News from Members


Louise Diggle
Louise will be exhibiting in the following shows Autumn/Winter 2023:

6-14 November:  A-Z of Chelsea/ Portuga, with Chelsea Art Society, 340 Kings Road SW3 5UR

16 - 19 November:  Wimbledon Art Fair, Studio 402 Blue Wimbledon Art Studios, SW17 0BB

29 November - 8 December Small Paintings Group at Panter and Hall, Pall Mall SW1Y 5LU


Andrew Barrowman will be taking part in the Krowji Christmas Open Studios Event which takes place on 1st (5pm-9pm), 2nd (10am-4pm) and 3rd (10am-4pm) December in Redruth, Cornwall. There are usually around 60 studios that open, all at the same location.
Andrew is in studio 217 in the Percy Williams Building and will be open for visitors who can see him working during the event.
Here is a link to the Krowji open studio page:

Photo of a recent oil stick sketch from a sketchbook which will be on view


Christine Watson will be showing her some of her pastels in the Christmas Exhibition from 9th November to 9th January 2024 at the Parndon Mill, Elizabeth Way Harlow Essex CM20 2HP
Tel: 01279 426042 Email: Web:  Registered charity 1168202

Christine will also be showing her mezzotint 'Fez Scaffolding' at the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers "Small but Mighty" exhibition at the Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street London, SE1 9JH from 9th to 19th November.


Halla Shafey has been invited by Pharos University in Alexandria, Egypt to give a lecture in November on the pastel medium and do a demo for students at the Department of Art and Design.

Halla has also been invited by one of Egypt’s oldest art societies (Association des Amis de L’art established 1923 ) to give aseries of workshops and talk on pastel in November/December 2023. 

 Her painting ‘Twilight Jacaranda’ (80cmx 80cm , soft pastels) has been juried for showing in the 11th International Master Circle Division Exhibition of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). The exhibition may be viewed now on the IAPS website:

Twilight Jacaranda


Janine Baldwin has a 8 page article ‘Austere Vistas’ in the the Pastel Journal USA autumn issue, available now in print and online. Janine discusses her creative processes and inspirations, and the North Yorkshire landscape which has shaped her work.
"Drawing has long been integral to my work because it allows such a visceral response to the landscape".


Cheryl Culver also has a one page article in the Winter Edition of the Pastel Journal.
'The Spark - Start from Sketch'
The digital version of the Winter issue is available on Nov 21. That’s also when the print issue begins mailing to subscribers. The issue officially goes on sale on newsstand and print issue become available on 5th December 2023

'The Path Around the Lake'

The starting point of this pastel painting required three things; my sketch pad, my English Setter Baxter and a black marker pen.

It was the dark drama of the mountains against the luminosity of the sky which struck me at first and then of course the reflective surface of the lake itself. The essence of the painting was to capture that magical moment when all was silent and still.

I find myself looking at this painting differently now, more detached, as a viewer not as the creator and I have become aware of how structured it is, full of rhythms and patterns. The path leads the way that paths do - suggestively snaking away around the bend.

I find that an initial drawing seems to capture for me the spirit of a place. It is like the starting point for the editing process, the first step towards making the landscape painting belong to me totally.

This painting found a new home in the USA and it seemed appropriate to use it for this article.