Blog Image

Spalding Arts & Crafts Society News


This is where you can find details of the latest changes to our website -, plus news of exhibitions, events, members' news and activities and demonstration evening reports. Members - Email Katie to have your activites, achievements, art courses and painting holidays added.
You can also now find us on Facebook -

Delft Tile Painting Competition

Notices Posted on Mon, May 03, 2021 11:08AM

The winners have been chosen, now it’s your chance to vote for your favourite. You can vote on our Facebook page by ‘liking’ the tile photo you like the best or, if you aren’t on Facebook then head to our website Delft page & email the name of the artist to

We are currently having problems with the website Delft page not always displaying photos on mobiles & tablets. To view the site you may need to set your device to desktop mode when viewing that page. Or look at the post below this one which shows the tiles with the artist names below.

John Healey 2nd & Pam Wood 1st
3rd Cherylyn Marriner

Springfields Delft Tiles

Notices, What's New Posted on Tue, March 02, 2021 11:55PM

Members of the society were asked by Springfields Horticultural Society to create tiles in the Delft style for a competition – these are the results.

The tiles will be judged soon. 1st & 2nd places will be decided by a team of judges. There will also be a public vote. This will take place online – details will be shared once this goes live.

The tiles will form part of a larger display at the Springfields Festival Gardens.

Ann Dring
Beverley Healey
Cherylyn Marriner
Clare Ratcliffe
Denise Prew
Donna Halfteck
Gill Harker
Hazel Tokely
Helen Kempton
Jon Healey
Katie Stanney
Liz Wellings
Maggie Goodsell
Mary Brice
Pam Wood
Stuart Martin
Veronica Pryke
Wyn Cocks

New competition

Uncategorised Posted on Fri, December 11, 2020 11:52AM

Springfields Horticultural Society Competition

Members of Spalding Arts & Crafts society are invited to take part in a tile painting competition.

Springfields Festival Gardens are going Delft next year !!

They would like us to paint tiles in the Delft style for a window box display full of Rembrandt tulips.

Please email Maggie on to reserve a pack. We hope to have the packs out before Christmas, entries to be in by 28th Feb 2021.

Each pack will comprise of a 10″ x 8″ (approx) tile, a pot of paint, a brush, instructions & ideas.

The tiles must be painted in PORTRAIT format using just the blue paint provided. You can go for a traditional look or do a more modern take on it – eg wind turbines instead of windmills, modern dress instead of old.. You can go for a single image on the tile or a composite of several images – the choice is yours.There are a wide range of images online, it’s surprising just what was depicted on the old tiles!!

Entry is free and there will be prizes.

Depending on the uptake it may be possible to paint more than one tile.

Please note that, as with all SACS competitions, challenges & exhibitions, entry is restricted to paid up members.

These are a couple of tiles that Maggie has created in the search for the right paint.

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.

Next »