Southgate Watercolour Art Group Archive

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

Free choice pen and wash - next class 28th November

In the last two classes of 2019, we're being given free choice on subjects with the option of using pen and wash. 

 

For those who want to give pen and wash a go, we'll be working on the drawing more than usual.  The subject can be anything you fancy - a still life of something natural, a landscape with buildings or anything else that has enough detail for you to get into. 

 

If you don't fancy pen and wash, just bring any subject, photo or still life.

 

10 am Thurs 28th November 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

White objects - next class 21st November

Moving on with our new found love of colours, we're going to be painting white objects in our next class.  This will give us a chance to see that white is not just one colour but many and needs to have strong colours around it to stand out.

 

Bring along white objects - eggs, jugs, bowls etc - to add to the still life subjects.

 

Paintings from last week have been added to the gallery from the previous class - they look pretty fab!  Check them out here There's also a photo montage here done by Andy Abbott from his visit to the class.

 

10 am Thurs 21st November 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

Colourful landscapes 2 - next class 14th November

Wow!  We were truly inspired to create some amazing paintings in the last class.  See the gallery here.

 

We're going to have another go at the same thing for the next class - more colourful landscapes - but for those who fancy an added challenge we're going to try adding gouache or inks to the mix.

 

Bring a picture to use as a guide and let your colourful imaginations run wild!

 

10am Thurs 14th November 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

 

Painting by Michael David Sorensen

Colourful landscapes - next class 7th November

There's no class on 24th October as it's half term and the class of 31st October has been postponed due to commitments.

 

We'll be using photos of landscapes that suggest patterns and shapes to create colourful paintings in the class on 7th November.  Be adventurous with colours and use the photo as inspiration only, using the shapes but staying away from realistic hues.

 

10am Thurs 7 November 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

 

Painting by Michael David Sorensen

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

Closeups - next class 3rd October

We really tried to loosen up and let go in the last class.  The results were lovely.

 

Concentrating on subtle use of colour, our first class of October will be a great test for us all.  We'll be painting details of subjects that appear to be a single colour like hydrangea flowers, corn cobs, tree bark etc. and working on seeing the  variations of hues and shades.

 

Try to find your own subjects so you can get up close and personal with them.

 

10am Thurs 3rd October 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

Autumn still life - next class 26th September

It was lovely to get back into the classroom and catch up with everyone after the summer holidays.  We have a couple of warm up classes planned as the weather cools.

 

For our next class, we'll be working on another autumnal still life - whatever people bring in - just make sure anything you bring is paintable (no potatoes!).

 

 

10am Thurs 26th September 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

Felixstowe - next class 22nd Aug - note date change

Our last official class of the summer term was wonderful.  Another great morning at Nowton Park and paintings that were even better than last week.

 

A gallery will be available here some time soon with some of the paintings from the last few classes.

 

Although we have officially broken up for the summer holidays, Rosie thought it would be nice for us to spend a day at the seaside (painting of course).  Currently, this is pencilled in for 22nd August but this may change depending on people's availability. 

 

Go to the Summer painting day page for details and the chance to add your comments/ideas/arrange meetings.  Once all of the details have been confirmed, they will be available back on this class page as usual.

 

Pakenham Watermill is holding a charcoal making workshop on 15th August, 10.00 am  1.00 pm.  I have no doubt that a few of us will pop in at some point.  See here for details:  Charcoal Making at the Mill

 

The next regular watercolour class will be in September with details here when they're confirmed.  Hope to see you all at the next class.

 

 

Nowton Park revisit - next class 11th July

We were really inspired by the light coming into the copse of trees that we chose as our location for the last class.  It also became obvious that not all greens are made equal and not all leaves are green so colour and contrast were definitely our biggest challenges.

 

As we wanted to explore more of what the park has to offer we've decided to head there again for the next class - probably away from the avenue of lime trees for the allergy suffers amongst us - and maybe look for something more architectural.

 

 

Bring your chairs and big brushes again and be prepared to sit a while before putting brush to paper.

 

10am Thursday 11th July 2019

Nowton Park Bury Road, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5LU

Or Southgate Community Centre if bad weather forecast - watch this space

 

Nowton Park - next class 4th July

As expected, Pakenham Watermill was a great setting for our last class and the weather was perfect.

 

Nowton Park will be our next class venue.  Bring your big brushes.  We'll meet outside the cafe and find a spot that is suitable for all of us from there. 

 

Chairs will be needed but there are loos and drinks and snacks are available from the cafe.  Parking is £1 for 2 hours, £2 for longer.

 

10am Thursday 4th July 2019

Nowton Park Bury Road, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5LU

Or Southgate Community Centre if bad weather forecast - watch this space

 

Pakenham Watermill - next class 27th June

Fullers Mill Gardens has to be one of the most beautiful places we've been to paint and we had a great turnout, good weather and lots of lovely cakes and biscuits.  Thank you to Judith for organising the day so well.  

 

We're going to have another try at getting to Pakenham Watermill for our next location. 

 

There's no entry charge to the grounds but this will be a normal class so Rosie's fees apply as usual.  We might stay for a cuppa in the cafe afterwards as well.

 

10am Thurs 27th June 2019

Pakenham Watermill, Mill Road, Pakenham, Bury St Edmunds IP31 2NB

Or Southgate Community Centre if bad weather forecast - watch this space

Fullers Mill Garden ALL DAY - next outing 20th June

Join us for a full day of painting at the wonderful Fullers Mill Garden in West Stow on the 20th June

 

We'll be getting there for 10am, meeting at the entrance, and spending as long as we like there.  The weather is no problem as there will be plenty of shelter.

 

The garden and indoor area (in case of rain) and tea and coffee making facilities are being opened especially for us. 

 

Rosie will not be charging an additional class fee but asks that we cover her entrance fee between us.  Bring a picnic lunch, snacks and £6.50 entrance fee as well.

 

10am Thurs 20th June 2019

Pakenham Watermill postponed - next class 13th June Southgate Community Centre

We had perfect weather, a perfect place and a lovely morning in Walsham on the 6th and were hoping for the same next week.  Pakenham watermill was our planned location for more outdoor painting. 

 

Sadly the forecast for Thursday looks pretty grim so we'll be playing it safe and going to our usual haunt, the Southgate Community Centre instead.

 

Hopefully we'll be able to rearrange the Pakenham watermill visit soon and perhaps enjoy a cuppa in the cafe afterwards. 

 

10am Thurs 13th June 2019

Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

 

Fullers Mill Garden - 20th June ALL DAY

For an extra special treat, we're having a full day of painting at the wonderful Fullers Mill Garden in West Stow on the 20th June

 

We'll be getting there for 10am and spending as long as we like, whatever the wheather! 

 

The kind people there are letting us have the garden and indoor area (in case of rain) and tea and coffee making facilities all pretty much to ourselves.  Picnic lunch and £6.50 entrance required.

Half Term - next class 6th June

The half term holiday is upon us already so there's no class on the 30th.

 

We'll be venturing out to one of our favourite gardens on the 6th, if the weather allows, for a bit of plein air painting.  Find Moriarty's Cafe and take the drive to its right and the garden is on the right behind the house there.  Parking is best on the street outside or in the village hall car park.

 

10am Thurs 6th June 2019

Behind Moriarty`s Cafe, The Street, Walsham Le Willows IP31 3AZ

If bad weather is forecast, we'll be at the Southgate Community Centre

 

 

Small scale simple scenes - next class 23rd May

How is it that we all still struggle with keeping things simple?!  We know we shouldn't but still don't know when to stop and do too much... 

 

Rosie is going to work through with us on the next class - small scale, simple scenes.  We need high contrast photos of landscapes with plenty of tress and greenery and we'll concentrate on picking out the light and dark to reduce the detail.  

 

10am Thurs 23rd May 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Trees and green flowers - next class 16th May

There were some truly beautiful paintings of blossoms from our last class.  These and others from before Easter are now available here for you to see - follow the links in the Recent Happenings section (to the right or below).

 

More of the same or branching out into bigger things is on the agenda for our next class.  We'll be trying to capture the vast variety of greens from nature so bring plants or pictures of trees or plants that really get your juices flowing.

 

10am Thurs 16th May 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Blossom - next class 9th May

Everyone had a great catch up in the class after the Easter break.

 

Hopefully we'll still have some blossom around, after all the wind and rain, to use in our next class as our subject.  If you can't find the real thing, bring a photo of blossom - a closeup or trees full of it, your choice.  Consider bringing large paper if you want to get into the real detail of a closeup.

 

10am Thurs 9th May 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Water landscapes - Next class 21st March

For our last class of the Spring term, we will be finishing our watery landscapes by painting a scene of our own choice but in two different ways. 

 

From a photo that inspires you, preferably one you've taken yourself, you will attempt one limited palette painting using the techniques learnt in the fabulous step by step class of the 14th.  You will start the second painting in monochrome and apply washes over it.  We can't wait to see what happens!

 

10am Thurs 14th March 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Step by step landscape - Next class 14th March

With only two classes left for this term, we're going to have another step by step treat from Rosie on the 14th, using 'The Beautiful Norfolk Broads' as our subject.

 

Click here to go to the download page to get the full-size version of the image for you to use during class.

 

Dig out your rough paper and stick it down well on your boards to give yourselves a better chance of being able to emulate Rosie's expected masterpiece.

 

10am Thurs 14th March 2019

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

 

Reflections and shadows 2 - next class 28th February

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

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Reflections and shadows - next class 14th February

Lemons by Benoit Philippe

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

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Reflections 2 - next class 7th February

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

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

 

 

Reflections - next class 31st January

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

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

 

Quick landscapes - next class 24th January

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

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

 

Snow scenes - next class 29th November

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

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Autumn still life - next class 27th September

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 

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Ickworth House - next class 28th June

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 

Ickworth House

 

Meet at Horringer Village Hall car park at 09:50.

 

Rosie's garden, Bury - next class 21st June

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

 

(Back at Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds if the weather is bad)

Sue's garden, Woolpit - next class 14th June

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

(Back at Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds if the weather is bad)

St Mary's church - next class 7th June

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

(Back at Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds if the weather is bad)

Landscape shadows 2 - Next class 10th May

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 

Southgate Community Centre Small Hall, Bury St Edmunds

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