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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.

February 2020 Demo report – Sonia Bacchus, Horse Portrait in Pastel

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, February 25, 2020 01:38PM

Demo 4th Feb 2020 – Sonia Bacchus, Horse Portrait in Pastels

by Maggie Goodsell

In an excellent, well attended demo, Sonia took us through the stages of creating a portrait of a stallion. She said that to understand bone structure it was a good idea to go to a museum and practise drawing skeletons.

Sonia was working on a Fisher paper with pastels, pastel pencils & an Inktense block. Although she did some blending she said she prefers to use lines to show form.

The photos below show some of the stages of the painting.

The finished picture

Some of Sonia’s other paintings

Sonia also found time to show us examples of how one colour can alter the appearance of another. She showed us examples where she had painted two small squares the same colour and how they changed when given different backgrounds.

Words & still pictures can only give a flavour of a demo. Please come along and join us to benefit from all the demonstrators show & tell us. To ensure everyone can see and hear we have a microphone and a screen – but please remember to bring your glasses if you need them!!

Sonia very kindly chose her favourite picture from our Sunny Day challenge. The winner was Stuart Martin with A Sunny Day at Skegness. He received a small prize of SAA practise paper, donated by the SAA.