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Monday, 30 April 2012

Spotlight - Oil Color Palettes

 American spelling...

I love this blog - illustrator Aaron B. Miller keeps a log of the various palettes of oil painters, ranging from 16th Century artists right through to present day ones. The blog's description reads:

"As a painter I often hear mention of colors the masters used in our past. Then when trying to find those palettes I tend to come up short on information. So, now when I do track down that information I have a place for it that I can share with everyone as well. Feel free to send me a color palette of a painter that I have not found or even corrections to the ones I have posted if I'm off in any way.

From this information you can try out some colors you may not have given thought to. And many artists will also tell you they don't put out every color in their palette for every painting. I'm a huge fan of the limited palette."

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!

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Road closure notice for talk on 3rd May

Due to the Ludlow May Fair Festival (6pm 2nd May to midday Tues 8th May), King Street, High Street, and the Bull Ring will all be closed over this period, so there's no way of parking either in Mill Street or Castle Street carpark, or of getting up to the Assembly Rooms from Broad Street, Wycliffe or King Street.

Thanks to Susanna Checketts for the information.

Ludlow Life Drawing Group's Summer Landscape Visits

There's now a page on this blog covering the Ludlow Life Drawing Group's summer landscape painting sessions. It's linked to from the What's On section, above, and you can also find it by clicking the link below:

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Upcoming - Ros Garratt's Lino-cut Landscapes

On 3rd May, Ros Garratt is coming in to give us a talk on lino-cut landscapes. Here's her artist's statement:

"As an artist I have tried to put together a collection of images that reflect the different life forms and ways of life around us. I like to view the world as an opportunity to create images that will draw our attention to the beauty of the everyday or ordinary things.

I am often drawn to landscape painting. I live in a very beautiful part of Wales, a very beautiful little country. I also have lived for a short time in Scotland on a remote island off the west coast.
My feeling is that we are affected by the geography of where we live and I suppose that is the sole reason that I want to paint it…because it affects me, it motivates me, it continuously surprises me and it has many moods. It is always changing and presents itself to me differently all the time. Sometimes it is just so lovely I just want to ‘tell it like it is’, sometimes a tree or rock will make itself remarkable to me, with real personality. That is why my paintings are all quite different. I have tried to arrange them in character groups in the hope that they will amuse the onlooker.

I have been painting in this way all my life, usually as a response to landscape. My work has included watercolour and oils and more recently printmaking in the form of lino-cuts using multiple layers of colour. I am largely self taught although I did attend Hereford College of Art in the 1980’s to complete 2 part time courses in Arts and Design followed by Fine Art, obtaining an HND. More recently I have had a lot of help from friends. In particular another painter who lives near me in Wales called Niel Bally. I am now 57 years of age and as a woman running a busy family life and small farm work really hard to create time in my life for my work as a painter, there are so many other responsibilities and demands on my time. But for me it is essential that I keep trying to paint, draw and respond to the world through the mediums that I have been working hard at mastering, such as print making."

She's also kindly sent along some examples of her work:

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The 46th Church Stretton Arts Festival Open Exhibition

As part of the Church Stretton Arts Festival, there's an Open Exhibition of Art, Craft and Photography running from 24th July to 3rd August - if you've exhibited before then you've probably received your entry form for this year through the mail, but if it hasn't arrived or you haven't exhibited before then you can follow the link below for details and the relevant entry forms:

Forms must be received no later than 30th June.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Next week - plein air

Next Saturday we have our first plein air day of the year, and it'll be at Brockhampton. We'll meet at 10am and cary on until about 4pm.

Fingers crossed for good weather!

Monday, 9 April 2012

LAS Spring Exhibition 2012

7th - 15th April 2012
at The Harley Centre, Castle Square, Ludlow
10.00am to 5.00pm daily.

The first of three Exhibitions we're running this year, and with an array of spotlights for the first time, the Spring 2012 show was opened by master violin maker Marc Soubeyran, and once again featured not only entries from LAS Members, but also works from the children's Saturday morning SMArt club.

Preparing for the Exhibition:



The paintings mounted, prior to the opening:

The Exhibition open to the public:

SMArt Press Release

Children from SMArt – the Saturday morning kids’ arts and craft club run by Tanith Kinton at Ludlow Assembly Rooms – have been hard at work producing their entries for this year’s Ludlow Art Society Spring Exhibition.

In addition to showing off a large selection of original work in various mediums by society members, the show will feature a special display of the SMArt youngsters work based on an armorial theme.  In addition to creating individual designs for medieval coats of arms and native American medicine shields, the children – who range in age from 8 to 14 - have been encouraged to also produce a short description of the creative thought behind their designs.

The smArt kids show off their entries for this year’s LAS Spring Exhibition

Thanks to George Loades for providing the photos of the Exhibition, and Derek Plant for providing the information about SMArt.

We hope to see you for our second show this year - the Diamond Jubilee Exhibition on 2nd - 5th June.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Pictures from Sam Manley's Digital Demo

It was a good evening, with quite a few people turning up - we needed extra chairs to accommodate everyone!

Here are some pictures from the demo, taken by Tom Crowe - thanks, Tom! Click to enlarge:

It was a privilege to be invited to show some of my process like this.
If you'd like to see more of my work, you can visit my sketch blog at and my portfolio at

Next month, on Thursday 3rd May, we've got Ros Garratt coming in to talk about lino cut landscapes.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

13th Summer School

The 13th Summer School is now taking bookings - it's an opportunity to get 3 days of intensive tuition, drawing or painting in any medium.

There will be two one-hour sessions in the morning with a half-hour break for coffee, then one hour for lunch and a further two one-hour sessions in the afternoon with a half-hour tea break. Please bring any materials you need including easels and boards. Numbers are limited so it's advisable to book early.

Portrait - 3rd, 4th and 5th August 2012

In the three-day concentrated course we shall be looking at the different aspects of the human head, working from a choice of two models. Teaching will be on an individual basis. Areas covered will include structure, tone, colour, materials and technique.
Any inquiries to Chris Bean on 01584 841668
Tutor: David Donne NDD, ATD

Still Life - 10th, 11th and 12th August 2012

A three-day workshop with several different set-ups to choose from, including plants, flowers, natural history specimens, garden implements, beach debris and household items. We will consider the possible compositions and then spend the rest of the time working on a complete painting. Shape, texture and form will be studied and tuition will be on an individual basis so is suitable for all abilities. For surfaces, A2 at least or similar is advised, and an easel if you have one. It will be possible to sit or stand to work.
Any inquiries to
Tutor: Angela Gladwell

Life Drawing - 17th, 18th and 19th August 2012

This is an opportunity to make a complete life painting of the model in a setting. The three-day workshop will begin with a series of studies to explore the various possible compositions and then to work on a thorough drawing considering the shapes, structure and essential lines of the pose. The rest of the time will be for working on the main painting so please bring an A2 board and paper for drawing and a canvas or board or paper with an easel if you have one, and also your painting and drawing materials of choice.
Short poses will come towards the end of the sessions as people have their eye in better at the end of the day, they are more relaxed and it gives a fresh impetus after long concentration. It will be possible to sit or stand for work.
Any inquiries to
Tutor: Angela Gladwell

For further information on Summer Schools, contact Chris Bean on 01584 841668

You can book by phone using a credit or debit card through the Ludlow Assembly Rooms Box Office on 01584 878141

New Membership Forms

The forms page has been updated with new Membership forms - just adding a few questions about what you'd like to get out of joining the LAS.

The Spring Exhibition forms will stay up until the handing-in date, so you have the details available if you cannot find your sheet.

This year, we're pleased to welcome master violin maker Marc Soubeyran to open the Spring Exhibition. The private view is on Saturday 7th April, from 10am to 12pm, after which the Exhibition is opened to the public.