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Degas and the Ballet

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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.

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...

What If...? Gallery, Dartford

This is the best place to show our work for £1 a week. Rejoice with me; as one of mine was being hung yesterday it was snapped up by someone who loved it. I had changed its title... Perhaps that's the way to go. I have replaced it with another I made a few years ago and have changed its title, too. Keep 'em crossed for me.

The Easel - Winter 2011

It is time to present me with items for the next issue of The Easel. Comments re. commissioned work would be relevant following John's piece in the Autumn issue. Note to new members: a personal profile will introduce you to members, include a photo (head and shoulders), and a pic of one of your pieces of work, whatever it is you make. Be bold!

Slapping paint on canvas

Hooray! I managed to start a couple of new paintings today at Ripley Arts Centre after a couple of months taken up with exhibitions. Acrylic paint on boxed canvases with the promise of thicker applications and oils to add a further dimension. Joy, joy, thrice joy!

Criticism Evening with Pat Tucker

Following her afternoon stint at Denbies Wine Estate, Pat appeared fresh and erudite as she expressed her helpful criticism of our work. There were not many in attendance, so many missed a stimulating evening of instruction from 'er who knows. I was able to show the CASS Art vouchers in their smart packaging and presented them to John Marshall. His painting was on the front of our latest issue of The Easel.

Exhibitions

Another couple of busy weeks lie ahead with little hope of slapping paint on canvas. For me, the exhibition at Denbies Wine Estate begins tomorrow, as I book into the excellent farmhouse B&B so that I can be there early on Monday to start hanging our show. Then on Monday, Sept. 5, I will show for yet another two weeks at the What If ... ? Gallery in Dartford with another local painter, Francis Pyka. Look him up on-line; I like his work. I'll be showing some large stuff from a few years ago that have not been out of my loft for a while.

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