Saturday, 21 October 2017

Writtle Art Group October 2017 Exhibition

On the weekend of 14th and 15th October the sun shone and we were blessed with some unusually warm weather. Around 220 visitors turned up in the Village Hall to view the annual Autumn exhibition of the Writtle Art Group. This year, however, attendance numbers were slightly lower, possibly because art-lovers were out enjoying the countryside.

Nevertheless, the Group members and Associates put on a quite spectacular display of over 300 paintings in a variety of styles, some of which are shown in the following pages. The exhibition was made up of 167 framed pictures and 136 portfolio (unframed) paintings. Although the sales of artworks was below the level of recent years, the income from teas, coffees and cakes exceeded expectations.

As a regular feature of the Autumn exhibition, the general public were asked to vote for their favourite framed picture on show by members of the main Monday art group. A total of 75 paintings qualified as entrants for the Leslie Bass Trophy – a competition that dates back to 1976. Voting was spread widely over the range of styles on show, but strangely this year visitors seemed to favour the more traditional watercolour paintings over some of the more modern entries.

In a close finish, three paintings all received 12 votes each, but as two of these were painted by artist John Robinson, he was elected the worthy winner and his name will be added to the prestigious Bass plaque. Full details of the voting were as follows:
‘St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall’ – Watercolour by John Robinson (12 votes)
‘Abandoned Cricket Pavilion, Norfolk’ – Watercolour by John Robinson (12 votes)
‘Dance Art Deco’ – Acrylic painting by Peter Robson (12 votes)
The runner-up was:

‘Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire’ – Watercolour, also by John Robinson (11 votes)









A Selection of Paintings from the Exhibition




























Monday, 2 October 2017

Sue Williams Demonstration at Writtle Art Group

Sue Williams showed consummate ease in completing two paintings in two hours at the latest demonstration at the Writtle Art Group.

The first, a watercolour featuring cows, allowed Sue to show the skills and thinking behind her work. Her mixing of colours on the paper and how she builds up textures, was a delight to see.

The second allowed Sue to compare the attributes of watercolour and acrylic inks and showed how they can result in delightful, vibrant, paintings.

We thank Sue for a wonderful morning.


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Graham Webber Oil Demonstration at Writtle Art Group

Graham Webber gave a highly informative and entertaining description of his techniques and beliefs during our latest professional demonstration.  Inevitably with oil paintings we did not reach the "finished" painting stage but the photographs below give an indication of the skills and talents of Graham.

See more of Graham's work using the link to the right.









Sunday, 14 May 2017

Writtle Art Group Looks at Mountains

Large washes, layering and counterchange featured in our most recent workshop.











Monday, 27 March 2017

Summer 2017 Tuition

We will have 3 tuition sessions -


Monday 8th of May - Alan Vann - Mountain Scene

This is a painting that gives us the opportunity of practise the techniques of "layering", counterchange, and simplifying paintings. 

Monday 19th June - Alan Vann - Venice Gondola Scene

We look at large washes, reflections in water, as well as creating dark colours.












Monday 10th of July - Pauline Grove

This gives us the opportunity to work with a local artist whose watercolour paintings speak for themselves.  For the first half of the session Pauline will take us through the key techniques that she uses and after an interval we will have an opportunity to put some of her ideas into practice. 














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Now retired my time is fully occupied travelling, gardening and watercolour painting. I am a member of the Writtle Art Group and The Griffin Art Group of Danbury.