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Friday, 30 March 2012

Spotlight - Muddy Colors: 10 Things to Remember About Training

American spelling again...

On the Muddy Colors blog (which I think is interesting to follow anyway), this post by multi-award-winning illustrator Greg Manchess caught my eye. Here's what he says about it:

"“10 Things” is a post of lists, things to keep in mind as you go along. This is a series I’ve begun, based on years of painting experience and research into origins of talent, and how the brain learns. Things about drawing, painting, learning, talent, building a portfolio, working in the business, etc.

There are parallels to all forms of creating. Painting is similar to writing, acting, playing an instrument. Even scientific endeavors follow paths which are similar to all idea creation. Yet, like everything else about being an artist, these things are not set in stone. Staying flexible and thinking against the norm are hallmarks for the painter, but it won’t be easy.

Challenge is the key element. This first list is based on how to keep yourself moving along, and learning."

Here's the link:

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Saturday, 24 March 2012

LAS in Paint Magazine

Paint, the Magazine of the SAA, featured the LAS in their March edition. Here's the clipping:

Don't forget, Friday 30th March is the the last day to get your entry forms in for the Spring 2012 Exhibition!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Upcoming - Sam Manley's Digital Illustration Demo

On Thursday 5th April I'll be briefly covering the tools I use in my professional work, and then doing a live digital painting demo.

Ahead of that, here are some examples of my work (click to enlarge):

Personal work
© Cubicle 7
© Cubicle 7
© Gunmetal Games

This is (I think) going to be the first time that digital painting has been demoed in Ludlow - I hope you can make it!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The Campaign for Drawing: Come Draw With Me at Leighton House

Yes, it's a bit far away, but it may be of interest to Members.

The campaign for drawing is organising the event:

Join four acclaimed artists (Eileen Cooper RA, Claude Heath, Andrew Logan and Glenn Sujo) for two hours of drawing in the spectacular surroundings of Leighton House for a special COME DRAW WITH ME! on Monday 16 April, 6.30- 9.00pm

Here's the link with all the details:

Spring 2012 Poster

Painted by Alan Hobbs and with type by Susanna Checketts, here's the poster for our Spring 2012 Exhibition (click to enlarge):

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Qube Open Art Competition

The Qube Open Art Compeition, sponsored by Morris Marshall & Poole, is returning in 2012 to coincide with their 10 year anniversary.

There's a £1000 prize for Best in Show.
The People's Choice Prize is exhibition space in 2013.


  • The theme this year is 'Celebrate' - artwork must be on this theme. This can be interpreted in any way.
  • Artwork can be 2d or 3d.
  • Work submitted can be any medium, such as illustration, textile, sculpture, watercolour, metal work or jewellery.
  • There is a £15 fee to enter the competition.

Deadline for entries is Tuesday 31st July 2012.

An exhibition of shortlisted entries will be held from 14th September - 13th October 2012.

How To Enter

Entry forms and the conditions of entry are available from Qube, by emailing or by visiting

For more information call Qube on 01691 656882 or visit at Qube, Oswald Road, Oswestry, SY11 1RB

Friday, 2 March 2012

LAS Call to Members!

At our AGM one of the things we discussed was what we can do to improve the LAS. If you're a Member, we'd love to hear your ideas if you couldn't make it to the AGM. What would you like to see the Society do, or do more of? Feel free to send any suggestions to me, using the email towards the end of this post, and your ideas will be passed on to the Committee.

Also, we're on the lookout for artists who'd like to set up their kit and do some painting during our Exhibitions. If you're interested, please send me an email and let me know when during our upcoming Exhibitions you'd be available.

I can be contacted at:

For next month's evening meeting, on 5th April, I'll be doing a digital illustration demo.