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The Easel

I have been looking again at our digitally produced Easel. It is a triumph! Our articles can now be illustrated in full colour; something we could not consider in the former printed newsletter. A former member, Bernard Victor, always illustrated his pieces and it was heart-breaking to produce them in black and white. So, let's be creative with our contributions for the Summer issue.

ART Materials again available in Bromley

I spent time in Bromley yesterday, Monday, (a visit to my dentist) and visited BAS members Taiana and Fabricio. You will know their shop, Frames and Art, at 230 High Street, Bromley. They now stock good quality art materials. I added to my kit bibs and bobs to fix string to my paintings. They have super plans for the shop that includes a workspace for toddlers and their mums. They may even have life classes (draped, of course!) in the future. Why not pop in and show your support?

The Easel

The Spring issue, which I have already seen, is another triumph for Ailsa. The Summer issue needs articles and pics from more contributors than the Spring issue. Please, get writing asap.


I kept my promise. Super comments following the crit. session. How can we have more of them? Suggestions please (they really do...). Ok, I missed the comma.

Studio Time

I am a busy boy preparing for my April show at Ripley. Old frames are being cleaned and painted, boards are being cut to fit found frames, new paint is being applied to boards and canvases. Time is running away from me.

What if...? Gallery, Dartford

A cry for help has six of us showing for two more weeks at this small gallery. Visit and show your support. Make yourself known and organise your own show. Enjoy!


Well, all AGMs attract criticism for their tedious boredom. I pronise that next week's meeting willl be far from that... The business should be completed very quickly and then we'll look at paintings. New members need have no fear that criticism will be negative in nature, the aim of the game is encouragement, as collectively we suggest ways to improve works that are proving difficult. So, please attend and bring your stuff - paintings and critical faculties - and we'll have fun!

Ripley Arts Centre - Land, Sea and Air

I am trying to be more active in 2014 than in 2013. Here's an advance notice that I will be showing my Land, Sea and Air paintings at the Ripley Arts Centre from Tuesday 1 April until Friday 25 April with an OPEN EVENING on Wednesday 2 April between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm. Everybody is welcome to the refreshments. There will be new stuff as well as some of the pieces from the attic.

Stephen Oliver Studio & Gallery

Stephen Oliver's studio and gallery is located at the Orchard Shopping Centre, Dartford. He has invited local artists to display their work with his for the next three months and I am taking up the offer. I'll put up three of mine this afternoon. Come and visit. Visit, too, his webpage - he keeps us up to date with what is going on in artistic endeavour.

Exhibiting in 2014

I have been looking at my September Folkestone photos - references for paintings. About half-a-dozen have been printed, one of them needs to be printed again to get at the details. This afternoon, I worked on a canvas and managed to get most of the drawing done and fixed. I plan to work at it tomorrow. While the paint dries I'll start another.

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