Pole to pole

The Halifax Art Society started the new year with a workshop led by Janet Gledhill. About 22 members came along with a couple of child visitors, this was a good number considering the Christmas season.

Janet was inspired by a question from her father when she was a child – “Why don’t the polar bears eat the penguins?” She read us a couple of poems, one of them about Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition, and provided plenty of pictures from both the North and South Poles to inspire us.

On the 17th January Naseem Darbey will talk about ‘Approach to Drawing ‘ in connection with a workshop. 


The immediacy of watercolour

Last Friday the Halifax Art Society watched their president Paul Talbot-Greaves give a demonstration of ‘The Immediacy of Watercolour’. Paul used negative painting again and again to create stunning effects. Two layers of watercolour had to dry before an even darker layer was applied with a light hand. In the end Paul used some white gouache sparingly to add fine details of glistening on his stunning picture of a farm in North Yorkshire.

Watch this space after Christmas to learn more news from the HAS. Merry Christmas!


Illustrated talk by Tom Ratcliffe

Last Friday the Halifax Art Society invited Tom Ratcliffe to give an illustrated  talk about John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) to our members. We learned about other artists whose pictures seem to have influenced Grimshaw too, for instance American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Some of Grimshaw’s work can be found at The Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse.

On the 6th December our president Paul Talbot-Greaves will demonstrate The Immidiency of Watercolour in a landscape painting.