Martin Bentham Landscape Painting Workshop

A great day hosted by our fabulous artist vice president started with Martin explaining what he uses and how he has adapted his equipment set up for painting outdoors (which is his main passion). Guy ropes to anchor his easel and little tips for stopping your canvas turn into a kite - all essential for the endeavours of a painter in our wonderful british climate! Martin explained how important it is to 'be yourself' when painting. 

Rather than dictate any techniques he was keen for us to follow our instincts and also to use whatever medium we felt we wanted to. He encouraged us to experiment to find out what style suits us as our own artist. He was on hand to answer questions, give guidance and feedback. He even found some time to do a little painting in his own style. It was interesting watching his technique which comes from his love of the texture of the thick creamy paint. A great day and some great results from all who enjoyed it. 

Thanks Martin.

Julie Mainstone

Trevor Waugh Evening

Once again we were treated to a fabulous demonstration by Trevor - this time a portrait in oils 'alla prima'. In the absence of any other volunteers, yours truly found herself in the spotlight so I had a very unusual view of the proceedings. My imagination was working overtime as Trevor unleashed his special brand of magic on canvas. I might not have seen the painting unfold but I could follow the brilliance of every brushstroke as I watched the enraptured audience reactions. Suddenly a key brushstroke would be created and I saw the audience gasp in wonder.

When the time came for me to see the final portrait it was my turn to enjoy a beautiful painting... I am talking about the techniques, skills and above all the incredible talent of our artist, not the model you understand. I will forgive the comments about grey and orange hair, twisted nose and dominant glasses. After all I was in the hands of a master at work. And the best part - I got to take this beautiful painting home to enjoy for the rest of my days. Thank you, Trevor. 

Trevor's wife Darlas is also a fabulously talented artist in her own right. You are invited to their beautiful church home to see her exhibition. It will be a real treat and we'd encourage you all to try and go along

Julie Mainstone


Trevor Waugh Watercolour Courses

Don't miss out on these watercolour courses by a fabulous artist. 27th and 28th April, 13th and 14th July and 26th and 27th October

The courses are held over two days at Trevor's home in Heywood, Westbury. The postcode is BA13 4LP.

The fee for the course is £265 and commences at 10.30 am each day, finishing at around 4.30-5.00 pm. Lunch tea and coffee are provided and any food intolerances can be accommodated - just make a note on booking. The booking fee is £65 which is payable in advance. The balance of £200 to be paid on the first day of the course. Two rooms if anyone needs accommodation at a fee of £50 pppn including full breakfast are also available. Alternatively, there is a very lovely b&b locally which can be recommended.

The dates available are 27th and 28th April, 13th and 14th July and 26th and 27th October. Places are limited to 8 per course so plenty of individual attention from Trevor.

If anyone is interested in booking they can email Darlas at or call any time -07921 908548.

If you should have any doubts as to how great these courses are, just speak to Julie Mainstone or Bea Williams. You will get a very enthusiastic recommendation.



Join Chris Stinchcombe for a Greek Island Painting Holiday

PAINTING HOLIDAY – ITHACA 12 – 19 May 2017  

Chris Stinchcombe and Anne Elliott are joining forces to run a Painting holiday in the unspoiled Island of Ithaca, we will be staying in a family run hotel in a small village ‘Frikes’  where fishing boats are moored and 3-4 cafe/tavernas can be found.  Situated in the north of the Island amidst the hills we will be staying on a relatively undiscovered Greek island.  The locals are warm and friendly with a rich heritage. 

Was Ithaca really the homeland of the Odysseus – certainly descriptions that Homer mentioned seemed to fit? 

Ithaca has no airport which is why we selected this unspoiled Island to be our first venue.  Ithaca is one of the smaller Ionian Islands, very close to Kefalonia, where our flights land.  We transport by air-conditioned minibus via the ferry at Sami where Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed.  An abundance of painting subjects from monasteries, broken down buildings, spectacle views, to the wildflowers that grow in abundance. 

Download full details of this amazing Painting Holiday here


The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2017 is open and calling for entries

The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize is an award for representational painting, and one of the most prestigious ones in the country at that!  The Prize comprises a number of different Awards: First and Second Prize, of £15,000 and £4,000 respectively; the Young Artist Award of £4,000; the Brian Botting Prize of £5,000, which will be awarded to an artist aged 30 or under for an outstanding representation of the human figure; and the newly-introduced People's Prize of £2,000.  In addition to the prize-winning works, approximately 100 works will be selected to form an Exhibition to be shown at the Mall Galleries in the Spring of next year.  The Mall Galleries is a fantastic space in an equally fantastic location - the perfect place, then, to show off your work to the world.

Simply visit the website:  You can apply directly through the website via the "Info for Artists' page which will redirect you to the ArtOpps website where you can set up an account and upload your work:  The deadline for entry is 5pm on 19 December, so make sure to get your application in before this!

Now open for entries, The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize welcomes outstanding creative examples of representational painting from both amateur and professional artists in the UK. Created in 2005 by The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and The Lynn Foundation, the open competition continues to champion the skill of draughtsmanship and figurative painting. The exhibition aims to reflect the breadth of approaches and materials from across the artistic spectrum.

 Now in its twelfth year, the Prize is one of the most prestigious awards for artists in the country, offering total prize money of £30,000, including a First Prize of £15,000, Second Prize of £4,000 along with the newly introduced People’s Prize worth £2,000. The competition is particularly popular with young contemporary painters and art students; the Young Artist Award of £4,000 is a coveted prize that aims to promote the tradition of painting and support fresh new talent, and is eligible to artists who are 25 or under. For the third year running, the competition is offering the Brian Botting Prize of £5,000 which will be awarded to an artist aged 30 or under for an outstanding representation of the human figure.

 The judges for the 2017 competition include: Ken Howard OBE RA NEAC, Artist; Professor Andrew Stahl, Artist and Professor, Slade School of Fine Art; Benjamin Sullivan NEAC RP, Artist; John Martin, Director John Martin Gallery; Daphne Todd OBE PPRP NEAC, Artist. 

 The competition is open to all UK based artists over 18. Artists are invited to submit up to four works online at: Entry is £15 per work, £8 per work for students. Approximately 100 works will be selected for an exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, from 6-19 March 2017. The exhibition will be hung and curated by Sam Wadsworth, Artist and Andrew Wilton, Visiting Research Fellow at Tate Britain.

Deadline for entry: 19 December 2016, by 5pm

 or further details and to enter online:

 For general enquiries please contact the competition organisers, Parker Harris:

 Tel. 01372 462 190


 Twitter: #LPS17 @ParkerHarrisCo


 The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers

Formed in 1502 by the amalgamation of companies in existence before 1283, the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers is actively engaged in supporting the art and craft of painting. With a strong commitment to fine art, the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers is delighted to sponsor this annual prize in conjunction with the Lynn Foundation.

 The Lynn Foundation

The Lynn Foundation is a charity devoted to children, the disabled, music and the arts. Its contribution is the prize money totalling £25,000 and an engraved gold medal for the winner of the First Prize.

 Brian Botting

Master of the Painter-Stainers Company from 2003-4, Brian Botting, kindly bequeathed a £5,000 annual prize to be awarded to an artist aged 30 or under for an outstanding representation of the human figure.

 4C Hotel Group

Based in London, The 4C Hotel Group manages and develops hotels in business centres and leisure hot spots across the UK, Middle East, Africa and Canada.

Working with international brands including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn, Easy Hotel and Double Tree by Hilton, their vision is to become the market leading hotel operator and developer.

 For further details please contact Iona Rowland at Parker Harris: / 01372 462190

Clevedon Art Club Members Autumn Exhibition 2016

Our exhibition opens at 10.30am Friday 28th October. Come along and see the fabulous range of artworks by our talented Club Members who also have lots of prints and cards available as affordable Christmas gifts. It runs until 3 pm Sunday 30th October. Well done and a vote of thanks to all those whose hard work behind the scenes until  has made such a high quality show possible.

Artwork Submissions Wanted For Exhibition at Clevedon Art Gallery

Polodango has been quickly established in Clevedon as a quality restyled furniture shop and local art gallery.  To highlight and promote the original artworks always on display and sale, we are holding an Art Exhibition Preview Evening on Thursday 24th November 2016.  We currently display a number of local artists' work and have had some success with sales.  If any Clevedon Art Club members or other local artists are interested in submitting pieces for this event or would like further details, please contact Paul Dainter at by Friday 4th November 2016.

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