Following the success of the Zoom Demo by Vicki Norman on the 9th July.

Here is the link to enable you to enjoy it again or watch it if you were unable to get on the Zoon demo.


Please find below the link to the video of the last demo on Vimeo – please note the password is case sensitive


Password: Sunset

Virtual Monthly Demo


Thursday 11th June


By Vicki Norman


We had a great response to the first virtual demo with over 85 members signed in. Below is the finished picture. See Past Events for more detail and links to the recording of the demo.

News from Sarah Miles


Dear SAS members,


Thank you for your lovely entries for July's competition.  I have been slower at replying to you and putting them on the site, as I gave birth to my new baby Samuel Antony on Saturday 27th June!  So please bear with us as we pop your entries on the site.  


Please don't necessarily expect a reply from me when you send your entries. Please also remember to give me your entries by Sunday 5th July at 5pm (closing time for sending entries).


Hope you get to meet him when this wretched virus is over or at least not impacting our lives so much.  Stay safe everyone.


We thank you for your patience.


Love Sarah, husband Alex and of course Samuel  xx



Annual Exhibition
Following the update on the Covid19 restrictions last weekend we have reviewed the feasibility of holding our summer exhibition in August.
Our view was that the only certainty in the announcement was that everything is uncertain and as we are now at a point when we have to commit financial resources to the exhibition we needed to make a decision on whether to proceed. 
It is just possible things will have eased by August but equally any setback could lock us down again. Perhaps the biggest logistical problem is the social distancing rules which will still apply whatever happens and it is clear that build, handing in, hanging, not to mention looking after the public when we open whilst maintaining a 2 metre distance, is not a practical option. We would have to cancel the preview evening and probably reduce the size of the exhibition to somehow construct a one way system around.
Finally we do not think it is right to ask our members to commit to taking part in an activity which may put you at risk.
So, sadly, we have decided to cancel this year's exhibition.

Changes to the rules of the Painting Competition
Following the Management Teams decision to cancel this year’s summer exhibition we have decided to change some of the rules on the Monthly Painting Competition. Due to the above we are using the Prize money normally awarded there to stimulate interest in the Monthly Painting Competition.

With effect from the next monthly competition starting on Monday 18th May and for the next three months - June, July and August we will have a 1st prize of £60.00 of Picturesque vouchers, 2nd Prize of £40.00 Picturesque vouchers, 3rd prize of £20.00 Picturesque vouchers. We will also be increasing your choice to 5 pictures and at the same time increasing the number of first round judges from 3 to 5 committee members.

Firstly, get your brushes and paints out and enter. Secondly voting is open to all members so please get involved and vote for your favourite pictures.

Exciting new initiative – Online Meeting Demonstration

As you all know we are unable to hold our Monthly Demonstrations Meetings due to Coronavirus and we have cancelled all Trips, Workshops and Meetings for, at least, up to the end of August. We are reviewing all our activities on a regular basis and following government guide lines.

We felt we should try to offer alternatives where members could participate if at all possible and have, for the next 3 months, asked Vicki Norman to run on line demonstrations. This is an excellent way to keep your interest and knowledge stimulated.

The dates are our normal Thursday meeting dates as follows:-

11th June - Italian scene – 7.00pm on your computer

9th July - Skies and clouds

13th August - English harvest landscape

We will provide details of times and how to join the Demonstrations closer to the dates

About Vicki

In recent years she has studied with master painters from Italy and the USA, all the time searching for traditional skills She puts an emphasis on atmosphere rather than detail, and colour is the vehicle through which she seeks to capture light and place. Colour is everything, the harmony of colours together on the canvas and the thick, creamy blobs of paint on the surface inspire her every time. She really loves paint and loves making paintings. So, being an ambassador for Michael Harding Oils is really great for her, because he makes the best paint in the world. For more information on Vicki go to :



As you may know, the most up to date Government health advice was issued last night which asks us all to avoid non-essential contact with others and stop all unnecessary travel.

In the circumstances, the Management Team has decided to suspend the Society’s meetings with immediate effect until further notice.  

We will keep the situation under review, and hope that this situation does not continue for too long a period.

Founders Lecture

The RSC has closed all of their venues until further notice. We ask you to bear with us on this matter as we need to establish the RSC's future intentions. They have asked ticket holders not to contact the box office for the time being as they are experiencing a large volume of calls. We and the RSC will contact you when we know more.

We will review everything on a regular basis and keep you all informed but please also check on the website for our latest update.


2019 Summer Exhibition Winners

Gold Award

“ What is next”

Nick Sproxton


Silver Award

“Mother and Child”

Julie Swinsco


Bronze Award

“Passenger Concourse”

Carl March


James Henly Water Colour Award

Judged by Pauline Bamber  Past President

“Exmoor Storm”

John Gregory


Presidents Prize

“South Uist”

Mike Milner


Montpellier Award

Judged by Peter Burridge

“Summer Fields”

Louise Jennings


Information about local painting

classes, events and art-related



Art Material Discount for Members at Picturesque

Painting classes held by Tom Shepherd

Life Drawing Classes  by Wayne Attwood

Life Drawing and painting Classes by Nick Logan