Carshalton and Wallington Art Group

poster for spring exhibition painting by Sue Farlow

Spring Exhibition 2022

We are heading towards our Spring Exhibition running from Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th May 2022 at the United Reformed Church in Wallington. It is open from 10am-5pm, closing at 1pm on Sunday.

Not only fabulous art, but I hear there will be tea and  cakes too.

We hope you can come along to support us.

We finally have our party and award some prizes

It was party night at our meeting after Easter. There were also some group awards and prizes. Gail Davies won the Marden cup for best black and white drawing, Sue Pullen won the Irene Holdaway first prize for best flower painting in watercolour with Suzanne Swann winning the second prize. Suzanne also won the Candwag award for best flower painting in any other medium. Congratulations! and to everyone who took part.

Prizes and awards go to Gail, Suzanne and Sue.
Shapescape watercolour painting by Andrew Wylie

Congratulations to Andrew Wylie

Huge congratulations to our group member Andrew Wylie for being accepted for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 210th annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries with his painting Shapescape.


You can see his work online or pop along to the exhibition which runs from 14th -23rd April.

Inspiration from other artists

Claire Chandler demo
Debbie Hinks with her portrait demo

Getting inspiration is a key part of making art. We were recently inspired by local abstract artist Claire Chandler who gave us a demo of her painting process.  Another recent demo was from the bubbly Debbie Hinks who showed us how to create vibrant portraits in charcoal and pastel. She also showed us examples of her beautiful mixed media portrait studies taking her no more than an hour to create. And a sunset landscape demo from Melanie Cambridge using her own brand of gouache giving tips on painting with gouache and adding figures to landscapes.

Melanie Cambridge demo gouache painting

Paint a Pastiche

We can also gain inspiration from the work of artists we admire but may never meet. Painting a pastiche was one of our weekly challenges this month. The idea was firstly to copy a painting that we admire to learn more about how the work was painted and then to apply this knowledge to a painting of our own. Sue Farlow decided to be inspired by the work and style of contemporary artist Haidee-Jo Summers. Firstly Sue copied a painting of tulips by Haidee-Jo and then adopting some of this artist's painterly style to an acrylic painting of her own. Sue also painted the study again in oil

painting by Sue Farlow inspired by work of Haidee-Jo Summers

Sue's pastiche in acrylic


Sue's pastiche study in oil

Fred Gillespie

Fred Gillespie

We shall greatly miss our dear friend and fellow group member Fred Gillespie. Fred had been battling with illness for some time. He was a true master of the art of watercolours and always encouraged everyone in the group. He will be so fondly remembered by us all. 

We are ready for making new art in 2022.

Many of us have gained some new art materials to try out this year and will be exploring different techniques too. We are looking forward to all the artistic  possibilities in the year ahead.

stabillo woodys new year
Enjoying painting ourdoors
Enjoying painting ourdoors

Enjoying painting outdoors using a box easel

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Painting plein air
Painting plein air

During the summer, we were able to get together (socially distanced, of course) for our plein air sessions.

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Plein air painting at easel
Plein air painting at easel

Painting outside with easel

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Our evening meetings commenced as normal on Thursdays at 7.30pm. We meet in Holmwood Hall, accessed from Holmwood Gardens at the side of the United Reformed Church.

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Our forthcoming Spring Exhibition won't be long now.