Take risks and make mistakes!

The EAC October meeting enjoyed a stimulating demonstration from experimental watercolourist Keith Hornblower on his dynamic approach to the medium.

Working at an upright easel with just three colours, Keith applied several layers of paint, wet in wet, to build up texture, somehow controlling the mix and incorporating drips and random effects to produce a monumental Icelandic landscape in just two hours.

‘My approach is dynamic and spontaneous, applying paint at speed, moving and adjusting washes as I progress,’ says Keith.

‘Light and shade – tonal values – are everything to me. I use colours for dramatic effect rather than trying to reproduce them literally, thinking mainly in terms of warm and cool, and often working with a simple triad of primary or secondary colours.’

Keith’s advice: ‘Remember – take risks and make mistakes. I do it all the time!’


Plein air watercolour 10 September

Great opportunity to paint outdoors with Roger Dellar and other members of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.

Meeting outside the Mall Galleries, St James’s Park on Saturday 10 September at 10am.

For more information, contact Roger Dellar at roger.dellar@btinternet.com


Visitors’ Choice 2022 winners

Congratulations to David Webster, who topped this year’s poll of visitors’ favourites at our recent exhibition with his oil painting, Reflections (Robin Hood’s Bay).

Almost 340 votes were received for more than 160 works in the exhibition, held at Capel Manor Gardens from 30 July to 13 August.

David scored 22 votes for his work, closely followed by Annette Agard-Vernon with 21 votes for her watercolour, Patrick Hutchinson, 13th June 2020.

The winner of the Visitors’ Choice ballot was Andrew Kenny, who receives two free tickets for entry to Capel Manor Gardens.

90th Annual Exhibition opens at Capel Manor Gardens

Our 90th annual exhibition opened with a packed private view on Friday evening in the delightful surroundings of Capel Manor Gardens.

We were delighted to have the Mayor of Enfield, Doris Jiagge, with us to open the event. She is pictured above, right, with exhibitors Dolores Kitchener (left) and Val Gudge (centre).

More than 170 original works from local artists are on display, many of which are for sale. The show includes work in a range of different mediums, including oil, watercolour, acrylic, gouache, digital and mixed media, as well as sculpture and ceramics.

The exhibition is open now until Saturday 13 August, 10am to 5pm, in the Floristry Barn at Capel Manor Gardens. Entrance to the exhibition is included in the price of entry to the gardens.

EAC celebrates 90 years

The Enfield Art Circle celebrated its 90th year in style with a party at the Enfield Golf Club. Pictured above with the Mayor of Enfield, Doris Jiagge, are two long-standing members of the Circle, EAC president Peter Brown (left) and EAC member Laurence Warbey.

Formed in 1932, EAC is a non-profit association devoted to the visual arts, running a monthly programme of lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions, as well as an annual exhibition of members’ work.


Our April AGM was followed by a lively art quiz, won by The Beers team with an impressive 38 points out of a possible 44.

Here are just some of the questions – how well will you do?


1. Which actor played JMW Turner in the 2014 Mike Leigh film, Mr Turner?
2. Desperate Romantics was a BBC2 series about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Name one of the original five founder members of the Brotherhood.
3. The 1956 film, Lust for Life, stars Kirk Douglas as which artist?
4. There are two presenters and three judges of the Sky Arts shows Landscape Artist of the Year and Portrait Artist of the Year. Name ONE of the presenters or judges.
5. The film Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, was set in the household of which Dutch artist?
6. Artist Tony Hart presented many children’s TV art programmes from the 1960s to the 1990s. He often appeared alongside an animated Plasticine character. What was the name of this character?
7. The 2022 film, The Duke, starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren, was based on the true story of the theft in 1961 of a portrait of the Duke of Wellington by Goya. Which gallery was it stolen from?
8. Four of the following five musicians are also visual artists. Who is the odd one out?
Joni Mitchell, Bryan Ferry, Ronnie Wood, Phil Collins, Bob Dylan
9. The fictional theft of a real-life painting of a bird by 17th-century Dutch artist Fabritius is the subject of a 2013 novel by Donna Tartt and a 2019 film. What was the title of both the novel and the film?
10. The 1972 record Vincent (Starry Starry Night) was made by which American singer-songwriter?


1. Which artist painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?
2. In which world city would you find the Metropolitan Museum of Art?
3. Picasso’s 1937 masterpiece, Guernica, was inspired by the bombing of a village of that name in which country?
4. Which sculptor and artist made an iconic series of drawings of people sheltering on platforms in the London underground during World War 2?
5. Whose artwork of an embroidered tent was destroyed by a warehouse fire in 2004?
6. The Royal Academy was originally housed at Somerset House beside the Thames, where it held its annual summer exhibition. What is the name of the gallery that now occupies that space?
7. The artist Vanessa Bell was a member of the Bloomsbury group. What was the name of her literary sister, also a member of the group?
8. The artists Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec share a common first name. What is it?
9. Which German artist was known for his highly realistic portraits, painting around 150 members of the court of Henry VIII?
10. The Tate is a network of four museums, two of which are in London. In which English locations are the other galleries situated?


1. Timothy Spall 2. Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, James Collinson and Frederic George Stephens 3. Vincent Van Gogh 4. Presenters: Joan Bakewell or Stephen Mangan. Judges: Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kate Bryan, Kathleen Soriano
5. Johannes Vermeer 6. Morph 7. The National Gallery, London 8. Phil Collins 9. The Goldfinch 10. Don MacLean

1. Michaelangelo 2. New York 3. Spain 4. Henry Moore 5. Tracey Emin 6. The Courtauld
7. Virginia Woolf 8. Henri 9. Hans Holbein the Younger 10. Liverpool and St Ives

Summer exhibition returns to Capel Manor

We are delighted to announce that the EAC Annual Exhibition, now in its 90th year, will be returning to Capel Manor this summer.

This highly popular event has been held every year since 1932 without interruption, even during the Second World War. For the past two years, the exhibition has taken place online, due to the pandemic.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a range of work by local artists, both amateur and professional, working in mediums including watercolour, oil, acrylic, pastel and print, as well as sculpture and ceramics.

The exhibition will be open to the public, 10am to 5pm, from Saturday 30 July to Saturday 13 August in the Floristry Barn at Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield EN1 4RQ.



Taking a line for a walk

Many EAC members and guests braved the cold and wet to attend the February meeting for a highly engaging talk, ‘Taking a Line for a Walk – A Short History of Drawing’ by artist and designer Mark Lewis. 

The title was derived from a quote by Bauhaus artist Paul Klee: ‘A line is a dot that went for a walk. A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.’ 

Mark took us on a whistle-stop illustrated tour, from the cave drawings of Lascaux through to the experimental approaches of the 20th century, showing the many ways that humans have used drawing to communicate since prehistoric times.

A look at the schematic, two-dimensional drawings of ancient civilisations such as the Egyptians and Greeks led on to examination of the artistic advances of the Renaissance, when the formulation of linear perspective and a fascination with the human form led to the full flowering of drawing in three dimensions.

We looked at the achievements of many great artists, such as Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. The latter’s extraordinary output included not only some of the world’s most enduringly beautiful images, but also highly detailed scientific drawings recording the results of his anatomical dissections, and technical drawings through which he worked out his ideas for a multitude of inventions.

Artists such as Rubens and Rembrandt drew incessantly, capturing scenes of domestic and street life to leave a fascinating record of everyday life in the 17th century.

Even with the invention of photography, drawing continued to be an essential means for artists to explore the world around them. Degas and Toulouse Lautrec used rapid sketching to express the movement and dynamism of 19th-century urban society, with subjects such as the ballet, cabaret and horse racing.

In the 20th century, art turned inward to explore the workings of the mind. ‘Automatic drawing’ was a technique developed by the Surrealists, aiming to channel images from the subconscious directly through the artist’s hand, without interference from the conscious mind. 

Gesture drawing is a technique that has developed in recent years, particularly in life drawing, where the artist records a series of fast poses using the minimum of line and tone to capture feeling, action and movement.

Although at first quite modern and experimental in appearance, the technique shows a clear line of connection, all the way back through the Renaissance, to the work of those first artists making images on cave walls, who sought to use the simple medium of line and mark-making to express the world around them.



For more information on future topics, see Thursday Meetings