2019-2020 Archive

The Spring Show 2020

Opened 6pm on Saturday 25th April

Covid-19 has prevented the Society holding its traditional springtime Open Exhibition. In its place we have mounted an on-line Spring Show – 150 pictures and two 3D works from 55 of our Members.

Click here to view the Spring Show

Collage Workshop at Hertford Museum

19th June 2019

Artists from Hertford Art Society have run a number of workshops at Hertford Museum in their well-appointed studio at 18 Bull Plain, Hertford SG14 1DT. The latest was a Collage workshop - with a still life set up using items from their varied collection of artefacts as a source of inspiration.


The early years of the 20th century saw Collage truly emerge as a medium in its own right with the Cubist experiments of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque who coined the term Collage (from the French: coller, "to glue). Sara Taylor, Museum Curator, presented some well-known images from these early 20th Century artists and others, such as David Hockney and Robert Rauchenburg, who use collage in their work.

Participants then developed a sketch using elements of the still life set up with emphasis on bold forms and interesting contrasts and transferred their design to thick paper. Artist Kathy Burman gave guidance on design, materials and techniques. Magazines and newspapers provide a huge range colourful and stimulating images and additional papers can be created using acrylic paint. Papers can be torn or cut to shape, layered and glued using PVA or wallpaper paste.

Choices were made and, gradually, interesting images began to take shape. On this occasion the participants worked primarily from their imagination, some in an abstract manner. The final pieces were very exciting and, although collage was a new medium, all found it absorbing. The session ended with a review of everyone’s work and it was fascinating to see such a wide variety of styles and images emerge from this Workshop.

A Print Workshop is planned for Wednesday 25th September 2019, 10am - 12.30pm. There is always something interesting going on at the Hertford Museum for visitors of all ages. Check the Museum website www.hertfordmuseum.org for details.

Summer Painting Weekend - Aldeburgh, Suffolk

June 7th, 8th and 9th 2019

In terms of numbers attending (17) the Aldeburgh trip was the best so far and I’m sure those who made it for the first time will join us again next year.

John Jarratt

On Friday it pretty much rained all day forcing most of us to sketch from our cars. Ever the brave souls, HAS members took it as an opportunity to get into the painting zone knowing that our reward would be “Fish & Chips” from the best chip shop in England. This certainly proved to be the case followed by a sociable evening in the put next door.

Stephen Lowe, Left: Aldeburgh estuary - Oil; Right: Aldeburgh Fish Hut - Oil

On Saturday, just as our enthusiasm began to be tested by the wind and rain, out came the sun followed quickly by the paints and for me two quick oil sketches went down - satisfaction at last!

That evening we all met up at the “Lighthouse Restaurant” where we had another delightful meal thus confirming the rumours that in reality we were just a bunch of gastronomes.

John Jarratt

On Sunday, under bright blue skies and a passive breeze, we made our choices of location, some on the beach and others, like myself, went to Snape where I tackled a large canvas which I hope one day to finish - where have I heard that before?

So what of next year? One suggestion has been put forward - Winchester - but we have not finalised our choice yet, however maybe Members could pencil in the first weekend of June 2020.

Happy painting friends.

Stephen Lowe

Painting and drawing the Hertford Choral Society

21st May 2019

The first session of the Summer Programme was held at Sele School in Hertford where the Hertford Choral Society were in rehearsal for their Summer Concert. A hundred singers arranged three sides of a square in front of a pianist plying his trade on a grand piano, and of course the conductor, Derek Harrison. So plenty of perspective challenges to go along with that of capturing on paper a mass of people standing up, sitting down, leafing through scores and generally shifting around on their hard school chairs. It’s Gareth Malone meets The Painting Challenge.


The big decision was whether to focus on a small group of singers or to go for the whole story, get everything in. And whether to spend the evening drawing or to break out the paints and get some colour into the scene. We also had the option of working close to the singers, or taking a longer view from the stage or a balcony.


So plenty of choice, and plenty of solutions as evidenced by the variety of images collected in the following days. Thank you Artists who sent in their pictures and thank you Hertford Choral Society for letting us draw and paint you as you filled the Hall with your splendid music. A great start to our Summer Programme.

2019-2020 Critique Winners

Critique winners of the 2019 – 2020 season as chosen by Members

David Stowe
April 2019 Winner
Yorkshire Bridge, Derbyshire - Acrylic

Jill Rolfe
April 2019 Runner Up
Hellebore - Mixed Media

Joe Rowson
September 2019 Winner
Bebo Cafe - Oil

Lynne Lawrence
September 2019 Joint Runner Up
Lilies - Water Colour

Marianne Dorn
September 2019 Joint Runner Up
Nude Study - Sanguine

Craig Lee
September 2019 Joint Runner Up
Planter Angelesy Abbey - Oil

Brenda Thompson
October 2019 Joint Winner
My Red Comforter - Acrylic

Marianne Dorn
October 2019 Joint Winner
Flamenco - MM

Ray Ward
October 2019 Joint Winner
Mousehole -Acrylic

Jill Rolfe
November Critique Winner
Musical Interlude - Mixed Media

Ray Ward
January 2020 Critique Winner
Looking Down - Acrylics

Janet Dobney
February 2020 Critique Winner
St Matthew Passion - Acrylic.