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The March meeting of Lower Withington WI was 'Members Night'. The Committee could enjoy the evening from the 'back benches' whilst other members conducted proceedings.

The evening opened with the singing of Jerusalem accompanied on keyboard by Susan Lewis; who had practised all week and was, note perfect.

Our President, for the evening, Lisa Kennerley, wished Molly a Happy Birthday for her special birthday the following week, and a basket of spring flowers was presented to Molly.

Lisa then introduced our speaker for the evening, Allie Pottinger, a local Cheshire watercolour artist.

Allie explained her love of drawing from an early age and had gone on to study for a degree in illustration. She has worked as an illustrator on various magazines in London & Chester, and after getting married and starting a family, Allie now works from her home in Cheshire. She takes commissions to paint homes, pets and livestock and shows her work at exhibitions, as well as running watercolour workshops in and around Cheshire.

Allie's passion for painting the natural world is obvious and she told us how she carries a sketchbook with her at all times, so as to never miss the moment or view. Her brushes range from a 90p synthetic brush to a £50 sable haired brush; which her husband is convinced must be 'unicorn hair' due to the cost.

She then went on to demonstrate the technique for watercolour painting; showing us the different types of paper, how to use a colour wheel and wash the paper with water. But 'patience' is the key, as watercolour painting requires the colours to be built up slowly; waiting whilst each layer dr

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