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!

March 2015 - Entries are now open for our Spring Exhibiton to be held in The Cote, at The Woolpack, Well Street, Buckingham; Click here for an Entry form

March 2015 - A great night listening to Mita Vaghela discuss her journey through to contemporary art via her recent Fine Arts Degree. More details to follow.

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!



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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Bafa Membership is now available for 2015 - just £20!


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Except where noted all events are free to members, £5 for non members at Buckingham Well Street United Church from 8pm to 10pm


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Tues 14 April – Rod Craig, Inspired by Music

'I am becoming increasingly interested in painting intuitively rather than facing a subject or using any other direct form of visual reference. Many elements combine to influence this process; inspiration drawn from other artists over the years, personal memories and feelings etc. but music plays a vital part in establishing the mood of the piece.'


Music will be provided by TP & Woodman


Bafa Art Cafe - Thursday 16 April 11am, at the Woolpack, Buckingham



Tues 12 May – Francesca Hinton – Clothe your Heart in a Rainbow.


Clothe your heart in a rainbow – looking at techniques and methods of painting in the open. A local artist who lives in Maids Moreton. She has sold work all around the world. Though primarily a painter, she can work in a variety of materials. She has taught art in schools over the last 18 years and now specialises in workshops and short courses.

Bafa Art Cafe - Thursday 14 May 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.