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The club were treated to a masterclass workshop in 'colour mixing' given by local artist, and club member, Annie Davenport. Mrs Davenport is well known locally and has exhibited widely throughout the region.

Coming originally from a background in printing techniques, her workshop was based on just a few basic colours of Yellow, Magenta, Cyan along with black and white. Initially the workshop centred on how it was possible to achieve just about any colour imaginable just by skilfully mixing the three basics of yellow, cyan and magenta, in a similar way that your ordinary colour inkjet printer would at home. Members were then guided into mixing and matching the colours of several still life objects that Annie had brought along for the demo. Most amateur artist carry quite a lot of various coloured paints with them, quite often far more than is really needed. With the lessons learned from the workshop, the members were quite impressed by how few actual basic colours are required , and all vowed to make an effort to incorporate what they had learned into future works.

Members of the Chilcompton Art Club were treated to an excellent pencil drawing workshop overseen by fellow member Mr John Sibley. John Sibley specialises in pencil drawing and has over the years accrued many interesting and useful tips on how to create various effects using the simple medium of pencils. The session started off with him explaining the various types and grades of pencil, and how to use them to best effect. The session then moved onto creating a finished picture based upon a photo that John had taken on one of his many travels, it consisted of a derelict old house overgrown with shrubs and trees, by the end of the session the members had a near complete finished drawing that they could then take away to finish off in their own time.

As part of our ongoing celebrations for the club's 25 Anniversary, club artist Frank Reeves gave our members an enlightening demonstration in various techniques that he uses when painting in oils. Frank has many years experience and has a distinctive style and recognisable colour palette that he works from.
Frank had prepared a basic countryside scene in readines for his demo, and from there went on to describe the many aspects of depicting skyscapes, from producing a basic graduated background to how to portray various cloud types. His scene also included trees, and Frank explained about how to think of a tree as a three dimensional object and to always consider the direct of the light that falls on the tree, another aspect is to give trees a sense of depth by applying dark and light in the appropriate places.
Next up in our series of events fro 2018 will be club member John Sibley, he will be running a workshop entitles 'Working with Pencils' to be held on Wednesday 16th May. 


Club artist Peter Hinge held a drawing workshop at the Wednesday club meeting 7th March 2018, the topic being perspectives and how to see them when compiling outdoor scenes.  At the start of the workshop one member quipped "I hope we don't have to draw any ships, because if we do I'll be sunk" only to find out later that Peter had included the drawing on the Titanic!
Peter prepared a special template for each of the members, and covered how to use the device in order to compose subjects from landscapes to ships. Everyone found the event to be both informative and at times amusing, and they all had a couple of completed drawings to take home.
Below is one of the completed drawings.


I think we all enjoyed it, and it was good value.
This year's exhibition awards went to the following.
Mixed Media - Philip Evry. Oils - Pam Wilmot. Acrylics - Nigel Punchard. Watercolour - Penny Lloyd. Pastels - Amanda Mayes. Public Vote - Suzi Brain.




It has conspired to be a hectic week for the members of Chilcompton Art Club. On Wednesday the 25th we had an all day pastel workshop in the St John’s Church Hall Chilcompton. The Wiltshire based professional artist Graham Cox, gave one of his excellent tutorial workshops. Mr Cox specialises in the medium of pastels and runs his business “Moody Views” from his studio in Trowbridge. The club members and a few guests were given an overview of the medium and then guided through producing two beautiful landscape pictures in the distinctive Cox style. For quite a few members, this was their first experience of using pastels, but with Mr Cox’s often humorous style and step by step guidance, everyone ended up being delighted with the final results that they produced to take home.


Once again this year, Hugh Webb gave an informative and amusing watercolour workshop, big thank you to Hugh for organising.


Friday the 28th July saw the usual end of term event take place in the church hall, many members brought along their work that had been completed during the past 12 months, light refreshments and drinks were taken and it was also a chance for some of the Friday and Wednesday members to mingle and compare notes.
The annual competition subject, which was set by the committee in January, was for members to submit monochrome black and white pictures, done in any medium.
The winning painting, 'Dandelions in seed' was done by Peter HInge, seen pictured above receiving his prize from club Chairperson Amanda Mayes.
After short summer break, the club will reconvene on Wednesday 6th September.

Renowned local artist Karen George held a workshop entitled 'Skyscapes in acrylics'. Club members were given the opportunity to learn more about the use of acrylics and in particular palette knives. The two hour session was very much enjoyed by all and everyone left with a new painting and a better understanding of how best to use the acrylic medium. Karen graduated as a Landscape Architect and then decided to take up painting for a living in 2010, she is currently the Chairperson for the Cam Valley Arts group and also a member of the local Old Bakery Artists group, her work mainly centres around acrylic skyscape scenes and you can see many of her works at her website


Member Mary Barnes held a silk screen printing workshop on May 3rd, members were given the opportunity to try this technique for themselves, under the excellent guidance of Mary. Various techniques and materials were both demonstrated and implemented as members produced their own designs and finished products.




Club Chairman Hugh Webb held a watercolour workshop at the club on Wednesday the 23rd November 2016, Hugh's amiable and informative style ensured that the session flowed seamlessly from one topic to another and included various techniques for the members to try out.


 On the afternoon of Tuesday the 24th May 2016, Chilcompton Art Club dispatched four intrepid souls (Nigel Punchard, Della Nation, Amanda Mayes and Susan Brain) to set off for the SAA Open Day of 25th May.

 Nigel was the designated driver, and set off to collect Della first. Della was a little surprised that Nigel was a few minutes early, and so quickly had to advise husband John of the whereabouts of his meals for the next couple of days, and to remind him to always turn the gas off. Amanda has just moved to a new home, having upgraded from Peasedown St John, access and departure for the new estate proved a little tricky, but was skilfully negotiated by the chauffer. Onwards to Sue's humble country abode, and after a skilful reversing manoeuvre narrowly missing Sue’s waiting baggage, all passengers were safely loaded up and raring to go.

The majority of the route was familiar to Nigel, and the Satnav was only required for the later stages of our journey as we neared the Travelodge in North Newark, a journey that was a little longer than anticipated due to the front seat passenger Sue’s constant chatter at the critical moments of route updates, this resulted in the chauffer going around several roundabouts at least once or twice in order to get back on track.

Upon arrival Della’s foot developed a fault, and she had to be supported by the nearest hunky male, unfortunately for her she had to make do with Nigel. With the check in at the Travelodge sorted, we headed off to a nearby riverside tavern for an evening meal, luckily this was just a mile down the road and easy to find. A good ‘pub grub’ evening meal was had by all, and quaffed down with wine or beer. The pub had a friendly atmosphere and appeared to be mostly frequented by locals, one of whom was the worse for the consumption of alcoholic beverages and was starting to be a nuisance, fortunately we were leaving before anything kicked off. Della’s foot developed a fault again.

The next morning we ventured into the adjacent Burger King to sample the delights of a cooked breakfast (but not as we know it Jim), Suffice to say it was cooked and warm, although the concept of square flat sausage was a mystery to Sue who had not seen the like of it before. Della’s foot developed a fault again.

A short trip to the SAA HQ, with a few detours around the local roundabouts, and we were set for the rest of the day. Upon arrival at the SAA, Della’s foot developed a fault again, and we were warmly greeted and booked in. The day comprised a pastel workshop given by Vic Bearcroft in which we attempted to re-create one of his masterpieces in the form of a gorilla on velour. There then followed a tour of the World Record Art Challenge, were we saw all 32,283 entries in all their glory.

After a lunch break, we were given access to the SAA shop, and some of us, mentioning no names, apart from Della whose foot developed a fault again, spent more than perhaps we should have, and would have to sneak some things back into our homes upon our return. A short tea break followed, and then it was off for the tour of the warehouse and offices, to see how the whole place works, all very impressive.

The journey home was quieter, because Sue had a snooze, we had a pit stop at the M42 services, were we indulged in some snacks, and surprise, surprise Della’s foot developed a fault again. The last leg of the journey was disrupted by a diversion, due to re-surfacing, that took us away from the A37 at Pensford, and shunted us towards Chew Magna, well it should have been Chew Stoke, but the chauffer did not receive adequate warning of turnings by the three onboard human back seat navigators. The evening was getting late, and the chauffer was getting concerned that he would not make the chippy before they closed, a cause for great concern. With Sue and Amanda dropped off, it was onto Della’s, where surprisingly her foot did not develop a fault and she skipped up her drive to the waiting John.

Nigel managed to reach the chippy before they closed, and availed himself of a fish and chip supper, closely followed by a beer and a large single malt. His wife Linda asked if the trip went well and received a muttered reply about diversions and three women in a car...!!