Belper Art Group

Artist Of The Month

A new idea for thursday evening just to add a bit more interest we have introduced “The Artist Of The Month”. John Gee was last months artist and this month it is the thurn of Mosaic Steve. The pictures show one of his pasions Lino Cuts.

Postcard Challenge

Recently John challenged us all to send postcards to each other, the only restriction was we had to draw or paint them ourselves. Here is the interesting if somewhat crude photo-montage of the results.

The SAA World Record

The SAA are running a challenge to try to get a world record and we have been making our contribution. We found this a very interesting challenge but even more rewarding. Personally working within a boundary is hard but add to that the size restriction and it becomes a hundred times more difficult.

Click on the picture above to see the results in all there glory.

I don't think all the pictures are here but there are all that were persent on the last night we set ourselves. Magic loved this!

Just for fun here is a small challenge two squares of this painting are not painted but are photographs, can you find them? For the curious sadly the original painted squares are missing and we don't know where they are!


Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665) by Johannes Vermeer

This is another of those one off pictures that we seem to do once in a while. As previously we were given a tile each and we went away and painted our tile. The result was not to be seen until we all presented our tiles and put them on the wall. The result was a surprise and looks better in real life than in this picture - this is the best one yet, a magic moment!

This group of pictures were painted in response to a call from music or poetry inspired art. The results are special.

This is special - Poppies

A Canadian doctor. John McCrae, wrote a poem in 1915 about the devastation he saw in the Flanders area of Belgium and in northern France during the First World War. The land lay destroyed by terrible battles, and many men were buried there. But despite the devastation of battle. the wild poppies survived. Dr McCrae's poem was published In Punch magazine, and the poppy became the symbol of remembrance.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below


We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields


Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from tailing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields





Occasionally we do something different and here we painted individual tiles from prints without looking at each others work. Once they were all painted we put them together to form a complete picture on the wall. Each tile was about the size of an A4 sheet and despite the differences in style and detail the overall picture is interesting.

From here down this page contains a range of pictures which might have been produced on one night by anybody in the group. These pictures therefore may not represent what gets framed, hung and possibly sold. Remember many of these have taken less than two hours to produce in a more experimental environment.


One of the occasional evenings we all enjoy is copying the old masters. Each of us takes a picture and a sheet of paper, we pin the paper onto the wall and we start to paint a copy of the original. The outcome is always interesting some of the pictures are remarkably close copies, although often without the detail but some are very different. Because we have only two hours it is always a very good way to make you get on with the picture. The two pictures above result from one such evening

Again a challenge paint in any medium a rabbit, photographs were provided, but this time make sure to do it in an arty way. Use lost lines, hard lines, let the paint run and form cauliflowers. Don't pre-mix the colours let the water do it on the paper - for someone like me this is the ultimate challenge I always fail. The pictures also tell the story of someone who does not know a brush from a pencil! But it was great fun and I hope we all learnt something.



These four pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago at a sketching evening when we were all supposed to be drawing old boots. Surprisingly they are quite interesting to draw because they mix hard and soft lines, reflections and deep darks. Much more of a challenge than you would think. Can you spot the odd drawing out?



At a recent meeting we all painted away for just under two hours. At the end of the allotted time we photographed some of the pictures and here they are. We were supposedly painting sunsets but as usual the results were mixed in both content and quality. Please forgive the poor photographs but a hand held mobile phone is not a good camera!



As ever apologies to everybody for my photography, the colour rendering and the high compression ratios required to ensure downloads don't take too long. The results are acceptable but not great sorry. We all sell some of our pictures and a few of do commissions. If you wish to see the real pictures contact us or come along one Thursday and have a look.
Frank Smith

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