Society of Graphic Fine Art - A watercolour journey with a contemporary twist.
Bafa Art Cafe - Thursday 11th May 11am at The Woolpack, Buckingham - Chat over a cuppa. Are you ready for the Spring Exhibition?
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 wonderful night finding out about the traditional learning process of artists learning the academic art of drawing by attending an academy for 5 years. The premise being that anyone can learn to draw by hours of practice and honing skills. George wowed us with a great sketch using his Sight Sizing Portraiture process using charcoal and alot of patience. Th evening also saw Bafa's first Live Facebook post - enabling members who weren't able to attend the chance to see this precise technique.
We had a great night on Tuesday with Mike starting the night by giving us a really interesting historical background to the art of Stained Glass. This was followed by Jenny giving us a demonstration of the Copper foil technique of Stained glass that is perfect for artistic and creative designs. She explained that the traditional leading technique is more suitable for items that are for outside locations. The evening concluded with members being given the chance to have a go at cutting glass - no cut fingers to report! Jenny and Mike offer many courses for those wishing to have a go at the whole process.
Photos by Emily Pool and John Credland
January 2017 - Caroline Chappell, Expressive landscape painting
With a calm, but exciting voice Caroline showed how to create paintings which express the sensation of actually being there; in the landscape. Creating images that can best be described as expressive, or if you prefer impressionist.
Continually drawing in the landscape she captures the crucial elements of the settings en plein air, not necessarily attempting to replicate the exact location. Back in the studio her work begins, first a larger sketch, creating the image, before developing the full-size picture. Whilst being influenced by the likes of David Tress and Kurt Jackson; her own pictures can be seen at various galleries around the country.
And her style to achieve these exciting pictures, though created in the studio still drawing you into the landscape itself – charcoal, Indian ink, acrylics; using sticks, brushes, feathers, and an old credit card to apply medium to cartridge paper. Her pictures tell the story, the moment, the atmosphere.
Words by James Rowell: Images by Emily Pool
December 2016 - A great Christmas party and Quiz - Thank you Peter Bowtell for another great job! Well done to the winning team, and for the team with the least points - we hope you are enjoying your old paintbrush... We said a fond farewell to Debs Last, a founding member and Patron, who has moved with her family to Devon to set up Art Courses by the sea!
November 2016 - We have had another successful exhibition and a big well done needs to be given to all of our exhibiting artists on creating that success with their great work. Results of our competitions are given below.
Best Interpretation of the Theme
Winner- Helen Shaw 'New Adventures at 80'
H/C - Jane Bottomley 'Spirit of Adventure'
Best in Show
Winner - Alan Chown 'Quiet Day at Maldon'
H/C - Zoe Day 'Goldilocks'
Winner - Lucia Pearson-Gee 'Finding Fish'
H/C - Gillian Nicholls 'New Worlds Waiting'
Winner - Nicola Smith 'The Pioneer'
H/C - Karen Joy 'We Could Get There'
Winner - Alan Chown 'Quiet Day at Maldon'
H/C - Zoe Day 'Goldilocks'
A great evening being shown a very useful example of how to paint a townscape in Oils! We also said farewell to Marion, who is heading to Devon, with a little token to show our appreciation of her help to Bafa over the last few years!
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
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.
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.
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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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!
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.
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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.