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Textures in nature

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Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith encourages participation in future art workshops.

Three special places rolled into one: an art society gathering; a workshop led by a bona fide talented artist; and the trees of the Lickey Hills in the form of a glorious photograph of nature, light and colour.

This was the experience of which 20 local residents took advantage recently – it could have been you.

Lickey Hills Art Society hosted the workshop at Longbridge Methodist Church, in a large hall comfortably accommodating the group of art creators.

The Society, celebrating its 35th year, invited DJ Johnson to lead his Textures in Nature acrylic workshop.

DJ is an exceptional, independent, freelance artist who loves to teach and enjoys connecting with artists, guiding them towards their own interpretations and styles.

He combines traditional techniques with contemporary suggestions, for example experimenting with ways one might hold a brush to achieve differing effects.

Trained as a mountaineer, one of DJ’s passions is the majestic outdoors and he suggested in conversation with me that readers who are eager for an extraordinary challenge could try one of his extreme outdoor painting workshops up amid the crags, ridges and glaciers. How about you?

Nature on our doorstep – the 20 distinct personalities, capturing emphatically their own impressions of the same Lickey Hills snapshot, were aware acutely that this incredible scene lay literally up the lane.

The power of the natural environment, manifesting itself in 20 unique visions. The energy of the landscape’s light and colour, snagging attentions.

When we walk through the woods, clocks seem to stop. In the Longbridge hall on this particular Saturday, how too the clocks seemed to stop. Absolute focus and pure art. What an atmosphere.

If there is a dormant artistic craving inside you, you may need to join in next time.

The group, who paid £25 each, included experienced and gifted artists but also beginners and, indeed, a painting first-timer. It was a friendly, supportive environment where all felt free to express their individual responses to the stimulus.

For more information on DJ Johnson, see To liaise with Lickey Hills Art Society, email Chairperson Jennie Wilson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit

Annual membership is £18 and the group meet at 7.30pm on the first Saturday of each month, except January.

To take a look at the prodigious creative output of the Society, head to Artrix through November – over one hundred pieces will be on display.

Artrix opening times are weekdays 9am to 2pm, Saturdays 10am to 2pm, and on performance evenings. Artrix is located on Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1GN.

Please get in touch if you would like me to write about an art event near you:
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Pictured above: Eddie Harris.

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