Spalding Arts & Crafts Society News

Spalding Arts & Crafts Society News


This is where you can find details of the latest changes to our website -, plus news of exhibitions, events, members' news and activities and demonstration evening reports. Members - Email Katie to have your activites, achievements, art courses and painting holidays added.
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Tulipfest 2018 - Entrants & winners

ExhibitionsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Tue, May 08, 2018 10:38AM
The winners & other entrants to our Tulip painting competition at Tulipfest, Springfields Festival Gardens, Spalding.
Thanks to Spalding Horticultural Society for sponsoring the competition and all the artists for their excellent entries

May Demo - Stan Hurr, Pastel Portrait

NoticesPosted by Maggie Goodsell Sun, April 29, 2018 05:22PM

Stan Hurr will be demonstrating a pastel portrait at our May meeting.

Please remember to bring your Still Life postcards & your entries into the Tulipfest competition (painting & entry form) Entries should not be framed or mounted.

Tuesday 1st May at Pinchbeck Village Hall, Knight Street, nr Spalding, PE11 3RB
members £2.50, visitors £4.50 inc tea & coffee.
7.30pm – 9.30pm. All welcome - doors open at 7pm

April 2018 Demo - Still Life in Oils By Jerome Hunt

Demo Evening ReportsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Sat, April 28, 2018 10:35PM

Demonstration 3rd April 2018 - Still Life in Oils By Jerome Hunt

Report by Maggie Goodsell

An interesting & informative evening with Jerome Hunt demonstrating the techniques he uses when painting a Still Life.

Jerome started by telling us a bit about himself & his techniques. He said he usually works his Still Life fairly small often using mundane objects like jars & plastic bottles as subject matter.

Jerome had his subject in a well lit box - he said that the right lighting is very important.

The subject from Jerome's viewpoint. He chose tulips as he was in Spalding and said it looks better if things are in odd numbers.

Jerome did a rough initial drawing with paint.

Then, using a cloth, applied Burnt Umber to the negative spaces.

He added Payne's Grey to the mix for the darker areas and constantly re-defined the subject.

Jerome then used a flat hogs hair brush to paint in the highlights to give himself a reference point.

Adding colour and shadows. Jerome said to note that round objects give elliptical shadows.

Jerome constantly re-defined the subject either by adding paint to the objects or tightening up the background.

Tackling the water - Jerome said to remember that because of refraction stems in the water appear to be offset to the stem above the water.

Jerome adding highlights with a smaller brush.

The finished painting.

Jerome Hunt & his Still Life oil painting.

The frame really shows it off well

Jerome using one of his paintings to show a technique

A selection of Jerome's Still Life paintings

SACS at the Hub

Tuition & WorkshopsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Sun, April 15, 2018 11:53PM
SACS at the HUB 'paint together'
Come & join us for a lively afternoon. An ideal opportunity to paint your postcard for the Spring Challenge or Tulips for the competition
Tuesday 17th April
1.30 - 4pm at the Pinchbeck Community Hub & Library.
Members £3, guests £4

SACS at Springfields Events Centre

ExhibitionsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Wed, April 11, 2018 09:50AM
SACS committee are putting on a display to promote the society at the Lincolnshire Daffodil Show, 14th - 15th April in the Springfields Events Centre.

We will be raffling the painting Vic Bearcroft kindly donated to the society. Tickets only £1 each.

1st Prize - Howling Wolf by Vic Bearcroft
2nd Prize - box of summer flowering bulbs
3rd Prize - bottle of Chardonnay

Please come along for information about the society, chat to us, buy a raffle ticket or buy an original painting by a local artist.

Tulipfest - Tulip painting competition

NoticesPosted by Maggie Goodsell Sun, April 08, 2018 09:23AM
Tulipfest - Tulip painting competition

All members should have received an email with details of the challenges & exhibitions for the next couple of months along with an entry form attached.

The entry form has all the details about the Tulip painting competition. The deadline for entries is the 1st May so please get your thinking caps on & your brushes in action.

April 2018 Demo - Still Life in Oils by Jerome Hunt

NoticesPosted by Maggie Goodsell Mon, April 02, 2018 10:35AM
Jerome Hunt is the demonstrator for our April meeting - he will be painting a Still Life in oils

Come & get inspiration for the postcard challenge.

Also SACS & Spalding Horticultural Society will be announcing a new competition for members with prizes !

Tuesday 3rd April at Pinchbeck Village Hall, Knight Street, nr Spalding, PE11 3RB
members £2.50, visitors £4.50 inc tea & coffee.
7.30pm – 9.30pm. All welcome - doors open at 7pm

March 2018 Demo - Cley Mill by Stephen Martyn

Demo Evening ReportsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Sun, April 01, 2018 10:44PM

Demonstration 6th March 2018 - Cley Mill - watercolour by Stephen Martyn

Report by Maggie Goodsell

Stephen told us that he would be doing a watercolour tonal work of Cley Mill using just two colours - Winsor & Newton French Ultramarine Blue & Brown Madder. He said he would be working on half imperial Saunders Waterford 300gsm (140lb) paper - this being his workaday paper - and would use a range of brushes but mostly his preferred squirrel.

Stephen made a loose drawing of the subject using a 2B pencil.

He said it is difficult but important to get the proportions of the windmill right - don't overdraw the sails & make sure everything is correct before starting painting.

Working flat Stephen wet the paper using a no 4 squirrel mop. He had the paper fixed to the board with masking tape at the corners - as the paper cockled slightly he gently lifted a corner at a time, making sure to only take the tape off the board not the paper, and eased it out to stretch it a bit. He did this several times whilst wetting the paper.

He said to re-wet any bits that have dried too fast & then wait until it is just damp.

Stephen made up a range of mixes & tones and then, still working flat, he painted the whole paper

Varying the tones ...

.... adding clouds on the horizon,

using a drier mix for the foreground.

Stephen said he wasn't going to make the sky too busy as that would detract from the main focal point of the windmill.

He was quite pleased with how the paint had run giving the effect of grasses.

He then lifted out paint from the windmill and started on the buildings.

After adding trees to the village ....

..... Stephen painted the mill and the distant bank.

He added the tail fin & the cap before painting the sails with a drier mix.

In the finished painting Stephen has strengthened the shadows & the middle trees and removed some of the smudges in the sky - teasing them out with a damp brush. Having struggled to lift enough paint from the windmill to expose the white paper Stephen painted the highlights on the cap with W&N Designers White Gouache.

An excellent demonstration from Stephen - we could even hear him when his back was towards us !! We look forward to his next visit.

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