Saturday 30 January 2021

January 2020: Winter Atmospherics

January's weather has been varied, and so we have had days of sun, greyness, lots of rain,  and even some snow!  Our artists have been inspired by all the fluctuations, and we have had many images sent in interpreting all aspects of a British winter.  As always, people have used a variety of media, including stitching and textiles, figure creation, digital work, as well as more traditional media on paper.  The extended struggle which your editor had with the inner workings of the blog explains the limited nature of the commentary on the images - the current incarnation of the blog is more difficult to use than its predecessor.  Details of our next project will be appearing shortly.  

Images above by Vanessa Whinney - The River Waveney normally and in flood.

Images above by Gafung Wong - Snow in her garden and at Kew

Images above by Priscilla Worley (left) and Diane Umemoto right).

Images above by Sara Meidan (left) and Janet Payne (right).

Images above by Maggie Pettigrew (left) and Tricia Sharpe (right)

Image above by Avis Dennis

Image above by Heather James

Images by Sue Lees

Final image above by Gill Steiner

Wednesday 6 January 2021

January 2021 Innings

Wishing you all the best 2021 possible at the moment. Meanwhile let's do our best to welcome the New Year with some Art.

The date for the next innings is for Tuesday 26 January 2021.

The subject is "Winter Atmospherics". Do take advantage of the weather, mist, snow, heavy rain, and even remember the impromptu New Year's Eve fireworks which livened up an otherwise quiet night.

There are long winter shadows at the moment with bright sun backlighting the stark leafless trees, which are reflected in ponds.

Do enjoy yourselves and send your pics to

Here's to the reopening of Art materials supply shops, so I don't keep buying the wrong kit on line.

Sunday 3 January 2021

London at Night - 30 December 2020

Thankfully 2020 has now concluded, and we have come to the end of the lousiest year we have had collectively since the Second World War.   We are hoping very much that the wonderful various vaccines will see off the coronavirus in 2021 and that we can once again have the monthly sketching adventures as a group which we enjoyed before the virus struck.   (We did have several days out in the summer, but maintaining social distancing rather knocked the gilt off the gingerbread of these.)

Our latest distanced painting theme was "London at Night", and as usual many approaches have been taken to this idea.   Mostly the images reflect the staying at home aspects of looking at London at Night.   There are some photographic experiments - "clobbering", which involves drawing or collaging onto photographs and postcards.   One person has gone digital, and used ipadpro and the procreate app.

As always, we have several images which are non-theme, but all very lovely nevertheless.


Images above by Priscilla Worley (developing a theme)

Image above by Anna Fraser "Staying at Home"

Image above by Avis Dennis

 Image above by Diane Umemoto

Image above by Janet Payne

Image above by Alison Sandifer


Image above by Tricia Sharpe "Horizons Limited"

Image above by Sue Lees

 Image by Gill Steiner

 Image above by Gafung Wong

Image above by Diane Umemoto "Ararat"

 Image above by Avis Dennis
Our theme for January will be announced shortly.   
Happy New Year to all our Artists!