Monthly Meetings

These are held on the second Wednesday of most months at St Georges Hall, Tiverton. Doors open at 6.45pm, for meetings between 7.00pm and 9.00pm.

These meetings include demonstrations, talks and critiques of members’ work by professional artists.

We have a tea/coffee break at about 8pm for members to chat and socialise, for about 20 minutes.

There are no meetings in April or August, when exhibitions are held, and November’s meeting hosts the AGM and Bring and Share Supper

9th JanuarySecret Life of Underpainting - acrylicsMary Ann WilmotThis shows how underpainting influences the tone and texture of your chosen subject giving your canvas  life and energy as you learn to build the layers and get some lovely happy accidents which gives your painting a depth and frees up your brushwork.
13th FebruaryBold and Loose WatercolourKen MaharajahWatercolour frequently suffers from an undeserved reputation as a pale,
washed out medium. This explores vibrant ways of creating results rich in
colour and energy and looks at ways to take these ideas into your work.
13th MarchCritique of Members' WorkJames Tatum
8th MayAbstract landscapes mixed mediaRod AshmanRod will bring sketchbook work showing how his process begins and progresses through to what will become a larger work. Because the process takes place over quite a time, from initial drawings / paintings and notations on site, through to reconstruction in the studio. He will come with some items prepared so as to condense this time. He is interested in generating a work that shows me something unexpected and challenging about landscape.
12th June"French Patio” showing wet and dry techniques in watercolourLynda Kettle"French Patio” showing wet and dry techniques in watercolour
10th JulyThe Reg Cull Memorial Prize for Black & White Drawing. Greg Wellman(One piece of work per member)
11th SeptemberAbstract landscapes in oilsBelinda ReynellBelinda will demonstrate how to create stunning abstract landscapes with oils using rags, pallet knife and brushes.
9th October"Every Picture Tells a Story" talkRay BalkwillThis newly produced presentation looks briefly at what inspires Ray’s and his methods and techniques for painting en plein air in various media. The presentation then focuses on a number of paintings with interesting stories to tell. These not only include some of his favourite subjects – old boats and boatsheds, but also some amusing experiences encountered on his travels. It also includes a short film.
13th NovemberAGMBring and Share SupperAlso includes voting for the Alan Rigby award, best picture developed from sketches and photos from the sketching days and painting holiday.
11th DecemberCreative watercolour techniques and texturesSue SearleSue will demonstrate a range of creative watercolour techniques and textures using all manner of materials!

Monthly Art Challenge

Each month we set an ‘Art Challenge’ with the winner to be voted on by the members at the meeting. Rules are:

1. Subject to be announced at each meeting for the next meeting (see list below)
2. Prize will be a certificate
3. Winners will be selected by members votes (as per the Alan Rigby award) 4. Artwork does not have to be new, it can be one of your older works
5. Paintings, drawings and 3D
6. Artwork does not need to be framed, but should be well presented
7. These rules may change as we learn and adapt!

September 2018Autumn
October 2018Local Inspiration
November 2018None (AGM and Alan Rigby Award)
December 2018Christmas
January 2019Self Portrait
February 2019Inspired by the great artists
March 2019None (members critique)
April 2019No meeting
May 2019Famous landmarks
June 2019Pets
July 2019None (Reg Cull award)
August 2019No meeting
September 2019Family

The Reg Cull Memorial Award: £25, awarded at the July meeting, by the invited guest, for the best black and white drawing or painting submitted that evening. One submission per member.

The Alan Rigby Award: £25, awarded for the best picture developed from sketches and photos from the sketching days and painting holiday.

Sales Table Held at the May and October meetings. Members’ ‘Bring and Buy’ of art materials, books etc. No commission.