Watercolours with Jane Austin

We welcomed back Jane Austin for a watercolour demonstration on 27th January. It was 2019 when she last visited us!

Jane took us through all the stages of how to layer your paints to build up the image, giving us so many tips and techniques to remember. The painting still needs more work until it’s completed, but you can’t rush a watercolour…

The following week members had the opportunity to have a go at watercolours themselves. Jane provided photos for members to work from to practise the techniques she demonstrated. Members felt inspired by what they learnt last week and produced some lovely work.


Charles Horner of Halifax

On the 123th of this month we had an illustrated talk by Lynne and Philip Hickie about Charles Horner, celebrated jeweller of Halifax. This was an interesting talk enjoyed by everyone. Lynne brought in some of her collection which were quite stunning, as well as some beautifully illustrated books.

The next week, following on from Lynne and Philip’s inspiring talk on Charles Horner, they brought in some templates and photos we could use to help create our own jewellery designs. It certainly wasn’t as easy as it first appeared!


Christmas festivities

More than 30 members attended the Society’s Christmas lunch at The Maypole, Warley, which was brilliantly organised by Kate Heatley.

For our last meeting of the year, members were invited to bring a piece of work to show and talk about. It was interesting to hear why a picture meant a lot to the person. After the coffee break and mince pies, there was a picture quiz where, in small teams, we had to guess different household/kitchen items from bygone days. It was really funny how close and way off target some of our guesses were!