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The Easel

Yippee yet again. Quite a few members collected their copies at BEECHE on Saturday. The rest almost filled the postbox on the corner of my street this afternoon to catch the 5 pm collection. Another job done!

The Easel

Yippee again! The Easel arrived this morning and copies are already in envelopes. Labels have been printed. I'm pleased as Punch. Members can expect to get their copies by the middle of next week. Yippee!

The Easel

Yippee! The Winter issue was mailed to the printer on Tuesday morning this week
I am now looking for articles for the Spring 2012 issue. I am also looking for photographs of members' work for the Members' Gallery. The best pic. gets onto the front and earns the winner £30 worth of vouchers from CassArt. Those who work black on white can also send me photos. for inclusion on the inner pages.
New members: send me your personal profile with a head and shoulders photo.; include your influences and preferred medium.

New feature - Notifications make the site more interactive

Allan Davies is doing a great job with his blog and others chip in occasionally, but not everyone sees these gems. I have now built a new feature to "Notifiy" you when there is a change to something you are interested in. Instead of having to check the website frequently for new content, you can be emailed a short message to tell you something is waiting for you.

Degas and the Ballet

With Allan's permission I have moved this article to the forums!

What if...? Gallery, Dartford

The Arts Festival has come to an end. Yesterday, the last Saturday in October, there was a great deal of footfall. The chair of Blackheath Art Society demonstrated how to make and creatively use felt to produce remarkable pieces of art. I demonstrated acrylics again with a large canvas, a large knife, and some thick paint (ooh! notice the Oxford comma...) before I dashed off for lunch. The gallery's Ann was busy today as she helped set up a new exhibition for the month (super stuff worth a visit) and rehung the other rooms.

What if...? Gallery, Dartford

The Thursday Tutored Acrylics Workshops have not attracted as many aspiring painters as we had hoped. However, we crash on! Every Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm a small group of us work together and I do my best to show techniques with knife and brush. At £30 for a six week stint it is not expensive. So, if anyone wants to learn new skills in a socially amenable company, come and join us.

Arts Festival at the What If Gallery, Dartford

The festival is attracting visitors and there have been sales (even one of mine!). If you have nothing better to do on Saturday 29/10 pop in and enjoy an acrylics demo from about 11 am. I'll be slapping on the paint with knife and brush.

Website facelift

Drupal IconThose who study such things may notice a change to the style of the website. The old one was making a mess of stories on the front page if they had pictures in, as more and more of them do. The current style, or "theme" in the jargon, is the default one and not an artistic choice on my part. It works rather well but is immediately recognisable as the default theme for Drupal, the software behind the site. It does not suggest much creativity for an Art Society but I blame the day job for that.

I am planning a major upgrade to the site at some stage and will attend to beautification then.

Denbies again

October is harvest-time at Denbies and the colour of the vine leaves is mind-blowing. Iris and I enjoyed lunch there on 9 October (yes, we skipped church) and I took lots of photos. There may well be a painting in the offing...

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