Art society members throw out the rulebook

IT was an exhilarating two hours for members of Lyme Regis Art Society as exuberant, enthusiastic and energetic Alison Board told them to ignore the rules and follow their intuition during her demonstration.

Working with watercolours, oil pastels and Derwent’s light-fast oil-based coloured pencils, Alison traced a photograph of a tiger’s eye onto Pastelmat paper using Tracedown graphite paper.

Overlaying pastels and pencils acting as wax resists for water colour and Brusho, she shared her amazing knowledge of the characteristics and structures of different keeps paint in little paint pans, collecting colours from every paint manufacturer so her husband made her a box with layers of racks tailored to hold over 200 separate pans.

Alison can tell you the best yellow or the brightest blue on the market but prefers the new but very expensive Daniel Smith paints, which work with previously unused pigments such as amethyst and garnet.

A spokesperson for the art society said: “Her readiness to try unusual materials and techniques and her willingness to accept disappointment as well as success was very empowering, and her irrepressible sense of humour made the whole event an enjoyable and inspiring afternoon.”

Alison will be releasing her first book, ‘A Beginners Guides to Watercolour with Mixed Media’ on March 1.

Lyme Regis Art Society meets on alternate Tuesdays at the Woodmead Halls from 2pm to 4pm until the end of March.

The next demonstration will be from Kit Glaisyer called ‘Painting The Creative Landscape’ in oils on November 5 and visitors and new members are always welcome.

For further details, contact Sheila Stratton on 01297 445464 or visit

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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