The Bookshop are holding an Open Exhibition in their new Gallery in May.
One piece of artwork per person
Any medium accepted.
Size should not exceed 50 cm x 50 cm.
"D" hooks should be attached to the upper side of framed work.
Sculptures will be accepted, depending on size, but please contact Angus at the shop for confirmation.
30% commission will be taken on all sales.
Artist's name, contact telephone number, title and price should be written or stickered on the back.
Work must be dropped off at The White Horse Bookshop by 17th April.
All work needs to be for sale.
White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN81HN
Telephone: 01672 512071
About 40 people came along for the demonstration by watercolourist Tim Wilmot. Tim's favoured subjects are landscape and harbour scenes and the latter was chosen for this evening.
The materials used were Saunders Waterford not 140 lb, the paints were mainly Winsor and Newton, a Raphael mop brush was used for the majority of the work, with fine details loosely added with a finer brush and the final highlights applied with white gouache.
Tim works with a fairly limited palette, often using just three colours plus neutral tint. He paints very loosely, but the results are very effective.
Tim's website can be viewed here as well as several Youtube demonstration videos.
CONGRATULATIONS1As previously reported, David White was a worthy finalist in the Big Painting Challenge on BBC1 on Sunday, 19th March. You can read all about his experience on his website.
Lloyd Washington won first prize in the 2017 Oexmann Art Award competition with his work "Terminus" (see below). In addition, Jim Dowton and Heather Ody also had work selected.
An exhibition of all the selected works will be held at the Wiltshire Museum, 41 Long Street, Devizes, SN10 1NS, from 2nd April to 29th May 2017.
Don't forget to watch the final of the The Big Painting Challenge on BBC1, Sunday, 19th March - 6 - 7 pm. Guild member, David White, is one of the four finalists.
Our next Monday meeting at Hook Village Hall is on 20th March, 7.15pm - 9.15pm. Tim Wilmot will be our demonstrator and his theme will be Painting Harbours, Boats and Water in Watercolour. This is an open evening and non-members are welcome to join us for a small entry fee.
From the 17th to 20th May, the Windrush Gallery in Oxfordshire is organising demonstrations by several very well-known watercolour artists (including David Curtis, Peter Cronin and Winston Oh). Booking is essential. For details visit www.jamesfletcherwatson.com "Events" or ring 01451 844425.
Don't forget to tune into BBC1 tonight at 6 pm, the first of six episodes. Guild member, David White, is one of the participants.
Retiring Chairman, Jenny Pepper, presented the Chairman's Cup to Ruth Moreira in recognition of her contribution to the Guild as Membership Secretary, in addition to circulating details of upcoming meetings for both the Guild and other local art events.
A few keen stalwarts braved the dreadful weather to make this evening's meeting. The task we had been given was to create a travel poster illustration in 1930's or 1940's style, preferably using a maximum of 3 colours (plus black and white).
Some of us were not familiar with attempting abstract compositions, but we were given a brief introductory explanation and some samples of work by abstract artists to get us started. Judging by the concentration which followed, it proved an interesting and challenging change from our usual subject matter.
(Photos courtesy of Pat Kitching)
The Guild's Autumn Exhibition is from Saturday, 2nd October, to Saturday, 8th October,
at St. Peter's Church, High Street, Marlborough SN8 1HQ.
Opening times: 10 am to 4.30 p.m.
Entry is free.
The evening's challenge was to design a record cover for a music album or a particular song. This prompted a certain degree of reminiscing and an accompaniment of hummed old favourites.
It is with great regret we learned of the sudden death of Frederick Cameron-Street on Tuesday, 23rd August.
Frederick was one of the founding members of The Guild and had been our President for a number of years. His idea of bringing artists together to share ideas and knowledge has benefited all members, both past and present, and established a close artistic community within the area.
It is understood the funeral service is to be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, 13th September, at Broad Town Church.
Hashim is always a good demonstrator and draws in a sizeable audience. Tonight was no exception and he produced not one, but two acrylic portraits in under two hours. It is amazing how these come to life, considering the majority of the work is rendered with straight downward strokes using a 4" flat brush.
We had no advance warning about the subject for this evening's workshop - just to bring along our own choice of materials to use. Our reference material turned out to be a black and white photocopy depicting a dilapidated boat with a harbour background. It was up to each artist to decide how to treat the subject - realistically or abstractly, use the complete image or just a part of it, etc.
The hard graft of erecting the screens has been completed, now the hanging team have the job of producing a cohesive display in time for the opening this afternoon.
This evening, the proposal was for members to paint a still life "in the style of ......" and we were given the choice of attempting to emulate (but not copy) the work of one of six artists: Georges Seurat, Roy Licktenstein, Paul Cezanne, Georges Braque, Shirley Trevena or Mike Skidmore (the latter having demonstrated for us last month). As usual, some works are still in progress.
Mike's main interest is portraiture, which is mostly dependant upon commissions, but to keep a steady flow of work and income he also paints still life subjects.
For this evening's demonstration he had already prepared his canvas board with his drawing and had painted in the shapes and basic colours in acrylic. This was the ground for his subsequent oil paint, carefully modelling and blending with quite small brushes until his subject came to life. There was insufficient time for the painting to be completed, but the main aim was to show the audience how he worked and to answer the many questions posed during the evening. A very interesting and informative demonstration.
More detailed information is available on Mike's website which lists several in-depth tutorials on both portraiture and still life.
Marlborough Artists are holding their 2016 Annual Art Exhibition
on Friday 6th May - Sunday 8th May
at Marlborough Town Hall
Highworth Art Society Spring Art Exhibition is on 23rd - 30th April 2016
at the Council Offices, 3 Gilberts Lane, Highworth.
Opening hours are:
1st Saturday - 10am - 4.30pm,
Sunday 10.30am - 4pm,
weekdays 10am - 4.30pm,
last Saturday 10am - 4pm.
Longer daylight hours encouraged a good number of members to turn out for this evening's workshop. The suggestion was that the time be spent painting postcard size paintings (4” x 6”) in readiness for the fundraising display at the Guild's summer exhibition (10th - 17th July). Many found working this small quite a challenge, but the works in progress below show they were willing to take it on.
This evening's challenge was to paint an industrial scene - either landscape or interior. The results below are in various stages of completion.
Exhibition at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery until 16th July 2016
Opening times: Wednesday to Saturday 11 am – 3 pm
Swindon in 175 Images exhibition shares the history of Swindon during the last 150 years. With 175 rarely seen images from local art, photographic and postcard collections, many original, it will show the variety and vibrant nature of life in Swindon, both urban and rural, at work and leisure, and major events and celebrations.
The finishing touches on Wetpaint Gallery's new home at Hallidays Mill, Chalford., have been completed in time for their opening on Saturday 5th March.
Their first exhibition features original prints by Andy Lovell, Jane Walker and Lee Crew with ceramics by Rowan Whimster. Also included are new prints and miniatures by Sophie Ryder.
Exhibition opening times: Thursday to Saturday, 10am-5pm until 18 March.
Exhibition continues online until 31 March 2016
For more information please contact: Celia Wickham on 07831 342214 or
At the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, Jenny Pepper presented the Chairman's Cup to Antonetta Newton-Tyers in recognition of her contribution to the Guild. Most notably, Antonetta had served three years as Chairman, also undertaking the collection and transportation of additional exhibition screens - no lightweight task.
Monday, 16th November 2015
Workshop - This evening's challenge - paint a picture in monochrome with the addition of just one pure colour. Again, some pieces were still awaiting the finishing touches at close of play.
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Bath Road, Swindon SN1 4BA
Opening times: Wednesday to Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm
30th September 2015 - 12th March 2016
GOING TO TOWN: SCENES OF URBAN LIFE
Includes work by L. S.Lowry, Robert Bevan, John Nash, Leon Kossoff and Sylvia Gosse.
30th October 2015 - 9th January 2016
Craigie Aitchison, RA
A COLOURFUL LIFE IN PAINTING
The only instructions for this Monday meeting were "just bring along your own choice of medium and paper/canvas to use. At the start of the evening, everyone will be given exactly the same source/reference materials and invited to create a picture based on this starting point but using their own interpretation, choice of style etc." On the evening, the reference supplied was a black and white photocopy of a photograph - a bridge, a stream, trees and rocks. Mediums varied from watercolour, pastels, charcoal, acrylics, marker pens, ink and collage - true to form, the results were varied and interesting, providing discussion between members of techniques and different materials used.
Some of the images shown are "works in progress".
Demonstration - a Venice street scene in acrylic
A very popular, nationally-renowned artist, Hashim Akib attracted a large attendance at this open meeting of the Guild.
Starting with a striking base colour, in this instance bright green, Hash's unusual technique involves working with a 4” flat brush, loaded with several different hues of acrylic paint, and completing the majority of his painting with variegated slabs of colour, using just a corner of the brush to touch in smaller areas. The final highlights are flicked in with a slightly smaller flat and the image miraculously comes alive. All this while keeping his audience informed about his working process and entertained with art-related anecdotes.
Monday, 20th July 2015
Jenny had prepared several postcard size sheets of paper with variegated washes of watercolour for members to use. With imagination, the random shapes of these could be used as the basis for a pen drawings. The first half of the session saw participants in deep concentration, inspired by Jenny's examples of her own work using this method. After the break, there was more light-hearted play blowing through drinking straws onto blobs of acrylic ink, creating tangled tree shapes.