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Rewarding Outdoor Painting Sessions in the Hampshire Countryside

Outdoor Painting in July and August 2020

Small groups of artists from Kirstin White’s existing classes have recently been getting together to paint ‘en plein air’. Students who previously met for weekly lessons in Dummer, are enjoying meeting up again and putting all those virtual lessons to good use. 🙂

An outdoor watercolour painting session in Warnford

In July 2020 we visited Warnford in the Meon Valley Having painted from the top of Old Winchester Hill the previous week, we now wanted to look back towards it from below. We were grateful for the opportunity to paint on private land, where we had just the view we had been looking for. Warnford is in the South Downs National Park and makes a rewarding painting location.

The day we visited Warnford was bright and blowy, the right conditions to be able to concentrate on aerial perspective. Finding different ways in which to create the impression of distance and depth in our paintings was fun and everyone managed to achieve the desired result. Some for the wall, I feel!


Swarraton, painted from Northington, at a rewarding outdoor painting session in August 2020

It was a case of all weathers in one day when we painted Swarraton from Northington! Arriving to fine drizzle, since it was not a cold day, the painting group doughtily settled down to work in pencil instead.

Painting in the drizzle!

Quite soon the conditions changed to a flat overcast light, just right for moody detailed watercolour paintings. By lunchtime, the day had brightened considerably, so it was out with the sun hats and in with the strong defining shadows! All in all a rewarding outdoor painting session in good company.


Artists painting together at Meon Shore in Hampshire

July 2020 saw us outdoor watercolour painting at Meon Shore, a shingle beach roughly halfway between Lee on Solent and Warsash.

On a typical day, as Cliff Road turns away inland and becomes Meon Road, the beach at Meon Shore becomes increasingly unoccupied. A good spot for a spot of socially distanced painting, we thought!

In the event, the day was gloriously hot and sunny. Consequently, the beach was considerably busier than the painting group had anticipated. Never the less, we did succeed in finding a suitably quiet spot, with just enough activity to inspire exciting ‘en plein air’ watercolour paintings!

There was a lot to record, but since the paint was drying fast so we could work quickly with time to spare for a natter!

Another popular painting destination, Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve, an area of coastal wetland, is just behind the beach and we will probably paint there later in the year. Hill Head Harbour, at the opposite end of the beach, has been a favourite painting spot in the past.

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Midsomer Murders?

Demonstration stage one

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Classes are taking a break for August and will resume in the first week of September.

If you would like learn to paint and draw yourself, Dummer Afternoon Art Club resumes, weekly, on Thursday 6th September and has capacity for two additional members.

Alternatively, I run a larger class in Winchester, on Wednesday afternoons.  There will be new starters of all abilities in Winchester on 5th September.  A third option is to join classes on a Tuesday, in Sway, in the New Forest.

Roses around the door

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completed demonstration

 

 

 

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Monday 11th June 2018, Drawing From Life, in Winchester.

 

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Six lessons in drawing from the nude model. Suitable for all levels. We will focus on a different aspect of drawing in each lesson.  The next set of six lessons begin on Monday 11th June 2018.

Pricing includes sugar paper, charcoal and use of a drawing board and portable easel. Feel free to bring your own additional materials to supplement those provided.

£110.00

There is  a payment button here Drawing from Life

Model fees will be divided equally among those attending, payment at first session (this will be under £50 for all six sessions). Tea will be on tap!

Should you prefer to do your own thing in the sessions, you are welcome to do so.  Pose lengths are between one and twenty five minutes, a different model will be with us each week.

Winchester Life Drawing

at St Lawrence Parish Hall in Winchester

Colebrook Street, Winchester SO23 9LH

Monday Afternoons 1 pm – 3 pm

June/July 2018 (six weeks)

  1. 11th June   2. 18th June   3. 25th June
    Break
  2. 9th July    5. 16th July    6. 23rd July