I have now been painting for over 20 years and still love it.  I have been a member of Cartmel Art Society during most of this time, being Secretary, Chairman and President over the period.   Our Exhibition is a very special time when all the Society comes together to put on a wonderful display of not only paintings, but flowers as well.

Carol Whiteley

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I always wondered if I could paint in  watercolour after having had no formal training.  In 1994 I decided to attend a local authority night class.  I came home with my first attempts at drawing and we all laughed. In 1996 I joined Cartmel Art Society, mainly because they wanted a Secretary. When the Exhibition was due one of the older members encouraged me to put a painting in for sale. When I went to show him what I had put in I nearly went through the roof - it had a red dot (sold!) To think someone parted with their hard earned money to buy something I had painted was elating.  I have since been on many courses with Judith Milne, Helen Schofield, Eric Gleave, Louis Morton, Ann Blockley, Kate Bentley, and latterly Janette Phillips to mention but a few.  I love our Art Society, we have many workshops and I have made so many friends of like minds.

I love watercolour, but really enjoy experimenting with various mixed media.  Collage and acrylic inks being one of my favourites and paintings which bring a smile to your face.  In our Art Society we have lots of varied workshops and I have so many like-minded good friends to enjoy them with.  Painting is something you never stop learning.  I have attended many courses including Kate Bentley, Janette Phillips and Soraya French to name but a few.

In my school days art was of no interest to me.  But as time passed and the family left home I really wanted to paint in watercolour.  I decided to attend a local authority night class.  I came home with my first attempt at drawing, it was not good, but I was hooked.

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