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!
A great evening thinking about how we could market our artwork in better ways! Paul told us some of his tricks of the trade regarding going to Art Fairs and selling artwork online via auction sites and galleries.
Emily Brady's presentation was fascinating as she talked about her work in mixed media, cartoons, Illustrations and as an art tutor.
At school her art teacher did not seem to approve of her work and she got very low marks. This did not put her off. She went on to art school and gained her degree. She is fascinated with Japanese. manga comics and, together with a friend, produces an online, on going web comic book and also publishes her own books. (See her website at www.footloosecomic.com)
It is not easy to make a living doing art. To fill the coffers she produces many buttons and figures for computer games as a freelance artist. She showed us videos of her work on Arcen games.
She demonstrated how she makes a comic strip using the incredible software on her Wacom Cintiq Companion tablet. She explained layers showing how one can overlay colours to make a picture seem three-dimensional and how they save time when changing facial expressions. She emphasised the importance of placing speech bubbles.
As this type of Art was new to many of us, those with Photoshop (similar but not as sophisticated) felt inspired to have a go. A thoroughly interesting and well presented evening!
written by Sue Ambrose; Photos by Emily Pool
From the initial abstract blocks of colour, Derek builds the play of light on form, preferably working from direct observation, day or night. This evening will be about townscapes in oils.
Bafa Art Cafe - Thursday 15th September 11am at The Woolpack, Buckingham - Only two months to go until our big Exhibition at the Community Centre. Theme - Spirit of Adventure!
Ceramics - exploring the relationships curved lines, form and surface working with clay.
Bafa Art Cafe - Thursday 13th October 11am at The Woolpack, Buckingham - Only one month to go until the Winter Exhibition at the Community Centre. Theme - Spirit of Adventure!
May 2016 - Theme announced for our November Exhibition
A great weekend - Thank you to all that helped, exhibited and visited our exhibition! The weather was kind and it encouraged many visitors to the pub garden to come and have a look at what we had to offer! We raised £100 for Macmillan Cancer Support over the weekend with the raffle and games.
May 2016 - Debs Last Daily paintings for a whole year! Debs gave us a great talk about her 2015, a year of painting every day no matter where she found herself! She admitted that living at Stowe school with Stowe Landscape Gardens on her door step may have made this easier on cold winters days! Even going on holiday on a plane didn't put her out of step, as she investigated how to transport her paints and solved the problem of how to bring her paintings home by having a special pochette made especially for the job. It was great to see some examples of the paintings and hear of the lessons learnt about painting 'En Plein Air'.
April 2016 - Liz Dixon - Powertex sculptures using recycled textiles - a great opportunity for us to ahve a go at using this amazing hardener along with plaster faces to create our own mini sculptures.
March 2016 - Gino Ballantyne - 'Curator of Ideas'
Gino used the first half of the meeting to give us his opinion (and ask for ours!) of modern art - raising questions as to whether modern artists such as Damien Hirst are good businessmen rather than artists, in comparison to some of those considered great in earlier eras.
He covered many areas of interest such as the medium from which different people create art (who draws from life and who from an ipad for eg), giving us all food for thought. After a coffee break, Gino spoke to us about the properties of a very simple medium - charcoal - and demonstrated how impressive a very quick sketch of as many members of the audience as possible, could be.
written by Emma Hamilton, Photos by Brian Eldridge
March 2016 - Our Spring Exhibition is launched!
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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We continued with our traditionally short AGM! We reviewed the reports and accounts and members present had the opportunity to ask any questions. There were no changes to the committee with all members being re-elected in post.
The meeting was then transformed by Brian Eldridge giving us a great review of Dismaland - the exhibition set up by Banksy, last summer in Weston-Super-Mare. Set to uplifting 60's music to remind us of its seaside location, Brian gave us an insight into the art that he discovered in the alternative theme park of Banksy's creation. Please find here a list of artists and links to the video shorts that were being played in the cinema. If you were unable to come to the meeting you missed a treat. Brian may be persuaded to show it again - we will update you if this is an option of the future. Thank you Brian, a great evening.
Zoe Day - Portraiture, Zoë talked briefly of her background in art and shared her passion and dedication to art and her journey to where she is nowFirst she did a demo of a self portrait demonstrating how to to work with graphite power, pencil and eraser. We then broke for tea after which she demonstrated the use of Zoe's magic palette! Which is yellow ochre, vermillion, black and white. She suggested that we buy the best paints we can buy so you can get an amazing range of colours form these four paints including greens and blue tints. She finished the evening showing us some of the properties of the face and how you can change a head completely using different proportions making the head older and younger and then an old man! A really enjoyable evening watching an expert at work making it look easy when what she has is years and years of good artistic practice.
Written by Debs Last, Photos by Emily Pool
Another great evening full of laughs and interesting questions which tested our festive brains! Well done to the winners and our best wishes to the losers - better luck next year!
November 2015 -
Our Winter Exhibition has been a roaring success! Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, opened the exhibition on Friday night with a great crowd appreciating our record entry. We were pleased to have four paintings from our twinned town of Mouvaux, in France, to add to our wonderful show of local artistic talent.
For those of you that visited over the weekend and took part in the competition element of our Journey Themed exhibition, here are the results.
Best Interpretation of the Theme
Winner - Pilgrim, A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step by Cathy Read
Highly Commended - After the Storm by Rowena Devas
Winner - Birch Reflections by Maria Pratt
Highly Commended - Memories of my Childhood by Dianne White
Winner - Journey to Safety by Geraldine Rendle
Highly Commended - A Frosty Morning Walk by Wyn Burder
Winner - Too Shy to Go Anywhere by Barbara Geary
Highly Commended - T.G.I.F. (after Joseph Zbukvic) by Peter Baker
Best in Show
Winner - Too Shy To Go Anywhere by Barbara Geary
Highly Commended - After the Storm by Rowena Devas
November 2015 - A record entry to our Exhibition promises a great weekend for the 14th and 15th November at the Buckingham Community Centre. Preview invites will be with members shortly.
September 2015 - September’s guest was Christian artist Yvone Bell. Yvonne primarily designs church vestments, banners, chasubles and panels and it was particularly interesting to hear of her work on vestments designed for the Archbishop of York. However Yvonne also brought with her other examples of her varied styles of silk painting, mainly carried out using the ‘stained glass’ method but there were also a few examples of more freehand work. Yvonne carried out a demonstration of her work, which we were actively encouraged to watch very closely, and she practically completed an entire painting in the 2nd half! It was good to hear a few people mention that those silk paints at the back of the cupboard might get another airing.....
Written by Emma Hamilton, Photos by Emily Pool
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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.