Carshalton and Wallington Art Group
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.
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
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.
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
Sue's pastiche in acrylic
Sue's pastiche study in oil
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.
Enjoying painting outdoors using a box easel
During the summer, we were able to get together (socially distanced, of course) for our plein air sessions.
Painting outside with easel
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.
Our forthcoming Spring Exhibition won't be long now.