Friday, 5 October 2018

Lion Demonstration in watercolour

Was lovely to be invited to the Ilford Art Society to give a demonstration. A local society that I joined and gave my first UK demo too, some years back. Very friendly society, always on the lookout for new members to join them. 

They requested a wildlife demo so I decided on one of my favourite animals, a lion in watercolours. 


Photo ref with thanks to  Pete Lambert on Unsplash


llford Art Society is highly respected in the local art community, with a history going back to 1925. Members range from beginners to experienced artists. The atmosphere at classes is informal, and there is a substantial social element to the Society's activities and committee life. We hold weekly classes on Wednesday evenings run by an experienced Tutor and exhibit regularly at a range of venues.

Once a month they host a painting demonstration, showing artists' materials and techniques. These are well supported and are always introducing new and exciting ideas. During the year a series of life classes are also arranged. Their online gallery showcases Members' work. Paintings are available for sale, and commissions can be undertaken by individual artists upon request. They have regular life and costume models. 

Members are free to either work from the model if they wish or to work on landscapes, still life or simply their own imagination - in a variety of materials of their choice.



Friday, 17 August 2018

"Somebody Cares"


NEW WORK

"Somebody Cares.........#Watercolour on Arches papers

This recently completed  painting was from a photo I took earlier this year in The Gambia.  We were on a day out with Sandy, who founded and runs Goal For The Gambia, visiting the school in Somita. Sandy took along some blankets that Maggie and the scouts had made for the sick and elderly in the village. She handed one of the blankets to the headteachers mother and I was lucky to capture the moment. Such simple, but much needed things give so much joy to the people of The Gambia.



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 Goal for The Gambia needs your help

June 27th
Disaster in Somita today. Huge winds and rain today has taken the roof off at both Bantangba nursery and the new school we built earlier this year. I am told at least 10 families have lost their roof too. We need to raise funds urgently to fix the two schools. I am waiting for estimates but on past experience it will be no less than £2000 each. Maybe more. Please, if you were thinking about donating anything to the charity can you do it now. Quickest way is through virgin money giving , donate now button at the top of the page. If you prefer to donate through out bank account please let me know and I will send you the details. Let’s get these schools fixed before more heavy rain comes and does even more damage. The students will also not be able to attend classes or do their end of year exams. Every pound donated will help. Thank you
In the photos below you can see Bantangba nursery on the left and Somita Arabic school on the left



July 1st
Update on the roof situation. The carpenter/roofer who we have used with great success in Kitty has been to Somita to assess the damage. Both roofs have to be completely replaced including the wood structure. Bantangba quote us D150000 ( £2500 roughly). And Somita Arabic school is d170000 ( £2750 ish) so we are looking for £5250. Thanks to Alison who did the Thames Walk and raised £500 for us and has agreed it can be used towards the repairs. We have also had some generous donations from supporters who saw the original post. We now have around £1000 in total, so still a way to go. Please share, donate if you and if anyone has any ideas for fundraising please let me know. We have to do these repairs urgently, both schools are our responsibility and if they are not done it will be the students who suffer. Many of them are due to sit national exams very soon. Thank you to everyone who has already donated. We will get this done but only with your help! Thanks xx


July 10th
Work has started on the two roofs despite heavy rain at times. We are still a long way short of the money we need to complete this work , we have raised £1125.74 so far, thank you to everyone who has donated so far. We still need another £4K and at the moment I am using money for other projects which of course means we need to replace that to continue with promised work. I just can’t leave the schools with no roofs! If you can spare a pound or two it will help! Never think your donation is too small to make a difference. Virgin money giving link to donate at the top of the page or if you prefer bank transfer send me a message and I will give you the details. Thank you very much x


July 24th 

Work has gone ahead , despite not having the money we need to do the work yet! We are borrowing money from our other projects while we continue to seek donations. We really had no choice but to go ahead. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! 


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If you would like to either, donate to the urgent work needed, sponsor a child/student or find out more about what the charity does. 
Please visit their website

You can also help by shopping online through easyfundraising and Amazon Smile
and it won't cost you a penny. 
Find out more



We are now registered for Amazon Smile. If you are purchasing anything through Amazon please click on our link. You then click on us by searching for Giving Opportunities to Achieve and Learn ( our registered name) and remember to shop on smile amazon each time. Your choice of charity only needs to be done once. It costs you nothing but could be amazing for us! Thank you x





Saturday, 4 August 2018

Elected a full member of the SWA


Thrilled, excited and honoured to announce that I have been elected as a full member of the Society of Women Artists.

The Society will also be hanging 4 of my paintings at this years exhibition. I would like to thank all the ladies who work tirelessly at the SWA and a huge thank you to all my family and friends, without who's continued comments, support and inspiration I wouldn’t have made it this far. 

From left to right: Emmeline,  Behind the eyes,  Somita girl
Bottom:  Punda milia


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Society of Women Artists 157th Exhibition

Exhibition Open: Tuesday 25 September at 4.00 to Sunday 30 September 10am to 5pm daily, closing at 3pm on Sunday 30 September


Monday, 23 July 2018

Monday, 2 July 2018

SEAW selected exhibition

SEAW selected exhibition

THE NEXT EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT BABYLON GALLERY, WATERSIDE, ELY FROM TUESDAY 16TH OCTOBER TO SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER.

This is a selected exhibition, open to member and non-members, the only proviso being that non-members have to be residents of East Anglia.For terms and conditions, For terms and conditions, click here.SUBMIT YOUR WORK HERE.Submissions open on the 25th of June and close on the 24th of September.


Sign up for our exhibition news if you would like to be informed of the details closer to the time.
Awards for 2018 are:
The Royal Watercolour Society Award
The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Award
The Sorrell Award
The Tindalls Rosebowl Award
The Brush Award for a painting that displays brush expertise
The Daniel Smith Watercolour Award for outstanding use of colour
The Daniel Smith Watercolour Award for innovative use of watercolour
The St Cuthbert Mill Award for an outstanding pure watercolour
The Babylon Arts Award
The SEAW Members Award
The Tindalls Awards

View the winners of the Selected Works Exhibition 2017 Awards here:

Thursday, 17 May 2018

New Tiger Painting - SEAW Exhibition

Just put the finishing touches on this New Tiger painting, ready for the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists members Spring Exhibition. Be sure to come along and take a look, full of very talented watercolour artist.



It will be held at The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk from Friday 25th May to Wednesday 30th May. @eastanglianwatercolourists



Saturday, 13 January 2018

Pre-selected for the RI. . . .

Pre-selected for the RI. . . . 


Thrilled to get this painting "Behind the eyes" pre-selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 206th Exhibition . Feel so honoured to even get it this far, fingers crossed for the next stage


With special thanks to the photographer for the use of his photo:  Donald Teel on Unsplash

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Charity Raffle . . . win an original watercolour

DONATE &WIN ONE OF MY ORIGINAL WATERCOLOURS



I am fundraising to support GOAL for The Gambia and the work they do to improve the lives of others, by raffling one of my original watercolours. The winner gets to choose from the paintings below.

From my first visit to the Gambia I had decided I wanted to sponsor a child and spent a long time researching for the right Charity. All my searches came back to one charity, Goal for The Gambia. We got in touch with Sandy, Founder and Trustee GOAL for The Gambia, who on our next visit, took us out for the day to show us the work they do, where they are now supporting five schools and a health clinic which serves more than 10,000 people.



We were taken aback by how far our mere £5.00 went, which is all it costs to sponsor a child to go to school, including uniform and books. And were consulted on what would happen if any was let over. I know, hard to believe that there would be anything left. 



We were particularly struck by the work being done in the clinic. What has already been achieved since they started helping the clinic is astounding. When I first entered the building I felt I was in a time zone, that of a wartime hospital, images you I would have seen on old TV films, I found it hard to imagine what it was like when they started, knowing the amount of work that had already been achieved. Please take a few minutes to read about what this charity does HERE  We decided then that we wanted to do what we could to help, which is where raffling one of my paintings came in. 


Amongst so many emotions we felt throughout that day, one of the things that struck was the transparency of how the charity is run and seeing that for ourselves first hand. 100% of every donation goes where it is supposed to. They do not fundraise for administration costs, instead relying on Gift Aid to fund these essential overheads. You can read more about them and the work they do by visiting their website Goal for The Gambia




You can donate and be in with a chance of winning one of my paintings with as little as £5.00 and know that it will go a long way to helping the children and the people there .   


If you donate, please make sure to either add your email to the message box as it will be needed if you win. If you would rather it didn't show on the charity page, please send it to me by email: contact@stephiebutler.com. I will also post the winners name on all social media, along with my website and blog. Thank you in advance for all those who donate and know how much it's truly appreciated. I thank you on their behalf. 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Society of Woman artist 156th Exhibition . . . Mall Galleries

I am delighted to have two paintings selected for the Society of Women artists at the Mall Galleries.


Exhibition Dates

Open to Public 4 July  4pm        6.30 – 8.30 SWA Fundraising Reception (free admittance with ticket)
5 – 9 July daily 10am – 5pm (closing 3pm last day)

Private View 10 am – 5pm Wednesday 5 July 2017
HRH Princess Michael of Kent, Royal Patron, arrives 11am to open the exhibition and present the awards.

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About the SWA and it's Exhibition

SWA 156th Annual Summer Exhibition at Mall Galleries, London SW1

Our Award-Winning professional artists will be showcasing over 400 2D and 3D works.  Together with the excellent facilities offered by the Federation and the experienced SWA Team we are able to stage an exhibition that shows contemporary and traditional art in unique galleries in the heart of London enabling us to ‘show off’ this diversity at its best.  Vivid colours vie with animated sculptural figures; dark and light provide passion and calm and exquisite drawings which need no description also play a part in this year’s show.

There will be a workshop and demonstrations during the Exhibition when one of our top sculptors, Hazel Reeves MRBS SWA will be sculpting a clay portrait in the gallery with a live sitter.  Hazel’s maquette of Emmeline Pankhurst will be on display and we are pleased to announce that she has won the commission to sculpt Emmeline for St. Peter’s Square in Manchester.  Hazel was responsible for the monumental bronze of Sir Nigel Gresley at King’s Cross Station.

The Society of Women Artists has evolved into a modern tradition, popular as ever and we are here to stay.  Many of our artists tackle some of the more sinister aspects of the world whilst others are quite adept at showing the beauty that is still around us with humour and a remarkable grasp of the environment.

This year the launch of our Young People’s Initiative hopefully will be the beginning of our plans to further raise funds to enable us to carry on our policy of encouraging and nurturing our artists of the future.  We need to attract more young people to a Society that would like always to be able to offer help and advice as well as the opportunity to exhibit in London and further afield.

We continue our collaboration with the Breast Cancer Now Charity who will be holding their own Special Preview Evening with SWA members. We have worked with BCN for many years and we are proud to have been able to donate to this worthy cause.

Please join us at a special Champagne Reception Tuesday 4 July 6.30 – 8.30 to help us launch the SWA Young People’s Initiative.  Rosemary Shrager is Guest of Honour and there will be live jazz.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Netherlands 2 DAY Workshop 2017 . . . Portraits in Watercolour



This year my Dutch workshop will be further south in the town of Breda.

I will show you how I build up the face with gentle shapes of colour, working instinctively to make your work unique each time you paint.

 There are still a few spaces available, so if you would like to join me and learn how I paint portraits in watercolour, just drop me a line HERE



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