May 2024 – Paul Berryman

Paul Berryman visited the society in May 2024 to a near full house, around 40 society members in attendance, and undertook a charcoal sketch of our own “PIP”.   A very entertaining evening was had, PIP being relieved it wasn’t a nude portrait and with Paul demonstrating his “3 part Method” in portrait sketching producing a souvenir sketch for PIP to…

April 2024 – Richard Cave

Richard Cave from the Reading Guild of artists visited the society in April 2024.   Richard has drawn and painted from childhood winning prizes for art on television and at County Art Shows whilst still at school. He discovered a love of watercolours at school and later developed a facility in this medium and in perspective drawing to use in his…

Exhibition Stand Painting 2024

The 2024 exhibition got underway on Saturday 23rd March when members of the society gathered to refresh the exhibition boards. We had good team work and a bit of fun, as well as a productive day – all the boards are painted, we will have some follow up work to apply a couple more coats but this should not take…

March 2024 – Max Hale

Max Hale visited the society in March 2024 and saved the day due to a short notice cancellation of our advertised artist. Max gave us a fun and entertaining demonstration, painting a “Cafe” scene using Acrylics and demonstrated techniques in blocking to create the image. Maxwell Hale, (Max) is an artist/painter with a depth of experience spanning almost five decades.…

January 2024 – DJ Art

Dave Johnson (DJ) visited the society in January 2024, our first demonstration of 2024!. DJ’s demonstration centred on a painting of the Aurora Borealis and techniques to help blend oils.  The presentation was well received and by the society and DJ kept us entertained with his engaging style. About DJ: https://www.artbydj.co.uk/  https://www.facebook.com/artbydjdj I have been drawing and painting for as…

November 2023 – Sara Wykes

Sara, our own Secretary, made the November presentation, saving the day, having had a call from the planned artist who had a medical problem and could not make the planned event. One of Sara’s “art” passions is Glass Fusion so in a matter of a couple of hours put together a multi-media presentation explaining the technicalities of glass fusion along…

October 2023 – Steph Coley

Steph visited the society in October 2023 and demonstrated her mixed media portrait art. Using torn book and song sheet pages glued to the canvas, over drawn with a ball point pen or biro! and a little ink and acrylic paint to produce a stunning portrait image. About Steph:  https://stephcoley.com/ A mixed media artist born in Derbyshire, UK, where she still…

September 2023 – Tim O’Brien

Tim made the visit to the society in September 2023 arriving with just seconds to spare due to traffic but was unperturbed by this and continued to make a very interesting 2 part presentation to the society showing how first to draw wheels with perspective and moving on then to produce a painting in under 45minutes of racing cars on…

August 2023 – Heather Griffin

Heather Griffin visited the society in August 2023, this being her second visit to the society having  helped us out at short notice in 2022.  In 2022 Heather painted in oils and created a Pig painting, this year moving on to Sheep! To re-cap on the “Pig” follow the 2022 link Heather in 2022 Otherwise see here the 2023 Sheep…

July 2023 Colin Joyce

Colin had travelled the UK on his way to the Patchings Art Festival and was able to demonstrate to the society on-route in July 2023, demonstrating the painting of a “sea scape” scene using oils as the medium. The scene was based on a view of the Forth Bridge from long distance, although not in the painting, but having a…

June 2023 Graham Laughton

Graham Laughton visited the society in June 2023 to give us an interesting demonstration of making a portrait drawing in pastel, Lynda, one of our members, was the lucky person asked to sit for him as the model. By clicking on the image below you can see the progression of the drawing from initial lines to the final portrait

May 2023 Phil Biggs

A change in the programme due to ill-health of the planned artist saw Phil Biggs visit the society in May 2023, Phil’s second visit to the society, the first in 2014, to show us how to construct a landscape in Watercolour based on a Lake District scene.  Throughout the evening Phil was seen “painting” behind the easel – this turned…

April 2023 Steve Woodham

Steve visited the society in April 2023 and showed us his approach to creating Cubism art using bottles and a glass as subject matter.  Whilst the video camera was upside down for the first half of the presentation this didn’t actually matter as the picture was continually spinning around as Steve created the art – bottles up or down didn’t…

March 2023 Leanne Ellis

Leanne Ellis visited the society in March 2023 and entertained us whilst painting not one but two paintings both donated to the society which will be included in the 2023 Christmas social event later in the year. Leanne demonstrated her dynamic approach to painting and shared some useful tip during the evening. About Leanne https://www.leanneellisart.com/index.html I was born in 1980 and…

January 2023 – Kate Wrigglesworth

Kate Wrigglesworth visited the society in January and demonstrated her unique and colourful fantasy art work, creating a beach scene with a boat, dancers and shells! The Society also enjoyed a video short from Kates collection entitled “Angle Garden” showcasing dance and art together which can be viewed on Kates YouTube Channel by following the link here -> Angel Garden…

November 2022 – Mark Baker

Mark Baker visited the Society for the first time in November and showed us how he went about painting architecture in his engrossing demonstration, enjoyed by a near capacity audience.  Some very fine and detailed work was shown/demonstrated, the brick painting was especially admired!   Mark is based in the market town of Alcester, near Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, and specialises…

October 2022 – Ingrid Hill

Ingrid Hill visited the society this week and demonstrated the art of creating a water colour landscape inspired by adventures in Scotland and with added ink! About Ingrid Ingrid is a fulltime artist and tutor living in rural Leicestershire where she enjoys working in watercolours, mixed media, acrylics, and pen & wash. Ingrid gets a lot of her inspiration during…

September 2022 – Ruth Gray

Ruth visited us in September 2022 and gave us a demonstration in the use of Acrylics and an urban town scene starting from a charcoal sketch working through various layers to develop the urban scene. Unfortunately we were not able to take our usual imagery to support Ruth’s visit, due to an unforeseen issue during the evening, but have included…

August 2022 – Steven Coates

Steven is a regular visitor to the society and stepped in at short notice to save the August demonstration and and talked to us about watercolour skies and the 2 minute rule! Steven produced a lovely dark sky picture with sunbursts and donated the picture to the Society which will be in the December 2022 social evening raffle About Steven…

July 2022 – Richard Holland

Richard entertained us in July by painting a familiar, to society members, Derbyshire landscape which he kindly donated to the society which will be part of the December social raffle. About Richard – Landscape Artist I have had an interest in art since primary school, and probably inherited this from my father’s artistic talents. Although missing out getting into Art…