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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Handmade Christmas Gift Fair

This information came through from LAS member Ann Wallace:


I am looking to hold a Christmas Handmade Gift Fair at my Studio selling all handmade artisan pieces over 4 days - (see draft poster, below). I have a few artists supplying me with artwork on a SOR basis with a 30% commission on all sales, but I was just wondering if you thought that any of your members would be interested in getting involved?

I am not looking for lots of pieces just 3 or 4 per artist ( all priced by the artist bearing in mind the commission fee). I do not really have hanging space so 3.D work such as ceramics would be great- I already have a lot of glass work thanks. Any 2.D work can be displayed (framed or mounted) on tabletop stands (these stands should be supplied by the artists along with the work and any specific display instructions)

Any interested artists will need to send me images of the work they are proposing to put into the sale (or at least an example of their work- theme) as well as sizes. I will then be able to select a well rounded range of work for the fair.

I will be doing all the PR and leafleting as well as staffing the event on all 4 days with a card machine available for larger purchases. All that the artists need to do is get the work to me priced and ready to display a week before the event starts so that I can organise the displays. Payment for sales will be sent out by cheque after the events and any unsold work can then be collected.

In addition to the phone number on the poster, Ann can be contacted via email at

Christmas Workshops with Ann Wallace

If you're interested in hand making unique Christmas gifts, then LAS member Ann Wallace's November workshops may catch your attention.

All details for the Fused Glass Jewellery and Engraved Glass Snowflake Decorations workshops are on the flyers below, and there are limited places so book early to ensure your place:

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Spotlight: The Palette Project

This month, Spotlight is going to take a look at the Palette Project, which was posted on James Gurney's blog Gurney Journey back in 2008. Artist and 'colour detective' James Peck (whose site is sadly not currently accessible) stated:

"My initial goal was to compare these palettes to see which colors were most favored by artist then and now. I also hoped to explore the reasons why some of these artists used a limited palette as opposed to what I'm calling an expanded palette. I decided that a chart or graph would be the best way to explore this."

The post is HERE, but when you've read it do come back, because this month there's a little more.

Back? Excellent - James Gurney ran a couple of similar tests, one you'll have seen mentioned in the post above. The first results (for all paint) is HERE, and a later poll purely for watercolour has results HERE. I'm now going to turn Spotlight on us, and ask that we do something similar.

So, if you're an LAS member, drop me a line ( with your 8 most indispensable colours (excluding the whites, and keeping media to oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolour, casein and tempera). I'll collect these over a month, and publish the results in late October.

Let's see what the composite Ludlow Art Society palette of 2015 looks like, and how it compares with the composite old masters' palette and the palettes of the readers of Gurney Journey in 2008 and 2014.


If you know of 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, 26 September 2015

Marches Scribes' Exhibition, Leominster then Craven Arms

Another flyer spotted at Ludlow Library, this is only on at Leominster Library for a few more days before moving to the Discovery Centre for a month:

Church Stretton Drawing Course with Paul Webster

Spotted at the library today, all the details are on the flyer:

Out of Nature Sculpture Show

From 3rd - 25th October, Newport House in Herefordshire will play host to the second edition of the sculptural show Out of Nature.

Out of Nature will present about 200 pieces of outdoor sculptures in the formal gardens, around the lake and in the walled garden, as well as some indoor pieces in “the pub” and the green houses, by around 40 different artists from all over the UK as well as Germany and France.

You can find all the details on the website,, and you can find photos of some of the exhibits on their Facebook page HERE (note: you don't need to log on to the Facebook to view the pictures)

Friday, 25 September 2015

The Big Draw 2015

The Big Draw is back - it's nearly upon us in fact - and there are several events taking place within striking distance of Ludlow:

Art for Acorns Exhibition, in Cradley - 1st to 26th October - LINK
Message in a Bottle: Every Drawing Tells a Story, in Worcester - 10th October - LINK
Pigments of the Imagination, in Worcester - 10th October - LINK
The Big Medicine Draw(er), in Worcester - 23rd to 30th October - LINK
Illustration Beats Explanation, in Worcester - 24th to 31st OCtober - LINK

THere are many more events taking place across the country, too - to see them all, visit the Big Draw's map page, with links to all the events: The Big Draw's Map Page.

Drusilla Cole's Linocut Exhibition

LAS member Drusilla Cole has a new exhibition of linocuts, etchings and collagraphs running from 2nd - 31st October in Bishop's Castle. Her work is excellent, so if you can get there this is very much worth seeing! All details are on the flyer, click to enlarge:

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Upcoming - Peter Bishop's talk on Snowdonia's Mountains in Art

On Thursday 1st October, Peter Bishop, a lecturer for many years on British and Welsh art, will be giving us a talk based on his new book.

He kindly sent over some information and some art ahead of his talk:

"Peter Bishop attended the Slade School of Fine Art in the early 1970s and held his first solo exhibition in London in 1975. He is a landscape painter and from 1975 to 1987 he produced both Alpine and Welsh border landscapes which were exhibited in a number of venues. A selection of these paintings were shown at the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery in 1987. After this he began to paint the mountains of Snowdonia as his main subject. From 1987 to 2008 he was represented by the renowned Kilvert Gallery, Clyro. His most recent one-person show was at the Museum of Modern Art, Wales in 2012.
In 1995 he obtained an MA in the History of Art and a doctorate in 2002 from Aberystwyth University for research on Snowdonia and its representation in art. This talk will cover both examples of Peter's mountain paintings and selected examples from its rich history. This subject is fully explored in his lavishly illustrated book; The Mountains of Snowdonia in Art, published earlier this year. "

Cader Idris, Llyn Cau, 2011, watercolour and charcoal 32 x  42cm

The talk is at our usual time, so please arrive 7pm for 7.30pm at the Studio, Ludlow Assembly Rooms,  and it's £3 for members, £4 for guests - tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

November Workshop - Paul Weaver's Atmospheric Townscapes

In November, we are lucky enough to have watercolour artist Paul Weaver not only give us a talk and demo on Thursday 5th, but also to lead a workshop on his topic of 'Atmospheric Townscapes' on Friday 6th!

The evening meeting on the Thursday will run as usual, but there are limited places available for the workshop so you need to book your places to avoid disappointment.

You can find the form with all the details here (there'll be an email with it attached going out very soon):

You can see some of Paul's stunning work by following THIS link.

Don't miss this one!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Young at Art

From 23rd-26th October St Laurence's Church is hosting Young at Art for the third year - Young at Art is a Churches Together Around Ludlow young people’s initiative that provides a platform for young people of all ages and abilities to show their talents and skills. The focus on young people who are disadvantaged in some way, either homeless, materially deprived, or with various disabilities.
There is also a rich seam of talent displayed from the majority of the local schools, from Ludlow College to primaries.

All the details are on the flyer:

Friday, 18 September 2015

LAS Summer Exhibition in the Ludlow Ledger

The Ludlow Ledger were also kind enough to write an article (for their September / October edition)!

Thank you, Ludlow Ledger!

LAS Summer Exhibition in the Teme Valley Times

The Teme Valley times were kind enough to write an article on our recent Summer Exhibition for their October / November edition:

Thank you, Teme Valley Times!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Methods of Payment

A very quick update - from 2016 you'll be able to pay for your LAS membership via bank transfer, making it even easier to join or renew with us!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

'Showing Off' - Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft

From the SGoCT website (LINK): "The Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft will be 'Showing Off' this weekend with our second Ludlow craft show of the year.
This Autumn we have another new venue and will be Showing Off at the Ludlow Castle Beacon Room on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October 2015. Showing Off not only incorporates designer makers from the Shropshire Guild, but also the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen and guest designer makers. It will be open from 11am – 5pm on Saturday and 10am – 4pm on Sunday. Admission is free."

Friday, 11 September 2015

Summer Exhibition Final Choice Award

The final Choice Award, from the Ludlow Brewery, was awarded to Val Alexander for her painting, 'Fishermen, Cadaques' - congratulations, Val!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Val Littlehales' Charity Exhibition

All the details are on the flyer for LAS member Val Littlehales' upcoming exhibition, and there's a glass of wine and some nibbles at the preview evening at 6.30pm on Thursday 10th September:

click to enlarge
Thanks to Dru Cole for passing this on!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Upcoming - Stocktonbury Gardens Plein Air

On Saturday 19th September we have our next plein air day, and it's from 10am - 4pm at Stocktonbury Gardens during h.Art. We're free to work in the cafe area and the car park, as well as the outbuilding used by h.Art, but if we want to work in the gardens then it's a £6 entry fee per person.

Let's hope for some fantastic weather!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

From John Instance's Demo

I was disappointed not to be able to make it to John's demo, but Jean Simnett has very kindly written up a report of the evening:


John gave us an interesting and informative demonstration of his watercolour painting style, choosing a subject close to his heart, the River Severn.  He told us that he loves painting outdoors but now generally sketches, en plein air, directly onto 300lb, Hot Pressed, unstretched watercolour paper.  He then completes the picture in his studio using photos as extra reminders.  He sometimes visits the selected site more than once, until he has all the information he needs to complete the painting.

He had prepared his sketch and, whilst painting, gave us full details of the Winsor and Newton Artists paint colours he uses and the mixes he prefers; the brushes he finds particularly useful (Jacksons “sky wash” speaks for itself and “one stroke” a fine flat he likes for windows); and also the mediums he uses (Ox Gall - to increase flow and Gum Arabic - to prevent bleeding into wet areas).  Many attending knew little about these mediums despite being quite experienced watercolourists.

He is assiduous in changing his water for each area painted and uses two palettes for different colours (skies and water and land and trees), in this way he keeps his work very clean and fresh and never muddy. 

I am sure all attending would agree that no one could have been more generous in sharing the tips and tricks gathered over a lifetime of painting.


Here are some photos of the evening (click to enlarge), courtesy of George Loades:

Join us on Thursday 1st of next month for our October talk with Peter Bishop, a lecturer on British and Welsh art. See you there!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Pea Green Cafe

The LAS' display at the Pea Green Cafe (in the Mascall Centre) is being changed by curator and LAS Secretary Pat Innes on Tuesday 15th September - all the existing artists are being contacted, but if you'd like your work to be part of the new display just drop Pat a line at

Best in Show - 2015 Summer Exhibition

The votes have been counted, and we can now reveal the results of the public vote for Best in Show in our exhibition! We'll do it two ways, firstly by artwork and then by artist (please note, we don't take votes on the President's work for Best in Show). Here we go:

By picture:

1) 34 votes - Glory, by Jim Bailey
2) 30 votes - Sisters, by Jim Bailey
3) 26 votes - Conway, by Rob Leckey
4) 14 votes - Young Explorers, by Arthur Davis
5) 13 votes - Towards Criccieth, by Wilfred Langford
6) 10 votes - Midday Sun Venice, by Val Alexander
6) 10 votes - Corran Loch Linnhe, by John Willetts
8) 9 votes - The Pump Room, by Miriam Bell
8) 9 votes - Auditorium, by Arthur David
8) 9 votes - Stormy Day, by Diane Jennings
11) 8 votes - Fisherman's Cadaques, by Val Alexander
11) 8 votes - Where The Wild Roses Grow, by Miriam Bell
11) 8 votes - Madonna, by Frances Clarke
14) 7 votes - Sea, Sky & Hood, by Jim Bailey
14) 7 votes - Backyard Montgomery, by Martin Dutton
14) 7 votes - Mill Farm, Snow Scene, by Anthony James
14) 7 votes - Penman Lighthouse, by Rob Leckey
14) 7 votes - Lunch Break at Woofferton, by George Loades
14) 7 votes - Riverside at Rye, by George Loades
14) 7 votes - Dinham Bridge, by Jean Simnett
21) 6 votes - Purple Dell, by Samuel Bebb
21) 6 votes - Bullseye, by Lesley Connolly
21) 6 votes - Still Life, by Pat Innes
21) 6 votes - Inside My Head, by Diane Jennings
25) 5 votes - Gorgeous George, by Lesley Connolly
25) 5 votes - Here Kitty, by Ann Priest
25) 5 votes - Zagolite, by David Tedham
28) 4 votes - Wall Eyed Collie, by Leslie Connolly
28) 4 votes - Spring Showers, by Catherine Downes
28) 4 votes - Sun & Shadow, Clee Hill, by George Loades
28) 4 votes - Trigonometry, by Elizabeth Moss
32) 3 votes - Enchanted Garden 1, by Stephen Foxx
32) 3 votes - Cwm Tryfan, by John Willetts
34) 2 votes - Sunflowers, by Val Alexander
34) 2 votes - Ludlow Castle, by Miriam Bell
34) 2 votes - The Night Snow Came To Malvern, by Margaret Booker
34) 2 votes - Happy Families, by Val Davis
34) 2 votes - Abandoned Trail, by Anthony James
34) 2 votes - Breton Cafe, by Anthony James
34) 2 votes - San Giorgio Venice, by Anthony James
34) 2 votes - Sun Flower, by Diane Jennings
34) 2 votes - Blue Teapot, by Wilfred Langford
34) 2 votes - Big Ludlow Picture, by Rob Leckey
34) 2 votes - Sunset, by Elizabeth Moss
34) 2 votes - The Abandoned Trail, by Ruth Tune
46) 1 vote - Barcelona Life, by Samuel Bebb
46) 1 vote - Mother Love, by Samuel Bebb
46) 1 vote - Greek Holiday, by Rosemary Charles
46) 1 vote - Iris, by Caroline Clist
46) 1 vote - Frozen Waterfall, by Arthur Davis
46) 1 vote - Hillside Farm, by Val Davis
46) 1 vote - Scottish Hideaway, by Val Davis
46) 1 vote - Broken Walls, by Catherine Downes 
46) 1 vote - Enchanted Garden 4, by Stephen Foxx
46) 1 vote - Old Man of Sky, by Elizabeth Moss
46) 1 vote - Puppy Love, by Ann Priest
46) 1 vote - Readers House, by Ann Priest
46) 1 vote - Morning Light, by John Willetts

And for the results by artist:

1) 71 votes - Jim Bailey
2) 35 votes - Rob Leckey
3) 24 votes - Arthur Davis
4) 20 votes - Val Alexander
5) 19 votes - Miriam Bell
6) 18 votes - George Loades
7) 17 votes - Diane Jennings
8) 15 votes - Lesley Connolly
8) 15 votes - Wilfred Langford
10) 14 votes - John Willetts
11) 13 votes - Anthony James
12) 8 votes - Samuel Bebb
12) 8 votes - Frances Clarke
14) 7 votes - Martin Dutton
14) 7 votes - Elizabeth Moss
14) 7 votes - Ann Priest
14) 7 votes - Jean Simnett
18) 6 votes - Pat Innes
18) 6 votes - Kim Rogers
20) 5 votes - Catherine Downes
20) 5 votes - David Tedham
22) 4 votes - Val Davis
22) 4 votes - Stephen Foxx
24) 2 votes - Margaret Booker
24) 2 votes - Ruth Tune
26) 1 vote - Rosemary Charles
26) 1 vote - Caroline Clist

Keep an eye on this blog, we'll have more information very soon!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Summer Exhibition in the Papers

Our 2015 Summer Exhibition was featured in the South Shropshire Journal and the Shropshire Star, and we've got the articles for you below - just click to enlarge. Thanks to LAS member Miriam Bell for sending these over!