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Webmaster's Notes (Photos below)
Overseen by Brian Richardson with John Stacey, these are most enjoyable evenings. We admire and criticise each other's paintings, constructively, of course.

Members' attitudes vary: some are apprehensive; some can't wait for their turn to come up; some say nothing; some give nothing but praise; some are full of bright suggestions.

I've certainly got some useful reminders from these evenings:
Don't labour your work: spontaneous paintings are often best
Watercolour can be pale and ethereal if that's what you want, but thicker paint or very many glazes will give you much richer results
Careful attention to framing can make or break a painting
You may find that some of your much earlier work can remind you, and others, of forgotten skills - worth bringing in.

If you can identify artists or mis-attributions or give descriptions of any of these pictures, please let me know (an identifying number should appear briefly if you put your cursor over a picture).
13 January 2017
Brian Richardson and John Stacey did their usual excellent cox and box performance (or is it box and cox?), selecting the paintings and displaying them on an easel.

This year about 25 members brought examples of their work for comment. People seemed much less willing than usual to make critical suggestions. There were lots of "Oh! I like that" or "Where was that?", a few "How did you get that effect?" but very little "You need more contrast there" or "It would look brighter if you cleaned your brush before picking up a new colour". Nevertheless, it had a good atmosphere, we shared our enthusiasm and knowledge and we did not frighten away people who were participating for the first time.

I have made another random collage of most of the ones shown.
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16 January 2015
I was feeling lazy, Brian Richardson had aleady done work on the photos.
I've just tweaked them a bit and here are all I took, in no particular order.

If you feel left out send me yours!
Sam Dauncey.

Carole Head

Maureen Broomfield

Brian Richardson

John Stacey

Muriel Woodman

Brian Richardson

Muriel Woodman

Lesley Kilner

Val Painter

Hazel Macintosh

Lesley Kilner

Sam Dauncey

Bob Price

Bob Price

Terry Ralph

Sam Dauncey

Mim Jory

Hazel Macintosh

Doreen Hill

Maureen Hayward

Tom Moss

Brian Hammans

Maureen Broomfield

Maureen Kay

John Stacey

Jackie Corrall

Carole Head
Muriel Woodman . . . . . . . . . Val Painter
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17 Jan 2014
Another enjoyable and instructive critique evening. About 30 members were there, to show and comment upon each others work.

Brian Richardson and John Stacey did a great job of putting the paintings up on the easel and we all got useful feedback on how our work might be improved.

I have created another collage of a few of the ones discussed -selected more by chance than interest!
Sam Dauncey
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19 Jan 2012
This was a most enjoyable evening. Over 30 members were there, many of whom had brought examples of finished and unfinished work for us to study.

Brian Richardson and John Stacey did a great job of putting the paintings up on the easel and we all got useful feedback on how our work might be improved.

I have knocked together a little collage showing a few of the ones discussed.
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21 Jan 2011
There is doubt about the attribution of these photos to this date


Oops! I thought we'd a budding Mondrian
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25 April 2008
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55 Red Snails in the Sunset (56) 57
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28 May 2006
Helen Davies says: We had a very interesting and fun evening at our Friday 28th May 2006 'Critique' evening. What was so good about it was the wide variety of paintings on show to be critiqued by the members.

We had an entry by Wendy a new member, it was small and exquisite - I believe she said it was 'a medieval kimono' done on parchment paper, lovely.

Then one by one of the 'Grande Dames' of our society Peggy, which was a semi abstract oil, titled 'From my Sofa' on a box canvas.

John's little still life in watercolour was a gem, the depths and the delicacy of his work a joy to see.
Lawrence had a beautiful watercolour which was really appreciated. He also showed us his first attempt at water based - oil paint, after a break of 20 odd years of using oils.

Jill's box canvas in acrylic - a moody magnificent sunset.

Maureen's subtle shadings of shells within abstract shapes.

Irene's 'Canoes at Odiham' - a serene scene of wonderful shapes and summer atmosphere.

Keith's acrylic painting ' Spotted Flycatcher' although beautifully painted, was thought by some to be not enhanced by its non sympathetic mount and frame.
Bob's translucent water colour - he put down its success to our President Graham Scandrett's recent course in colours.


We had a small show of what was produced at Graham's heavily attended 3 week course, which was interesting, but a lot of people were not aware that this was going to happen, so did not bring work along.



Bob our programme secretary made a very good and jolly compere on the evening.
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