Staying in touch

We have not able to meet up for our art sessions for many weeks now. However, the wonderful weather will have tempted some members to do outdoor sketching or even painting in the garden.

The Facebook users among us will now be familiar with the ‘Keep in touch’ challenges which Lynda Thomas is posting every Friday to help give everyone a little inspiration. Where possible we have been following the original syllabus for the months.We plan to keep this project going until we are able to meet up and enjoy painting together again.

This last week Lynne Hickin prepared a worksheet and some interesting and different ideas on the theme of ‘Paint the Ancestors’ which is available for members. 

A couple of weeks ago we had ‘Shiny Things’ listed on our syllabus and just to give some ideas you can set up a couple of ‘Still Life’ compositions in your kitchen, maybe even some silver items polished for the occasion; or you could use shiny pottery, spoons or any thing that reflects. Some members will have a go at the challenges and will display their work on our Facebook page. 


Keep in touch

In these difficult days in the Corona Virus lockdown, we decided to have different ‘Keep-in-Touch Projects’ via our Facebook site. The first one was ‘Spring Flowers in a favourite Cup or Jug’ and quite a number of members did send in their pictures online.

For the following week our painting challenge subject was “Three Objects, in Three colours.”  Janet chose three very ordinary objects that most of us would have around the house. Members had a go at painting the light filtering through them.

Look out for more ideas on our Facebook website from our committee members in the future weeks.


Trying Palimpsest

Last Friday a reduced number of members of the Halifax Art Society came together to try for themselves some Palimpsest paintings, remembering what we had learned the previous week.

It was great fun, as we all had looked for previous work, which we could wash, brush and reuse or other suitable pieces of paper.

From today onwards, until further notice, our sessions are cancelled due to Coronavirus COVID-19. However, watch this space as we intend to communicate online.



Last Friday many HAS members once again enjoyed the artist Terry Chipp, who gave a demonstration on the topic ‘Palimpsest’. Many of us didn’t know that ‘Palimpsest’ means ‘writing material used for second time after the original writing has been erased’.

We learned that, for instance, in Venice many doors had been written on before and that monks used to erase much of their work practising hand writing. If you use gesso paint you can write in it, wipe it off and reuse to get the Palimpsest effect. Use a spatula and the edge of cardboard instead of brushes to produce clear lines.