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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Spotlight - 200 Russian Painters

First off - have a great New Year's Eve, and in, advance, Happy New Year!

I ran across this website about a month ago, and was hugely impressed. There aren't too many names you're likely to be familiar with, but the quality and variety of subjects is stunning. Most, if not all, of the paintings are also in very high resolution, so you can get a good look at the detail.

Here's the link:

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to - please note that this isn't for self-promotion!

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Warning - possible scam

This email has been sent round by Artists and Illustrators:

Dear all,

Thanks to a couple of eagle-eyed Portfolio members, it’s come to our attention that a suspicious character by the name of ‘Steven Caddae’ is contacting our members.

He is offering to buy paintings via PayPal and should NOT be trusted. It is almost certainly a scam.

For your own security, please do not give out your private information to this man.

Kind regards,
Artist & Illustrators

Any LAS members contacted by 'Steven Caddae' should follow the same advice. Thanks to Lee Anderson for the heads-up.

Friday, 2 December 2011

LAR Publicity Officer Retiring

Dido, the publicity officer at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms, will be retiring this month. She's been a great help to us over the years, and the LAS would like to thank her for her work and wish her all the best for the future.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Val's Watercolour Workshop Revisited

Val Alexander kindly sent over some photos of the watercolour workshop she ran in November - here they are:

Thanks, Val!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Spotlight - Handprint: Watercolour and Watercolour Painting

This may be the most comprehensive watercolour resource on the web, and since we've just had a couple of watercolour workshops, it seemed an appropriate time to Spotlight it!

It's a massive site, but well worth investing some time in - the Papers, Brushes, Paints, Palettes, Technique and Colour Theory pages may be of particular interest.

Here's the link:

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to - please note that this isn't for self-promotion!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The John Ruskin Prize

This may be worth looking at (click to enlarge):

There's more information about The Campaign for Drawing on their website:

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Programme for 2012

Our Programme for 2012 is now on the blog, with a button to the right. We've two celebrity talks this year, a day out to a sculpture park, and several illustrated talks / demonstrations lined up, as well as our usual exhibitions, plein air days, workshops and our annual lunch.

We hope you can join us!

Here are the details:

We hold evening meetings in The Studio at Ludlow Assembly Rooms, unless otherwise noted. Meetings begin at 7.30pm, and there's no meeting in January, August or December.

Monthly meetings cost £3 for non-members, £2 for members.

Click to enlarge:

Monday, 14 November 2011

David Bellamy exhibition

David Bellamy, who gave our Celebrity Lecture this year back in March, has an exhibition of paintings of Snowdonia, Clwyd & Pembrokeshire on in Siop y Siswrn, 6-8 New Street, Mold, Clwyd CH7 1NZ.

The exhibition runs until the New Year, with opening hours of 9.30am - 4.30pm all days except Thursdays and Sundays.

Don't forget that in addition to his website (which you can find in our links section to the right) both David and his partner, Jenny, run their own art blogs:


Sunday, 13 November 2011

Val Alexander's workshop

Despite a few difficulties getting into the hall to begin with, the workshop was very well received - Val's generosity in sharing her tips and techniques was much appreciated, and there were several requests for the event to be repeated!

We should also soon have the programme for next year ready, with our our usual mix of illustrated talks, demos, plein air days and workshops, so keep an eye out for it!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Top Hat Tours - Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Top Hat Tours is organising a coach trip to go to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on Thursday 24th November, but the last day to sign up is this coming Thursday, 10th November.

Details are at

In memoriam - Jean Williams

 The Committee and members of the Ludlow Art Society would like to express our deep sadness at the passing of Jean Williams, who died on the morning of Saturday 5th November. She had been a true friend to many of us, was a tower of strength, and will be greatly missed.

She will be cremated at the Shrewsbury crematorium on 17th November, and there will be a special service for her at St Lawrence's Church, in Ludlow, on 19th November at 11am.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Pictures from Two Rivers Paper demo and talk

Many thanks to Neil Hopkins of Two Rivers Paper, who travelled all the way from Somerset to explain how paper is made, show us the materials involved, actually make some paper, and explain how various media work on different kinds of paper, particularly with regard to the sizing used.

Here's a link to their website:

That's it for this year - we're starting again in February with a talk on Chinese brush painting!

Cleobury Mortimer Festival of Art 2011

 Click the flyer to enlarge:

In case some of the details are a little  hard to read on the flyer, here they are:

Admission: £1 (includes light refreshments)
For entry forms, contact S Prentice (tel: 07989 475589, or email:
This is in aid of the Methodist Church and St Mary's Youth Project.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Tomorrow - 4th Sculpture Symposium "In Conversation"

This is short notice, but looks very interesting. All the information you need is on the flyer:

Clare Woods Exhibition at the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery

This was just passed on to me by Lee Anderson. Perhaps members would be interested in going?

The Hepworth Wakefield has a major exhibition by Clare Woods, exploring her interest in the power and history of rock formations in the British landscape, and its various manifestations in the works of artists such as Hepworth, Moore, Sutherland, Piper and Nash. Her large-scale paintings (approximately 10 metres in length) use layers of enamel paint on aluminium. Some of you will know Clare who now lives in Kington. An edition of lithographic prints is on sale in the Hepworth shop that Clare made on our litho press here at The Rodd. There will also be time to visit the Collection Galleries showing the breadth of Hepworth’s work as well as the context in which she worked, her peers and predecessors (Moore, Epstein, Brancusi). The Hepworth Wakefield is a beautiful new gallery, winner of the 2011 British Design Awards.

Coach trip date: Saturday 26th November

Departure point: Leominster Broad St long stay car park
Departure time: 7.00am – it’s early, but allows us to stop for coffee on the way up and make the most of the day
Hepworth Wakefield : 11.30am-1pm/1.30pm
YSP: 1.30pm/2pm-5pm
Return time: approx 9.30pm
Cost: £ 20 (cheques payable to Sidney Nolan Trust); admission to both galleries is FREE; bring food / drink / money for cafes and shops; limited no. of places for under 18s @ £10
Booking deadline: please let us know asap if you are interested in coming along – lots of interest has been expressed so we could be full! Please confirm by 18th Nov.
To book please contact Amanda Fitzwilliams by email ( or ring 01544 260149.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Reminder - last evening meeting of the year!

Don't forget that tomorrow evening we have our last meeting of 2011, and we welcome Two Rivers Paper to give us a talk on paper making.

Hope to see you there!

Castle Artists' November Exhibition

The next exhibition of the "Castle Artists" will take place over the weekend of 25th to 28th November at The Three Tuns Inn, Salop Street, Bishop's Castle.

The exhibition is not just paintings but will include paintings, photographs, textiles, woodworking, jewellery, pottery, prints and sculpture, and will open with a preview evening on Friday 25th November from 6:30 to 8:30pm to which all are invited.

The exhibition will continue on -

Saturday 26th from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday  27th from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Monday  28th from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Contact for the exhibition - Dru Cole.
Tel:      01588 638458

Monday, 31 October 2011

Hallowe'en Spotlight - Dark Classics

This seems an appropriate offering for the time of year - the Dark Classics blog, featuring macabre artwork from the past. Burne-Jones, Rackham, Durer, Bosch, Munch and Dore are present, but they're only a small selection of the artists you can find here.

Here's the link:

Happy Hallowe'en!

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to - please note that this isn't for self-promotion!

Monday, 10 October 2011

LAS Press Release - SmART club

From Lee Anderson, LAS Publicity Officer:

It was smiles all round when Alan Hobbs, chairman of the Ludlow Art Society, presented prizes to youngsters from SmART, the Saturday morning art Arts and crafts club run by Tanith Kinton at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms.

LAS chairman, Alan Hobbs, and society exhibition organiser, Ruth Tune, with the SmART youngsters at the award presentation. From left to right: Joni Howe, Juliette Watkins, Rosie Harding, Rose Gifford, Eryn Lawley, Lana Ambrazas, Martha Baylis, and Emma Gifford.

The youngsters had entered their artwork in a special competition held as part of the LAS 65th annual summer show, which took place in the Harley Centre in late August.

Broken into two categories – work from those aged under eleven and those eleven and over – the seventeen entries in the competition were judged by artist, Claire Spencer.

Particularly happy with the outcome was ten year-old Rose Gifford, who not only took a “highly commended” award for her “Dancing Flowers” entry, but also sold her “Colour Strands” painting to a buyer from one of the 877 visitors to the summer show during the ten days it was open.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Croft Castle plein air

We have another plein air day coming up at Croft Castle on the 10th, and we'll meet in the car park at 10.30am.

I hope you can make it!

Pictures from June Forster's talk

June explained her working methods, the changing nature of her process, and challenged us to match a series of greyscale printed thumbnail brushmarks with the paintings she'd brought in, with the quickest walking away with some of her smaller pieces!

Next month, on the 3rd November, we have a talk on paper making from Two Rivers Paper.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Spotlight - Dick Blick

Previously, Spotlight has highlighted websites for inspiration and tutorials. This time it's an art supply site, but that's not why it's here.

Dick Blick (a large US art supply company) has a website which provides a picture of the contents of each tube of paint they sell. Given that most of the brands you can get over here in the UK are listed, it's extremely useful to be able to see exactly what the paint looks like. With watercolours, you see heavy and diluted applications; with gouache, you see full application and 50% tint; with acrylic and oil, you see heavy application, medium application and 50% tint. Each paint entry also has details of the pigments used.

Hopefully this will be useful next time you're picking up a new colour!

Here's the link:

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to - please note that this isn't for self-promotion!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Keith Noble workshop update

One person has cancelled their place in the Keith Noble watercolour workshop (this Saturday at Culmington Village Hall), so now's your chance to get in!

If you're interested, please contact Jean Simnett on 01584 711877 for details.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Annual Dinner

Don't forget to get your forms in for our Annual Dinner, if you haven't already! It's being held on 14th October at Broadfield Court, Hereford.

For those interested, there'll be a chance to do some painting in the morning before lunch, and we hope you'll bring along a picture that you either couldn't or wouldn't sell for a 'show and tell' afterwards!

Painting begins at 10am, lunch at 12.30pm

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Upcoming - June Forster talk

On Thursday 6th October we have June Forster giving a talk on "Landscape, Real and Imagined".

 June has kindly sent along some samples of her work:

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Summer Exhibition favourites

This year, we asked visitors to our Summer Exhibition to vote for their favourite picture, if they wanted to.

The results are in, and the three most popular pictures were:

1) Keith Noble's "Staithes, A Bird's Eye View"
2) Daphne Willet's "Summer Rose"
3) Val Alexander's "Dinham Weir from the Mill, Ludlow"

However, votes were cast for 152 of the 267 pieces on show, with 132 of them being someone's first choice. The children's section garnered 3 votes, and it was good to see a selection of scultpures, glassworks and digital paintings scoring quite well, too!

Plein air reminder

Next Saturday (10th) we have our next plein air day, hosted by Ruth Tune. If you haven't gone plein air painting with us before, why not have a go? It's quite challenging, but it's a lot of fun! We usually start at about 10am - 10.30am.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Pictures from Dru Cole's talk

Dru covered a wide range of printmaking techniques, and brought with her some beautiful example fabrics. Here are some of the pictures:


Next month, on 6th October, we have June Forster giving a talk on real and imaginary landscapes.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Spotlight - Art Renewal Center

The American spelling is intentional!

This one's a real treat for anybody interested in representational painting - I've lost countless hours gazing at the many masterpieces on view (quite a few at very high resolution, too). Bouguereau? Check. Rembrandt? Present. Canaletto? Featured. Sargent? Zorn? Waterhouse? Alma-Tadema? Repin? Michaelangelo? Gainsborough? Dore? Klimt? Bierstadt? They're there, as are hundreds more, as well as the works of many the ARC regards as 'modern masters', such as Nelson Shanks, Jeremy Lipking, Donato Giancola, Yu-Tang Yang, Han-Wu Shen and Ann Morton.

Here's the link:

If it's a bit overwhelming, try the Museum Search feature, and type the name of your favourite master:

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to - please note that this isn't for self-promotion!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Exhibition progressing well

We've got more press coverage, this time from yesterday's Ludlow Advertiser and today's Shropshire Journal:

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Upcoming - Drusilla Cole talk

Just a reminder that on 1st September we have Drusilla Cole coming to give an illustrated talk on printmaking.

You can see some of Dru's work on her website:

LAS Watercolour Workshop spaces - Update

The last place for President's Workshop has now been filled!

Monday, 22 August 2011

LAS Watercolour Workshop spaces

The President's Workshop (Keith Noble, Sat 24th September) has one space left - grab it while you can! I'd have that last place myself, but I'm not a watercolourist...

Also, there are still a few splaces left for the Flower Painting Workshop (Val Alexander, Sat 12th November), so book now if you want to be there!

In the Exhibition post below there are examples of both Keith's and Val's masterful works (go and see the paintings in person!), so you can see why these workshops are worth attending.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Summer Exhibition 2011

20th - 29th August 2011
at The Harley Centre, Castle Square, Ludlow
10.00am to 5.00pm daily.

This year's Summer Exhibition has a high quality of paintings, once again showing a broad range of subject matter and media.

Here's a quick look around:

Alan (left) and Pat (right) were among the many people who helped to prepare the exhibition, which was opened by artist Claire Spencer (bottom):

The kids from the SMArt club had a couple of screens of their work, which Claire judged:

We had an increased number of displays on the craft tables this year, with sculptures and glassworks:

We also displayed some digital paintings, for the first time:

Hydra (left) and Strike (right) - Sam Manley - Photoshop CS5
Emerson St Napier, NZ (left) and Houseplant Study (right) - Bob Kirk - Painter X

Our President, Keith Noble, had a few screens of his work:


Here's a small selection of some of the other works on display:

Dinham Weir from the Mill, Ludlow - Valerie Alexander - watercolour
Mortimer Forest - Lee Anderson - etching
Pride and Prejudice - Peter Bamford - acrylic
Summer Rose - Daphne Willets - watercolour and pen
Young Sparrow on the Fence - Georgina Instone - oil
We hope to see you at our next exhibition in spring 2012!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

One week to go...

More publicity for the Summer Exhibition, this time in the Shropshire Star:

If you're entering anything, don't forget to bring it in on Friday 19th for hanging.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Looming Deadlines!

You've got your forms in for the Summer Exhibition, haven't you? The deadline's tomorrow!

The online forms will be taken down shortly afterwards.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

SmART and Exhibition Press Release

This has just been released by Lee, our Publicity Officer:

"The Ludlow Art Society is holding its’ 65th Annual Summer Exhibition at The Harley Centre, Ludlow, from 20th to 29th August.  This bumper show will include, for the first time, an Exhibition of artwork by youngsters aged 8-14 from SmART. SmART is a Saturday morning arts and crafts club run by Tanith Kinton at the Assembly Rooms, supported by the Art Society.

The nationally renowned artist Claire Spencer will open the 65th Exhibition and judge the SmART show. Prizes will be awarded in 2 categories for the under 11’s and over 11’s. The Society is looking forwarded to tremendous support from local members of the public and our visitors to Ludlow during the Exhibition period.  Many original art works will be available to purchase direct from the artists."

SmART kids having fun on a Saturday morning

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Spotlight: Temple of the Seven Golden Camels, and Bob Kirk's Tutorials

In the second "Spotlight" post, we've got two links again! You're spoiled rotten...

First up, the oddly named Temple of the Seven Golden Camels, by Disney artist Mark Kennedy - here you'll find a blog about filmmaking and storyboarding, covering quick sketches, anatomy (animals as well as people), the idea of complex vs detailed, and using as reference everything from classical paintings through to modern comic panels.

Here's the link:

Next up, Bob Kirk, former Chairman of the LAS, has on his website a page of tutorials covering mostly birds and landscapes.

Here's the link:

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to - please note that this isn't for self-promotion

Thursday, 28 July 2011

We made it in...

... and a stunning 23 seconds it was!

If you caught it, you can see why we couldn't paint in the exact spot Nicholas Crane's aunt painted her picture.

Nicely done, everyone!

Town with Nicholas Crane

On tonight, BBC 2, 9pm, the first episode of Town features Ludlow. A few months ago the film crew asked a group of artists from the LAS to come and paint up on Whitcliffe, so you may catch a glimpse of us (hopefully we didn't end up on the cutting room floor)!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

In print!

Our upcoming Summer Exhibition has been mentioned recently in the Shropshire Star and in Artists and Illustrators magazine - many thanks to Lee Anderson, our Publicity Officer. The clippings (click to enlarge):

Don't forget to get your entry forms in by 5th August at the latest!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Maggie Humphry's October Workshops

Maggy Humphry, who has spoken to us at a previous monthly meeting, and who has exhibited with us before, is running a couple of workshops in October - the first is 'Perspective', and the second 'From Drawing to Painting'. These will be held in Broseley, only about a 25 mile drive from Ludlow.

All details can be found on her website:

Sunday, 10 July 2011

LAS Watercolour Workshops - places limited!

Don't forget to submit your forms soon for the President's Workshop (Keith Noble, Sat 24th September) and the Flower Painting Workshop (Val Alexander, Sat 12th November) - places are going quickly!

Secret Hills Art Cafe Summer Festival 2011

There are a number of workshops being held soon by the Secret Hills Art Cafe -

Aug 1st - Drawing and Painting Angels, with Thelma Ayre BA and Liza Harding BA (hons)
Aug 2nd - Aquarelle Crayon and Watercolours, with Beverly Fry
Aug 3rd - Abstracting the Landscape, with Thelma Ayre BA
Aug 4th - Having Fun with Mixed Media, with Valerie Alexander NDD, SFP, ARBSA
Aug 4th - 3D and Simple Sculpture, with Sue Campbell BA (hons) and Liza Harding BA (hons)
Aug 5th - Crazy Patchwork, with Marietta Alker

Here are the posters (click to enlarge):

 They also have an exhibition at the Discovery Centre from 23rd July to September 18th - drop by and take a look!