Allan Davies's blog

Wrotham Arts Festival

It has been and gone! If you missed it, you missed a treat. Derek and I had a great show with some of our pieces now hanging in new homes. In two years time we will be there again for sure, God willing. What about you?

March Demo.

What a wonderful venue! The decision to move to the golf club at Shortlands was absolutely right for us. Thise who were present - and there were a lot of us - thoroughly appreciated all that was on offer; first rate coffee, an bar that stayed open beyond our demo. period, good lighting and comfort. All that, added to the really good use of our sound and vision kit, made for a good evening for all. Even the demo. was good... Next month it is an evening with our friend Hash and his unique use of acrylics. I anticipate another super evening. See you there.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everybody. I have been sorting the studio for a new year of painting without the responsibility of The Easel and teaching drawing and painting. Wonderful! 2013 will be a truly happy new year!

Criticism Evening

It is the first Friday of the month and our monthly meeting. This week we are encouraged to take along a couple of paintings with which we are not happy and would like suggestions re. saving them. I'll be doing my bit, but be prepared to add your two-penny worth of advice. We want encouragement not destruction, happiness not grief. There can be nothing worse than destructive criticism.

ENCOURAGEMENT

If you have not had a sale for a while, take heart. I sold a piece last weekend that I made in 1978! See? The right place at the right time and the right person, and whoopee!

The BAS Spring Exhibition

This is not to be missed. Another display of artistic talent on show. A lady travelled from Dover especially for our exhibition and bought a number of pieces. It was good to see red dots almost as soon as we had completed the hanging. Well done every contributor.

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?

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