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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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Dec 2019 Demo - Mo Teeuw - Norfolk Skies

Demo Evening ReportsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Sun, February 03, 2019 10:01AM
Demonstration - 4th December 2018 - Mo Teeuw - Norfolk Skies in oil

by Maggie Goodsell

Apologies for the delay in getting the photos up - Christmas & Holidays took precedence.

Mo, as usual, did us proud with two excellent paintings of skies. She should be well
practised now having released a book on the subject. Painting Clouds & Skies in Oils is available from her website www. and other sellers.

Painting 1 started, unusually for Mo, with a white background. She said she wanted the white to shine through.

The finished painting.

Mo said that Painting 2 was actually Lincolnshire !!
Close up detail of the sky
The finished painting

Feb demo - Denise Allen, Acrylics

NoticesPosted by Maggie Goodsell Fri, February 01, 2019 11:21PM
Acrylic painting demonstration of a waterfall by Denise Allen on Tuesday 5th February at Pinchbeck Village Hall, Knight Street, nr Spalding, PE11 3RB

members £2.50, guests £4.50 inc tea & coffee
7.30pm – 9.30pm. All welcome - doors open at 7pm

Snow Challenge

ExhibitionsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Wed, January 02, 2019 10:48PM
We had a record number of 18 entries to December's Snow challenge. Members were asked to paint a snowy scene of their choice. Everyone at the meeting voted for their favourite. Thanks to everyone who entered.

The winner was this atmospheric painting by Lorraine Swepson - she received a bag donated by the SAA

The rest of the entries in no particular order Veronica Pryke

Denise Prew

Donna Halfteck

Jon Healey

Sue McWhinnie

Colin Twell

Gill Harker

Serena Farrow

Bev Healey

Maggie Goodsell

Pru Crosby

Ann Dring

Stuart Martin

Mavis Chapman

Liz Wellings

Clare Ratcliffe

Hilary Peach

November Demo - Carol Hill

Demo Evening ReportsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Wed, January 02, 2019 10:29PM
A few photos from Carol Hill's excellent oil painting demonstration at our November meeting.

December Demo - Mo Teeuw

NoticesPosted by Maggie Goodsell Thu, November 29, 2018 10:39PM
Oil painting demonstration 'Norfolk Skies' by popular local artist Mo Teeuw on Tuesday 4th December at Pinchbeck Village Hall, Knight Street, nr Spalding, PE11 3RB

A reminder that our December Challenge is Snow - one entry per member. A prize will be given for the Favourite entry - as voted by anyone at the meeting.

Don't forget we are still accepting entries to the SAA Poppy Challenge

members £2.50, guests £4.50 inc tea & coffee - there will be mince pies & our special Christmas raffle
7.30pm – 9.30pm. All welcome - doors open at 7pm

Pinchbeck Church display

NoticesPosted by Maggie Goodsell Wed, November 21, 2018 12:30PM

October 2018 Demo - Sue Williams - Acrylic Inks

Demo Evening ReportsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Mon, November 19, 2018 10:58PM

Demonstration 2nd October 2018 - Sue Williams - Acrylic Ink

report by Maggie Goodsell

This is the third visit from Sue that I have reported on and, as usual, she gave us a good insight into how to use the medium being demonstrated.

This time it was acrylic inks and the varying ways they can be used.

Sue started by showing us a few techniques in using acrylic inks. She drew a tree with a stick & painted over it when dry - acrylics are waterproof when dry. She also showed the difference working dry or wet in wet. Sue said she works much flatter at home so doesn't get as many dribbles.

Painting 1 - On a dry background

Working on Bockingford Not paper, Sue drew her subject using Paynes Grey applied with a coffee stirring stick. She used some candle wax on the paper to give a sparkle to certain areas when painted over - she said this works well with acrylic inks but not so well with watercolour.

Sue said that in her studio she mixes colours on the paper but for demos she does it on the paper as it's quicker.

Sue used white ink for some of the branches - when dry it can be painted over. She said to leave some on the palette to thicken as it becomes more opaque. She also splattered ink on for foliage.

Painting 2 - Wet in Wet Poppies

Sue wet the background of the painting and then applied ink - mostly with a dripper.

She added salt to the wet ink - both table & sea. Sue said this works better if the painting is flat at this stage. She usually washes the salt off with warm water once the painting is dry.

Blocking in the poppies

Close up of the detail on a flower

The almost finished painting - the salt is still on it as it was very wet

Painting 3 - Chickens using a texture paste

Sue said she would complete this while the paste was wet

Sue drew the chickens roughly and then painted the ink using an SAA silver brush

Sue said to work in the direction of the feathers as this gives a more realistic effect - you can push the paste about to give form.

Sue used fingers & brush ends to scratch out the fencing.

Another excellent demonstration from Sue with many tips & information along the way.

My reports give just a taster of the demonstrations. The best way to enjoy them is to come along to a meeting. We have a camera & a microphone so everyone can now see & hear plus you'll get a coffee/tea included in the entry fee and a chance to chat to other members both before the demo & during the break.

Details of upcoming demonstrators can be found on our website - just click on the link at the top of the page.

SACS at the Hub

Tuition & WorkshopsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Mon, October 15, 2018 02:02PM

SACS at the HUB 'paint together' Tuesday 16th October

Join us for a lively afternoon of painting & chat - tea & coffee included.

Time to think about the December Challenge - the theme this time is SNOW.

The SAA have extended the deadline for their Poppy Challenge so we are still taking entries for our bulk send.

Tuesday 16th October
1.30 - 4pm at the Pinchbeck Community Hub & Library.
Members £3.50, guests £4.50

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