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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

LAS Committee Changes

After many years helping to run the LAS, George Loades and Ruth Tune are looking to step down from the Committee at our AGM in March. So - 

We need new people to step up as Committee members - if you'd like to help us out, drop me a line at

And with that... see you all in 2015! Happy New Year, and thank you to all of you for making 2014 such a fantastic year for the LAS!

The LAS on Facebook

As you'll have read in our recent newsletter, we're organising a private section on Facebook for LAS members to discuss art events and share work with one another.

We will begin inviting members in January or early February, but don't worry if you don't get an invitation right away - we'll be inviting people in several waves (for admin purposes!), and there'll be another post here on the blog before we begin.

Each person invited will have their own folder where they can upload work, and to ensure privacy this page will not be open for non-members to see - the only people who will be able to see it, or who is in it, are the other people in it.

We've been trialling this idea for several months on a separate Committee page to see how it all works, so if you've got any questions about it please feel free to drop me a line at and I will be happy to chat about it.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Spotlight - Watercolour Winter Figures

This month, Spotlight's going seasonal and looking at an SAA article by Trevor Waugh. Trevor will lead you through a wintry background, and then placing figures in the scene. In keeping with our recent request for palettes, this tutorial only requires six colours.

You can find the link right HERE.

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.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

We would like to wish a very, very Merry Christmas to all our members!

In keeping with the season, did you see this from yesterday's Guardian? The 15 artworks that define Christmas

See you in a few days for Spotlight and our December round-up.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The 2015 Programme!

Our programme for 2015 is now live! The Programme page to the right has been updated, or you could just look below - go check out what we've got in store for you this coming year, it's all looking very exciting!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Spotlight wants YOU!

I was thinking about writing a Spotlight post on limited palettes for January, or maybe February, and it struck me that it'd be a great opportunity to pool some of the LAS's collective knowledge - and we are a talented bunch ;)

I'll cover historical use, as well as the modern-day benefits of restricting your palette.

So, I'd love to know what limited palettes you've tried, what you like, what media they might work best in, and I'll put it together into a Spotlight post.

I'm defining 'limited palette' as no more than 6 paints (plus white, which is assumed for all non-watercolour media).

Drop me a line at  - let's see if we can start sharing some of these ideas!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Subscription renewal, and more...

Don't forget - subscriptions to the LAS are up for renewal at the end of the year, so get those in soon! :)

The photoshoot originally scheduled for last Friday has now been re-scheduled for this Friday, same time and place. It'd be great to see you there!

Also, we've got an announcement coming early in the New Year... but you'll have to wait and see what that is.

Finally, the programme for 2015 will be up soon, as it has now been finalised.

I hope you're all able to take it easy, and you're having a fantastic holiday season!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Bookbinding Workshop

The Sitting Room is hosting another bookbinding workshop on Wednesday 5th February. Now, that might be a way off but places are limited. All the details are on the flyer below (click to enlarge):

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

LAS Assembly Rooms Promotional Photoshoot

LAS members are invited to be involved in a promotional photoshoot for the Ludlow Assembly Rooms, highlighting the activities that the LAR hosts. Anybody interested is asked to bring a piece of their artwork (preferably not too large) to the Assembly Rooms at 11am on Friday 12th December, and we'll set up with direction from the photographer, LAS member Kate Maxwell.

Hope to see you there!

Westhope Craft College Courses

Westhope Craft College have just released their brochure for 2015, and possibly of interest to LAS members there are a number of arts courses. You can find a full list here:

Also on that page, to the left, you'll find links to their other craft courses.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Spotlight - the Complete Works of Katsushika Hokusai

You may not know the name, but I'm sure many of you know this woodcut:

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa

It was created by Katsushika Hokusai, and this month Spotlight is looking at his complete works. A short biography of the artist:

Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎, Katsushika Hokusai? 1760–May 10, 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. In his time he was Japan's leading expert on Chinese painting. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best-known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (c. 1831) which includes the iconic and internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s. Hokusai created the "Thirty-Six Views" both as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of a personal obsession with Mount Fuji. It was this series, specifically The Great Wave print and Fuji in Clear Weather, that secured Hokusai’s fame both within Japan and overseas. As historian Richard Lane concludes, “Indeed, if there is one work that made Hokusai's name, both in Japan and abroad, it must be this monumental print-series...” While Hokusai's work prior to this series is certainly important, it was not until this series that he gained broad recognition and left a lasting impact on the art world. It was The Great Wave print that initially received, and continues to receive, acclaim and popularity in the Western world.


The text is from the same website where you can find all the artwork, and the link is right here:

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.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

VP Alan Hobbs

We're delighted to say that former Chairman and current Vice Chairman Alan Hobbs has agreed to become a Vice President of the LAS.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Silk Top Hat

Quite a bit to cover here! First off, STH now has a website, so go point your browsers at and check it out.

Okay, back with us? There's an upcoming Christmas Exhibition opening on 29th November, with work from Keith Andrew, Michelle Anderson, Thelma Ayre, Lin Brown, Nik Burns, Ian Kent, Caroline McLachlan, Will and Lottie O'Leary, Don Smith and David Stoves. Isaac Smart designer makers include: Jason Braham, Ted Bruce, Caitriona Cartwright, Josephine Harvey, Carol Howse,  Ralph Jandrell, Corinna Kenyon-Wade, Sanders and Wallace, Margo Selby, Elspeth Soper, Melanie Tomlinson, Marian Watson, Nicki Williams and Sara Withers.

Don Smith will be artist in residence on 6th December, when he will demonstrate how he makes his drypoint prints.

There's also a Top Hat Tour, the last of the year, to Birmingham on 4th December - just contact the gallery for details (all information on their website).

George Loades' Demo - Finished Piece

Do you recall George Loades' watercolour demo at the beginning of the month? Well, he's finished the painting and send a photo of it along for us to see. Cheers, George!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Hockney and Rembrandt at the Assembly Rooms

The Ludlow Assembly Rooms will be streaming two programmes which may be of interest to LAS members. At 7pm on Tuesday 25th November there's a documentary portrait of David Hockney, followed by a live Q&A. Then, at 7.30pm on Thursday 4th December, there's what's called an 'exhibition on screen' featuring the life story and artwork (focusing on the later works) of Rembrandt. These are ticketed events, so book while you can!

You can find all the details for Hockney here:
For Rembrandt, please go here:

Sunday, 9 November 2014

'In Another Light' at Croft Castle

From the Nation Trust's press release:

See Croft 'In another light' this winter as we work in partnership with meadow arts to bring you a contemporary art exhibition in the form of light. Artists  David Ogle and Rebecca Farkas have created pieces which light up the stables, garden and park after dark.

5pm to 8pm every Saturday from 1 November to Saturday 21 March 2015

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Pictures from George Loades' Talk

George set up with a drawing and preliminary sketch he'd prepared earlier, so he could dive right into the painting. We saw him turn this into a halfway-finished but stunning picture, and we also got to take a look at the fine work in his sketchbook.

Some pictures from the evening:

Well, that's it for the Ludlow Art Society's 2014... except not quite, as this blog will keep rolling on, bringing you the programme for 2015 before too long, and keeping you up to date with local artistic news!

We hope you've enjoyed everything we did this year - our speakers, exhibitions, Fringe involvement, social gatherings, plein air days and little asides like the self portrait day, and we do hope to see you again next year, when we'll begin on the first Thursday in February.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Shropshire Hills Art Week Registration Open

This came through via email from Jules McRobbie - SHAW is running again this year! Here are the details:

Shropshire Hills Art Week 2015 – ARTISTS WANTED!

Recruitment for the Shropshire Hills Art Week 2015 is now open

The event will run from 30 May – 7 June 2015

Do you paint wonderful landscapes, create beautiful jewellery, build stunning pots, carve magnificentstone sculptures, weave interesting wall hangings, blow fabulous glass, or make comfortable furniture? Are you an artist in or around the Shropshire Hills? Do you want to open your studio or join a group show?

If so, Shropshire Hills Art Week wants you!

The Shropshire Hills Art Week (SHAW) is seeking artists to sign up, join in and get involved for the 2015 event! We encourage works inspired by landscape and wildlife, to showcase this stunning area.SHAW wants to help build a real community among artists in and around the Shropshire Hills. Take a look at our website, which contains artist profiles, an online gallery, helpful business tips for artists, and guidelines on getting the most out of art week. Find new markets for your work, benefit from our PR campaign, and help us to encourage people to visit the Shropshire Hills to look at art, walk, cycle, eat cake, swim in rivers, and share our lovely landscape. 

The deadline for registering for this year’s Shropshire Hills Art Week is 31 January 2015

SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE for any artist who pays before 31 DECEMBER 2014

Sign up, join in and get involved now!

Contact Jules McRobbie on 01568 770168 or 0773 638 1287, or visit


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Castle Artists Christmas Exhibition

This just came through via email from Dru Cole - 

Angel Fish (Blue), linocut by Dru Cole

Castle Artists will hold an Exhibition and Art & Craft Sale on Saturday 13th December from 10.00am - 5.00pm & Sunday 14th December from 11.00am to 5.00pm at the Public Hall, Station Street , Bishops Castle SY9 5AQ

There will be a mix of watercolour paintings, photographs, linocuts, prints and cards for sale at reasonable prices.

Artists include Drusilla Cole, Gordon Yapp, Tim Phillips, Rosie Read, Anne MacDonald, Sue Percy, David Bunyan, Nigel Kerry, Pauline Kitely, Andrew Fusek Peters and many others.
Entry is free with plenty of parking. Disabled Access. See for more info.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

LAS Self Portraits 2014

It was a bit a of a low turnout here for International Self Portrait Day, but Arthur Davis and I have self portraits to put up so here we go:
Arthur Davis, Watercolour, 40cm x 55cm

Sam Manley, Digital
See you on the 6th for our last evening meeting of the year - a talk and demo with George Loades!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Spotlight - Alma Tadema's Spring

The weather's getting colder, isn't it? Summer's long past, but Spotlight can still provide a little warmth with this month's feature on Lawrence Alma Tadema's masterwork, Spring.

Over at the Muddy Colors blog, artist Howard Lyon gives us some details about the painting, as well as several close-ups (and if your connection is up to it, a link to a 53mb high-resolution scan of the work). The link to Howard's post is here:

In addition, Mr Lyon also links to Getty Publication's Virtual Library, where you can find a free to view or download copy of the 1990 book 'Lawrence Alma Tadema: Spring' by Louise Lippincott - "The author traces the history of the painting and provides an analysis of its sources, composition, and symbolism. The book is lavishly illustrated and includes many details from the painting." You can find that link here:

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, 29 October 2014

Reminder: International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

A quick reminder:

November 1st (this Saturday) is International Self Portrait Day! It's a loosely organised event, which is currently based on this Facebook page:

Here's how it works: on November 1st, you create a self-portrait using any medium you like. That's it!

I thought it'd be interesting to see what Ludlow Art Society members come up with this year, so, if you take part, it'd be fantastic if you emailed a picture of your work to me at, and then I'll gather them all together for a mini-gallery blog post right here!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Upcoming - George Loades Talk

For our very last event of 2014, on Thursday 6th November we have local artist and LAS Committee member George Loades - who claimed both the top spot for the public's choice and the Silk Top Hat Choice in our 2014 Summer Exhibition - giving us a demonstration of his watercolour techniques, and talking a little about his process along the way.

Below you can see George's award-winning painting, Above Dhustone:
Please arrive 7pm for 7.30pm, it's £3 for LAS Members, £4 for guests, and everyone's welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Hope you can make it!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Ludlow Open Artist Development Workshops

This may be of interest to LAS members, and is being run by Jo King, curator of the Ludlow Open and the lady who opened our Summer Exhibition.


LOAD (Ludlow Open Artist Development) Workshops are offered only to artists living/working in The Marches area (Shropshire, Herefordshire & Gloucestershire).  We are delivering 3 half day workshops in two series throughout autumn/winter 2014/15.  These can be attended individually or as a complete series, depending on your interest and schedule.  To facilitate access each workshop is held in a different location in The Marches.  Arts Council England have recognised that it is difficult for artists in this area to access business development support; LOAD workshops have been developed as a response to this and I am very grateful for the Arts Council’s support in subsidising these workshops, and hope you all find some valuable interest and stimulation.  Places are limited so please book in advance to confirm your place.
A three hour participatory workshop unravelling and demystifying the art world, including how to evaluate your own practice and place in the art market and what to DO about it.
Date & time:  Thursday 20th Nov 2014, 10am to 1pm.
Venue:  Yarpole Village Hall, Yarpole, Leominster HR6. 
Cost:  £10, by cheque or online transfer in advance of the workshop.
How to book:  By email to, and I will forward payment details.
Bring:  Notebook and pen.
Refreshments:  Tea, coffee and cake courtesy of Ludlow Open.
To facilitate informal discussion places are limited to 10, and I already have a few booked in, so do contact me asap to book a place.  And please forward this email to anyone you feel may be interested.
The other two workshops in the series will be held in December, they are on Funding and Public Art Commissioning and on Marketing for Free.  More info to follow.
Please do contact me if you would like any further info or want to book in.
Jo King
Curator/Director Ludlow Open
07803 251736
01568 780786

Hallowe'en Horrorfest at the Bear Steps

At the Bear Steps Art Gallery, St Alkmund's Place, Shrewsbury (tel 01743 344994). The flyer has all the details:

Membership Forms update

Please note, we have updated our Membership Forms - they're now to be sent to a new address, as our Membership Secretary has moved! As always, the forms are on the Membership & Exhibition Forms page to the right.

Don't forget, renewal of membership comes up next month!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Ludlow Fringe Open Evening

This may be of interest to Ludlow Art Society members. You might have heard by now that the Ludlow Arts Festival has been axed (story here: - this is a meeting inviting everyone local to come along and see what the Fringe Festival is doing.

The poster below has all the details, and I'll be there as visual arts and LAS representative.

Update on November Talk - Raf out, George in!

Unfortunately, our planned talk for November, 'The Canvas Print Studio of Raf', has had to be cancelled as Raf sadly cannot be here for that evening.

However, the very talented LAS member George Loades, who won Best in Show in our recent exhibition (as well as winning Silk Top Hat choice), will instead do a watercolour demonstration for us!

All other details remain unchanged - it's at 7pm for 7.30pm on Thursday 6th November at the Assembly Rooms, there's be tea, coffee and biscuits, and it's £3 for members, £4 for guests with everybody welcome!

See you there!

LAS at the Shropshire Open

Well done to LAS members Tom Crowe, Rob Leckey and Val Littlehales, who all have works exhibited as part of the Shropshire Open!

The SO runs from 13th October to 17th November, it's at the Gateway on Chester Street in Shrewsbury, and you can find all the details on their website here:

The Small Picture Show

Over at St Michael's Church in Discoed, there's an art show on from 7th - 10th November, and our most recent guest speaker, Brontë Woodruff, is one of the exhibitors. All the details are on the flyer below (click to enlarge):

Monday, 20 October 2014

Jane and Bill Sneary, with the Hereford Leisure Painters

From Monday 3rd November until Saturday 8th November, LAS members Jane and Bill Sneary are exhibiting their works along with those of twenty other members of the Hereford Leisure Painters. This is at South Chapel, All Saints Church, Hereford and it's daily from 10am - 5pm, except on the first day when it's open from 10.30am. A warm welcome awaits!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Linocut Workshops with Dru Cole - UPDATED

Dru Cole sent this email along - perhaps some LAS members are interested?


I am going to run another Beginners and Improvers Linocut workshop each month and I have one place left for the October session.
Wed 29th October 14
Once more it will be £40 per day - 10.00 - 4.00 including all materials, but excluding lunch.
3 Bull Street
Bishops Castle
01588 638458

Please bring yourself, any equipment you would like to use, an apron and lunch, some sketches or ideas or use my extensive library!

 I intend to run another one on Wed 26th November - please contact me if you would like to come to that one.
 All the best


Dru's added an extra workshop, and she gives the details below:


Thursday 4 December 14, one day workshop making a linocut or scratch foam print suitable for use as a Christmas card design.

Five blank cards supplied...A6 ( 105 x 148mm) white cards with matching envelopes are provided together with a piece of lino and scratch foam which will fit the cards.  There will be cutting tools, inks etc available for use.  You can print straight on to the card or perhaps onto interesting paper to stick to cards later (I have a small selection) or print onto a bit of fabric which you might wish to embellish at home.

Do bring more cards of your own, plus any scraps of textured or patterned paper and some ideas, maybe some of last year's cards to 'borrow' ideas from.

10.00 - 4.00
3 Bull Street
Bishops Castle

£45.00 including all materials
3 spaces available
Email or phone to book
01588 638458

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Drawn to Nature

LAS member Lesley Connolly is part of a three-man show this weekend, with her paintings being displayed alongside those of Sarais Crawshaw and Chris Saunderson. The exhibition's in Rugby, and it's on both days from 10am until 5pm. You can find all the details on the poster below:

If you're in the area, go take a look!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Assembly Rooms Exhibitions - Cancelled *UPDATED*

Ludlow Assembly Rooms, "Shropshire's Lively Arts and Community Centre", will unfortunately be notably less artistic from now on - they will not be displaying exhibitions of artwork on their walls in the near future, at least.


In response to a query, the LAR say: "There are no plans to bring exhibitions back at the moment due to the building work that is about to begin. However, once the new combined Box Office and VIC has opened on the ground floor, we hope to start holding exhibition again."

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Set Painter Wanted! *UPDATED*

Can you help here?

A lady called Jenny, from Greens Solicitors, recently contacted LAS member Diane Jennings, asking if she could create a background painting for a play which opens in a couple of weeks. Diane was too busy to take this on, so gave it to me to pass on. Details are a little sparse, but here's what I know: there is wood covered in canvas which has to be painted to look like an old panelled room, and there is payment involved.

If you're interested, please get in touch with Jenny at 01584 873918 (the solicitor's number).


New information just in - "this is on behalf of Mr Whittle of Here To There Productions who is performing Yes Prime Minister on 23rd, 24th and 25th October at Ludlow Assembly Rooms.

Mr Whittle is looking for someone who would be willing to paint 12 pieces of flats (wood covered in canvas) for theatrical scenery. He wants the flats to look like an old panelled room with doors. They are currently in a store room in Leominster which is where they would need to be painted. The work would need to be completed by 21st October in readiness for the play. "


The job has now been taken.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Great Whitley Art Exhibition

Another show mentioned yesterday at our October meeting... here's the poster for the Great Whitley Art Exhibition, which takes place next Saturday -

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Cleobury Methodist Church Festival of Art

If you were at the meeting this evening then you know all about this, but, if you couldn't make it, here are the details for the Cleobury Methodist Church 75th Anniversary Year Festival of Art.

It's £1 entrance fee, and it's also only £1 per picture to exhibit (although I don't have the final dates for submitting work, so if you're interested it's probably worth inquiring).

Pictures from Brontë Woodruff's Talk

Brontë talked about her life, how she discovered her artistic leanings at an early age and how, over time, she was able to pursue painting, enter her work in shows and learn to curate. She told us about her chosen materials, particularly Van Dyke crystals, and offered us all an opportunity to experiment with the warm, dark washes the crystals allow, while answering questions from a curious audience.

Some pictures from the evening:

Next month, on Thursday 6th November,  we have our last evening meeting of 2014 - 'The Canvas Print Studio of Raff.'

In the meantime, don't forget we have our annual dinner coming up, at the Chang Thai Restaurant on Sunday October 12th, and the food promises to be beautiful. You should all have received an email with all the details, but if for some reason you didn't then just drop me a line at and I'll fill you in.

See you on the 12th!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

Did you know that November 1st is International Self Portrait Day? It's a loosely organised event, which is currently based on this Facebook page:

Here's how it works: on November 1st, you create a self-portrait using any medium you like. That's it, it's that simple! Doing this year on year is a fun way to chart your artistic growth, and I thought it'd be interesting to see what Ludlow Art Society members come up with this year.

If you take part, it'd be fantastic if you emailed a picture of your work to me at, and then I'll gather them all together for a mini-gallery blog post right here.


I ran across InkTober very recently - it's a month-long ink-based art challenge, with the idea being just sharpen your skills and have some fun. The project was started by artist Jake Parker, who's been doing this each October since 2009.

The InkTober website, with the rules on how to play, is here:

If any LAS members do have a go, whether it's daily, weekly or just once, why not send a picture of it, show us how you got on, maybe tell what you learned from it? The address to send to is

Monday, 29 September 2014

Spotlight - the Art of War and Propaganda

This month, Spotlight's looking at artwork created during wartimes.

Firstly, the National Archives have 350+ pieces of art that they've made publicly available to view online. It "includes oil paintings, drawings, posters, caricatures and portraits produced as propaganda for the Ministry of Information during the Second World War." Here's the LINK

Also, there's an article on 100 Years of Propagands: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - this covers art from across the world, right up to the present day. Here's the LINK

This work can be assessed in several ways - the political message at the time, how elements of design have been exaggerated to convey or stress a certain meaning, or how compositions and colours have been chosen to create a poster with immediate visual impact. It can also be interesting to look back and see how styles have changed over the years.

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.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Upcoming - Brontë Woodruff Talk

On Thursday 2nd October we have local artist Brontë Woodruff coming along to talk a little about her work, and to demonstrate the materials she uses. Brontë has kindly sent along some images of her work:

As usual we'll be at the Assembly Rooms, 7pm for 7.30pm and it's £4 for guests, £3 for LAS members. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided!

See you there!

The Big Draw 2014

The Campaign for Drawing's annual event, The Big Draw, is taking place between 1st October and 2nd November and runs across the UK and twenty other countries. Some of the events are for kids, but there are others aimed at adult artists, too!

Locally, there are a couple of events happening. On 5th October there's From Micro and Macro at Carding Mill Valley - all the details are HERE.

On 11th October there's... something (details are sketchy, pun intended) at Apley Farm Shopnear Bridgnorth, in association with he Campaign for Rural England - details HERE.

Near Cradley there'll be an exhibition of postcard-sized art (but send yours in before 1st October!) at the Blue-Ginger Gallery - details HERE.

On 18th & 31st October there's tile-making at the Museum of Royal Worcester - details HERE.

From 18th October to 1st November there's a huge mosaic-making event, again at the Museum of Royal Worcester - details HERE.

On 25th October, you can draw from nature at St. Peter's Church, Cradley - details HERE.

On 27th & 30th October, at Malvern Theatres, there's an opportunity to get involved with some drawing - details HERE.

From 27th - 31st October, there's a large-scale mixed-media piece being created at Blists Hill Victorian Town - details HERE.

On 28th & 29th October you can create cathedral-inspired artwork at Worcester Cathedral - details HERE.

On 28th - 30th October, at Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton, drop in a draw your own lunch! Details HERE.

On 29th October, again at Newhampton Arts Centre, draw your own island in the sun - details HERE.

Then, on 29th October, Hereford Museum and Gallery hosts The Big Draw Herefordshire in the Great War - all the details are HERE.

Again on 29th October there's a drawing session focusing on industry, at Batnock House Museum, Wolverhampton - details HERE.

Once more, on 29th October, there are frog-based (?) arts and craft activities at Southwater, in Telford. Details HERE.

On 30th October, be a part of your own projected drawing at Wolverhampton Art Gallery - details HERE.

On 1st November a collage is being made at Worcester's Tudor House Heritage Centre - details HERE.

If you do get involved, why not send over a photo or scan of what you did, and let us know what you thought of the events?

The Big Draw's website is

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Annual Dinner

This year's LAS Annual Dinner with be on 12th October and will be held at the Chang Thai Restaurant - if we have your email address then you should have all the information, and if we don't then there'll be a letter for you arriving very shortly.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Big Art Show

I've just had an email through from David Dawkins, who ran the Big Art Show this year. He's running it again in 2015, and has asked that I pass on some details to LAS members.

There was a lot of information given, so rather than put it all in a blog post I'm going to (temporarily) give it page, which you can find here:

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Drawing Isn't Difficult at Westhope

Westhope Craft College's beginner's art course, Drawing Isn't Difficult, is nearly booked up, but there are a few places left!

If you're interested, you can find all the details here:

Saturday, 13 September 2014

LAS Summer Exhibition in the Teme Valley Times

Courtesy of Anne Fox, here's a clipping from the Teme Valley Times that covers our recent Summer Exhibition:

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Pictures from the Members' Work Night

I couldn't get to the Work Night (work and illness...), but the pictures kindly taken by Tom Crowe make me wish I'd been able to go sketching there!

Don't forget, as per the blog entry below we're heading out to the studio of painter Craig Sumner on the 10th of this month.

Also, we can now confirm that Bronte Woodruff will be our speaker for October - more details to follow!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

h.Art trip to Craig Sumner's Studio

On Wednesday 10th September we're heading out on a visit to the studio of Craig Sumner, whose Leominster studio is open as part of h.Art, and then we're following this up with a plein air painting/drawing session around Leominster Grange and Minster.
We're to meet at the Talbot Hotel in the car park at 10 a.m. since the studio is there.

You can find Craig's website here:

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Members' Work Night Update

This Thursday's Members' Work Night is only going to cost £2 per person, rather than the usual £3 for LAS Members and £4 for guests (which was listed on the poster, but this new lower charge supersedes that), as we don't have to cover the costs of a speaker.

This Work Night is something of an experiment - we'd love to see you there, and if it proves popular we'll look at running similar events in 2015.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Spotlight - Urban Sketchers

This month, Spotlight's looking towards the website Urban Sketchers. Based in Washington, US, their manifesto is as follows:
  1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
  2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
  3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
  4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
  5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
  6. We support each other and draw together.
  7. We share our drawings online.
  8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.

It's basically plein-air work with (mostly) very minimal kit, and there are lots of different approaches on show. I don't know about you, but reading through their website makes me want to head out with a sketchbook!

You can find the site right here:

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? I'm also going to ask, this time around, if there's something specific you'd like to see from Spotlight. Do you want to see galleries of work you may not be familiar with? Is it technique-based articles you like the most? Opinion pieces? Art history? Let me know! Send your suggestions to - please note that this isn't for self-promotion.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Upcoming - Members' Work Night

Don't forget, on Thursday 4th September we're hosting a Work Night for our evening meeting. You can find all the details on the promotional poster, designed by Anne Fox:

Hope to see you there!

Exhibition Awards and Best in Show

The Summer Exhibition may be over, but there's still more to announce - Castle Bookshop, Silk Top Hat, the Ludlow Brewery and the Chang Thai all made their selections for best piece in show, and the public also cast their votes!

  • The Castle Bookshop Choice went to John Willets for 'Stiperstones from Vessons'
  • The Ludlow Brewery Choice went to Sam Manley for 'Dungeon Delve'
  • The Silk Top Hat Choice went to George Loades for 'Above Dhustone'
  • The Chang Thai Choice went to Dave Tedham for 'Starshell'

  • 3rd place in the public's vote for Best in Show went to Val Alexander for 'Plockton'
  • 2nd place went to Jean Simnett for 'Lavender Farm'
  • 1st place went to George Loades for 'Above Dhustone'

Well done to the winners, and thank you to everyone who voted!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Ludlow Advertiser Covers LAS Exhibition

Our Summer Exhibition has been featured in the Ludlow Advertiser :)

Ali Huddart and Val Alexander admire Lesley Connolly's painting 'Sun Worship'

You can find the link HERE.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

The LAS at Above Boards 2014

Originally, three LAS members were due to paint at Above Boards, a two-day music and street art event that's part of the Kidderminster Arts Festival and took place this weekend. Unfortunately, Lesley Connolly was just too busy, but Tom Crowe and I were there, spray cans in hand!

Tom working on his painting
The 4x4ft wooden board I'd expected? No. A 5x8ft metal door. Improv time!
Tom chatting with Kidderminster-based artist Aidan Ryan
Preparing the background for my piece.
Tom's finished piece
My final piece. The gold is metallic.

Friday, 15 August 2014

2014 Summer Exhibition!

16th - 25th August 2014
at The Harley Centre, Castle Square, Ludlow
10.00am to 5.00pm daily.

Our second show of the year is now open! The private view was held on the evening of the 15th, where we were treated to live music from Jack Brett, and an excellent selection of drinks and nibbles provided by Susanna Checketts and Lesley Connolly. We were pleased to have a table of work from Loudwater Studios, which is sponsored by the VisionHomes charity, we displayed a painting from the late Jean Williams, former chair of the LAS (with details about a retrospective exhibition of hers on 15th and 16th August at the Ludlow Methodist Church in Broad Street), and in addition to all the paintings we also had a wonderful craft table, with sculpture, glasswork, tiles and a painted LP.

Ludlow Open curator Jo King formally opened the show, and one of the prizes, the Silk Top Hat choice, was awarded to George Loades for his painting Above Dhustone. The other prizes (for the Ludlow Brewery choice, the Chang Thai choice, and the Castle Bookshop choice) will be awarded soon, and shortly after that will be mentioned here!

Below you will find a selection of pictures from the evening:

The Jean Williams Retrospective Display

The Craft Table (Jean Buehring, Tom Crowe, Sam Manley, Gabrielle Spencely and Daph Willet)

50 Shades of Green, Oil, Diane Jennings

Work from Loudwater Studios

Blind Date, Acrylic, Lesley Connolly

Caernarfon Estuary, Mixed Media, Rob Leckey

Cotswold Lavender Farm, Oils, Jean Simnett

Harvest Home, Acrylic, Richard Bell

Mortimer's Very Cross, Watercolour, Lynne Allen

Nude Sketch, Charcoal, Alastair Huddart

Shropshire Peace, Acrylic, Catherine Downes

Study in Glass, Oil on Linen, Pat Innes

Tea Break, Gouache, Roy Willett

The Bridge at Verucola Liguria, Watercolour, Val Alexander RBSA SFP

Venice Evening Light, Watercolour, Keith Noble RSMA

Young Swan Reflecting, Wood Engraving, Trevor Innes

This is, as always, just a tiny selection of the works on display. Why not drop by, take a look? You can vote for the picture you think is 'best in show'!

That's it for exhibitions for this year, but we'll be back in 2015! In the meantime, you're welcome to join us for our upcoming evening meeting on 4th September, when we'll have still life displays set up for you to come along and draw or paint - see you there!