Previous Entries

April/May 2016

A bumper entry this time – hard to choose! Graham George – A view from our Garden is this month’s winner with a large number of votes. A lovely feeling of the long hazy days of summer. This picture takes you into the warm dreamy atmospheric mist of a summers day. The shimmering light was loved in this painting with the white flowers glowing in the foreground.

Robert Parker’s Yvette’s Garden was thought to have oustanding composition and style. Also really showed light and shade Robert Parker’s hammock is irresistible!.

Daphne’s garden had lovely detail and vibrancy. Anne Farmer’s Spring Garden had free expressive drawing and colour. Summer Sketches in the Garden by Judith Champion had good  depth and still represented the delicate structure of the flowers.

The composition of Daphne Turner’s Monet’s garden was Well executed and balanced composition. The oil based crayons were a success. Daphne’s Garden had detail and vibrancy.

All in all a much appreciated selection of artwork


Anne Farmer
Fruits of the Sea

The prize this month goes to Anne Farmer for her ‘Fruits of the Sea’ watercolour.
The subject was ‘Life Drawing’ which was interpreted in its widest sense by the members.
We do not judge the entries, our members do and we thank them for the taking part and for their comments.

Richard Field, Rob Shuttleworth and Lesley Nicholls each received votes for their entries along with glowing praise for their work but our prize of £20 goes to Anne Farmer for  her picture that was variously described as sincere, atmospheric, subtle and unusual!


The prize this month goes to Carole Stoate’s Arabian Nights for originality, patterns and colour.  Diana Thomas’ Snowdrop fairy embodies the true meaning of a fairytale and the wing colours were thought to be lovely. Ken Church’s  witch was scary the sort of image that needed a story and the drawing was powerful.

Carole Stoate Arabian Nights Acrylic 50cm x 70cm
Carole Stoate
Arabian Nights
50cm x 70cm



Georgia O’Keefe

The winner of this month’s challenge is Daphne Turner’s Flame Lily

Daphne Turner Watercolour 12x8 Flame Lily in the style of Georgia O'Keefe
Daphne Turner
Flame Lily in the style of Georgia O’Keefe

Comments on Daphne’s winning entry included ‘the only one that looks like Georgia O’Keefe’ and ‘she had a strong feel for the subject’ albeit only 5% of O’Keefe’s work was of flowers! 

All of the picture’s were praised for the vibrant colours and minimalist approach with Diane’s ‘My Orange Tree’ particularly liked along with the ‘vibrancy’ of Maureen’s ‘Oriental Poppy’. Ken’s ‘Begonia’ was found to be ‘intriguing’ and ‘deliciously rouge’.




Summer Fairs

The winner of this month’s  competition is Pat Preater Summer Fairs

Pat Preater Summer Fair Watercolour 15 x 23cm
Pat Preater
Summer Fair
Watercolour 15 x 23cm

Pat’s picture is full of life and captures a difficult subject with confidence and was voted as the winner this month.Anne Farmer is given top marks for not avoiding painting the horse’s hooves.  Richard Field’s painting was loved and one wished  one knew where the nudist Summer fair takes place each year. Diane Thomas, Set Fair Vibrant colours and really set fair!


We have a tie this time. Congratulations to Lesley Nichols ‘Coast of Britany’ and Joanna Philips ‘Paternoster Boats’.  

Coast of Britanny Lesley Nicholls Acrylic
Coast of Britanny
Lesley Nicholls
Paternoster Boats Johanna Philips Acryliuc 300 x 400
Paternoster Boats
Johanna Philips
Acrylic 300 x 400

Members’ comments included ‘You can almost hear the surf in Lesley’s picture’  and of Johanna’s picture ‘I wish I had painted that!’ and ‘I like the strong design and colour’.
Other comments on Boscastle Harbour the turbulent foam and movement in the water was liked as the waves rushed against the sand and rocks. Also the perspective of the distant hills and haze of spray and atmosphere obscure the horizon. The seagulls in Ken’s painting Sea and Sky gave a strong feeling of the seaside.  Pat Preater St Ives is a lovely loose water colour.
A tie is not surprising as all of the entries are stunning which made it exceptionally difficult for the members to choose a winner !


Congratulations Diane Thomas! 

Diane Thomas Kumquat watercolour 30cms x 38 cms

Her picture ‘Kumquat’ is this month’s On-line Challenge (Still Life) winner.
Members were impressed by the detail and realism of her watercolour.  “It is really believable”.
Lesley Nicholls’ ‘Washed up’ and Dorothy Bark’s ‘Seashore’ both sunlit paintings brought back memories of holiday beach combing with their subtle tones and pleasing compositions. Anne Farmer’s ‘Chinese Puzzle’, was praised “for achieving an antique oriental mystic, cleverly hinting at a story behind the objects”. Daphne Turner’s “colourful and bright” Daisies were much admired.  Well done everyone who entered. As always members found it a difficult choice with so many excellent entries.
Still Life Entries

DEC 2015/JAN 2016

The second Art Challenge proved popular with sketchbook entries.  The subject  gave the opportunity for a more relaxed approach.  The winner of this challenge is Tom Jacobs  with  Killerton House. Tom’s Killerton  gives a lively view that is delightful as it stands and was also chosen for its loose impressionism.  It is also so full of information for a sketch that almost anyone could paint a finished picture from it.

Tom Jacobs A pen and watercolour sketch of Killerton House gardens done on two pages of my Moleskin sketchbook measuring 16 x 5 inches

Tom Jacobs
A pen and watercolour sketch of Killerton House gardens done on two pages of my Moleskin sketchbook measuring 16 x 5 inches’

Comments on other pieces of work were that Jeremy Harvey’s ‘Louise’ had amazing character. Pat Preater’s  ‘Avalon’ was a lovely free sketch. The abstractness and imaginitive interpretation of Jackie Curtis ‘sketching fish’ was appreciated. Carole Stoate’s ‘Le Grand Bornand’ had a lovely atmosphere and you could feel the chill in the air. Mike Griffiths ‘Goats on the Roof ‘was admired for the bright colours and atmosphere of the subject. Anne Farmers’ Rainy day’ sketches were ideal holiday material.

Sketchbook Entries

OCT/NOV 2015

The winner of the OCT-NOV 2015 Challenge was Autumn Plough by Johanna Phillips for its interesting and unusual composition, beautifully executed and the free way that the watercolour had been applied.

Autumn Entries

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