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.

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.