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We had a lovely morning painting and just chilling out by the river to the accompaniment of birdsong. My app picked up wren, blue tit, robin, goldfinch great tit, rook, blackbird, blackcap, reed warbler, eider, chiffchaff and sedge warbler!

We had a chilly but rewarding morning painting and sketching at Walberton, stopping for tea and biscuits at the Pavilion when it got too chilly before getting back to it. The next meeting is on May 3rd at 10am in the Chichester Marina, see the events programme.

We got off to a very busy start on Monday with new extra pictures being registered and Steve Carroll arriving to do the judging. He did a great job and the winners are shown in the picture here. Steve commented that it was very difficult to do because we are a very strong society in ability, and there were too many good pictures.

We had a lovely morning painting on the beach by the Pub (who do good coffee and have nice loos). Five of us were in attendance.

It was a bit cloudy and windy but the wall protected us from the wind and the clouds were interspersed with sunny breaks so we enjoyed it very much. Thank you Kay for organising it. The next one, weather permitting, is at Walberton church next Friday at 10am, be there or miss it.

We had a great informative day with Max who took us through his whole process, demonstrating and instructing us to work to a structured format. We all felt we had learned a lot form the day.

Max gave us a great demo in acrylics as a precursor to his workshop on Wednesday. A really good turnout especially considering the weather which caused floods to our axles! Undaunted about 25 people were shown his process for painting a very successful picture on boats on the beach harbour. We look forward to working in water mixable oils with him on Wednesday for the day. 9:30 start!

We had a truly masterful demo from Stewart again. Seeming to capture his subject in the last half hour, he impressed us all. It was well attended and we all enjoyed each others company during the break, having to be called back to allow Stewart to finish the "a la Prima" piece. (Click the pictures to see full size slide show)

There were good attendances at both events and we got the new year off to a really good start with 5 new members with great art work to show us, signing up. Well done Gaye for all your hard work. 

Steve was entertaining, inspiring and very knowledgable, explaining the relationships of colours and how to use this to good effect. The demo was facinating to watch as he chose unexpected colours to do a very expressive painting, what a brave man!

The Workshop was a wonderful exciting and educating day of fun and colour exploration in a friendly atmosphere. See the photos here of our efforts by clicking on them to explore and enlarge.

We had a great afternoon of reinstating the committee members, but Gaye Reynolds, our membership secretary, after serving the Society for many years, said she will stand down at the end of this year as she has other commitments. As a result, we are now looking for a new membership secretary for 2025. Please let us know if you might be interested in helping us out with this role and we can let you know what it involves.

There was also a big raffle featuring a beautiful painting by our president Marcus Finch and many other prizes. He also presented all the awards. The Award winners for this year were as you see in the below. We then enjoyed a good chat over prosecco and lovely food provided by the committee. We wish a very happy Christmas to everyone who could not make it on the day.

Awards given, Spring Critique

Dorothy Tubb Award - Winner Kay Gale

Contemporary Award – Winner Sue Olford

Drawing Award – Winner Sally Smithers

Spring Exhibition

Mary Hite Award – Winner Kay Gale

Kay Sear Associate Members Award – Winner Not Known

Richard Tomlins Watercolour Award- Winner Hilary Frame

Summer Exhibition

Dennis Frost, Presidents Award – Winner Margaret Cairns

Carter Award – Winner Hilary Frame

Platinum Award- Winner Ellie Sheil

October Critique

Tom Groom Award – Joint Winners Jacqueline Black and Chris Shaw

Dominic Carlton Sketch Book Award – Winner Margaret Cairns

Quarterly Competition Awards Winners Spring, Douglas Landgrebe, Summer Steve Drake,Autumn Ellie Shiel and Winter to be awarded in January 2024.


We had an interesting afternoon with may entries and much discussion. The winners were as follows:- Tom Groom Award, Joint Winners Jacqueline Black and Chris Shaw with equal points, Highly Commended was Kay Gale. The Dominic Carlton Sketchbook Award, Winner Margaret Cairns, Highly commended Judith Armstrong and Rachel Boxall