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Negative Shapes Challenge

Negative Shapes Challenge

The members were set an interesting task this month with producing work with negative shapes. There is some really wonderful varied pieces of work. Bruno Del Tufo Sheila Klein Leelee Kock Spring Time Shapes Gouache June Grindley Putin's horrendous negative shapes Gunda Cannon Homage to the masters of pen and brush Collage, watercolour, pen & ink Glyn Evans Negative Space Bottle II Alison Chandler Holiday View Glyn Evans Negative Space Bottle I Clive Dand Clive Dand Lynne Slatter Michael Haynes

Emotions

Emotions

Members have produced some wonderful paintings in response to this challenge. Tim Sparkes Fear The sadness of leaving war-torn Ukraine Acrylic Alison Chandler Hope and Despair David Bedford Duke of York 'oh! dear' Charcoal. By David Bedford Sheila Klein Grief A place of mourning Lynne Slatter Brotherly Love Acrylic My 5 year old grandson looking after his 2 year old sister on a camping holiday last year. Judy Williams Sorrow Walking away, losing, old age, sadness. My 94 husband has dementia. Leelee Kock Happy Days Gouache and Pencil Michael Haynes Despair From a photo that was recently in the Telegraph of an Ukrainian lady Clive Dand War I Clive Dand War II Susan Stewart Nadiya "A portrait of the well known cook Nadiya. Apparently, despite the happy outward appearances that she presents to the camera, she suffers from anxiety related problems." Gunda Cannon Fear - how to overcome it The German text says that the way out of fear leads straight through it… i.e. you have to go through fear to be liberated of it. I think that’s quite a strong thought. June Grindley Faith, Hope and Charity/Love "Here is a collage of faith, hope and charity/ love...apparently snowdrops signify hope, love and sympathy. " Kate Rundell Love, Devotion and Affection Indian Ink and Watercolour Ron Rous A Moving Moment "A very watery acrylic painting. It is a moving moment from 15 years ago when our first grandchild was born." June Grindley Joy! And I suspect Freedom! Caroline Anderson-Jones Mother Love Glyn Evans The Watch Ashore Oil on Board

Christmas Challenge 2021

Christmas Challenge 2021

Some wonderful pieces of work have been sent in for this challenge. David Bedford Acylic Kate Rundell Pen and Watercolour Leelee Kock Winter Wood Willow Scene Gouache and Pencil Phil Auden Tim Sparkes Watercolour Tim Sparkes Watercolour Ron Rous Snowy Lane Watercolour Pat Lock Misty Morning Watercolour Michael Haynes A Bit of a Blizzard Watercolour with a touch of acrylic Lynda Pearce June Grindley Fairfield Church in the Frost Acrylic June Grindley June Grindley The Camellia is a scented winter flowering one called Camellia sasanqua narumigata. Clive Dand Christmas in Tenterden Oil on Canvas Alison Chandler Watercolour Graham Lock Teasles Watercolour Glyn Evans Snow over Snowdonia Tony Langham Bleak Winter Oil on Canvas

Machines and anything Mechanical

Machines and anything Mechanical

This was the members brief:- Our next challenge is 'Machines and anything Mechanical'. This is a wide topic for your interpretation from cars to farm machinery or the Kenwood in your kitchen. Michael Haynes Watercolour Train to Bodmin David Aspinall Liaison Dangereuse Watercolour Lynda Pearce Rusty Car in Woodland Pen, ink and watercolour Angel Musil Old Machine David Dixon London Eye Ink and watercolour 42 x 30cm Angela Musil Mechanics Angela Musil Cranes at Hamburg Harbour Michael Haynes Pen, ink and Watercolour Kate Rundell The Bike Pen and watercolour

Photo Interpretation

Photo Interpretation

Our members challenge was to interpret the photo below in any way they felt inspired to do. Sally White Fairlight Watercolour Clive Dand The Beach, Pett Level Oil Caroline Anderson-Jones Sea Reflections Michael Haynes Watercolour Gunda Cannon Pastel Beach Pat Lock Shaft of Light Acrylic David Dixon Oil on card 25 x 40cm

Extend an Image

Extend an Image

This was our brief:- " Your challenge is to use this image and extend it! Print off the image and attach it to your canvas/paper/board - in any orientation and anywhere on the surface. Extend lines, shapes, colours in any way you want to produce a "new" image - figurative or abstract. It is a tiny part of an existing painting, but try to make it your own. This was the image members used The snippet was taken from Paul Gaugin's "The Yellow Christ Sally White My interpretation of the snippet of picture you sent us. I’ve worked it into a photo I had of walking along a walkway at Barley Cove in Co. Cork Ireland. The boat is the brown bit from your picture and has been ‘borrowed’ from Dungeness! Gunda Cannon Honister Pass, Lake District Watercolour, pen and ink 270 x 200 mm Leelee Kock Graham Lock My 'extended' watercolour (with the original extract supplied in the top left hand corner) fills just over a quarter of the whole piece in the bottom right. This was scanned, printed in different sizes, mainly with the colour desaturated, and all the images mounted overlapping each other behind the original. Alison Chandler Mindful - Pastel Not sure about the quality of the outcome, but producing it was a very relaxing, mindful experience! Pat Lock Expanded Acrylic on gessoed board Clive Dand Spring daffodils Pencils and biro Lesley Feakes I kept turning it around till I found something. Not very good though I fear .. Multi media Cliff view Michael Haynes I have to say that it was very difficult to make anything of the ‘scrap' you provided — I concluded I had no imagination but anyway here is my try and believing it is somewhere in the style of the real picture. Judy Williams Bubbles over something Chris Hautot A Triffid maybe? Chris Schalburg The Circus It was a very difficult piece of painting to integrate

Skylines

Skylines

This was our brief:- 'The next challenge is Skylines. This could be from your window, out on a walk, or looking back to when the snow covered the landscape. Here is a link if you would like some inspiration. There is some great art here and worth a look:- https://www.saatchiart.com/paintings/london-skyline/feature Or just put 'skyline paintings' into your search engine and you will be swamped with ideas.' Kate Rundell From my daily blog Wednesday, 24th February 2021 - New Vista Some trees have been taken out at the bottom of the garden. I am looking forward to admiring the view and watching the sun rise from my bed in the morning. Watercolour Angela Musil View from Lombards bridge in Hamburg Angela Musil Castle Trakai Lituania Angela Musil Dresden Angela Musil Tallin, Estland Judy Williams Wintery Sunrise Acrylic on board Leelee Kock Boughton Malherbe Skyline Graham Lock Not one of my usual mediums, nor my usual approach .. and will probably never be repeated .. but it can be fun to experiment. Clive Dand Chris Hautot Acrylic on board Leelee Kock Treeline from my kitchen window Chris Schalburg Gunda Cannon Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Bridge Park Watercolour, charcoal, pen and ink 290 x 220 mm Glyn Evans St Mildred's Church, Tenterden Caroline Anderson-Jones Silhouette of Stone Henge Pat Lock Michael Haynes Romney Marsh looking towards Rye David Dixon London I have done a composite of London in oil size 60x40cm and for comparison an oil I did in 1969 not in good condition as it was rolled and now wrinkled and cracked, a bit like the artist. Not many high rise in the city then. (See second painting below) David Dixon London 1969 I have done a composite of London in oil size 60x40cm and for comparison an oil I did in 1969 not in good condition as it was rolled and now wrinkled and cracked, a bit like the artist. Not many high rise in the city then. (See painting above)

Art of the Close-up

Art of the Close-up

We were given an informative brief for this challenge:- Art of the Close-up Your next challenge is to produce a work inspired by a close-up view of something familiar. Your work can be as large as you like, but should represent a close examination of its subject. If you are looking for inspiration, an obvious place to start are the flower paintings of Georgia O'keeffe, whose painting Oriental Poppies has become an icon. Other artists have looked at fruit for inspiration – see Dennis Wojtkiewiczartand Kamille Saabre. You could also find your subject in the human body, such as this painting of a single eye by Thomas Saliot. However, your inspiration doesn’t have to come from something organic, it could come from simple items around the home. Domenico Gnoli’s paintings frequently featured shoes, while Ellen Altfest’s often examine everyday fabrics in detail. It would be great to see some semi-abstract images inspired by the unusually close view of familiar objects, such as Michael Craig Martin’s Full Life Jason Smith I have much Heart Maple and Acrylic Bowl 22 x 5cm Angela Musil Raindrops on a Leaf Angela Musil Shells Clive Dand Mother and Child Clay Judy Williams Katherine's Mussel Acrylic on Paper Gunda Cannon Apple halves Watercolour, pen and ink 210 x 140 mm Sally White Shoe Susan Smith Chaz Sheila Klein Rain Drops on Plastic Pat Lock A Pine Cone Acrylic on board Michael Haynes Bluetit Kate Rundell Button Watercolour Chris Schalburg Corner of the Kitchen Watercolour and Pencil Leelee Kock Woodland Patch Guiseppe Bertoli A Vase of Flowers Acrylic on board Graham Lock Hinged Alison Chandler Orchid David Dixon Eraser Drawn freehand on 300g paper with ink Pencil and acrylic 40x30 cm Caroline Anderson-Jones Pebbles

Mixed Media Challenge

Mixed Media Challenge

This was the challenge set to our members:- Produce an artwork using a variety of media. It could include: Collage, Material, Paper, found objects, newspaper, wood, cloth, photographs, ink, oil/ acrylic/watercolour paint. Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Dubuffet, Kurt Schwitters, Marcel Duchamp were all artists who produced and explored works of art using mixed media. Fran Sharp Paper and Acrylic Chris Hautot A woodland scene Collage inspired by a photo with cutouts from a magazine Chris Hautot Fishing Boat Acrylic on board with the addition of cardboard, net, string and plastic to create the picture Lesley Feakes Painted from a photo of Sissinghurst taken in 2019 Watercolour, ink, charcoal and collage Sheila Klein Poinsettia Media: Christmas cards, cooking foil and pencil Kate Rundell I am following an on-line portrait course and this was the first module. Ink, watercolour and charcoal Pat Lock Still Life with Orange Jar Collage, acrylic and pen Michael Haynes Some watercolour, some acrylic, some pen AND a patchwork trying to capture Hastings John Robson Vase collection- charcoal, cling film John Robson Leaves in Collage, cling film and pencil Graham Lock Ravenglass, Cumbria Still one of our favourite counties. This place always feels forlorn, deserted as if the world has moved on leaving this place isolated and with few signs of life. Watercolour, pastel and white acrylic ink. Kate Rundell Bare Taken from my Painting and Drawing Diary Blog Charcoal and Watercolour David Dixon This is my interpretation of Canary Wharf at rush hour I am reminded of times before retirement It comprises mounting card buildings, indecise pages from the Times, ink and charcoal figures, watercolour and card Tube sign coloured with gouache. On oil board 20" x 16". Guiseppe Bertoli A hard day‘s work, cutting sugar cane in Haiti Clive Dand Mountain landscape Collage Clive Dand Collage and acrylic paint Caroline Anderson-Jones Valentine Acrylic and Paper Alison Chandler Zero Waste I Constructed from “failed” prints of mine, cutting out the sections I liked to be reassembled into something new. I had hung on to these for years – some had even moved house with me – and at last I have found a use for them! Clive Dand Art Studio Collage, pastel, watercolour Alison Chandler Zero Waste II Constructed from “failed” prints of mine, cutting out the sections I liked to be reassembled into something new. I had hung on to these for years – some had even moved house with me – and at last I have found a use for them! Angela Musil Connection I "One can find some pieces of paper stuck on canvas" 50x50cm Collage and Acrylic Angela Musil Connection II "One can find some pieces of paper stuck on canvas" 50x50cm Collage and Acrylic

Challenge - A Room In My Home

Challenge - A Room In My Home

Members have sent in some wonderful pieces of work. The challenge was to make a piece of art inspired by A Room In My Home. A "Room in your Home" produced much careful observation and use of perspective showing so much artistic ability. One needs a wide angle to tell the full story of your room so cropped and cut off views were well used to give the viewer a sense of focus. The images of Sheila’s pantry, Kate’s stove, Pat’s printing press and Guiseppe’s daughter give us a glimpse into some of important things in our lives. Most views are from eye level, giving a pleasing normality in these difficult times of lockdown. Our eyes are drawn to details - the time on the clock, the photos of horses, potted plants and Agas. Pen and ink highlighted and suggested form. Colour either wonderfully bright or from your limited palettes enhanced the style of furnishings. I felt a real connection to David's beautiful comfy chairs that you could just imagine yourself sinking into. Thanks to all the artists for welcoming us into their homes. Lets all enjoy the art ………... Sheila Klein My Pantry Charcoal Lesley Feakes Cat Watch of the Blue Planet Pat Lock A sketch of my printing room - a riot of colour equates with a riot of mess! Michael Hayes The Dining Area Acrylic Sally White A Room Of My Own Michael Haynes The Snug Watercolour Gunda Cannon ‘Living room – semi-furnished’ Watercolour and pencil wash 290 x 210 mm Kate Rundell The Kitchen Pen and Watercolour Judy Williams Guiseppe Bertoli My Studio - ( painting my daughter and her baby) Chris Hautot David Dixon A mixture of acrylic and watercolour on canvas, it started of as a perspective in ink Size 40 x 30cm Clive Dand My Studio Oil Clive Dand My Bedroom Watercolour and Ink

Abstract Challenge 2021

Abstract Challenge 2021

Well done to everyone who embraced this Abstract Challenge set by Pat Lock. What a fantastic variety our members have produced. John Hamilton I tried adding a castle and lake in the Glens to give some realism to this abstract picture Angela Musil Acrylic on canvas 50 x 50cm Pamela Hudson Housing Complex Sheila Klein What inspired me:- “I do not like discarding things so I decided to experiment using the soft red netting that oranges are packed in to see what effects I could achieve. Messy but fun. I also now realise that just one picture could produce hundreds of pictures if one zoomed in closely to the detail. Very interesting”. Red acrylic paint and soft netting Angela Musil Pirat Acrylic on Canvas 40 x 50cm Lesley Feakes Gunda Cannon Eve's Apple Gunda Cannon Just Today Caroline Anderson-Jones COVID-19 Fishing Links Michael Haynes Squares David Dixon Market Place Acrylic and oil on canvas board 40 x 30cm Jason Smith “Abstract Bowl” Alcohol ink and acrylic on wood 28cm x 6cm Alison Chandler Acrylic and oil “It’s not all black and white” Clive Dand Abstract watercolour. Virus 2020 is a reflection on the effect that the virus has had on my life and the life of everyone in the world that we currently live in. John Hamilton Blossom in the Kent apple orchards using a stipple effect and scratching to reveal the darker paint layers below John Hamilton Colours of a stormy harbour. Rubbing off paint and drips add to the atmosphere John Hamilton Tall sheds at Hastings using a palette knife and gold leaf Sheila Klein What inspired me:- “I do not like discarding things so I decided to experiment using the soft red netting that oranges are packed in to see what effects I could achieve. Messy but fun. I also now realise that just one picture could produce hundreds of pictures if one zoomed in closely to the detail. Very interesting”. Red Acrylic Paint with soft netting twice

Working in Pencil

Working in Pencil

This was the brief for our challenge:- Drawing Challenge For this challenge I would like to focus on accurate drawing skills. Practising our drawing will help in all our painting from landscape to portraits. I would like to suggest we all draw a single chair but dont think Van Gogh, this time I would like to see a chair which stands up and could support a weight. David Dixon Chair One Michael Haynes Dining Chair David Dixon Chair Two Sheila Klein A Chair Alison Chandler Pencil Chair Gunda Cannon My Chair When I was younger I smiled about chairs like these but now I love them Clive Dand Garden Chair