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Totnes Art Society members enjoyed a superb critique and advice morning on Tuesday the 19th of April. 

Louise Bougourd spent time with all in our group giving us the benefit of her experience in the techniques involving

us loosening up and generally improving our water colours.

On a personal level I had completed an enjoyable workshop with Louise in 2018 and

completed a couple of passable small landscapes in which I captured the ethos of free-flowing watercolours as they should be.

However, the colours I used in that exercise had faded in my memory with time. Louise managed to successfully analyse

what I had done and set me on the path of utilising this palette of colours to endeavour to complete more of the same.

Many thanks to Louise for an extremely enjoyable and informative morning. Enjoyed by all.

Colin Drew. Chair T.A.S.  (Alan K. Com Off)



On Saturday the 14th a group of our members enjoyed a super day workshop with Michael Moss. 

We all surprised ourselves using Michael’s techniques working with Arches 140lb water colour paper, saturated with water,

and then with paint applied straight from the tube to big 2/3-inch brushes. 

This created spectacular washes that had either atmosphere or real zing, which would be difficult

to achieve using the more conventual methods of laying down washes.

It was an extremely worthwhile and rewarding day and all the members came away pleased with the work they had produced and

will certainly continue to experiment with these techniques. The day ended with us all expressing our thanks to Michael.

Colin Drew.   Alan K. Com Off.



As a group of TAS members and friends we enjoyed a wonderful day out at this exhibition of fine art and sculpture. We were fortunate to have superb weather and started the day with coffee and cake (the Cornwood WI excelled themselves with the cakes and light lunches on offer). Delamore exhibition remains one of the premier venues for art and sculpture in the southwest and many of this years submitted works were outstanding. The exhibition in the main house is open to all artists and any of us could apply to exhibit for next years show. Maximum of 4 works may be submitted with a hanging fee for the month of £50. For more information go to

Our Tuesday morning sessions continue to be successful in the terms of painting and numbers and we are continuing to recruit new members. The Hall is large, light, and airy and has the advantage of free parking for at over a dozen cars. Our Winter/Spring Tuesday Morning Sessions end on Tuesday the 24th of May. That will be our last meeting before the Exhibition. Colin has booked the hall for our Autumn/Winter Tuesday Morning meetings for 2022 commencing on Tuesday the 6th of September 9:30 till 12.30 for fourteen weeks. We hope to include at least two critiques and workshop sessions in that period.

You should have all received the primary Birdwood Exhibition paperwork, (many thanks to Alan), the change this year being no need for a reserve painting as we will probably hang the four you submit. Once Colin has received your completed entry form you will then receive your hanging labels and card stickers to identify your cards. Members of the exec have volunteered to help with the hanging, and Ann Styles and Alli Wills will help with the card coordination.  We will of course welcome help from members of the society that can spare time on the Sunday. Please contact Colin on 1803 312332 or email Colin at

Reminder. Exhibition entry forms must be in on or preferably before 5.00pm Friday the 27th of May. Late entries cannot be accepted.

The exec team hope you all enjoy your Summer, and we look forward to a successful exhibition. It will be a delight for us all to view the work completed over the dreadful Covid two years.  Last but not least we all owe a debt of thanks to Mike, Val, Keith and Alan for their efforts in helping to keep the Society viable throughout the Pandemic. Without their help our society would have been history.         Yours sincerely Colin Drew Chair T.A.S.