As the lockdown continues all club meetings are still cancelled. However with the Government talking about easing restrictions we may be able to re-start some activities. This will be difficult however as social distancing will need to be maintained for some time yet.

We had a demonstration by Nikki Griffith planned for 19th June in which she was going to paint a seascape in mixed media. This has been cancelled due to government restrictions on the number of people allowed to  meet.

It is not clear when we will be able to resume normal activities.

Frank Wrigley

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Changes due to the Coronavirus outbreak

Due to the current crisis with the Coronavirus the committee has decided to cut back on club activities. The AGM will still go ahead on 20/03/20 but without the demonstration which was planned to follow.

During April all meetings have been cancelled except for the Painting Day at Kelsey Park on the 6 April. It is currently felt that as this is an outdoor event and participating members will be spread out around the park, it will be relatively safe.

During May all events have been cancelled.

This post will be updated as and when further changes become necessary.

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Trevor Osbourne – demonstration using pastels

Trevor Osbourne – demonstration 21 June 2019

Trevor was born in Essex, but moved to Staffordshire when he was ten. At the age of sixteen, while studying at the Stanfield Technical School, he won the National English School Portrait Competition. He was admitted one year early to the North Staffordshire Polytechnic, where he studied Graphic Design. He has subsequently completed degrees in Theology and Education.


Trevor now lives on the Isle of Wight. He is fascinated by light and colour and has recently been studying the relationship between texture and colour in pastel and watercolour. His subjects include figure work and portraiture as well as light on water and the marine environment. In his recent work he has studied the relationship between people and animals who work together in the Suffolk landscape. Trevor’s work has been sold all over the world, including in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and the USA.




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Demonstration by Paul Alcock

Paul Alcock  –  Estuary Scene in oils

Paul is based in Southend-on-Sea in Essex where he has enjoyed a successful career as an artist and tutor with fifteen years experience as a teacher. After completing his Foundation Studies in Art and Design at Southend College of Art; a degree in Fine Art – Painting followed at Camberwell School of Art, completed in 1986. Since then Paul has been a practicing artist, exhibiting in a range of exhibitions in London and the South East.

In 2012 Paul was chosen to paint live with the BBC during their coverage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. where he painted, as the Pageant unfolded in the rain, from the spectacular vantage point of the Millennium Bridge. That year he was also short-listed in the Artist and Illustrator magazine’s Artist of the Year competition.

Paul was a contestant in the last series of Portrait Artist of the Year on Sky Arts TV. You may even have seen him painting on the beach at Broadstairs.

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Carol Aston

Demonstration by Carol Aston of Landscape painting in watercolour

Carol Aston trained in the 1960’s as a textile designer, supplying fabric designs to Tootals and Marks and Spencer and wallpaper designs to Crown and Sanderson.

Nowadays she works in watercolour, acrylics. pastels, mixed media and collage and is also a printmaker. She draws inspiration from the natural world and from her collection of sketchbooks. Below are a couple of examples of her work.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see a fine artist at work. Visitors are always welcome to our meetings.



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Karl Terry Demonstration of oil painting – 18/01/19

His topic will be: “Across the dunes – from field sketch to the studio”

Karl is a prolific ‘en plein air’ oil painter and lives on the Isle of Oxney in Kent. He loves painting in all weathers and it has brought great joy to his life.

 He is proud to be a member of the Wapping Group of Artists, the Rye Society of Artists and the Plein Air Brotherhood.


Karl has exhibited widely in many Galleries including Turtle Fine Art Rye, Royal Fine Art Tunbridge Wells, the Rye Art Gallery and many others on the UK and USA. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Show  and also regularly has work in the Mall Galleries in London.

His work has also been shown with the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the New English Art Club and at the Discerning Eye Exhibition.

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Demonstration by Adie Parker – Landscape/ Buildings

Our next demonstrator with be Adrienne Parker who is no stranger to our club having provided us with many demos and workshops in the past. Adie’s visits are always very popular and inspirational.

Adie was born in South Africa during the seventies and enjoyed a colourful, energetic childhood. She has always been passionate about painting and drawing and has found plenty of stimulating subjects around her to observe and illustrate over the years.

After studying Graphic Design in Durban for 3 years, she worked as a Graphic Artist for various agencies in South Africa. She finally moved to the UK in 1997 and started giving painting and drawing lessons 18  years ago.

Adie enjoys painting both outdoors and in her studios, both here and in France.

Some Accolades:

Best in Show:  Tandridge Art Society 2012

One of 50 selected for “Artist of the Year 2013”  –  Mall Galleries

​One of 50 selected for “Artist of the year 2014”  –  Mall Galleries

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Ian McManus Watercolour demonstation 19/10/18

Ian is rapidly becoming one of East Anglia’s finest exponents in the medium of watercolour. He recently had his work pre-selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI) and has been awarded full membership of the Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA). Ian also won the Ruth Hill Memorial Award for the finest painting at the first IEA open exhibition in March 2013. Having exhibited original work successfully for three annual major one-man exhibitions at Picturecraft Gallery, Ian has now painted over 50 new watercolour paintings for release this year.

Ian’s work has developed an immediacy of style through applying paint directly to the paper without overlays of washes normally associated with watercolour painting. Ian believes this gives each finished painting a transparency and a freedom of expression. “It’s a continual learning experience, but is incredibly rewarding when it all comes together and you finish a painting that you are happy with.”

Of particular note are Ian’s paintings that convey bustling street scenes where dramatic effects of light and shade are enhanced by his confidence to incorporate complex figurative studies.

Ian unashamedly confesses to have been greatly influenced by some of the finest Impressionist Painters, and holds particularly high regard for Edward Seago, Edward Wesson and John Yardley.



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John Govett – Demonstration 21/09/18

John Govett

John R. Govett is a London based artist who was born in Bromley, Kent in 1953 and went on to attend St. Martins School of Art.

John paints directly from the subject in oil, acrylic or watercolour, each piece being an emotional and expressive response to his environment at the moment of e‎xecution.

His subjects include: Cities, landscapes, seascapes and the human figure. 

John’s work has been shown in various exhibitions and sold through private galleries in London/Kent and is held in various private collections in UK and overseas.

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