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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

National Dance Company Wales Life Drawing Opportunity

This email came in earlier today, I'm sharing it word-for-word:

"Hi Sam!

I thought I’d let you know about a great little life drawing opportunity.

National Dance Company Wales are visiting Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury on 19th November 2012 at 7.30pm. Anyone that buys a ticket is able to attend Watch Dance Class free at 12.45-2pm.

Watch Dance Class is a unique opportunity to view, draw, photograph and record world class contemporary dancers in action. In the 75 minute class, you will be allowed to capture, from life, the body in motion, in any way you see fit. Bring your materials and get creative.

You can book by calling the box office or visiting the Theatre Severn website.

Thank you for your time! I Hope this interests you.

My best,
Megan Pritchard
Office Assistant
Cynorthwy-ydd Swyddfa
National Dance Company Wales
Cwmni Dawns Cenedlaethol Cymru"

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Spotlight - Building Harmonious Color [sic] with Howard Lyon

This month's Spotlight post focuses on colour relationships. Illustrator Howard Lyon has written a blog post covering his present approach to colour harmony, and it's very interesting. Take a look!

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!

Monday, 29 October 2012

Upcoming - 2nd Ludlow Sketchcrawl

For the 2nd Ludlow Sketchcrawl, I thought I'd give a few details in case anyone wasn't sure how they're run.

We muster at 10am at the Buttercross, and head off somewhere to do some sketching. We then meet up for a coffee, then head to the second location. We break for lunch (probably at a pub, but you can bring your own), then go to the final location, finishing at about 4pm. If it's raining then we'll go to cafes, pubs and maybe somewhere like inside St Lawrence's Church.

If anybody turns up late, there'll be a notice taped to the Buttercross saying where we'll be.

The sketchcrawls are run on the first Saturday of the month, so it's this coming Saturday. Contact details are given in the 'What's On' section at the top of the blog, and there's no fee - just turn up with your kit and sketch with us!

Hope to see you there!

Don't forget, we've got George Loades giving a watercolour demo at our monthly meeting this Thursday.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Acre of Art Closing Down

I've just been told that the Acre of Art will be closing down at the end of the month. It follows that their Christmas Open Competition is also no longer happening.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Cancelled Portrait Workshop

John Davenport is teaching a portrait course at the RBSA Gallery - this may be of particular interest to anyone who was looking forward to his now-cancelled portrait workshop.

All the details can be found here:

Friday, 19 October 2012

*Updated* Urgent - John Davenport Workshop

Update - unfortunately, the place was not filled and the workshop has been cancelled.

This workshop is still one place short of the 12 required, and will be cancelled if that place is not filled by about 3pm - 4pm this afternoon!

The form is given again below, and if you'd like a place please contact Jean Simnett (details at the bottom of the form).

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Sam Manley at AetherCon, Live Digital Painting

This one really is different!

I've been invited to be a guest artist at the AetherCon Online Tabletop RPG Convention, 16th-18th November. Each day I'll be online for 3 hours, and during the middle hour there'll be a live stream to my desktop, so you can actually watch me paint in real time. The idea is for people to be able to text chat questions to me, and I'll be responding via microphone headset.

The times are:
    Friday     9pm - 12am (painting 10pm - 11pm)
    Saturday 6pm - 9pm   (painting 7pm - 8pm)
    Sunday   7pm - 10pm (painting 8pm - 9pm)

The link is here:
I'll be in Booth 14, which will go live at the time. You can check out all the other artists who will be there, and see when they'll be online (all times are given in EST, which is GMT -5).

It'd be great to see you there!

Little Hereford Christmas Fair

Little Hereford Christmas Fair - 25th November 2012

Call for entries

Following the current trend for “Artists Trading Cards” (ATC’s) and “Art Cards, Editions and Originals” (ACEO’s), this year’s Christmas Fair will have a small exhibition of local artist’s work that will be available to buy.

Size must be either 3.5” x 2.5” (8.9cm x 6.3cm) or 6” x 4” (15.3cm x 10.2cm). 

Although unframed work is preferred, work may be mounted but not framed and, due to lack of space, large mounts are not appropriate.  All work must be covered in clear cellophane (or similar) with the artists name, title of the work, medium and price on the reverse.

Any number of pieces may be submitted but they must be accompanied by a list also showing: 

·       artists name;

·       title of the work;

·       medium; and

·       price.

No entry fee will be charged but an appropriate donation the Church and Village Hall on any sales is suggested.  (20% or more would be appreciated).

Initially, please submit a numbered list of intended entries together with full details of your name, address, telephone number and e-mail to Jean Simnett Oak Barn, Upper Upton, Little Hereford, Ludlow SY8 4BB or to by 16/11/12

Entries, also with list, should be delivered to Jean, at her home, on Saturday 24th November between 09.00 and 12.00 noon.

Unsold entries to be collected from Jean after 12.00 noon on Monday 26th November; or by prior arrangement with Jean 01584 711877

Please note that no responsibility for loss or damage will be accepted.

Upcoming - George Loades' Talk

On November 1st, LAS Committee Member George Loades is going to give us a demonstration of his watercolour technique. It's the usual time, 7pm for 7.30pm.

Here's an example of George's work:

See you there!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Acre of Art Christmas Open Competition

All the details are here. Click to enlarge.

Also, don't forget we have our final workshop of the year, portraits with John Davenport, on Saturday 3rd November. You can find application forms on the Membership and Exhibition Forms page to the right.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

SmArt Press Information

"It was thumbs up all round when Ludlow Art Society chairman, Alan Hobbs, presented prizes to children from SmArt, the Saturday morning kids' art and craft club run at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms by Tanith Kinton.

The kids – who range in age from nine to fourteen – had all exhibited their work at the LAS Summer Show held at the Harley Centre at the end of August.  The show attracted almost six hundred visitors.

"Great to see the range of talent exhibited by the smArt kids", said Alan Hobbs. "I was particularly impressed by their use of an extensive range of mixed media to illustrate a wide choice of subject".  Of special note were Allanah Griffiths-Sergeant's "Eye of the Dragon", Eryn Lawley's mosaic entitled "Portrait of My Mother", and nine year-old Tia Lello's "The Lady of Shallot"."

 LAS chairman Alan Hobbs with the SmArt exhibitors and in particular prize winners 13 year-old Allanah Griffiths-Sergean (third left), 9 year-old Kyle Taylor (first left), and 12 year-old Juliette Watkins (second left).

For further information please contact
Derek Plant on 01584 811894

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Pictures from Peter Horrocks' Talk

Before Peter began, Chairman Alan Hobbs presented Aerona Egerton with a bottle of wine as a prize for having painted the most popular picture in our Summer Exhibition. Further bottles will be given to Rob Leckey and Lesley Connolly for second and third place respectively.

Peter brought along examples of various ochres, which he presently uses exclusively in his paintings. He talked us through his materials, and demonstrated various techniques on a painting he worked on.

Next month, on 1st November, Committee Member George Loades gives us a watercolour demonstration to round out the year's talks.

104 Films Workshop Birmingham 16th October

This one's a little different, as the LAS doesn't usually cover anything to do with films.

They say: "104 films are looking for some up-and-coming talent to attend our free film workshops in Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol over the next two months. The workshops are aimed at filmmakers with disabilities or learning difficulties aged eighteen and over from all levels - whether they have made a film, are keen on film, or just curious - we want to hear from them!"

Details from their flyer:

Invitation for New and Emerging Disabled Film Talent to a Film Workshop

Date Tuesday 16th October 2012

Venue Forward 4 Work, 6 Inkerman Street, Nechells, Birmingham  B7 4SB

Time 11am-5pm

Lunch will be provided at 12.30pm in the venue
About the Workshop

Our workshop will tell you about our work at 104 Films, and tell you how to get your career in the TV and film industry moving. We’ll have a masterclass with Steve Rainbow, Director of NFA.

We’ll do a film directing workshop with actors and camera to show you how a director works with script, performance and image and everybody will have a chance to direct.

This workshop will fill you with confidence, inspiration and show you how to start making films and working in the industry.The workshop will be led by Alex Usborne (Producer and MD of 104 Films) with Anna Savill (Producer ofNFA)running the directing workshop.

Who the Workshop Is For

You must be 18 or over for this workshop. We are looking for new and emerging disabled film talent. So if you want to make films, have started making films or just want to learn more, this workshop is for you.

How to Apply

Just send us an email at and we will be in touch. Please let us know if you have any dietary, access or support requirements when you book.

This workshop is free.

September to December at Acre of Art

Well, there's a lot to keep up with here! Click the image to enlarge it.