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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:

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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.