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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Chester le Street Art Society Autumn Exhibition 2018

The exhibition was held over two weeks in Chester Library from 3 November til 17 November but not all times were available due to other library commitments and the library is closed every Wednesday.
 The members entered 41 painting in various mediums including oils, pen and ink, mixed media, coloured pencil, acrylic but mainly watercolour.

South Wall

West wall

We had 204 visitors who were asked to vote for the best painting in the exhibition.

The results were:-
1- Garden Dawn -  mixed media -  Malcolm Coils - 21 votes
2- Yer divent say - pen and ink-     Peter Robbins  - 19 votes
3- Crook Hall -       watercolour -   Malcolm Coils - 16 votes
4- Staithes-             mixed media -  Malcolm Coils - 15 votes

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Lanchester Thursday Art Group Exhibition

My paintings on board 26 finally after some confusion on board numbering. We managed to turn the board with all the painting screwed in position- it was some weight.

Painting by my friend George Levitt having his first exhibition with the Lanchester group.

Paintings by Christine Gilson who sold several of her animal studies.

Three sketches in black ballpoint pen looking out of the Community Centre window during the exhibition. The fourth add after an walk around the village and two pencil drawing in the A5 book.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Weeks holiday in Kirkcudbright

126 miles from home. Walked around town while waiting to collect the keys for Nathenial's  Cottage at 3.00 pm from the Selkirk Hotel.

 Walked from the cottage south around St Mary's Isle (peninsula) and back 5.3 miles. Not recommended - Poor views and difficult to get to final southerly point with little or no path and lots of brambles.

Drove to Dhoon beach and walked north as far as possible to Nun Mill and returned to the car for lunch- some drizzle. On to Brighouse and walked along the bay to Rockvale Cottage. Then onto Gatehouse of Fleet and a walk around the town.

Walked to the play ground above the town with good views to the harbour. Then into town to Tolbooth art centre where two artists where hanging their work and around the marina and onto the Harbour Cottage Gallery where Anne-Marie Atcheson was exhibiting her work and demonstrating her painting technique. She was exhibiting with Evelyn Mackintosh. 2.3 miles

Morning walk up the mill race to the graveyard and across to the play area - 1.6 miles. Afternoon walk along the River Dee to Tongland and return along the same route after a loop around the power station. 5.0 miles

Drove to Kippford, parked at the toilets and walked south to the end of the village and return . Too many trees on the footpath to Rockcliffe so we drove around and walked along the short search of beach - the tide was out.
Called in to Palnackie (nice name) but the car park at waters edge had been developed. Took 3 photos and left.

Short walk around Kirkcudbright revisited the Tolbooth Galley and The White House Gallery- very profession with an excellent display.

Whitehouse Gallery

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Chester le Street Art Society Exhibition at Pelton Church

Pelton Exhibition

George Levitt with his paintings and cards

I was on holiday so photos of paintings from CAS facebook page.

My entries
                                    1 Staithes Beck - mixed media
                                    2 Richmond Panorama- mixed media
                                    3 Triple Buttress of Coire Mhic Fhearchair - watercolour
                                    4 Staithes Mount Pleasant

Thursday, 13 September 2018

August Paintings

Bus into Durham - bought 3 canvases at the Works and pens at Poundland and draw the Corn Mill over lunch. Watercolour added later. I surprised the watercolour -White Knights- took to the canvas.

Collage of Swing Bridge and Newcastle on stretched canvas- work in progress.

Collage of Portloe in Cornwall on paper

Watercolour clematis with demonstrator Christine Cave from Washington (watercolour not her first choice of mediums). Not the right colour mix for white in shadow for flowers - ultramarine and burnt sienna- I used cobalt and rose madder - much warmer.

Watercolour of the Drongs in Shetlands 

Watercolour painted while Peter Robbins did acrylic of Beadnell looking across the harbour showing the boats.

Seaside Town
Workshop with Carrie Dennison from Stanley doing lino cut. Realised half way through that the image should be reversed so Staithes became a Seaside Town. Printed on prewashed watercolour paper.  Did another at home with the image reversed printed on plain paper.


Sunday, 26 August 2018

Notebook sketches

Golf Hotel Fife and Auchmithie in Scotland drawn from Google Earth.

High Hallgarth house in Little Langdale Cumbria
Durham Cathedral from the Racecourse

Hartsop Cottage and Barass Square Staithes North Yorkshire

Grasmore from Rannerdale Knots Cumbria

Back of Dove Cottage Grasmere Cumbria

Peinchorran Loch Sligachan from Google Earth

Port Erroll Cruden Bay Scotland

Entered this sketch page in ' paint the seaside ' competition on the Painters Online website and was selected as the winner. The prize was a set of watercolour pencil and graphite pencils - both I don't use so I'll give them to the grandchildren.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

My collage workshop at Chester-le-Street Tuesday Group.

Two projects :- Town scene and Vases

Random collage strips on a sheet of mount board and a quarter sheet of 200 lb Bockingford using tissue, newsprint and wrapping paper.

My paintings


Vases shapes from stencil then negative flat opaque painting for the background and transparent darks for the table and some tinting on the vases.

Some of the work in progress.