Buckingham Art for All -


A Buckingham based Art group which welcomes artists of all abilities and those interested in art to meet, share, learn and above all enjoy art.  Monthly meetings are held with a variety of speakers and demonstrations.  We hold two annual exhibitions and would love you to join us either as a visitor or a member; spectator or artist!

January 2015

Portrait Demonstration by Peter Keagan, Artist.


Great start to the New Year BAFA monthly programme. The invitation to Peter Keagan who is a professional Portrait Artist was a huge success and has settled the members into wanting more demonstrations to this high standard. Peter makes a living out of painting portraits of people. He prefers to meet the sitter and portray their personality into the painting. He will paint from photographs upon request but states that one cannot get the tonal values that are seen in a live sitting.

Peter paints in Oils on different mediums, such as solid MDF board to soft surface framed canvas. For the purpose of the demonstration he used Canvas paper, suitable for painting in Oil. The pallet layout is always the same – light swatches on one side and dark on the other. A typical layout would be Light - Alizarin Crimson, Chrome Red, Flesh Tint, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Titanium White, Dark – Terra Vert/ Sap Green, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue , then Turpentine to assist the flow.

Mel agreed to be the subject for the composition and the portrait began with size and placement on the canvas, i.e. tip of thumb to tip of middle finger equals bottom of chin to forehead hair line, followed by blocking in straight outline of head shape. Sub-divide position and angles (and axis) for the eyes, nose, ears and mouth.

Rechecking the positions of the facial parts throughout the process is vital and key to an accurate likeness. The beauty of painting in oils is being able to make corrections. However, keep the detail to last.

Once satisfied with the drawing, block in the halftones, working from dark shadow first to lighter shades last, then add the highlights.

Next, restate the process again, moving first to the darks, introduce reflected light, check and cover halftones and highlights.

It was now time to model the eye area and eye detail, followed by the nose and mouth. Move to the Hair. Finish with the head creases, clothing and background colour.

The final detail is placed with a sparkle of Titanium White to the Eye.

Portrait finished – thank you Peter for an excellent Portrait demonstration.


Written by Les Riley, Photos by Les Riley

January 2015

Happy New Year, Membership starts again this month so please bring your fees, the next time we see you! Our AGM is just over a month away and with this come the call for more members to join the committee. We are especially looking for someone willing to take over the treasurer role, this would give Helen more time to concentrate on our growing exhibition opportunities.


January 2015

Bafa Member Iain Hodgkinson is running a variety of Printmaking courses at his new studio in Northamptonshire. Please see his website for details.


December 2014

Ten members of the Bafa Printmakers Network have taken part in the 20:20 Print Exchange run by Hot Bed Press. The prints are currently on a National tour (Stage 1 - Neo:Gallery 27, Bolton 10th Jan-22nd Feb 2015) and can be viewed alongside the other 571 participating artists work on Flickr follow this link to have a look - Buckingham 20:20 Print Exchange 2014

November 2014

An excellent exhibition - a big thanks to all who helped and a big well done to the winners of the competition! Here are the winners!


Novice Winner Stella Bell, Island rocks

Novice highly commended Kathryn Acton, Storm Tree

Novice highly commended Emma Heyes, A Walk to Porlock Weir


Intermediate winner Colin Price, Beyond Torremendo

Intermediate highly commended Colin Price, Kakudu

Intermediate highly commended Barbara Chivers, Look after the trees


Experienced winner Barbara Geary, 'Hare today’

Experienced highly commended Barbara Geary, On the Wild Side

Experience highlty commended Sylvia Davidson, From Dawn til dusk


Best in show winner Barbara Geary, On the Wild Side

Best in show h/c Barbara Geary Hare today

Best in show h/c Sylvia Davidson, From Dawn til dusk

November 2014 -

Great News, Exhibition month has brought with it our first ever 100th Member - Welcome Helen Ledward!


Furthermore the number of exhibits for our upcoming 'Environment' exhibition is up by about 40%! With the most members exhibiting in our 7 year history.


We hope that you will support our artists by coming to view the wonderful artwork. There will also be local musicians playing throughout the weekend and great refreshments to enjoy from a pop-up by local coffee shop Gyre & Gimble.


Invites (A4 & 3 to a page) to the Friday Night Preview, for members to share with friends and family.

October 2014

A big well done to the Bafa Publicity Elves - Helen Shaw has got a wonderful Linocut, 'Sheep in the Snow' on the front page of the MK18 magazine, being delivered this week! Mention it to all local friends to remind them to come and visit the exhibition; 15th-16th November @ Buckingham Community Centre.

October 2014 - Exhibition plans are well underway - find the entry form here, please try to get entries in on time. Hanging cannot be gauranteed for late entries!


September 2014 - Elaine Marston, Pastels


An excellent evening which gave us all a great insight into the amazing detail that can be achieved with pastels.

July 2014 - Iain Hodgkinson & Lindsey Graham -What is a Collagraph?


A great evening with a dual talk from the two printmakers about the technique of collagraph's. The dual talk was well thought out as despite printing using the same title, their techniques are quite different!

June 2014 - Robert Fathers, Greetings Cards


The demonstration was started with a brief history of Cards, with early examples shown. This was followed with a brief history of Robert Fathers introduction to art and how he progressed over the last 50 years, which was very interesting.

We were then given an insight into the materials favoured by the artist (Paints, Brushes and ground etc.). There was also a fine array of cards and paintings on display, which gave a really good window on the work that he produces. Which through his agent (which he recommends having) sell in many parts of the world.

We were then delighted with a painting demonstration in Gouache, when he painted a white dove carrying a twig of peace, with the star of Bethlehem and a stable in the distance. In doing so, several techniques were demonstrated. Painting onto damp paper, wet into wet paint, scrambling, masking, wet on dry and splatter with a toothbrush. Many questions were answered during the demonstration which again was very interesting.

The end result was a really impressive piece of art which seemed to jump out when a white mount was placed over it. I for one was very impressed, as were the people I spoke to afterwards, and this was reflected in the applause Robert received at the conclusion of his demonstration.

If you would like to look at some of his work, he has a web site :- www.robertfathersart.com


written by Stephen Poulter, photos by Emily Pool

May 2014 - Bafa @ The Woolpack

Another amazing exhibiton weekend! Well done to all of you who exhibitied. Many visitors commented on the standard of work being of such a high quality.

May 2014 - Cathy Read, Masking Tips and Tricks

Cathy is well known for her distinctive architectural paintings in which she uses masking fluid extensively. Her well-prepared demonstration introduced us to masking – temporarily covering up an area in a painting so as to keep an area white for highlights when using watercolours, for instance.

She showed us a variety of masking techniques including the use of objects and paper shapes – including post-it notes!; crayons and candle wax; masking tape; Friskit film (a sort of plastic film to cover a larger area which is then carefully cut away before a wash is applied.) and, her favourite, masking fluid.

To apply the masking fluid Cathy uses a line drawing tool which she has found to be the most effective for drawing fine lines. The consistency should be that of single cream. Dilute with sprayed water if too thick. Masking fluid should not be applied with a brush as it will destroy the bristles.

Cathy talked of the importance of using good quality paper to minimize risk of tearing when the masking fluid is removed. She prefers to use Langton and Fabriano Artistico papers but advises us to experiment to find which works best for us. Masking fluid should always be applied to dry paper and the paper must be dry before attempting to remove the fluid.

The stimulating evening ended with lots of time and opportunity to try out techniques; discuss any queries with Cathy and to enjoy looking at interesting and exciting examples of her work.

written by Sue Ambrose, photos by Emily Pool



For further information contact:  0843 289 7244 or emailnews@buckinghamartforall.co.ukThis number is run by an automatic switchboard and will try and to connect you to a member of the committee who will help with your query.


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April 2014 - We have extended the closing date of the Spring Exhibition to Friday 2nd May, as the original date, so close to Easter, seems to have arrived far too quickly! So if you were going to have a go but thought it too late - Now is your chance!


April 2014 - John Credland, iPad Drawing

John gave us a great demonstration of how to put the iPad to good artistic use, using the Brushes and Snapseed app. The most important thing John told us to remember was to make sure that you were drawing on the correct layer! By usng the layers function of Brushes it is possible to add different effects with the many brush options and the ability to trace from photographs! we were reminded that it should not be seen as cheating, as for many years artists have made use of the technology around us, like the camera obscura! The Snapseed app was used the then add filters, the grunge effect being John's favourite. Many members brought their various tablets and I imagine that there may be more digital art appearing in our exhibitions after this demonstration!


April 2014 - We are planning on fundraising again for Macmillan Cancer Support by holding our Mystery Picture Sale at our Spring Exhibition in May. Buy your 5"x7" canvas board from us at the next meeting, or you can source your own of course! Remember that once complete, sign the back and place in an envelope and give it to us on or before Friday 16th May.


March 2014 - Spring Exhibition Entry Forms now available! Uncatalogued work forms have been revamped for 2014 to make things easier on exhibition weekend, click here to get the new one!


March 2014 - Rod Craig, 'Painting the Elements'


It was a full house that watched Woodstock Artist Rod Craig inspire us with his loosely-painted, atmospheric watercolour demonstration on Tuesday evening.

Rod trained as a graphic artist and worked in that field for many years before turning to painting full-time. He has used bright colours in the past but now works with a limited palette of mostly grey and yellow mixes. He uses thick paper (680 gm Fabriano) which enables him to start work immediately rather than have to stretch the paper first. His brushes are large. “If you want to free up your work, throw away your small paint brushes” he told us.

He sprayed the paper and then applied sweeping strokes of yellow, leaving white areas in the centre. To this he added roughly applied greys which, with the help of more sprayed water and the wetness of the paper ran into each other to produce effective cloud formations. To add depth to his work he used Indian ink mixed with the paint for rocks and hills in the foreground. “It is very effective but unforgiving if you make a mistake!”

What interests him most is trying to create an impressionistic mood of time and place rather than a representational study. He works from memory and the occasional use of photographs, listening to music of various genres as he does so. He is a guitarist in a group who loves any sort of music and has run sessions of painting to live music. (See video on his website)

He really did create an atmosphere of remote hills and silence with somewhat forbidding clouds rolling in…..it was a joy to watch.


Written by Sue Ambrose, Photos by Peter Baker





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Tues 10 February – Bafa Annual General Meeting

We at Bafa believe in short AGM's. That gives us more time for other things to do and explore. Bring sketchbooks and pencils!


Bafa Art Cafe - Thursday 12 February 11am, at the Woolpack, Buckingham



Tues 10 March – Mita Vaghela – Beauty in Art, a Journey from Traditional to Contemporary Art.


'In my presentation I will talk about the journey I have been on so far, and my understanding of contemporary art in relation to my practice.


My practice is concerned with human behaviour and perceptions. I am particularly interested in the blur between religion and tradition.'

Bafa Art Cafe - Thursday 12 March 11am, at the Woolpack, Buckingham



Examples of our Members Artwork can be viewed on the Bafa Gallery's Participating Artists pages

Raffle Prizes


We have had a few members enquiring as to where we get our wonderful raffle prizes, month after month.  Well the answer is that they are donated by very generous members! We would like to thank those of you who have thought of us, and supported our raffle, when you find such great prizes be it a bottle or art related items and books. All donations to the raffle can be brought along to the monthly meetings.