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Current news and class information for Southgate Watercolour Art Group        

The watercolour group meet usually meet at the Southgate Community Centre each Thursday morning to paint and exchange pleasantries.  They're a friendly bunch.


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Negative spaces 2 - next class 17th October

Who would have thought that negative spaces could be enjoyable?  Most of the class agreed...  The gallery is here.  We also agreed that more practice would be a good idea so the next class we'll be doing the same again.


There will be two options for a still life to work on - garden tools or a plant based subject so please feel free to bring along something suitable.  We'll be looking at how the objects relate to each other concentrating on the shapes made between the objects.


10am Thurs 17th October 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds


Painting by Ann Pember

Negative spaces - next class 10th October

Closeups and colour variations really allowed us to play with our palettes and the results were even more outstanding than last week.  See here for the paintings.


As we can now see and use colours that are not immediately obvious in our subjects, we're going to use this skill to create our backgrounds whilsts our subjects are going to be left as negative spaces.  We will use masking fluid, chinagraph pencils or wax crayons to mask out the spaces or paint them in afterwards using gouche or white ink.  Doing two paintings to use each technique, masking and painting in, should give us a great chance to experience the difference between them.

Cow parsley, poppy seed heads, honesty etc can be used as the subject for the class. 



10am Thurs 10th October 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds


Sheila O'Brien Cow Parsley in Blue