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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Upcoming Linocut Workshops with Dru Cole

Linocut Printing Workshops with Drusilla Cole

These workshops are usually run on the last Wednesday of each month, numbers are restricted to 4 (or occasionally 5), and they're held in Dru's studio in the centre of Bishops Castle. It is an interesting house dating from pre 1720 in parts. Please bring an image, sketch or photo to work from, an apron and your lunch. Tea and biscuits are supplied.

LINOCUT PRINTING WORKSHOP suitable for Beginners and Improvers
Looking at Basic techniques for cutting , inking and printing and registration.
Printing on to paper and card

Wednesday 26 March 2015 (4 places available)
Wednesday 29 April 2015 (4 places available)

£40.00 including all materials

10.00 - 4.00
3 Bull Street
Bishops Castle

Email or phone to book
01588 638458

Friday, 27 February 2015

Spotlight - Paul Klee, and Art You Don't Like

Paul Klee, Head of Man, 1922

This month, Spotlight takes a look at an article penned by author \ award-winning veteran illustrator William O'Connor (website HERE) back over at Muddy Colors, in which he talks briefly about the artist Paul Klee. What makes this different is that O'Connor doesn't like Klee's work at all, in fact he "can't stand it," but this is far from a hatchet piece. It's worth reading the discussion in the comments, too.

What do you think? Is there an artist or style of art that is generally very popular, but which you particularly dislike?

You can find the link to the article 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.

Update on the Members' Facebook Page

A quick note on this - the idea is still moving forward, but has been put back by a month or so. However, keep an eye out after the Spring Exhibition (and you should be receiving your entry forms any day now!) for when we unveil the LAS Facebook group.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

AGM Agenda

Here it is, ready for March 5th:

  1. Welcome from Sam Manley, Chair
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Minutes of Previous AGM
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Chair's Report
  6. Treasurer's Report
  7. Membership Secretary's Report
  8. Exhibition
  9. Election of Officers and Committee Membership
  10. Introduction of New President, Charles MacCarthy
  11. Any Other Business
  12. Date of Next Meeting

This is a chance to get involved, have your say about your society, or let us know if you'd like to step up and help on the Committee

Don't forget, we also have a 'show and tell' session afterwards where we're inviting members to bring along a piece of their artwork and talk a little about it.

Please arrive 7pm for 7.30pm, there's no charge for the AGM, and we'll have tea, coffee, snacks and wine.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, 23 February 2015

LAS Members' Websites - George Loades and Val Alexander

LAS Members George Loades and Val Alexander have both designed gallery websites which have just gone live, so now you can see more of their stunning artwork online.

George's website is at and Val's is at - go take a look!

Both have been added to the 'Links' section of this blog, to the right (you may have to scroll).

If you're an LAS Member and would like a link to your website, drop me a line at with the details.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Exhibition Opportunity!

There's wall space going at the Chang Thai, if anybody's interested - you can get in touch with them on 01584 874212 or  you can message them on their Facebook page:

I'd jump on it quickly, though, this'll be booked quickly.

However if you do miss it don't worry, we may have something coming up soon, and also of course it's our Spring Exhibition from 3rd - 13th April! Entry forms for this will be with you very soon.

Upcoming - LAS AGM

Are you interested in joining the LAS? Could you help on our Committee? We welcome all members and prospective members to the LAS Annual General Meeting. As always it's in the Studio at the Assembly Rooms. Please arrive 7pm for 7.30pm, and there is NO CHARGE for this evening.

We will have an Agenda to present to you very shortly, and we are specifically looking to fill the position of Publicity Secretary, and this year will be our Treasurer, Tom's Crowe's, last year on the Committee so we're also looking for someone to step in sometime this year and begin the transition.

In addition, we invite all our members to bring along a piece of their work to briefly talk about after the AGM is concluded. Show us all what you've been up to!

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. See you there!

New LAS President

LAS President Keith Noble is stepping down from his post after 6 years with us. Keith has given us some wonderful demonstrations and has been an inspiring presence in our exhibitions - we're very sorry to see him go, and wish him all the best for the future.

However, stepping up as our new President is Hereford-based artist Charles MacCarthy! Charles has been exhibiting with at Silk Top Hat on and off since 2002, and in fact he has an exhibition coming up with them at the end of April. You can read more about Charles on his STH's artist's page HERE.

More details to come!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Gesture Challenge Reminder

Don't forget, this month on the LAS blog we're running a gesture challenge - the idea is to do some quick sketch work wherever you happen to find yourself.

If you feel like getting involved, then just send any gesture sketches you do this month to and we'll get a little online gallery together in early March.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Stephen Foxx Exhibition at Ludlow Library

If you haven't seen it yet, you can still catch the colourful, abstract-oriented exhibition of Bitterly artist Stephen Foxx down at the Ludlow Library - it's on until the end of February!

Ludlow Library assistant Angie Watkins admires work by local artist Stephen Foxx.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Artists & Illustrators Valentine's Gallery

Pippa Shennan, Dicentra Hearts, oil, 60x50cm
Over at Artists & Illustrators there's a small gallery featuring Valentine's Day themed pictures sent in by readers, and the link to it is right HERE.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Jackson's Portraits in Pastels Competition

This seems like good timing! Hot on the heels of our February demo from Lesley Connolly, Jackson's have announced a Portraits in Pastel competition, with a fantastic pastel set as a prize!

All the details are right HERE.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Ludlow Ledger

It's worth keeping a close eye on the next couple of editions... details are still being confirmed, but one of the prize-winning pictures from our last exhibition may be making it into the next edition, and an article penned by our Secretary, Pat Innes, should be appearing in the one after that.

Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2015

I'm sure this is of interest to some LAS members! The flyer's got all the details - click to enlarge:

Friday, 6 February 2015

RBSA Open All Media Exhibition and Prize Exhibition

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists' exhibition will be showcasing work from across the UK. It's open to all artists working in all media (except photography), including jewellery, ceramics, textiles, drawing, painting and printmaking. The deadline for entries is 18th Feb 2015.

You can find all the details here:

There's  also the Prize Exhibition, with a slightly later deadline of 1st April, and you can find all the details for that exhibition here:

AGM Social Event - Show and Tell!

A little clarification on the social event planned for after our AGM next month - we're going to have another Show and Tell session, where we invite you all to bring with you a piece of your artwork. We'll ask you to show us what you brought, and tell us a little about it. It's a fun way to get to know a little more about each others' creativity.

Hope to see you there - Thursday 5th March!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Pictures from Lesley Connolly's Talk

We kicked off our 2015 programme with a packed room (we needed to bring in extra chairs!)Lesley began by talking a little about her materials - the fixatives, papers, and of course the pastels. She explained her methods of working on animals pictures using grids and photographs, and the differences between just copying and creating a piece of artwork. Then, using steps she'd prepared earlier (actually all prepared that afternoon) she took us through a painting from initial drawing through to a finished picture.

Some pictures from the evening:

Join us next month, on March 5th, for our AGM (details coming soon).