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HIGHGATE WATERCOLOUR GROUP

We hope that you like our new website, which makes it easier to locate our Members' Galleries (lower down the page).

HWG News

Highgate Fair in the Square 2018

We have recently had our day at the Fair,and it was very successful and enjoyable. Many HWG members helped run the stall, and others went around and sketched the Fair scene. Lots of our handmade cards were sold, and a number of mounted artworks, mostly relating to our North London neighbourhood. For a sight of some of the sketches done "on the hoof" and photos of the HWG at the Fair, please check our Facebook Page.

Highgate Festival 6 - 8 July 2018

We have also recently participated in The Highgate Festival. We exhibited a selection of paintings at the Festival Art Exhibition in the Highgate Community Centre, 25 Bertram St, Highgate, London N19 5DQ. We also supported the Highgate Society with a display in their premises at 10A South Grove, N6, of our paintings of buildings in Highgate of conservation concern.

We are now taking advantage of the sunny weather to be out and about painting, in particular we have visited the Walthamstow Wetlands, please see how we got on at our Facebook Page.

Members' Galleries

Chris Baker

Chris Baker

37 photos in 3 sub-albums

I really love painting with watercolours! Though I've used oil paints and made drawings for a number of years it's watercolours that I now mainly work with. I like to make preliminary studies by making sketches or by using my own digital images and image manipulation software. In addition to the group's annual exhibition I've been fortunate to have had my work shown at the Mall Galleries, the Bankside Gallery and at other venues. My blog: chrisbakerwatercolours.wordpress.com I am very happy to take commissions.

Freda Blayney

Freda Blayney

15 photos in 2 sub-albums

Maureen Bocking

Maureen Bocking

49 photos in 4 sub-albums

Cathy Burkinshaw

Cathy Burkinshaw

14 photos in 4 sub-albums

Christian Cook

Christian Cook

14 photos in 3 sub-albums

I work mainly from direct observation. My favourite subjects are urban scenes and landscapes. I paint directly in front of the scene or make drawings which I later develop into paintings in the studio. I also enjoy painting and drawing from the figure and printmaking. I have painted mainly in London and the south east of England but also abroad in France, Germany, Spain, Greece and India. The media I use:- watercolour, gouache, pastel, charcoal, acrylic and sometimes collage. I trained at Camberwell School of Art and The London College of Printing. I taught for some years at the City Lit. and Westminster and Camden Adult Education Institutes. Website: www.chriscookpaintings2.com

Ruth Edwards

Ruth Edwards

26 photos in 4 sub-albums

Edmund Gordon

Edmund Gordon

15 photos

Erna Green

Erna Green

19 photos in 2 sub-albums

Oonagh Hodges

Oonagh Hodges

10 photos in 3 sub-albums

Shirley Hodgson

Shirley Hodgson

14 photos in 3 sub-albums

Sara Kaye

Sara Kaye

9 photos

Gianna Lapini

Gianna Lapini

11 photos in 2 sub-albums

Sue Lees

Sue Lees

47 photos in 5 sub-albums

I have been painting in watercolours for 27 years, and continue to be fascinated by the medium. Plein air painting is a huge challenge and so exciting, I try to do as much of it as possible, both with the full pure watercolour kit and sketchbooks with various inkpens, washes, crayons, etc. I am also a member of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists, and the Islington Art Society, and have an Instagram account under the name of Suesymslees.

Helena Lezard

Helena Lezard

23 photos in 4 sub-albums

Arvind Limaye

Arvind Limaye

23 photos in 3 sub-albums

Vivian Manthel-French

Vivian Manthel-French

13 photos in 2 sub-albums

Ruth Margolis

Ruth Margolis

9 photos in 3 sub-albums

Ulla Mead

Ulla Mead

5 photos in 2 sub-albums

In 1979/80 I did an Art Foundation Course at Harrow College of Art followed by a 3 year course in Ceramics at Croydon College of Art. I am now working as a ceramicist again but have spent most of my working life as a ceramic jeweller. After doing a short course in watercolour painting in the early 2000s I also developed a passion for working in that medium.

Andrew Riley

Andrew Riley

33 photos in 4 sub-albums

I was trained to use watercolour in a very controlled way as a Scientific Illustrator at Hornsey College of Art. This led onto a 20 year career as an Illustrator. I now use watercolour in my landscape painting; sometimes combining it with pastel, gouache and acrylic to achieve different atmospheric effects. My aim in painting is to evoke a feeling of serenity and harmony with a message of hope for myself as well as for the viewer. I host watercolour workshops, and am also a member of Islington Art Society.

Philip Sanderson

Philip Sanderson

22 photos in 4 sub-albums

Charlotte Stephenson

Charlotte Stephenson

10 photos in 2 sub-albums

Jill Wilkinson

Jill Wilkinson

7 photos in 2 sub-albums

Mary Williams

Mary Williams

14 photos in 3 sub-albums

Vanessa Whinney

Vanessa Whinney

55 photos in 6 sub-albums

Who are we?

The Group was founded in 1980 as part of the Highgate Society with the aim of enabling enthusiastic watercolour painters to work together in an informal friendly atmosphere. We are a mixed bunch – some of us have painted professionally over a lifetime (and are members of top London art societies, and in one case, an international art society), some are newer converts to the joys of watercolours and other paper-based media. Some of us also paint in oils and acrylics. We are enthusiastic about a variety of subjects and really enjoy painting buildings and townscapes, landscapes and seascapes, still life, portraits, and, of course, Highgate and other North London local scenes. If you are thinking about buying art online, you may like to know that our work is mainly affordable, and we welcome enquiries.

We are based in 10A South Grove (opposite Pond Square), Highgate, North London (the Highgate Society's premises), where we paint regularly on Thursdays, but we quite often go out and paint together either locally or further afield. We also have periodic visits from professional tutors and models.

We have an autumn show annually in Highgate, as well as occasional much smaller displays. We also have a stall at the Highgate Fair in the Square in June. There are around 25 of us, and although our numbers are constrained by the size of 10A Pond Square, and we are currently full, we are always interested in hearing from any experienced watercolour artists who live reasonably close to Highgate. If you like the sound of the HWG, please mail us at highgatewatercolour@gmail.com Please bear in mind that we have an annual membership fee, currently standing at £55.

Keep In Touch

If you have any questions, or would like to hear about upcoming exhibitions and receive an invitation to our annual private view, please mail us at highgatewatercolour@gmail.com. For general news and updates, you can also follow us on Facebook.

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