Welcome to the Somerton Group of Artists.

Are you interested in art? Why not join us!

Here you will find a very friendly local artists group from Somerton and the surrounding areas, Somerset, UK. We welcome all new members who are interested in art. You don’t even have to be a painter yourself to get involved – you may just want to meet other people with the same interests. We are well established and have around 60 members of all ages and abilities.

We hold a year round programme of talks and demonstrations by professional artists with occasional day-long workshops. We have ‘painting together’ sessions and outside painting and sketching sessions in the summer. These are usually held with somewhere for lunch or tea nearby! In the winter, some members also meet weekly in the Pinney Room, in the Parish Rooms ,Market Square Somerton , to paint together every Tuesday morning from 10am. to 1pm. 

We hold an annual exhibition of our work, and all members are invited to participate.

If you are interested, or have any questions, please contact us for a chat or just turn up to one of our events or sessions. You will be made very welcome!

Paul Weaver. Image. Wiveton 8:5:24
Paul Weaver Image Pin Mill 8:5:24
 Monthly meeting. Wednesday May 8th with Paul Weaver.

Paul’s demonstration was made on a watercolour pad backboard which he had prepared with gesso. Although the water soluable oil paints he used dry more quickly than regular oils, he  was working against the clock to complete a painting in the time available.

Beginning with a burnt Sienna underpainting thinned with water to speed up the drying process, he then followed with a rapid drawing of the main shapes with a thin brush. 

From there he proceeded to lay in the dark tones , adding blue to the mix,and lifting out lights sometimes with a cloth. Only when he was satisfied the whole painting was tonally accurate did he begin to introduce colours.

Still working rapidly with spontaneous brush marks, he stressed not to over finish before all the colours were there. Final details were introduced with thick paint gently applied over the still damp underpainting with areas still allowed to show though in places.

A masterful demonstration, which was much appreciated by a large crowd.