Monday, 30 October 2017

Ways of seeing

Rorschach a Swiss psychiatrist invented the ink blot test.

Our chairman Ken Lilley led the evening’s activity, he introduced club members to Rorschach psychological test as a means to create art. The inkblot is where your mind starts to see recognisable patterns from ambiguous forms created on paper.

Andy Warhol Rorschach 1984; invented his own inkblot to create art.

Materials: Paper (watercolour works best), acrylic inks, or water colour paint, coloured pens or pencils.

The technique

  1. Fold your paper in half.
  2. On one side of the paper place random ink blots.
  3. Fold your paper and gently rub over the paper with the flat of your hand.
  4. Open up the paper, and interpret what you see. Use your pens or pencils to change it to whatever you see.

Further reading

A detailed article, ‘The deliberate accident in art,’ by Christopher Turner, published 1/10/2011 can be found on the Tate website.


Check out our members work!























Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Creating a Composite Picture

The finished masterpiece
Our members brought along their paints to our September meeting to paint a composite picture based on a painting by Cesare Vecellio. The evening was led by David Coleman, who had divided a large photo of Cesare’s famous painting “Portrait of a Large Family” into postcard sized pieces.

Our task was to reproduce one of these pieces using our preferred medium on an A4 sized piece of paper or card, and to complete the work in less than two hours. This was quite a task and meant that we
had to work quickly with a relatively dark source photo.

Working furiously with our paint brushes and making cheerful banter, most of us managed to complete the task (somewhat) and at the end we assembled each painting in a grid and compared it with the grand master’s original. If Cesare were alive today, I’m sure he would have howled with laughter at our meagre attempts at realism art!



Sections of the original

We were four participating artists short of completing the work, but four intrepid volunteers came forward to complete the missing parts at home in their leisure.


Hopefully our handiwork when finished, will be assembled and be on display at our forthcoming exhibition later this month.

Left: Alan Walker well into his piece


Ken Lilley gets to grips with his part
Leslie Burrows flying along

Friday, 4 August 2017

Painting together - July 2017

Another lovely evening spent with like minded friends. Here is selection of their paintings.







Friday, 7 July 2017

Open 28 Art Exhibition.



Congratulations to 2 of our MHAC members; Frank Bingley and Sally Struszkowski. Both have art work in the Leicester 28 Open Art Exhibition. Competition for a place was fierce this year so they have  both done particularly well.

The exhibition takes place in the refurbished old Library Gallery at the Leicester Adult Education College on Belvoir Street.

Opening times:
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Closed Sundays.

It is open to the public now until 19 August 2017.


The art work is varied and interesting, so pop along and take a look


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Monday, 3 July 2017

Flower painting proves popular

Welcome to old and new members. A lovely evening painting flowers, which proved to be a popular subject. Please bring your finished work to the next meeting.















Monday, 29 May 2017

Praise Indeed!

Peter Sumpter
(picture by kind permission of
Oadby Artists)
Members each brought along two paintings for appraisal by Guild of Aviation Artist Peter Sumpter. Peter joined the Leicester Sketch Club in 1955 and in 1958, was accepted by the Leicester Society of Artists.

Before making any comment on our paintings, Peter told us that he found it so enjoyable to see other people's work. Drawing on his considerable experience and expertise, not only was he quick to point out successful parts of a painting, he also gave lots of advice on how a painting could be improved by a few simple additions or alterations,  even cropping down works to aid composition.

His tips also included:

To check if an ellipse is symmetrical, turn the work at right angles and tilt until an ellipse looks like a circle - a true circle would mean a true ellipse.

Take some parts of the work - like a tree for example, out of the frame, again to aid composition. The same advice was given to a member who brought along her painting of an elephant, only this time to take the trunk (which was near the bottom of the work) out of the bottom of the frame.

If more than one tree etc. in a painting, make one of them appear dominant rather than all even sized.

Peter also brought along some of his sketchbooks. These were fabulous to look through, the drawings also being incredibly neat!