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Spalding Arts & Crafts Society News


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October update

Notices Posted on Fri, October 16, 2020 09:46AM

Covid-19 update

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, the committee have taken the decision to cancel the remaining demonstrations for this year. We hope to resume in February but will continue to monitor the situation.

Subscriptions paid this year will be carried forward to 2021.

June Updates

Notices Posted on Sun, June 28, 2020 10:52PM

Update 28th June 2020

July & August meetings are now cancelled due to the ongoing situation. We hope to resume in September. Please check the website, Facebook page & your emails for updates.

Sadly our July Ayscoughfee Exhibition is also cancelled.

Please help support the society by paying your subs which were due at the April meeting, either by bank transfer or cheque. Please let Ann Dring know that you have paid. The society has expenses to pay even if we are not meeting at the moment. Many thanks to those who have already paid.

There is now a Facebook group for members of the society so that we can still have challenges & maintain some contact. Click on the link on our Facebook Page to request to join – just a couple of questions to confirm you are a paid up member.

Keep safe & Happy Painting.



Spalding Arts & Crafts Society

October 2019 Demonstration – John Shave, oils

Demo Evening Reports Posted on Sun, March 29, 2020 04:36PM

October 2019 Demonstration – John Shave, oils

Report by Maggie Goodsell

An excellent & informative demonstration by John Shave.
John found the time to do two paintings in under 2 hours!
The first was a snow scene
John blocked out the painting …..
… and started adding structure, cool at the back,
warm at the front.
He said he uses the same brush throughout so colours are used all over the painting. Just wipe your brush, don’t wash it between colours.
John said he scumbles the paint on, pushing the brush so the hairs go into the tooth of the canvas.
Nearly finished
Details added – what a difference a frame makes!
A totally different technique for his second second painting. John covered the canvas with the background colour …
…. and then painted over it with a dark colour.
He then lifted out the dark to reveal the orange underneath. Unfortunately this didn’t work as the orange layer was too wet & it came off as well !! A lesson to us all not to be too hasty using this method.
John then put the orange back in, adding a few highlights.
The finished painting.

A few of John’s other paintings. He said these were all demonstration pieces.

November 2019 Demonstration, Lewis Hazelwood-Horner, portrait in charcoal

Demo Evening Reports Posted on Fri, March 27, 2020 02:00PM

A few photos from the 5th November demonstration.

The sitter was Wyn Cocks.

December 2019 Demo – Amanda Jackson, Acrylic

Demo Evening Reports Posted on Wed, March 25, 2020 09:55PM

December 2020 Demonstration – Amanda Jackson – Raindance in Acrylic

Excellent acrylic demonstration by Amanda Jackson at our meeting on the 3rd Dec. Amanda explained everything so well during the demo that nobody needed to ask any questions.

March 2020 Demo report – David Lewry, coloured pencil

Demo Evening Reports Posted on Tue, March 24, 2020 11:22AM

Demonstration 3rd March 2020 – David Lewry, coloured pencils

Report by Maggie Goodsell

David was a mine of information which he freely imparted during the evening – from the origins of pigments to the fact that the male mandarin duck is fairly drab for most of the year !!

As David works flat he came with his own set up so we could follow him on the screen.
As pencil is a slow process David said he would concentrate on doing the ducks head.
Working with Faber Castell Polychromos & Derwent Lightfast pencils on 300gsm HP paper, David lightly blocked in some colour.
David said to keep doing light layers to get intense colours & don’t press too hard as it flattens the tooth of the paper
He said it can take 7-8 layers of pencil to get the intensity
You should work hard areas like the beak in with small circular marks …
… and strokes for the feathers.
The eye was done with a strawberry red pencil blended with a touch of cream.
David said to give the impression of iridescence such as in the blue on the top of the head, you need to use variations of the same colour.
Building up layers of colour
Dark indigo sets off the other colours.
Close up showing how the layers add depth of colour.
Again building up layers.
The finished head. David said the whole duck would take about 20 hours to complete !!
David Lewry

An excellent demo by David. His camera/projector set up gave a far better picture than ours – but then it probably cost a lot more !!


David gave us a huge amount of tips and information of which a few are below.

Work on a good paper otherwise you won’t be able to get the amount of layers you want.

To get a really intense colour use similar colours

Always put another colour under black

A pencil blender is just a pencil without pigment.

Coloured pencil solvent or Johnsons Baby Oil will dissolve the pencil – good for backgrounds.

Pencils don’t mix well so you need a good range of colours. Aim for a minimum of 24 but the more you have the better the results.

Covid-19 Update

Notices Posted on Tue, March 17, 2020 06:05PM

To all members & visitors


In light of the latest directives the committee have decided to cancel the April & May demonstration meetings, the Spring Flower Show Competition & the April & May Hub meetings. We are waiting to hear whether the Pinchbeck Church exhibition will be cancelled, but it probably will. We will make a decision at the end of April re further meetings.

Please help support the society by paying your subs which were due at the April meeting, either by bank transfer or cheque. Please let Ann Dring know that you have paid.

I am setting up a closed Facebook group for members so that we can still have challenges & maintain some contact.

Hopefully this will just be a temporary blip in our existence but in the meantime keep safe & Happy Painting.



Spalding Arts & Crafts Society


Notices Posted on Mon, March 16, 2020 01:34PM

Coronavirus, Covid-19

Having discussed the government’s latest advice on the virus the committee have decided that demonstrations and ‘painting together’ sessions will go ahead as normal unless the picture changes.

It would be very helpful if you could arrive with the correct money for entry & raffle to save handling change.

If you feel unwell – a cough which has come on recently, a high temperature, shortness of breath, headaches – please stay away from the meetings.

If Pinchbeck Village Hall or the Hub shuts, we will lose our meeting-place and meetings will have to be cancelled or postponed. Similarly, if the demonstrator is forced to cancel at short notice, the event will not go ahead. Until then, assume the programme will be fulfilled as normal but check your emails regularly, especially near to planned events. The information will also be on Facebook & the website

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