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January 17th 2016

Todays meeting was a members painting day, the subject being ‘Flowers and Berries from the winter garden’. Despite waking to a covering of snow twenty one members arrived and an enjoyable day was spent depicting our subjects and catching up with news. The draw took place for the members who will participate in the workshop in February.

The next meeting will be on 21st February , Helen Campbell will be leading the workshop demonstrating her technique of painting and how to use photographs. As always there will be plenty of space for those not on the workshop to paint in another room and to see what is going on.

Meeting 20th December 2015

At this meeting, the last of the year, members were asked to paint a postcard depicting a Christmas pot plant. No prior preparation was allowed. The results were diverse and very good. The images included poinsettia flowers, cyclamen, christmas thyme, christmas rose and the media used included watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite and ink.

The next meeting will be on the 17th January – a painting day with the theme – Flowers and berries from the garden.

Best wishes to all our members for a merry christmas and a happy and healthy 2016 with lots of painting opportunities.


The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists has sent seasons greetings to our members. Early in 2016 they have an exhibiton of affordable original artworks, a studio sale on Saturday 23rd January and information on workshops that may be of interest. The web address is The gallery is at 4 Brook Street, St Pauls, Birmingham B3 1SA

15th November 2015 – Workshop with Roger Reynolds

Roger Reynolds is a member of The Institute of Analytical Plant Illustrators. The first part of this workshop covered drawing a plant to scale and adding a scale bar to a drawing or painting. We then viewed a powerpoint presentation based on chapter 8 (Flowers) of Ann Bebbington’s book ‘Understanding the Flowering Plants’.

After a break for lunch we began the practical work. Using Lily, primrose and cyclamen flower heads we learnt how to work out a floral formula, drawing a floral diagram, dissection of a flower and looking at sections using a microscope. Most of us passed on dissecting an Alstoemeria flower. Many thanks to Roger for an enjoyable and informative day.

Art Materials Live – NEC

The society had a stand at this event held from the 5th to 8th November. Members were present each day to talk to the public and demonstrate graphite work and watercolour painting. There are photographs of the stand on the organisations Facebook page. A lot of interest was shown and we handed out leaflets and bookmarks with information on our activities.