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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Spotlight - Light in Cinema

The last Spotlight of 2013 takes a look at Light in Cinema, which briefly explores some effective lighting and colour arrangements, techniques which are equally applicable to creating the right mood in your paintings.

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, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

We'd like to wish all our Members (and everyone else!) a very Merry Christmas!

Hope you get those art materials you've been after :)

Sunday, 15 December 2013

2014 Programme

We have an almost complete programme for 2014! A couple of items have yet to be finalised, but this will be updated as soon as they are. The link's to the right, the new button '2014 Programme'.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

LAS Fringe 2014 Update

A few points were discussed at last Wednesday's Fringe 2014 meeting, with the main points being:

  • There'll be an expanded Art Trail this year, possibly with a registration fee and commission taken to help make the Trail more self-sustaining.
  • The LAS' Art Market will return, with the possibility of portrait sketching taking place alongside the market.
  • We may have a paint jam this year - artists working outdoors on large boards.
  • Starting on Tuesday 3rd December, and every other Tuesday after that, there'll be an informal meeting for anyone who wants to be involved with the Fringe. This will take place at the Sitting Room, just above the Thai Box. I don't have an exact time, but I'd guess from about 7.30pm.

A lot is still up in the air (hence the 'may' and 'possibility'!), but it's beginning to come together. I'll keep you updated as things develop.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Spotlight - Duotone Illustrations

This month, Spotlight's taking a look at duotone illustrations, courtesy of the Muddy Colors blog. From the post: "Duotone is a printing process by which an image is created using just two colors. Traditionally, it is created by applying a single color halftone (usually blue, red or yellow) over a black halftone. Whites are achieved through the use of the paper's surface. The printing process is very simple, and extremely cost effective, making it a popular choice for projects where budget is a major concern, like newspapers and classic pulp magazines."

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.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Angela Gladwell's Painting and Drawing Course - Fabulous Creatures in Fabulous Places

From the Ludlow Museum Resource Centre's Spring 2014 Adult Education brochure:


Tutor: Angela Gladwell M Art (Royal College of Art)

An 18 week Painting and Drawing course to be held over two terms – 9 weeks in the autumn term and a further 9 weeks in the spring term.
Suitable for all abilities.

It is not essential to have attended the autumn term course. You can join this course for the spring term only as individual support from the tutor will be provided.

Observational drawing in the first term will be the backbone of the visual research that you will need for the second term. Taking inspiration from all the diverse specimens and artefacts that you will have been studying, you will invent fabulous creatures and put them into fabulous environments. This will allow for a great deal of individual creativity which can be in the form of a painting, drawing or mixed media.
Please bring basic drawing materials and A2 paper to the first session. Following that, participants will be provided with a detailed course sheet that will let them know what drawing and painting materials they will need for each week.

When: There is a morning or an afternoon class.
Spring term every Monday for 9 weeks starting on Monday 13 January 2014

10.00am – 12.30pm £96 per term to include refreshments

2.00pm – 4.00pm £77 per term to include refreshments
Places available

You can contact the Museum Resource Centre on 01584 813665

Monday, 25 November 2013

Art Trail Meeting update

It seems the Sitting Room will be occupied on 27th, so we're moving the meeting to 7.30pm at the Globe Inn, on Market Street (just off Castle Square).

Apologies for the change at short notice!

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Shrewsbury Networking Event

Networking Event!

Together with Shrewsbury Open Studios, Art Addict is hosting an evening of networking and socialising for Shrewsbury artists and professional creatives, where you can find out more about the plans for the Art Addict Studios and also plans for Shrewsbury Open Studios & Art Trail 2014. We would love for you to contribute your own ideas. You can also enjoy a glass of wine, some nibbles, and an early festive mince pie and a night of chatting and networking with other Shrewsbury artists!

Location - Darwin Community Centre, Frankwell, Shrewsbury (between the Little Boro Cafe and Pulse Hair Studio in Frankwell)
Date - Thursday, November 28, 2013
Time - 7:30pm until 9:30pm

We hope you can come along!

Also if you are interested in taking a Studio at the proposed Art Addict Studios in Shrewsbury Town Centre and haven't registered your interest with us please do so as we need to have an idea of how many artists may be looking to take a studio!

Kind regards
Jack Roberts MA
Managing Director Art Addict
Tel: 07904 918311

Friday, 15 November 2013

Art Trail Meeting

It looks likely that there'll be an Art Trail as part of the 2014 Ludlow Fringe Festival. If you'd like to have your work involved, or have suggestions to make (and this is open to both LAS Members and non-Members), then come along to a meeting at the Sitting Room (just above the Thai Box), 7pm, on Wednesday 27th November.

See you there!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Pictures from Rachel Ricketts' talk

Rachel brought along her sculpture 'Sleeping Horse', and took us through the processes involved in making it, including the armature creation, the clay and the casting.

Here are some pictures from the evening:

In addition, Rachel is holding an open studio weekend on Sat 30th November and Sun 1st December - anyone is welcome to come along and browse, or maybe pick up a sculpture at pre-gallery prices. There's also a drink and mince pie on offer! Her studio is at 54 Bridge Street, Kington, Herefordshire, HR3 3DJ. For more details, she can be reached at

Well, that's it! Our programme for 2013 is now over (save for Spotlight, which will keep going regardless), and we hope you all enjoyed it! We'll be back next year with more plein air painting / sketch days, exhibitions, and of course our evening meetings. We're also going to be a little more involved in the Ludlow Fringe Festival in 2014, so keep an eye out for updates!

Footprints and Hearts Gallery

Fiona at Footprints and Hearts gift/tea room outlet at the bottom of Corve Street has empty wall space and is looking for pictures to fill it. If anyone would like more information, please feel free to drop by and have a chat with her.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Castaway with Crostini!

This email came through from Presteigne Assembly Rooms, and may be of interest to LAS members:

Castaway with Crostini!
Saturday 9 November, The Assembly Rooms, Presteigne

Sculptor Mark Richards’ favourite discs will be presented by radio broadcaster Ian Marchant. During the evening a delicious Italian supper will be served (included in ticket price).

While talking with witty broadcaster Ian Marchant, Mark will share his comprehensive understanding of sculptural techniques, drawing on his experience of having created over a hundred and fifty portrait figures and busts, four commemorative public statues and numerous bas-reliefs. Mark Richards is currently making a statue of Matthew Flinders, the man who mapped the coastline of Australia, for London’s Euston Station, to be unveiled next July.

Mark’s reflections on his creative life will be interspersed with his selection of memorable music and writing, as well as favourite images. This is a fundraising event to support Mid Border Arts at The Assembly Rooms in Presteigne.

7.15pm Ticket £20 includes a delicious supper of Italian specialities
Assembly Rooms, Broad Street, Presteigne Powys LD8 2AD


Thursday, 31 October 2013

Spotlight - Month of Fear!

Happy Hallowe'en! Are you sitting comfortably? Ha! You won't be for long! This month, Spotlight takes a look at the Month of Fear blog which highlights a month-long art challenge to a select group of illustrators and covering various topics (What Lives Under The Bed, What is Your Recurring Nightmare, My Favourite Horror Story, What Terrified You as a Child, and Phobias). There's an incredible selection of works here!

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, 28 October 2013

Upcoming - Rachel Ricketts Talk

On Thursday 7th November we have sculptor Rachel Ricketts coming along to give us a talk entitled "Sleeping Horse.  From concept to completion." Rachel has sent along a photo of one of her pieces, to give us an idea of her work:

This is our last talk for 2013 - however, the programme for 2014 is shaping up nicely, and hopefully I should be able to share something about it soon.

See you on the 7th!

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Undiscovered Artist

The LAS recently received an email from a gentleman called William Jones, from Undiscovered Artist. He's inviting members of the LAS to sell their work on his website (, which he says places emphasis on selling original and affordable art. There's no listing fee, and commission is 20%. Only original art is accepted. He can be contacted at

I haven't had any further contact, so I can't say anything one way or the other about this - I'm forwarding this as I was asked to.

Sunday, 13 October 2013


If you've tried to go to then you've probably found yourself redirected here (or at least, you will soon). You may have noticed that some of the old pages on the website have been moved over, and now we're looking to just run this blog.

Hopefully there won't be any technical issues with this, but, if there are, please drop me a line at and I'll try to resolve them as soon as I can.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Tech news

It's working again! What's On has been updated with Silk Top Hat exhibitions, Art! Squad news and the final LAS evening meeting of the year.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Tech note

What's On cannot be updated right now, as Blogger isn't allowing any changes to text boxes to be saved - Google are looking into this, so hopefully I should soon be able to update as usual.

Pictures from Chris Bean's 'Drawing in the Round' Evening

I'm afraid I can't really say anything about the evening, as I couldn't make it (a real shame, I felt - Chris is a very good teacher, and it's always great fun and excellent practice to draw from life).

Here are some pictures from the evening, courtesy of Tom Crowe:

Click the pictures to enlarge.

Next month, on 7th November, we have our final talk of 2013! Rachel Ricketts is coming along to give us a talk on sculpture - see you there!

Monday, 30 September 2013

Spotlight - Marvin Mattelson: A Royal Fiasco

For September, Spotlight takes a look at portrait artist and teacher Marvin Mattelson's technical assessment of the first portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, painted by Paul Emsley. Marvin takes a look at the choice of artist, the photography techniques used to achieve the final look, and where better decisions could have been made.

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!

Saturday, 28 September 2013

The Big Art Show in 2014

Here's a copy of an email I received recently from a chap called David Dawkins (I think this has been mentioned before...) . This may be of interest to some of you:

Dear Artist,

I am still looking for artists of all mediums.

So far I now have 90 artists exhibiting at The Big Art Show, we are also having various classical musicians playing throughout  the day, as well artists talking about their work and giving demonstrations, plus work shops and a camera obscurer. plus a many more things which are in the pipe line. You can check out the artists on my website, or click on photo's on my facebook page "Dawkins Art"

Kind Regards
David Dawkins                                      

Information about the show

My name is David Dawkins I am a glass artist and the organiser of The Big Art Show which is taking place next year on 19th and 20th July 2014 in Shrewsbury Shropshire. The show will be on a 55 acre site and will have 250-300 exhibiting artists. My main objective is to provide affordable exhibiting spaces for high end craft designers and artists to sell their work. I am personally finding that exhibition spaces are becoming more expensive, and with the rising cost of energy a lot of artists are finding it hard to survive. Exhibition spaces -3m x 3m if you have your own gazebo/tent £120 for two days, and 2m x 2m inside a marque £150. Extras--- Tables £7.50. Electric £8.50. Screens two per person £24 each A marque space with electric, and two screens (compulsory) would cost £206.50 (unless you have your own screens)

The Big Art Show, I hope the show to be more like a Art Spectacular, something a bit different than conventional art shows, with classical music and theatre, that will bring art enthusiasts from all over England to enjoy and buy art.

If you are interested. You can find all the information you need on my web site To secure a place you need to register this costs £10 for this you get a web page on my site for one year then you stay on my files for future show, you need to download 3 pictures of your work( no more than 600 x 800 pixels) plus a brief statement about you work. ( the £10 covers my costs). Once registered I will be in touch late December for payment.

Kind Regards,
David Dawkins.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Upcoming - Chris Bean leads Drawing in the Round

On Thursday 3rd October we have Chris Bean coming along to lead an activity evening. A model will also be present, and Chris will lead us as we sketch from different positions. You'll need to bring paper and whatever pens / pencils / other drawing media you like for this one (probably not the time to break out the oils!).

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Reminder - Annual Dinner

You should all have received an email about the LAS annual dinner, which we're having this Sunday at the Golf Club. Don't forget to get your cheques and chosen menus to Tom Crowe no later than tomorrow morning!

See you there!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Exhibitions and Workshops at Weston Park

This may be of interest to LAS Members:

Weston Park, on the Shropshire / Staffordshire border, is running several workshops and free-to-enter exhibitions. Thanks to their curator Chris Madeley for letting us know! The website for the park is

The following is from the email sent to us:


Karoline Rerrie Screen Printing Workshop
Saturday 12th October 2013

British illustrator and printmaker Karoline Rerrie will be hosting a Screen Printing Workshop at Weston Park, giving the opportunity to show participants the wonders of screen printing. Students will have the chance to experiment using hand cut stencils to produce a series of multi coloured prints, as well as learn how to mix inks, learn registration techniques and how to clean screens and equipment.

The day will run from 10:30am until 4:30pm. Materials as well as tea and coffee will be provided.

Jo McChesney Woodblock Printing Workshop
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April 2014

Experienced printmaking artist Jo McChesney will be hosting a two day printmaking workshop during April 2014. Jo has a wealth of experience with traditional printing. You will have the opportunity to carve and print your own woodblock, creating your own unique design to take home. No prior knowledge is needed to participate.  Materials will be included, but students can bring their own paper if they wish. Tea & coffee will also be provided.

The session will last from 10:00am until 4:30pm each day and the cost is £90. All materials, including inks will be provided, but participants may bring their own paper if they wish. Tea & coffee will be included throughout the day.

For more information or to book a place on either workshop please call 01952 852130 or email Please are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.


The Art of George Stubbs
Saturday 29th June – Wednesday 25th Sept

The Granary Art Gallery is showcasing three of the finest paintings by great British equestrian artist George Stubbs (1724 - 1806).

Best known for his paintings of horses and conservation pieces, the selected works include Stubb's The Grosvenor Hunt (1762), Mares and Foals (1768) and Lord Pigott of Patshull (1769).  Having studied equine anatomy, Stubbs' paintings demonstrate a realism that eclipsed other equestrian artists of the time.

Recent Paintings and Drawings by Lance Fennell
Saturday 30th August – Sunday 29th September

Milton Keynes based artist Lance Fennel is currently exhibiting in the Granary Art Gallery throughout September.  Lance paints scenes such as highways, seascapes, landscapes, office interiors and petrol stations.

Using oil paint as his main medium, Lance paints highly detailed and accurate images which have a superb realist quality.  Another unique factor about Lance's work, is the way in which he incorporates the frame moldings as part of the image, with the intention of  representing areas which may not have normally be included.

Recent Work by Lisa Henderson and Philip Huckin
Saturday 30th August – Sunday 29th September

We welcome two landscape artists to the Granary Art Gallery for a selling exhibition of their recent works throughout October 2013.

Lisa Henderson uses a variety of materials to echo the landscape.  Her paintings, which incorporate collaged recycled and pre-prepared papers, drawings in chalks or graphite, and collagraphs, celebrate pattern and the idiosyncrasies of sight. To achieve patination, she applies techniques often associated with printmaking such as wiping and scratching to achieve the crisp qualities her work possesses.

Philip Huckin will be exhibiting a selection of his highly detailed landscape drawings and paintings, many of which are based on the Welsh countryside.   His attention to colour and clarity are clearly shown in his paintings; the use of light and shadow, along with his ability to illustrate depth with varying tones create uplifting images for any home.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Exhibition of Work by the Redlake Valley Artists

From Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September, at the Chapel Lawn Village Hall near Bucknell (SY7 0BW) there's an exhibition of painting, drawing, photography, stone carving, jewellery, ceramics, calligraphy, textiles and hand-made cards from the Redlake Valley Artists.

Also, on Sat and Sun, 12pm - 4pm, there's a demonstration of specialist techniques.

It's free entry, free parking and refreshments will be available. It's open from 10am each day until 8pm on Fri, 6pm on Sat and 4pm on Sun.

For more information please visit or telephone 01547 528546.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Pictures from Chris Saunderson's talk

Chris explained his process of preparing surfaces with various textures and random applications of paint, and then seeing what animal forms might suggest themselves in the board. He then took a prepared board and began bringing out the form of a snow leopard. Here are some pictures from the evening (click to enlarge):

Next month, on 3rd October, we have Life Drawing organiser Chris Bean coming along to lead an evening of drawing in the round - you'll need some paper and pens / pencils for this one, but it should be great fun!

Incidentally, don't forget that Life Drawing begins again tomorrow.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Spotlight - JC Leyendecker

This month, Spotlight's taking a look at a Golden Age illustrator who's not so well known in Britain. His masterful brush-strokes are unmistakable, and over at Joe's Art Blog, run by illustrator and graphic designer Joe Winkler, there's a 6-part series of articles on JC Leyendecker:

Part 1 -
Part 2 -
Part 3 -
Part 4 -
Part 5 -
Part 6 -

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, 24 August 2013

Life Drawing Update

The charges for Life Drawing are changing a little - it will now be run so you book in blocks of 5 weeks at £14 a day (£7 for a half-day). To re-cap, for that you get 2 hours in the morning, 2 hours in the afternoon, and both a life and portrait model to choose from. Drinks and biscuits are available for a few pennies.

For more information contact Chris Bean on 01584 841668, and don't forget to say where you read about this!

Friday, 23 August 2013

Upcoming - Chris Saunderson Talk

On Thursday 5th September we have Chris Saunderson coming along to give us a talk and demo on how he uses acrylics, and he'll also be bringing a selection of paintings and cards. It's the usual time and place! He's kindly sent ahead a selection of his works (click to enlarge):

Also, don't forget that our exhibition runs until this Monday (26th August) - so if you haven't checked it out yet, you've only a few days left!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Summer Exhibition 2013!

17th - 26th August 2013
at The Harley Centre, Castle Square, Ludlow
10.00am to 5.00pm daily.

Well, the weather's been fanta - ... oh, never mind. Our second show of the year has begun! Local writer Peter Burden ( opened the show, which had the usual mix of media and subjects, a board of art from the SmArt kids, and a particularly impressive craft table. This year, three awards were also handed out at the private view - Peter chose his 'Judge's Choice' (Keith Noble's St Mary's College, Oxford, Rain), and there were also selections from the Silk Top Hat Gallery (Wilfred Langford's Road to Bromlow Callow) and from the Ludlow Brewing Company (John Hawkings' Stoke St Milborough).

Here are some photos from the opening evening:
Peter Burden (left) opens the Exhibition

The Judge's Choice:
St Mary's College, Oxford, Rain, Watercolour, Keith Noble

Abberley Clock Tower, Acrylic, Richard Bell

Behind the 'Final Stop' Restaurant, Skiathos, Watercolour, Val Alexander

The Craft Table, left side

The Craft Table, right side

Feathers in Full Plumage, Acrylic, Laurence Proxton

Kinky Boots, Pastel, Lesley Connolly

Ludlow War Memorial, Digital Print on Canvas, Tom Crowe

Model Sleeping, Conté Crayon, Margaret Oakes

Monuments, Acrylic, David Tedham

Silk Top Hat Gallery's Choice:
Road to Bromlow Callow, Pastel, Wilfred Langford

Sleeper Post, Watercolour, Martin Dutton

The SmArt board

The Ludlow Brewing Company's Choice (apologies for the quality of the photo here - you'll just have to go and see it in person!):
Stoke St Milborough, Pen and Ink, John Hawkings

Sunset, Rye Harbour, Oil, Keith Noble

The Castle, Pastel, Ann Whall

Tranquility, Oil, Diane Jennings

Under the Waves, Encaustic Wax, Christine Loren

Violas, Watercolour, Ruth Tune

If you do drop by, why not vote for your favourite painting?

Once again we hope you enjoy the show, and maybe we'll see you at our next exhibition in the spring of 2014!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Reminder - Exhibition Preview

Don't forget to come along to our Summer Exhibition preview at 5.30pm in the Harley Centre tomorrow evening! It's a chance to have a wander round the exhibition and chat with some of the artists, and there'll be drinks and nibbles available.

See you there!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Above Boards Paint Jam

2 days of music and painting outside the Boar's Head in Kidderminster! A host of artists descended on the area, including LAS members Lesley Connolly and I who were invited over to paint some boards!

Early on day 1
Lesley, nearly finished
My board
3 Grace, by Mike Flight
We're hoping to have Mike, a former tutor at Kidderminster College, come along and give us a talk on stencil cutting and spray painting early in the new year.

It was a fantastic event, with another, smaller jam scheduled for later on this year.

Little Hereford Painting Challenge

9 artists entered the Little Hereford Painting Challenge, one of whom was on holiday from Manchester! 13 pictures were completed in 2 categories (Amateur and Under 15).

Congratulations to the LAS' George Loades, who stole the show!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Plein Air at Bromfield

For our last scheduled plein air of the year, six of us went out around Bromfield Weir and the Food Centre, and the weather held beautifully for us!

Here are some shots from the morning:

We'd love to see more of you when we gear up for next year's outings - all are welcome to join, whether you paint or draw. It's great fun!