Building cities with scissors and glue

Everyone got stuck in with the paper, scissors and glue at our March collage workshop, led by Kim Amis, to produce a wide and wonderful range of cityscapes.

‘It was a very good evening – Kim always gives us surprising ways of collating materials and redesigning a cityscape idea,’ commented EAC member Dolores Kitchener.


Painting a portrait in acrylics

We enjoyed a great demo at our February meeting from artist Keith Morton of painting a portrait in acrylics.

Volunteer model Christine sat very patiently as Keith spent a lot of time measuring dimensions by eye and ensuring the foundations of the portrait were sound before he began adding paint.

Keith’s top tip for painting is to think carefully and make each brush mark just once – no fussing with the paint!

Local art sale, Palmers Green

Original artworks by EAC and other local artists will be on sale for one day only on Sunday 26 February at St John’s Parish Centre, Bourne Hill, Palmers Green, N13.

EAC artists taking part include Debbie Peaty, David Webster and Guy Jackson, with a varied range of work, including oils, acrylics and prints of iPad paintings.

Entrance to the exhibition and sale is free, open from 11.30am to 5pm.

Dates for summer exhibition 2023

We’re delighted to announce that the EAC annual exhibition will once again be held in the Floristry Barn at Capel Manor Gardens in Enfield.

The exhibition will run for two weeks from Saturday 5 August to Saturday 19 August.

This is will be the EAC’s 91st exhibition, which has run continuously since the Circle’s inception in 1932.

The exhibition is open to all EAC members. For more information on making a submission, see Annual exhibition

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


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.