A Very Arty Christmas

We had a wonderful Christmassy workshop session with our friend and guest artist, Liz Woodcock today, creating our own versions of a church scene that she had drawn for us.  Dressed appropriately in our colourful crimbo jumpers we all set to work with different mediums and, as you can see from the images below, managed to produce a varied selection of artworks before tucking in to a yummy buffet lunch.

With that another successful and joyful year for the group comes to a close and we take this opportunity to wish all our members, friends, and followers a very merry Christmas, and a wonderful and peaceful new year.


Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from all the members of Sutton Art Group



Feeling the Fall

Today we were once again inspired by our friend and tutor, Elaine Nash, this time to work with multi-media and a variety of techniques to capture the colour and feel of Autumn.  It was an unusually quiet session while we were all absorbed in the loose work that Elaine suggested. As you can see by the images below, the results were varied and beautiful, and certainly achieved some extraordinarily interesting effects.

After the session we all decamped to the local hostelry for our customary Christmas Lunch.  (OK we were a bit late with out Autumn pictures….!)


What an Exhibition!

What a wonderful turnout we had for the Sutton Art Group Annual Exhibition 2018 which took place on Sunday 4th November.  Many thanks to all who came to peruse the wonderfully varied collection of paintings produced by our artists during the course of the year.  Over 200 paintings were on show – a quite astounding number given there are only 24 members of the group!  It was a record year for sales too, so congratulations to all our members for making it such a successful occasion.

Of course, there was cake… lots of cake, and again our thanks go to those members who produced such deliciousness.  All proceeds of the refreshment stand together with the raffle proceeds will go to our chosen charities, which this year are Bassetlaw Hospice and Muddy Fork.

Talking of the raffle… who knew a raffle could get so anarchic!  It was such fun and there was a splendid array of assorted prizes, all donated by our members, for our visitors to win.

Well now that’s done and dusted we’d better get started on producing more art works to see if we can top it next year!


Before the Opening



Cake Anyone?

Wow is the Watchword

The Poured Acrylics Workshop by Gail Stafford on 26th October was something to behold – a completely new experience for one and all. A master class with many tips and wrinkles to get the effect you want without outrageous expenditure.

Below are a few examples from the 50 or so produced on the day. Some show some of the stages in the ‘painting’ process. Four techniques were demonstrated – Dirty Pour, Funnel Pour, Chain Pour, and The Peacock Feather, and we chose what we wished to do. The amazement on some faces as these beautiful effects appeared was a picture in itself.


No More Empty Landscapes

Last Friday we had a great workshop led by Elaine Nash in which she observed that many landscapes lack an obvious focal point and are devoid of people. She showed us through her Townscapes how to tackle the issue of painting people without fear of ruining a painting at the last minute. We developed skills by first quickly drawing outlines, then painting in clothes even more quickly, and then painting on practice paper without sketches, before finally plucking up courage to paint directly on our precious landscapes. At the same time we dealt with both individuals and groups of figures.
A little more practice is needed to help dissipate the fear of spoiling a good painting and turning it into a masterpiece exuding scale and providing a clear focal point.

Positively negative

We’ve had some super sessions lately, not least learning a bit about ‘negative painting’ with our guest artist and chum, Elaine Nash.  It’s quite a novel concept for many of us, but after some experimentation we ended up with some interesting work.

This week, we were entertained by a talk on ‘Street Art in Malaysia’ given by art group member, David Mowthorpe.   David showed us a variety of pictures taken on his recent visit to Malaysia, where he has family, and was able to show us some ‘off the beaten track’ examples.  Thanks again David, for all the time and effort that you put into the presentations which we all find inspiring and fun.