Some members are enthusiastic en plain air artists and arrange group outings, however once a year the club arranges, weather permitting, an en plein air picnic day.
The beach at Low Hauxley with a view to Coquet Island attracted a group of painters on a windy summer day.
Previously St George's Church Jesmond gave us challenging sketch subjects from the spectacular Art Nouveau interiors to the 'Venetian' tower. It was a cold day, but Ian's hot fried (en plain air) samosas warmed us up.
At Ouseburn several people painted the striking tug boats moored at the quayside but subject areas were diverse and extended to the animals at Ouseburn urban farm
At St John Lee, the weather was not great weather either but Ian cooked up hot sausage sandwiches and Wendy and John made cakes, members made some great paintings and sketches, inspired by the leafy churchyard and the open landscapes with poppies injecting surprise colour beyond.
A day out painting was organised in Lord Allendale's estate at Bywell. Some members were put off by the terrible weather forecast. But the sun came out by lunchtime and the threatening morning clouds passed us by.