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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.