Drawing and Painting for Pleasure


We are a group of mixed ability who mostly work on our own projects.  Sometimes someone has an idea which we explore, with interesting results!  We take the subject seriously, but are a friendly group who make newcomers welcome.  Watercolour is the medium most of us use but you can explore with whatever you like.  Some experience is useful but Derek is there to offer guidance when required and in the summer we may have a day outdoors depending on the weather.  If you would like to join us just ring one of the numbers below.

Where and when

We meet at 2pm on the first and third Thursday of the month in the Langton Room.

Contact details

Derek Brittan (leader) 01858 410432 and Anne Mitchell (reporter) 01858 462393


Drawing and Painting

  Our July outdoor painting day at East Carlton Park was so successful that we decided a repeat performance was needed. Accordingly, I contacted Waterloo Farm at Great Oxendon, and they are happy to host us on Thursday 22nd August. We shall meet at 10.30 for coffee, as we did at East Carlton, and proceed […]

Drawing and Painting – July

The next meeting of the Drawing and Painting Group will be the first Thursday in September, at 2 pm in the Langton Room. New and old members very welcome.  In the meantime, we are meeting up at East Carlton Country Park for a summer outdoor painting day on Thursday 18th July at 10 30 am. […]

Drawing and Painting – May

We have, at least temporarily, moved from the Ashley Room to the Langton Room. The latter is a slightly larger venue, so can accommodate us more comfortably. We continue to be fired up by our experiments, and the enclosed picture shows Sue’s results using Brillo to highlight certain aspects of her work. Otherwise, we are […]

tissue paper picture

Drawing & Painting – April

We are really enjoying our various bold experiments with colour, depth and texture. Marlis produced this pretty, delicate picture with tissue paper, whilst others used Brusho to accentuate the texture of their flower and leaf paintings. We are delighted to welcome our four new members, all of whom are benefitting from Derek’s expertise. The group […]

Drawing and Painting for pleasure – March

  And now for something different! We have decided to explore colour, depth and texture as our current venture. Derek has suggested a number of possibilities, and fired our enthusiasm for experimentation. We are using specific painting techniques, various applications such as wax or salt, collage, decoupage and so on. Anne completed this colourful watercolour […]

Drawing and Painting for Pleasure – February

We were very happy to meet up in January after our December holiday, and most of us began to work on new projects. We had decided on “Winter” as a theme, and this has encouraged most people to produce wintry birds, flowers and snow scenes. Whilst water colours are still the favourite medium in which […]

Drawing and Painting – December

Our final meeting this year is on December 5th, when we meet for a buffet lunch before enjoying a DVD on watercolour techniques. This should be a most agreeable way to begin the lead-up to Christmas. We should all like to thank Derek for putting so much effort into helping us with our artwork throughout […]

summerhouse and steps painting

Drawing and Painting for Pleasure – November

We have happily continued with our individual projects throughout October, overseen and assisted, as usual, by Derek. However, Richard spent a great deal of time over the summer learning about, and practising, the skill of painting with a natural sponge. He has put his newfound ability to good use in painting trees, and we eagerly […]

Drawing and Painting for Pleasure – October

Although we did not meet in July and August, a group of 12 of us went to Thornby Hall, the new Buddhist Centre, on an outdoor painting day in mid July. The weather was idyllic, and the house and grounds provided us with inspiration for some really lovely work. The lunch and afternoon tea completed […]

Drawing and Painting – July

There will be no meetings in July/August as  members’ holidays interrupt our usual routines. We shall meet again on the first Thursday afternoon in September. However, Sue and Elaine have arranged a summer painting day at Thornby Hall on Thursday 19 July. We aim to meet for coffee and then use the grounds, house and […]