Picture the scene as artists take to the great outdoors

Members of Brighouse Art Circle have been out and about this summer capturing Calderdale’s countryside in paint.

Since June, the group’s outdoor painting sessions have featured Priestley Green, Brighouse canal basin, Wellholme Park and Shibden Hall.

Brighouse Art Circle holding outdoor painting session in the vicinity of Coley Church.'Back, from the left, Steph Sykes, Marion Nash and Robin Dance.'Front, Mary Dix, Margaret Clements, Sue Smith and Ernest Broughton.

Brighouse Art Circle holding outdoor painting session in the vicinity of Coley Church.'Back, from the left, Steph Sykes, Marion Nash and Robin Dance.'Front, Mary Dix, Margaret Clements, Sue Smith and Ernest Broughton.

A recent session at Coley found members painting the historic church and surrounding area.

Syllabus secretary Sue Smith said: “The outdoor painting sessions give members a chance to get out into the lovely Calderdale countryside over the summer and have a go at creating a picture of what they see.

“Next year we’re organising things slightly differently in that we will decide just the week before where we are going to go.”

Member Robin Dance said painting outdoors always presented a challenge.

Brighouse Art Circle holding outdoor painting session in the vicinity of Coley Church.'Robin Dance.

Brighouse Art Circle holding outdoor painting session in the vicinity of Coley Church.'Robin Dance.

“You’re painting against the clock and sometimes against the weather! It’s nice to go out with a group of people occasionally and getting the chance to swap ideas and advice.”

Mr Dance, who paints in oils, often takes photographs of the scenes he is painting and returns to the pictures later.

“I have got a box of small half-finished paintings and I sometimes go back to them and do some more work on them.”

Brighouse Art Circle’s registration evening is on Thursday, September 5 at Waring Green Community Centre at 7.30pm. New members are welcome.

The 2013/14 programme includes talks and demonstrations by Kaye Lycett, John Hargreaves, Matthew Evans and Paul Talbot-Greaves and David Newbould.

The group’s 66th annual exhibition will be held at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse, next spring.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Brighouse Art Circle should visit www.brighouseartcircle.co.uk