Sketching News

Sketching in an idyllic garden 7th August 2020

The weather was perfect and Sheena welcomed us to her delightful garden which was ideal for sketching.  There was a fine view to Haytor and there were some most unusual plants.  There are also fairies at the bottom of her garden!  Many thanks to Sheena for her efforts to keep us COVID safe.  We had a lovely morning.


On this beautiful Wednesday morning, Dinah, Margaret, Kathie, Sheena and Virginia met at one of our favourite sketching places - The Passage House Inn on the river Teign at Kingsteignton.  Deirdre had contacted the Inn in advance so we were able to take advantage of their outside tables and benches, but we soon dispersed along the river bank.  As the tide came in, so did the geese and swans, plus a variety of canoes and kayaks coming up the river.  As pretty a picture as you would want with a scattering of sketchers hard at work as well.  A lovely day of art and chatter.
If you would like to come sketching with us look out for details of forthcoming sketching days, or contact Deirdre on mtstewart@blueyonder.co.uk


Sketching at Decoy Park on the 24th July

The weather was mostly fine on Friday morning and the five sketching artists observed social distancing as best they could.  The park was very busy, especially the playground.   We had a good time and enjoyed meeting up, but it was a reminder to bring a mackintosh as well as sunscreen and fly repellent!  We have posted photos on both our facebook page, so take a look.

The next session is by the Passage House Inn to sketch the marshes on Wednesday 29th July, starting at 10.30.  We plan to have coffee as we are using their car park, and perhaps lunch if we can find a table.  I have contacted the Inn and they are agreeable.

The following week, 7th August, a member has offered her garden so places are limited to six.  Please contact me for the address if you would like to join us.  You will need your own transport and there are a few steps.  Virginia Griem



Sketching day at The Orchid house at Burnham nurseries.

Seven members came to the sketching day at The Orchid house at Burnham nurseries. We had a lovely time and what a choice we had for our sketching. There was some very fine work produced with lots of different mediums used. We had lunch at the cafe and it was very nice also cake, coffee and tea were enjoyed. The staff at the cafe and nursery were so nice.



The above workshop was on the subject of Botanicals.  Everyone could choose which medium they wanted to use and most of the examples are in water colour or graphite.  Paul began by demonstrating how to draw flowers using quite a simple format and then fill in the details.  Paul brought along a selection of flowers and pot plants to choose from and then asked us to concentrate on
approx. three flower heads.  As we were all painting, Paul would helpfully go around talking to individuals about technique and colour to assist where necessary.  An enjoyable and informative day's painting.


Sketching At Ramm

We had a really great day at RAMM Exeter sketching. Lesley, Kathie, Margaret,Ron,Jan and Audrey.



Sketching at Torre Abbey

The weather was awful, very strong winds and rain on Tuesday 10th December.  Margaret Harris, Loveday Fergusson and co-ordination Deirdre Stewart gathered in the foyer, sketching tools at the ready.  However, due to the high winds the Palm Houses were out of bounds on health and safety grounds.  We were given the run of the Abbey and the staff were very helpful guiding us to suitable areas and providing chairs if needed.  It was still fun though the perspective work was challenging.  We went through the abbey to the cafe and had a very pleasant lunch at the end of the morning.  Warmest seasons greetings to all at NAAG and see you in the New Year.  Thanks to all our members who have supported the sketching days this year.  It has been great fun.


A beautiful morning at the Devon Sculpture Park, Mamhead.

The rain held off and Deirdre, Virginia, Sheena, Brian, Kathy and Lesley met in the car park at 10 am where the owner Philip gave them a detailed talk about the progress they are making with rewilding the 250 acres.  They are in phase two, each phase being ten years.  The Autumn colours were wonderful and there were a lot of birds singing.  Interesting sculptures are scattered around.  The first Monday of the month artists are welcomed free and they have lots of events going on.  You need stout boots as Deirdre found to her cost, wading through a puddle when her wellies sprung a leak.  Sheena is to be congratulated for coming along despite her bad ankle and producing some lovely work.  Everyone met for coffee and lunch in the Robert Adam Summerhouse cooked by Kara who makes delicious Brownies and tasty salads.  The views down the valley are beautiful and inspiring.  We plan to go again as a group in the Spring.



Sketching at The Passage House Inn

The NAAG sketchers were lucky with the weather on Tuesday 24th September, after the heavy rain the day before and thunderstorms overnight.  They met at the Passage House Inn and were able to sit out and sketch the beautiful Teign Estuary.  There were seagulls wheeling about, geese and egrets in the distance and the most wonderful light on the water.  The Autumn colours were just showing and everyone seemed pleased with their sketches.  They gathered together mid-morning for coffee in the Inn and some stayed on for lunch too, which was very good.  It was lovely to meet Kathie's niece who did some very good work, and to see Sheena, thanks to Brian, despite her broken ankle. Commiserations to Margaret whose car did not appreciate the rain and refused to bring her along. Note for your diary:  Tuesday 22nd October, proposed venue Buckfast Abbey TBC.

Sketching News

sketching at Dawlish - 20th August 2019

The weather was perfect for a sketching day at Dawlish Warren on Tuesday 20th August.  There was lots to sketch and Deirdre and Lorraine enjoyed the day but were sorry that no-one else was able to join them.  Thanks to all who let me know they could not make it.

The next sketching day will be on Tuesday 24th September hopefully at Bradley Manor.  Deirdre will confirm as soon as she receives permission from the family.  
The plan is to sketch the outside of the manor, from the gardens if members, or from the meadows, but not to sketch indoors.  Please note that the nearest toilets are in the town or wherever we decide to go at lunchtime.  Please let Deirdre know if you are thinking of coming along.  E:mtstewart@blueyonder.co.uk

Sketching at South Devon Railway - Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Dear All,

A large group of our members enjoyed the lovely surroundings at the South

Devon Railway on Tuesday 23rd July.  There was something for everyone,

trains, bridges, passengers and officials, trees and the river to draw and

some very good work was done.   Thanks to all who came along

enthusiastically and supported us.   I look forward to seeing you all again

on Tuesday August 6th when we plan to go sketching at Parke, near Bovey

Tracey.  I will confirm this soon.



Sketching at Stover Park - 9th July 2019

Members of the Newton Abbot Art Group were lucky with beautiful weather for sketching at Stover Country Park.  Everyone enjoyed the lovely surroundings and the good company.    They were visited by Devon artist Mike McDonald who joined in the fun.  


Sketching at Teignmouth  -  25th June 2019

We started our club sketching programme at Teignmouth on Tuesday 25th June.  A jolly group of nine artists gathered at the pier and went off sketching around the seafront.  By coffee time everyone had begun well as the sketches in the photo show.  They had produced still more by lunchtime.  The next sketching session will be in two weeks’ time and an email will be going out to all members shortly.  Everyone is welcome.

Kind regards,
Deirdre Stewart 


Sketching at Torre Abbey - Nov 2018


Sketching at Burhham Orchid Nursery - 31st Oct 2018




Sketching at RAMM Exeter - Weds. 10th Oct 2018


 Hopefully lots of members

will join in on 31st October when they will be going sketching again, venue and time to be announced shortly. 


Sketching at Trago Mills Garden Centre - 18th Sept 2018

From Deirdre 


Sketching at Teignmouth - Tuesday 24July 2018

The sun shone on members of the Newton Abbot sketching group on Tuesday, 24th July as they gathered by Teignmouth Pier and then set off enthusiastically in all directions.  As you can see, they are all very individual in their approach and choice of subject matter, and one artist was clearly influenced by the interesting sculpture trail displayed along the seafront.  Thanks is due to Deirdre who organises these sketching sessions.


Advance notice of next sketching day -



 Thank you all for coming along, it was a most enjoyable morning. I hope more club members will join us on our next sketching afternoon, which will be on Wednesday 29th August (after the Exhibition.


We will be meeting in the car park at Decoy Park, Newton Abbot at 2pm, so as well as a hat, light stool, sketching gear and a Mac, bring a snack for teatime.  I look forward to seeing you all there.


Happy sketching,





On Tuesday 10th July four enthusiastic sketchers from Newton Abbot were warmly welcomed by the staff of the Cliffden Hotel, Teignmouth. 


The Cliffden is under new management and both the gardens and hotel are beautiful and are being restored.  Virginia, Andrea, Lesley and Deirdre enjoyed the lovely surroundings in the warm weather as well as the delicious coffee and sandwiches at the cafe. 


Our next sketching day will be on Tuesday 24th July, meeting at Teignmouth Pier at 10.30 am.  I hope to see you all there.


Deirdre Stewart




Trago Mills Garden - Sketching Day  - Tuesday 26th June 2018




Orchid Paridise Mark 2 - Dec 2017

A second visit to Orchid Paradise at Burnham Nurseries was another success for our Sketching Group which is going from strength to strength


Orchid Paradise - 21Nov 2017

Another excellent Sketching Day this time at the Burnham Nurseries, Newton Abbot 

With so many choices of size,shape and colours it was difficult to decide where to start

A very enjoyable day was had not only sketching but increasing our knowledge of these exotic plants, and the lunch was very nice

Looking forward to our next day out, why not join us




Sketching at Dawlish Warren on Tuesday 12th September 2017


Report by Deirdre Stewart


The day dawned bright and sunny despite a forecast which mentioned showers, and apart from a light shower at 11am, stayed dry for us. After we had met up in the carpark in Dawlish Warren, we went off in all directions to sketch the dunes, plants, beach, headland, fun fair, people and the amazing stormy clouds.


We gathered together again at 12.15 at the Boathouse for a chat and tea and coffee and to compare notes on what we had been sketching which was very interesting. We then split up again to find a place to eat our sandwiches and to do some final sketches.


It was a lovely day, we were lucky with the weather, and I would like to say a big thank you to the people who supported me: Virginia, Gill, Eric, Jacquie, Kathie and Loveday. It was good fun and I hope to arrange an indoor sketching morning or afternoon in November.


Report From Deidre

On Tuesday, 6th August members of the Newton Abbot Art Group gathered at
, an Estate near Bovey Tracy run by the National Trust.  The occasional showers of rain did not deter them and some lovely sketches were produced.  The general feeling was that this is a great venue to sketch in, with avariety of subjects to study, as the photo shows, and they plan to return soon.  The Home Farm Cafe was pleasant too but it was a good idea to book a table as it was very popular.


Sketching at Parke
Sketching at Parke
Sketching at Parke
Sketching at Parke
Sketching at Parke
Sketching at Parke
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