Women’s Institute - Local artist June Holman gave an insight into various techniques used in water colour paintings at the recent meeting of Nettleton and Moortown WI.
Her beautiful portraits exemplified how different paper surfaces and qualities affected the finished look.
The choice of paint in boxes, tubes and sachets, paint brushes in many shapes and sizes, and made from different fibres, such a squirrel and sable, all influence the final picture.
Sometimes a pure white may be required, and this could be obtained by clever use of masking tape.
It was an inspirational talk, illustrated with wonderful examples.
Plans were discussed on the joint celebrations with Caistor and Holton-le-Moor on the coming occasion of the group’s centenary in 2018.
Gardening club - At the October meeting, an interesting talk was given by Matthew Woodcock, who has worked for the Forestry Commission for 32 years.
He spoke about a variety of diseases and fungi attacking our native woodlands and causing much damage.
Some are the result of imported diseased plant material, including an instance of undesirable beetles brought in on wooden crates from China.
The UK is largely protected by being an island and by early containment and vigilance by the Forestry Commission.
Matthew recommended always buying UK-grown trees and wood products.