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Digital Art & Hockney

Hockney's Bigger Picture Show includes Ipad creations. It is a remarkable beast and a great pity that I cannot justify buying one for my own use. Anyway, I wonder how many members of BAS (and prospective members) are making art with their Ipads. Digital creations are already a feature of our exhibitions and examples are shown in our members' gallery. Some new BAS members are highly qualified photographers; some use computer applications, such as Photoshop, and make wonderful art. I feel that this is something to be encouraged rather than discouraged.

BAS Demo. evening

Robin Mackervoy Still Life in OilsThe BAS programme of demonstrations kicked off by scoring a goal, probably more than one. Robin Mackervoy's still life in oils was a masterpiece of instruction and brushwork. Everyone, from novice to pro., must have gained from such an outstanding player. His closing word, "I have enjoyed myself," was something that we all need to remember. If we are not enjoying slapping paint on, why do it?

The Easel

What a day! Packing envelopes and getting the right labels on them has taken hours to complete. Reason? Trying to ensure that the right people get the newsletter. All the paid-up members will get their copies. People who were formerly members and whom we know are not able to join this year will not receive the newsletter. Those who have been members and who are known to continue to make art but who have not yet paid their annual subscriptions will receive copies with a gentle reminder. Some of the latter will pay their subs.

The Royal Academy and Hockney

On Friday this week (24 Feb.) I plan to see the show. I usually get to the RA by about 11 am, which gives me plenty of time to see as much as I want. Having seen so much on TV and read so many reviews, I have no idea what to expect. Will I be thrilled or disappointed? Laughter or tears? Perhaps I'll bump into somebody I know?

What a wonderful day!

The British Library and Royal Manuscripts: super. It was a pity that people spent so much time with the first few exhibits and thus clogged up the works. I was too impatient and jumped on to the exhibits that had few if any 'students' and enjoyed freedom of movement and view. The free electronic commentary was a joy. A huge exhibition, too big for me, so I bought the lovely catalogue (softback) to enjoy at home and then went to the Mall Galleries and the Pastel Show. Another good 'un. Home by 4 pm to find that The Easel had arrived to be mailed next week, I hope.

AGM and Neale Worley

For those members who missed the AGM and the dvd of Ken Howard, part of which was shown at the AGM, you can find examples of Neale's work at http://www.nealeworley.com/. Enjoy!

AGM and Neale Worley

What a super evening! An AGM need not be a bore and this evening's meeting was most certainly not boring. The business was briskly completed and we were treated to a super dvd of Neale's five days in Pakistan producing a completed work every day. Time constrained our seeing more of Ken Howard at work on the dvd that Neale had produced with a friend last year. Neale selected a piece where Ken described painting a series, and that must have tickled the fancy of quite a number of us, as we bought the dvd. Yes, I now have my own and can return my neighbour's...

Stretching Canvas

I have been tidying my studio and getting ready for all the BAS exhibitions arranged for this year (there is a lot of them). So far, I have prepared four new canvases. They look wonderful with the white gesso still pristine clean. More stretchers arrived today. They were ordered on Monday this week and today is Thursday - a super service. Tomorrow, I will stretch another four or five canvases, all larger than those I worked on last week. Then, I will be ready for some weeks devoted to creating works to make me smile in the doing and to bring joy in the viewing.

Creative Bromley

Reading my previous blog on Creative Bromley I have had a re-think. I am not convinced that Creative Bromley is really worth keeping. After all, the Bromley Arts Council is already doing the business. Why set up another organisation in competition?

Stretching Canvas

Stretching canvas is easy. Buy the right size stretchers for the canvas you have. They come in pairs and wedges are provided. I get mine from GreatArt. Tap the stretchers together and make sure that the corners are square. Don't use a hammer. Use a mallet; mine is rubber to avoid damaging the stretchers with dents. Place the assembled stretchers face down on the canvas making sure that there is plenty to stretch around to the back. I always staple the back and not the edge.

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