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….!)


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.


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.

Eye Opener

Stephen Coates 20 July 2018On Friday 20th July we were very fortunate to host a workshop with a difference by Stephen Coates entitled ‘Vision and Composition’, which we all very much enjoyed.
The first half was an illustrated talk dealing with the two aspects in his title.  He certainly surprised most of us with examples of optical illusions which deceived our eyes in terms of dimensions and colour.  Moving on to composition we looked at the work of famous artists and in particular Lowry. Stephen was able to illustrate some of the techniques that Lowry used to compose his paintings, with a particular focus on triangulation. Looking at Lowry’s paintings in future will never be the same again!
In the second half Stephen painted a watercolour which was used to illustrate some of the features addressed in the presentation.  A beautiful landscape was produced in 50 minutes.  Did we all know that a wet in wet sky needs to be completed in 2 minutes?  How many of us use a very limited palate and number of brushes, and that the hake is excellent for large wet in wet areas (practice is needed but is well worth it)?
The completed painting was donated to the Art Group and we are raffling it with proceeds going to charity.
To find out more about Stephen and his work you can visit his website at http://www.coatesart.co.uk/about/
The completed painting:
Stephen Coats painting