The watercolour group meet usually meet at the Southgate Community Centre each Thursday morning to paint and exchange pleasantries. They're a friendly bunch.
Southgate Watercolour Art Group Archive
No chance of overpainting in the last class as most people only got part way to completing their first painting. There's so much to think about with reflections and shadows in still life that we're going to have another bash in our next class after half term but closer up.
We're going to be working on individual still life subjects so bring along a few shiny things and a white cloth to put underneath them.
HALF TERM - NO CLASS 21st FEBRUARY
10am Thurs 28th February 2019
Continuing the theme of relections, we will be paiting a still life for our Valentine's class.
Bring simply shaped reflective things, glasses etc. and we will be putting them together to make two sets of objects for us to work on.
A full gallery of the reflections in landscapes paintings from the last two classes is available here. Most of them are great and some of them are real works of art!
10am Thurs 14th February 2019
We enjoyed the last class and learnt a lot so we're going to have another bash at reflections.
Bring along inspirational images again and have at least two pieces of paper prepared. Consider something a little more challenging or improve on the same images from last week.
A still life option will also be available again so don't feel pressured...
10am Thurs 7th February 2019
Quick landscapes were a huge success and lots of fun. No overpainting, most people managed to finish four pictures and the results were wonderful. A gallery of the last two weeks' classes will be available shortly.
For the last class of January and the first of February we will be attempting to capture reflections. These can be in water or on any shiny surface. Bring your own subject along with you, whether that's a photo or your reflective objects and have your paper prepared again as we will be aiming to complete at least two paintings each to maintain the freshness and avoid overworking.
A still life option will be available for those not brave (or daft) enough to try reflections.
10am Thurs 31st January 2019
Why do people have a tendency to overpaint? Well, we're going to try to avoid this pitfall by painting four pictures in our next class, all of the same subject as our last class.
Bring your paper ready prepared, that's four pieces. To add variety, try different types of paper, rough, smooth and tissue paper stuck to one so you can compare how they all react. Inks, salt and watercolour pencils and different colour ways (think seasons perhaps) will allow for even more variations.
10am Thurs 24th January 2019
Back to it with enthusiasm for the New Year!
For our next meeting, Rosie will be giving us a master class in painting a coastal scene and taking us through the process step by step. Image copies will be made available to those who want to follow along.
10am Thurs 17th January 2019
Another great batch of winter paintings were produced during our last class of 2018. There is a full gallery of these produced here.
Our next class will be on 10th January and we will be working on atmospheric effects and water scenes.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and see you in 2019!
10am Thurs 10th January 2019
The paintings from our last class were truly beautiful and a gallery is available here.
Our next class will also be focused on winter scenes to allow us to build on the things we learnt so dig out another inspiring winter photo or two. Bring white guache, water soluble inks and anything else you fancy having a snowy play with.
10am Thurs 6th December 2018
Well, portraits from life proved more difficult than anticipated, mostly due to the constant movement of the models :o) Still, lots of great paintings were done - see the gallery here.
The next class should be a little less taxing as we're going to be working from photos. Bring in a snow scene, preferrably one you've taken yourself, and have a go at recreating the image.
10am Thurs 29th November 2018
It's big change from our last couple of food related classes for this week. For those of us who want to try portraits from life, we're going to have a go at painting each other peinting each other. For those who don't fancy this, there will be the opportunity to hone your still life skills. Just bring yourselves either way.
10am Thurs 22nd November 2018
After half term the class will be working on a breakfast theme.
Bring in anything you'd like to see on your breakfast table...
HALF TERM: NO CLASS UNTIL 8th NOVEMBER
10am Thurs 8th November 2018
Click here or on the page image to see a larger version of the breakfast demo page (not watercolour).
We're getting up close and personal with autumn fare in our next class and making small things into big pictures.
Using squashes, acorns, apples, conkers etc., paint a close-up detail of your subject, think abstract and colour.
10am Thurs 18th October 2018
Autumn trees give us beautiful leaves and we're going to paint them in all their glory in the next class, large scale. Bring in a handful of leaves, some really big paper (lining paper works well) and a bar of soap if you fancy a bit of printing.
10am Thurs 11th October 2018
Click here to see the gallery of paintings from the succelents class.
To bring in a little structure and abstractness (yes, it really is a word!), we will be painting succulents in our next class. Bring in any houseleeks, jade plants, sedum and terracotta pots.
10am Thurs 4th October 2018
More wonderful and colourful paintings came out of last week's class . Take a look at the gallery here.
Great to be back after such a long and hot summer! We had a couple of new ladies who joined us in the first class of the term. More joiners are always welcome.
We're going to get back into the swing of things by doing a few still life paintings. Next week we'll be capturing the abundant produce available currently from our gardens, roadside stalls and markets. Bring in your best pumpkins, plums and parsnips and anything else you have.
10am Thurs 27th September 2018
We had a lovely end of term session at Ickworth House, followed by a very enjoyable lunch. Sadly we're not meeting up again now until 20th September.
Enjoy your summer break, keep practicing and see you all again for the Autumn term.
10am Thurs 20th September 2018
For our last class of the summer term, we're adventuring out to Ickworth House.
We'll be staying on for lunch in the cafe afterwards to mark the start of the summer holiday.
10am Thurs 28th June 2018
Meet at Horringer Village Hall car park at 09:50.
Huge thanks to Sue for letting us visit her amazing garden again and providing cuppas for everyone. We had so many beautiful things to paint and were all really spoilt for choice. The windy conditions and clouds failed to spoil our enjoyment of the morning.
Next week Rosie will be hosting the class in her wonderful garden.
10am Thurs 21st June 2018
59 Southgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2BJ
The weather was fabulous and the setting beautiful for the last class. We were all just getting our outdoor heads together when it was time to leave but some lovely sketches were produced even so.
Sue has kindly offered her garden in Woolpit as the next venue. If last year is anything to go by, we're in for a treat!
10am Thurs 14th June 2018
Northfields, The Green, Woolpit IP30 7RQ
It's Spring Bank half term so there won't be a class on 31st May.
Coming back with enthusiasm, we're exploring the great outdoors for the 2nd half of the summer term. Our first 'trip' will be to St Mary's church, Bury St Edmunds.
Bring your sketchbooks and be prepared to paint a few time-limited, sketchy paintings of some of the wonderful architecture and trees available.
10am Thurs 7th June 2018
St Mary's church yard - near the Norman Tower
To build extra confidence and get that brushwork really alive, the next class will be practice for our time outside again. More rapid painting and varied brushstrokes, so get out those big brushes that you never use and see what you can do with them.
10am Thurs 24th May 2018
A final practice before heading outside after the half term holiday. We're focusing on brushwork in preparation for rapid outdoor painting.
10am Thurs 17th May 2018
We're really starting to see (and paint) those shadows! To give us all another opportunity to practice shadows in landscapes before heading out to paint plein-air, we're going to have another class painting from photos inside.
Make the subject of the photos relatively simple to give yourselves a chance of having time to spend on the shadows. They really bring a painting to life.
10am Thurs 10th May 2018
Some beautiful still life paintings were created last week in class - see here for all of them. Many thanks to Pam for taking those.
Next week, we are practicing painting shadows in an outdoor scene ready for going outside after half term. Bring your own photograph or sketches and notes - with good shadows!!
10am Thurs 3rd May 2018
To strengthen the shadows on our still life subjects this week, we will be placing them in the window.
Please bring tall objects and flowers that will create interesting but simple shadows.
10am Thurs 26 April 2018
We're on holiday for the next few weeks.
On our return, the first class of the new term will be focused on shadows in preparation for heading outside after half term.
The subject will be another still life so please bring in vases, flowers and so on but try to keep the shapes fairly simple again.
10am Thurs 19 April 2018
After a while concentrating on landscapes, we're going back to still life painting for the last class of this term.
Bring in a vase with simple flowers, jars or anything with a relatively simple form as we'll be working on our brush strokes again and don't want to be bogged down in detail.
10am Thurs 29 March 2018
We were very surprised at how, given a 30 minute limit on each, we all managed to actually complete at least 3 paintings and they were fresh, lively and really great!
For our next class we're going to choose one of the 30 minute studies and take it on to become a more complete painting. But remember to keep the spontaneity from the studies - no overworking or fiddling with small brushes. Keep it big and confident.
10am Thurs 22 March 2018
Choose one subject to paint 4 times, two to paint twice or 4 different subjects for the next class. We're going to be given 30 minutes maximum on each painting so we have to limit our pencil drawing time and keep it simple. Should be fun!
10am Thurs 15 March 2018
The class for 1st March has been postponed due to the snow.
See you all on the 8th!
Most of us enjoyed the freedom of painting sketchy carrot people in the last class and some even managed to get a few incorporated into a landscape. For the next class, we're going to attempt painting a group of people in a scene. Find a picture with a number of people in and we'll each simplify our image, arrange the people and determine the best format for the subjects.
For those of you who don't enjoy painting people, you can leave them out...
10am Thurs 8 March 2018
This next half term, we're going back to a favourite subject (for some) - people.
Ever tried painting a person or two in your landscapes? It's harder than it looks to simplify bodies down enough but we're going to have a try in the first week back after half term.
Use your week off to look through your photos and magazines for inspiration and keep practicing the techniques we've learnt over this last half term.
10am Thurs 22nd February 2018
NO CLASS 15th FEBRUARY - HALF TERM
For our last week of this half term, we're pulling back the focus and attempting to simplify complicated scenes.
Bring in your favourite street scene, city scape or holiday snap and have a go at reducing it down to basic shapes, highlights and shadows.
10am Thurs 8th February 2018
We will be continuing our buildings theme and returning to the very popular and fun world of mixed media on 1st February. Where did January go?
Zooming in to the details of a building, we will be using inks, tissue paper, newspaper and what ever else you fancy to create interesting textures and collage effects. Prepare your paper before the class to maximise your painting time.
10am Thurs 1st February 2018
John Held Jr
Always pushing to simplify, especially landscapes, we will be attempting to recreate the effects from our last class next Thursday. We will be taking an image of a street scene, using a limited pallette and building layers to give the impression of depth and solidity.
10am Thurs 25th January 2018
That time of year again - Christmas holidays are already upon us. We're not back in the classroom until 18th January.
During our first half term of 2018 will be concentrating on buildings.
We have lots of time to prepare ourselves and gather inspiration over the Christmas period. Research different styles of paintings of buildings, gather pictures you like from magazines, books, your own photo library or even this year's Christmas cards.
Practice all of the wonderful techniques we've learnt from this half term and keep the imagination flowing.
10am Thurs 18th January 2018
The classes for the term starting 21st September are going to be based on the following (or that's the plan at the start of the term):
Week 1: Autumn still life
Week 2: Individual autumn still life studies using flat brushes
Week 3: Flowers, berries and leaves using large brushes
Week 4: Studies of large leaves on large paper, adding drawings, using inks etc.
Week 5: Square formats - subject of your choice
Week 6: Square format - Black and white, strong contrasts
Week 7: Layers and shapes and subtle abstracts. Look back at your old paintings or pictures upside down as a starting point
Week 8, 9 and 10: Choose a favourite theme to work on for the last 3 weeks, a portrait, photo, object or anything that inspires you. Prepare an interesting background in advance for week 8. Cutouts and colour and more will be the aim for weeks 9 and 10.
More fun and experimenting using our project themes.
Try different colours or zoom in for more detail, flip the image or all three. Let your imagination lead the way.
10am Thurs 30th November 2017
Well, what a lot of fun we had playing with different techniques, papers and styles in our last class.
Using the same themes, we're going to continue expanding our creativity and range.
Don't worry if you missed Project week 1 - you can still start at week 2. Just be prepared to let yourself go! Oh, and you might like to bring along some tissue paper and PVA glue...
10am Thurs 23rd November 2017
For the first week of our 3 week project, we have free choice of subject - anything goes just as long as it holds our interest for this and the next 2 weeks.
Each week you'll be painting the same subject but with a different treatment: using pre-prepared paper (e.g. stick on tissue paper, apply gesso), magnified sections, different formats or range of colours. Let your imagination run wild!
10am Thurs 16th November 2017
For our next class we will be working on subtle abstract painting with patterns of layers and shapes.
For inspiration and subjects, look back through your old paintings and consider leaving out details or using a different colour scheme. Alternatively bring in photographs that didn't work out - poorly focused, badly exposed or printed with low ink.
10am Thurs 9th November 2017
There's no class 26th October as it's half term.
For the next class our focus will be on high contrast images. If your square format painting from last week doesn't lend itself well to being transformed into a high contrast painting, Rosie has suggested that we can choose something else to paint. A black and white, high contrast image may be best.
10am Thurs 2nd November 2017
Using square paper, we will be encouraged to consider the affect the shape has on the composition of our paintings.
The subject can be anything that you like and inspires you - a portrait, still life, landscape, abstract etc - but choose your subject carefully as you'll be using the same again for the following class.
10am Thurs 19th October 2017 (confirmed date)
Keeping it loose, using big brushes and large format paper, we're painting leaves. Just leaves. But to make things really interesting, we're introducing mixed media.
Bring big brushes, large paper - lining paper will do perfectly - inks, pencils, soap (yes, soap) etc. and we'll have a go at painting and printing with leaves and generally going leaf mad.
Oh, and you might like to bring some leaves.
10am Thurs 12th October 2017
Returning to an old favourite and continuing to help us loosen up even more, we're going big again next week.
Large brushes and big paper. Flowers and berries. Lost and found edges.
10am Thurs 5th October 2017
To build on the work done last week, our next class will be concentrating on autumn objects. We're going to paint individual studies using only flat brushes.
For tips and guidance, Pam suggests looking at this interesting site that mentions using flat brushes and there are many videos on YouTube as well e.g. this short demo or this longer video (skip the first waffly 4 minutes or so to get to the demo).
Bring pots, acorns, leaves, flowers, autumn veg from your garden or market and don't forget your flat brushes.
10am Thurs 28th September 2017
Thank you to everyone who let us use their beautiful gardens as class venues this summer. It's been a real joy and even the odd rain shower failed to spoil our enjoyment.
Classes have finished for this summer and will start again mid-September. Watch this space for an exact date.
Homework has been set: paint a postcard of your summer holiday and send it to Rosie (or keep it until the first class of the new term).
We're heading back to Woolpit after a chilly but enjoyable class in the Abbey Gardens. This time Sue has generously given us the chance to spend the morning in her garden on 6th July:
Get to Pams and keep going out of the village looking out for the new conservatory sign...
In case of bad weather, we'll meet at Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds as usual.
After the last couple of visits to beautiful private gardens, we're venturing out to a more public place for the next class - Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds.
Meet at the bowling green at 10am, Thursday 29th June.
In case of bad weather, we'll meet at Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds as usual.