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May Newsletter 2023

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Post date: 12 May 2023

May 2023 Dear Member Last month we welcomed Susan Neale, a line & wash artist. We apologise for the late start, there were some difficulties with the camera but in the end, John and Peter managed to get it working again. Susan painted a short row of cottages which she had already drawn beforehand. Unfortunately, her drawing was quite small and therefore not easy to see and film. Members had a chance to take a closer look whilst enjoying biscuits and a nice cup of tea!

Events in May Sunday Painting 14th May, 10.30 to 4pm We plan to meet at a well-known, local Cookham spot, Odney Common, which is at the end of Odney Lane in Cookham Village. Turn right just before Cookham Bridge, by the Tarrystone. Parking close to Tarrystone is time limited but there are about 12 or more free parking spaces, with no limit, further down before Odney Bridge. A very short walk over Odney Bridge takes you onto the common, or to the weir on the Thames. View of Odney Club and the bridge is popular, or Cookham Village, the Ferry and the Tarrystone are very close. The Odney Club itself is only open to members but facilities at the Ferry or The Kings Arms are very nearby.

Monthly Meeting, Thursday, May 18th, 7 – 9 pm (NOTE: Spring has arrived and we meet in the evening) in the Parish Centre (Church Gate, Cookham, SL6 9SP). Susan Gray is coming to demonstrate a landscape painting in acrylics. Susan is a land and seascape artist who takes her inspiration from the West Country, Cumbria and the Chilterns. Her paintings are worked up from small sketches or studies made in situ, or she paints directly on large boards on the beach or in the landscape. Often painting at high tide, the wild weather and windy conditions add to the excitement of working outside.

We are now planning our MONTHLY MEETINGS for 2024. Are there any artists who have demonstrated for us who you would like to see again? Can you recommend any other, local artists who you have seen at work, who we could ask to come to CAC? Please share your thoughts with Gill Griffith, one of our team who organises the meetings. We really would appreciate your help, thank you.

To jog your memory, here is a list of most of the visiting artists since about 2009. Some, of course, may no longer be available to come and demonstrate: Paul Alcock, Denise Allan, Freda Anderson, Elizabeth Baldin, John Birch, Stephen Cheeseman, Susan Clare, Stephen Foster, Max Hale, Stephen Hand, Pauline Hazelwood, John Heywood, Rick Holmes, Keith Hornblower, Geoff Hunt, David James, Peter Keegan, Jo Louca, Mick McNicholas, Heather Miller, Jonathan Newey, William Newton, Tony Parsons, Fiona Peart, Valerie Pirlot, Alex Roch, Norman Rossiter, Liz Seward, Paul Simmons, Mike Skidmore, John Somerscales, Lisa Takahashi, Linda Travers-Smith, Joel Wareing, Mark Warner, Jake Winkle, Melissa Wishart.

Tuesday Painting Workshops.

At Cookham Dean Village Hall, Church Road, Cookham Dean, Berks SL6 9PY, from 2 to 5 pm.

Tuesday Painting: cost £2* A topic, appraisal, tea and cake Tuesday Extra: cost £1.50* Painting, tea and biscuits
April 25th: Create a piece of work in the style of Paul Nash May 2nd: Paint what you like
May 9th: May Flowers May 16th: Paint what you like
May 23rd: Turkish tiles May 30th: Paint what you like


*As some of us use cards and not cash nearly all the time now, we plan to have our SumUp card machine available for those who have no coins.

Coming Soon CAN YOU HELP? On Sunday, July 9th, 12 – 4 pm, we plan to hold our Summer Party. In previous years one of our members, with a suitably large garden, has been good enough to host our get-together. Do you think you could offer a venue for the Club? Please get in touch with me, Robert.

TIP OF THE MONTH Two colour combinations to use in limited palette paintings: 1. Yellow ochre, bluish black (Payne’s Gray) and Titanium white 2. Burnt sienna, ultramarine blue and Titanium white. Both give you wonderfully harmonious and subtle colours. Yours sincerely Robert Jones Newsletter Editor