All meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday of the month, 7-9pm at

Whetstone Parish Council Rooms,

Cemetery Lane, Whetstone, Leicester LE8 6LL

Membership £30 per year           Guests Welcome £6 per meeting


  • Jan 17th      Fraser Scarfe – Landscapes – Acrylic
    (Venue change for this meeting only) Blaby Civic Centre, 22 – 24 Leicester Road, Blaby, Leicester  LE8 4GQ (no parking onsite)

  • Feb 21st       Rosemary Mafrici –  Colour mixing to create realistic art in Oils

  • Mar 21st      Peter Dalziel – Animal Portraits – Pastel

  • April 18th   Helen Neave – Drawing with a paint brush – Watercolour

  • May 16th     Rob Wareing – Human Portrait  – Oil

  • June 20th     Di Lorriman – Garden Scene – Pen & Wash

  • July 18th      AGM – Vic Bearcroft – Wildlife – Pastels

  • Aug               Summer Break

Past meetings


  •  January 11th – Marguerite Armstrong (Chairman) Stepped in at the last minute with a lovely painting of swans in water-soluble oils
  • February 15th – Andy Shore – Street Scene in Watercolour
  • March 15th – Helen Neave – Watercolour – Spring Flowers
  • March 17th – Jane French – Workshop – Portraits in Oil  Workshops
  • April 19th – Stephen Coates – Watercolour – Reflections
  • May 17th – Tim Fisher – Acrylic – Poppies in Provence
  • June 21st – Sarais Crawshaw – Pastels – Wildlife
  • June 30th – Sketching and Drawing Workshop
  • July 19th – Richard Freer – Discussing our members artworks
  • August Summer Break – No meeting
  • Sept 20th – Laura Donaldson – Oil Pastels – Woodland Scene
  • October 5th (Friday evening workshop) – Sue Sturgess – Fluid Acrylic Art
  • Oct 18th – Hashim Akib – Acrylics – Urban Landscapes
  • Nov 15th – Tom Shepherd – Acrylics – Colourful Birds
  • Nov 24th – 25th Annual Exhibition 10.00am – 4.00 Thistly Meadow Primary School
  • Dec 13th (New Date) Rupert Cordeux – Internal Buildings – Watercolour

Some of the artists which have visited Blaby Society of Artists 

  • Julia Kent – Mixed Media – Turkey Cafe, Leicester

  • Claire Botterill – Watercolour – Still Life Compositions

  • Diane Sinclair – Pastel – Red Deer Stag

  • Andy Shore – Continental Street Scene – Watercolour

We were delighted to welcome back Andy Shore in May, 


this time to demonstrate a Continental Street Scene in Watercolour. Andy showed us how to capture light in the scene and stressed the importance of working loosely to start, with a gradual build up of detail and colour whilst keeping the washes wet and loose.

  • Ruth Gray – Atelier Interactive Acrylics – Street Scene 

  • Fiona Peart – simplified flowers in watercolour

Internationally published artist Fiona Peart is well known for working in water-soluble media, her style has developed over thirty years as a professional artist, exhibiting and selling work regularly.She has written seven practical art books and is a regular contributor to the Leisure Painter magazine.
She studied full time drawing and watercolour at the Flemish Academy of Fine Art in Leuven Belgium, successfully graduating and being awarded the ‘best achievement’ prize in 1990. This led to her exhibiting in various Galleries including The Mall Galleries in London. Fiona has a reputation for being an inspiring and enthusiastic tutor offering workshops in the UK and abroad. We are delighted to welcome her back.

  • Heather Wharam – Collage

Heather Wharam is a mixed media artist with a BA(hons) in Fashion and Textiles and an MA in Fine Art.

ImageDrawing is always the underpining element of her practice, in which she uses a range of media, from textiles to ceramics to found objects to stitching, to create her expressive work. Examples can be found on her website:

  • Estelle Robinson – Graphite Techniques


Estelle now works as an artist on a freelance basis, but has been a hobby artist for over 30 years specialising in portraits. She studied art at Coventry Technical College for 2 years after leaving school followed by a year-long Foundation in Art & Design at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. She also worked at a printers in Coventry for 2 years training as a Graphic Designer.

Estelle likes to work with graphite, coloured pencil and pastels. Her work is very detailed and she particularly likes to draw animals, enjoying the texture of the fur and trying to capture eye expression.

Estelle says: ‘With portraiture it starts with the eye, if I get that right then everything else seems to follow. I love fur, from the gleam of a horses coat to the flowing hairs of a long haired dog. My hope is that the observer will want to reach out and stroke the subject’. Her work can be viewed at

  • Michael Edwards took us on an exploration of abstraction, demonstrating dendritic art, a form of printing between perspex sheets, and acrylic ink abstracts on mount board created with fine water spray.
  • Tas Severis wowed us with his vibrant acrylic landscapes, with the paint applied directly to the canvas from the tube and blended by palette knife. After the initial layer, the paint was added to the knife to add more layers of detail, colour and texture.
  • Peter Barker explained the anatomy of creating an oil painting in his demonstration of a river scene in fast-drying oils. He stressed that in the early stage of creating the painting, tone is more important than colour, and then used just 3 colours (Cobalt Blue, Permanent Rose and Cadmium Yellow) plus Titanium White to create all the colours needed to complete the picture.

Past Workshops 2017

  •  Jane French – Still Life in Oils
  •  Ingrid Hill

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Loose Floral Watercolours

Ingrid’s workshop is a follow on from her demonstration of last year to Blaby Society of Artists members. With this in mind the workshop will be a loose floral watercolour using lovely fluid washes, we will also be using cling-film and salt to produce some interesting textures.


  • Helen Neave Workshop Winter Scene with Helen Neave (Workshop)image