Newsletter 5/20 June 2020


Dear Club Member,

We hope you are all keeping safe and well. Last month’s Scotney Castle photo was certainly a challenge, but we trust that those who have sent us photos of their efforts enjoyed tackling it! The pictures will be on the web site soon. (See Other Activities)


The June Challenge is to paint something from your garden or from the attached photo (a committee member’s, so no copyright issues).



















Just have a go at and please send us a jpeg photo of your efforts to info@mail.pickeringartclub.co.uk.


Thank you to the members who have already submitted paintings of local subjects for the Club Calendar Competition, the closing date for which is Thursday 11th June. After this, you’ll be able to view all the entries on the web site.


Don’t forget there are videos and free tuition available online to help keep you going artistically. These can be accessed via the web sites of individual professional artists, including John Harrison and Paul Dene Marlor, who have both visited us in the past. You tube and SAA also have videos available and there is a site called Drawing Together Live for those who enjoy life drawing. A number of museums are releasing virtual exhibitions while they are closed and there are also free art appreciation courses available, such as those by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Sky Arts are running portrait painting sessions via Facebook on Sunday mornings, with celebrity sitters. This is followed by a very interesting results programme on Sky Arts the following Friday at 8pm, showing the work of previous ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’ winners and top tips from the judges.


Keep busy and keep painting. It would be great to have even more of your amazing work to celebrate at the exhibition in September which we are hoping to run with suitable precautions.



Take care and Best Wishes from your VOPAC committee.

NEWSLETTER 6/2020 July


Dear Club Member,


We trust you are all keeping safe and well. We hope you enjoyed last month’s challenge to paint from photo of the heather or something from your garden. Do have a look at your work on the web site. Thanks to Mike Drawneek for this month’s photo – enjoy painting and please send us your results at the club address below.

A selection of the paintings submitted for the Club Calendar Competition is also on the web site for you to view and vote, if you haven’t already done so. The vote closes on Monday 20th July.


We are working to improve the web site and expect to have an exciting new look by the end of the summer.


We are also considering having our first Outdoor Painting Day of the season on Thursday 13th August, which would have been the Painting Challenge Day. We will keep you informed.


Some of you may be interested to know that Patchings Art Festival will be available in a virtual format on line, see https://www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk/patchings-festival/ You may have to enrol for Painters Online to view the full range of videos, demonstrations and exhibitions. Don’t forget there are videos and free tuition available on line to help keep you going artistically; some suggestions are listed below

www.skillshare.com/browse/art; www.artistsnetwork.com; www.artworkshopwithpaul.com www.jerrysartarama.com www.pinterest.co.uk (search 505 best art tuition) www.artcoursework.com> class-courses.free-beginners www.udemy.com 10 free watercolour courses, many others for £19.99


Keep busy and keep painting. It would be great to have even more of your amazing work to celebrate at the exhibition in September which we are hoping to run with suitable precautions.


Take care and Best Wishes from your VOPAC committee. info@mail.pickeringartclub.co.uk. www.pickeringartclub.co.uk

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Newsletter 3/20 April 2020


Dear Club Member,

These are difficult times, but we hope you are all managing to keep well. As you know, we have had to cancel for the foreseeable future all club meetings – Demonstration evenings, Outdoor Painting Days, Practical Sessions and Workshops. As soon as the situation changes, we will be in touch.


In the meantime we have plenty of opportunities for painting at home, so we hope that many of you will be able to paint a local scene or subject for the Club Calendar Competition. If you wish to join in, you have until Thursday 11th June to do so. Entries should be submitted as JPEG photos to info@mail.pickeringartclub.co.uk Thank you to those who have submitted their work already. Any queries, contact Lesley on 07792 952926.


If you are a member of the SAA (Society for All Artists) don’t forget they have many inspirational ‘videos on demand’ to help keep you going artistically. Alternatively there are thousands of brilliant step-by-step videos on how to paint in just about any style, medium or subject on You Tube. Keep busy and keep painting.


If we manage to run the exhibition in September, we should have more than ever, amazing works of art to celebrate!


Take care and Best Wishes from your VOPAC committee.

Newsletter 4/20 May 2020

Dear Club Member,

We hope you are all keeping safe and well. As you know, we have had to cancel for the foreseeable future all club meetings. It seems likely that this situation will continue for some time, especially for the over 70s.


To inspire you with painting at home we are launching a ‘Paint Your Own Interpretation’ activity. The idea is that you have a go, in any medium, at painting using the attached photograph (my own) of Scotney Castle in Kent as a starting point. We have inserted this as a second page in the newsletter, or you can download it from the attachment in the accompanying email. Please send us jpeg photos of your efforts to info@mail.pickeringartclub.co.uk, so that we can all share in the pleasure of them. If you have problems with this method, please contact Lesley on 07792 952926.

Note, for our many overseas readers, please enter your work if you so desire, suitable acknowledgements will be made.

















Thank you to the members who have already submitted paintings of local subjects for the Club Calendar Competition. Now is the time to get busy if you would like to submit an entry as the closing date is Thursday 11th June. Please submit your paintings as jpeg photos to info@mail.pickeringartclub.co.uk.


If you are a member of the SAA (Society for All Artists) don’t forget they have many inspirational ‘videos on demand’ to help keep you going artistically. Alternatively there are thousands of brilliant step-by-step videos on how to paint in just about any style, medium or subject on You Tube, including some by Paul Dene Marlor who gave us such a brilliant watercolour workshop last year and John Harrison, who will be doing a pen and wash demonstration for us when we are able to resume.


BBC4 is promising us a practical life drawing programme on Wednesday evenings ‘soon’ which should also be interesting. Keep busy and keep painting.


It would be great to have even more of your amazing work to celebrate at the exhibition in September! We will be aiming to run this with suitable precautions.


Take care and Best Wishes from your VOPAC committee.