Wall to Wall


Inspired by the legendary Banksy, the latest workshop with Elaine Nash found us painting animals using old credit cards to scrape acrylic paint onto the canvas. This technique produces very loose, almost abstract paintings. As is often the case, we all started our projects with some trepidation, but as the morning wore on found ourselves thoroughly engaged and enjoying working in such a free and easy way. You can see some of the results below!

Of course, we were all having to contain our excitement over the looming launch of our exhibition in The Hub, Retford, which took place in the evening.  The event was well attended, and I have to say, that the art on display looks stunning (you can get a sneaky glimpse of some of them in the photo’s above).  I do hope you get the chance to pop in and have a look. The exhibition is open until the end of the month.



Looking forward

A quiet week this week, where everyone worked at their own projects.  We have an exhibition in ‘The Hub’ in Retford coming up shortly (6th to 30th April) and we are all trying to finish off pieces to exhibit before the looming deadline.  It’s lovely to see such a variety of subjects and mediums and I’m sure they’ll look quite splendid when they are shown together.

On 15th February we had a special session with Elaine Nash who ran a workshop on pictures inspired by poetry.  Art group member and resident poet (!), Kaye Locke, read out some of her work before we all set about reproducing on paper the images the poems suggested (you can see some of Kaye’s poetry at rebootingkaye.com), a task many people found quite challenging.  Sometimes, not having a photograph prepared to work from can stunt creativity a tad.  Nonetheless, we all enjoyed the session, it certainly gave us food for thought, and we are looking forward to the next session with Elaine at the beginning of April.



Painting People

On Friday 18th Jan we were visited by local artist, Gerry Fruin, who lead an entertaining workshop on ‘Drawing Faces’.  Following his demonstration of the ‘Loomis’ theory, and numerous other hints and tips, we were able to produce some quite pleasing sketches of random faces to be worked on and enhanced later.

This week (25th Jan) we practiced our figure drawing during a workshop with Elaine Nash.  To get us to loosen up a bit with our initial strokes she suggested we use twigs to apply the paint (thanks to Graham for bringing a veritable bonfires worth for those of us who hadn’t listened to instructions and had forgotten to bring any!). Using ink or paint on the twigs produced a scratchy, sketchy, outline which helped enhance the impression of movement.  The resulting artworks may not be the greatest works of art, but as you can see below, they were all rather jolly with a freedom of application that many of us normally find quite difficult to achieve.

Our thanks go to both Gerry and Elaine for sharing their expertise and making our Friday mornings even more enjoyable.


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?