein air sketching and uses her sketch book to plan her studio paintings. The image to the left shows a thumbnail and a water colour sketch for the painting she demonstrated.

Notice also that the sketchbook shows what she has chosen as her palette for this painting. As well as three primaries, she has a light violet, white and Paynes Grey.

She always works with a limited palette and keeps a stack old Ferrero Rochet boxes with a different selection of paints in each. Here's the one she used for the demonstration.

Her support was an MDF board primed with brushed on gesso, which gives some texture, and then coated with emulsion applied with a roller. She had then applied an underpainting using a mixture of the red and Naples Yellow from her palette and would expect some of that to orange to show through and add some dynamism to the picture.

The following images show the development of the painting.