Demonstration by Paolo Francis

Landscape and buildings in oils

Date and time:     17/05/24     at     8.00 pm

Venue:   All Saints’ Church Hall
44 Bark Hart Road
Orpington
BR6 OQD

After five years of study, Paolo graduated from art college in 1984 and began work as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer for various agencies.
As a designer Paolo was a member of the Chartered Society of Designers and was awarded a commendation from the Institute of Packaging for one of his designs.
Paolo has worked on many design projects for advertising agencies. Among the clients were, Amoco, Christian Aid, Royal Sun Alliance and Cambridge University Press.
To fulfil his passion for painting Paolo became a freelance Illustrator and Fine Artist. He produced illustrations for educational books and supplied galleries with his oil paintings. His weekly work schedule would vary from working on a commercial illustration, painting a commissioned portrait or painting landscapes for an art dealer.
In 1997 he opened a gallery in South Croydon and now teaches art to students in art classes.

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Landscape in Watercolour – a demonstration by Frank Walters

Topic:     Secrets of painting skies in watercolour

Date:      Friday 19/01/24 at 8.00 pm

Venue:   All Saints’ Church Hall, Bark Hart Road

After art school Frank started a long and distinguished career in advertising as a Creative Director. Presenting ad concepts and mentoring creatives has made him a most compelling and captivating teacher of his great passion, watercolour landscape painting. Today he is the watercolour tutor at Kew Studio in West London. He hosts his regular Wednesday Zoom workshops and holds ‘en plein air’ painting retreats in Cadiz, Córdoba, Lucca, Palma and Juan Les Pins.

Frank’s approach is to capture the spirit and atmosphere of a subject in a quick n’ slick impressionistic style, something he believes everyone can achieve with the correct teaching of techniques, no matter what formal training they may have had.

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August 2023

Fri 04/08/23  –  Practical Evening at Bark Hart Rd at 8pm

Fri 11/08/23  –  Practical Afternoon at Bark Hart Rd 1.30pm including a Watercolour Workshop by Sue Bradley

Sat 12th Aug  –  Workshop by Brendan Smith – watercolour  – “Townscape”, Scout Hall 10am

Fri 18/08/23  –  PRACTICAL EVENING in place of our usual DEMO. Bark Hart Rd at 8pm

Mon 21/08/23  –   Paint Out 10.30am at Kelsey Park, Beckenham

September 2023

Fri 01/09/23  –  Practical Evening at Bark Hart Rd at 8pm

Fri 08/09/23  –  Practical Afternoon at Bark Hart Rd 1.30pm

Fri 15/09/23  –  Demo by Stephen Cheeseman using oil pastels – “Movement” at Bark Hart Rd at 8pm

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July 2023

During July and August we do not have our customary demonstration on the third Friday of the month due to holidays. Instead we have a practical evening. Today, Friday 21st July is the third Friday and there will be a practical meeting starting at out usual time of 8.00 pm.

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Activities in 2023

January 2023

Practical session on Friday evening 06/01/23 from 8.00 to 10.00 pm.

Practical session on Friday afternoon 13/01/23 from 1.30 to 4.30 pm, a charge of £4 will be made.

Demonstration on 20/01/23 from 8.00 to 10.00 pm. A charge of £7 is payable by non-members attending.

Demonstrator –Carne Griffiths

Topic –

Medium – Inks, watercolour, tea, maybe even alcohol.

Working primarily with calligraphy inks, graphite and liquids, such as tea, brandy and vodka Griffiths’ fascination with drawing focuses on the creation and manipulation of the drawn line. Images explore human, geometric and floral forms, in a combination of both literal and abstract translation and in response to images and situations encountered in daily life. Images are recorded in a dreamlike sense onto the page where physical boundaries are unimportant. His work creates a journey of escapism which focuses on scenes of awe and wonder, projecting a sense of abandonment and inviting the viewer to share and explore this inner realm.

Examples of his work are shown below.

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All our activities are back to normal now. We are having face to face meetings and demonstrations again. It’s good to get back to normal again after all the problems of Covid.

Maria Russell – local artist            Pastel demo

Our next demonstration will be on 18/11/22 at All Saints’ Church Hall in Bark Hart Road. Full address is given on our Home page.

It will be given by Maria Russell who is a local artist who specialises in pet and wild animal portraits. Her demonstration, however, will be a floral subject in pastels. An example of her work is shown below. It promises to be an interesting evening.

Maria is a professional artist, graduating from Ravensbourne College of Art, in 1984. Working as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator for many years, she then returned to her love of Fine Art, teaching and creating from her studio in Kent. She is inspired by nature, and animals have always featured heavily in her work. Other than her commission work, she enjoys creating a narrative so would describe herself as a visual storyteller and this allows for a more expressionistic approach to her work.

Whilst painting her recent ‘Raven’ series, she rediscovered by love of skies and seascapes, so is adding more of this to her current work.

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Cancellation of Demonstration 18/02/22

18 February 2022

Due to the Red Weather Warning and the fact that our demonstrator had quite some distance to travel the demonstration which was to take place this evening has, regretfully, been cancelled.

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Popup Exhibition in the Walnuts Shopping Centre

  1. The club has been fortunate in gaining the use of the Orpington 1st headquarters in the Walnuts Shopping Centre for an exhibition of work by club members which will be for sale. This will take place in an empty shop next door to Hinds the jewellers. You are invited to come along and view this exhibition. Click on the link below to see our poster for more information.

popup poster Oct21

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Getting going again

At long last we are starting to get going again with the club’s activities (see the Events page for details). Some things may have to be changed as we go along but hopefully we will soon be able to get back to how we were pre-Covid. We have already held two successful workshops and are planning a programme of monthly demonstrations.

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Re-starting Activities after Lockdown

Good news at last!

Government restrictions permitting we are planning to re-start our activities in July. Our first event on the 2nd July will be a practical evening from 8.00 to 10.00 pm. This will be followed by a practical afternoon session from 1.30 to 4.30 pm on the 9th July.

We will be having a demonstration on the evening of 16th July from 8.00 to 10.00 pm. The name of the demonstrator to be announced shortly.

6th August   Friday evening practical  8.00 to 10.00 pm
13th August Friday afternoon practical   1.30 to 4.30 pm
20th August   Friday evening demonstration 8.00 to 10.00 pm  The name of the demonstrator to be announced shortly.

We are also starting our Summer Painting Days Out Programme:-

Monday 21st June     Kelsey Park    meet at 10.30 am
Monday 19th July     Otford     meet at 10.30 am
Monday 16th August      Chipstead Lake     meet at 10.30 am

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