Past Meetings

18 March 2021  
7.45 — 9.30pm
Sonia Bacchus   
Zoom Demonstration- Still Life in Watercolour and Ink 

My name is Sonia Bacchus, I was born in Lodz, Poland where I studied for a Master of Fine Art Degree. On completing my degree I worked as a teaching assistant at the Academy of Art in Poland and as an Art Therapist for people with Mental disabilities. I was also involved with the film industry as a scenery artist and wardrobe assistant. From 2000 I worked on various international films including Proof of Life (Russell Crowe), George and the Dragon (Val Kimer) Four Feathers (Heath Ledger), Elizabeth the 1st (Jeremy Irons and Helen Mirren) and Damned United (Michael Sheen). My work involved painting murals and making costumes.

I now live in the UK where I give demonstrations, talks and offer tuition. My subjects include portraits of people and pets, landscapes, still life, murals and nudes, plus paintings inspired by the old masters. Plus I have a new demonstration on caricatures. I am also available for talks on The History of Art, Art composition and The Relativism of Colours. I also make narrative jewellery.

The inspiration for my work is from the Old Masters, I appreciate their attention to detail. I like the light in Rembrandts work, the subtlety of the soft light in Vermeer’s paintings. My paintings are figurative, metamorphic representation. The main key to my art is the relationship between light and shadow. Colours are also a very important aspect of my work so I use them sparingly with respect and with the knowledge of the relativism.

Thursday 18th February 2021 7.45 pm – 9.30pm
Zoom Demonstration  
Rob Wareing
Portrait in Oils

Rob was born in South Africa to an English mother & South African father. He grew up in South Africa but after finishing his education travelled extensively receiving private tuition from various  portrait painters in the USA & Europe as well as studying the techniques of traditional classical painting. He became a professional portrait painter at the age of 23 and since then has had a very fulfilling career spanning over 40 years.  He has painted numerous portraits of people of all nationalities and received many commissions to paint dignitaries,  CEOs  and their spouses and children in countries such as the USA , Mauritius , Botswana , South Africa & the UK. He has also given live portrait demonstrations on TV shows in the USA , Mauritius & South Africa . More recently he has gained a considerable following on YouTube & regularly posts clips of recent demonstrations & trailers of his popular series of portrait tuition videos. He has also written articles for various art publications including The Artist (UK) , International Artist & The South African Artist magazines. He is also a founder member of The Artists Gallery, KZN, South Africa. Rob currently divides his time between the UK and South Africa and is available for portrait commissions in both countries. He also produces a limited number of paintings for sale each year and these are available for purchase through his represented galleries in South Africa & the UK. Rob has become highly sort after as a demonstrator & tutor and spends a large part of the UK spring, summer & autumn demonstrating his skills at various art societies as well as hosting hands-on portrait painting workshops. His upcoming book on how to paint portraits in oils is due to be published in the UK in December 2020.

Thursday 21st January 2021 7.45 pm – 9.30pm
Zoom Demonstration

Pan Pastel, Mixed Media Figurative Work
Pascale Bigot

Pascale Bigot was born in France and enjoyed drawing from a young age; she studied Architecture and began attending evening classes at ‘Les Beaux Arts’, she then started exhibiting her artwork in 1992 and is yet to stop.
Since moving to England in 1994, with her family, she has developed her own techniques and ideas concerning the use of soft pastels, leaving her artwork to be based on a strong composition, vibrant colours and very contrasting tones.
She also does mixed media, using pastel as a base, and then adding paper, fabric, inks, acrylics, etc… to complement the pastel work. Her subjects are extremely varied, ranging from landscapes to figurative, animal and flowers.
In 2003, her artwork was spotted by Solomon & Whitehead (publisher of David Shepherd and Beryl Cook) who published over 30 of her paintings as limited editions. She has also been included in the ‘Who’s who in Art’ since 2005, as well as her work being present within many private collections in the UK, Europe, USA, Tokyo and Australia, with one painting on show in the Opera House and one in the House of Parliament, in London.


Thursday 10th December 2020 7.45 pm – 10.00pm,
Zoom Demonstration
Kate Cochrane

Colour Theory

Kate gave an informative talk on Colour theory, using her own paintings, old masters and some festive cartoons as examples of different ways of using colour and how colours work in different situations.

As this was a Zoom meeting, and our last full meeting prior to Christmas many took the opportunity to have a festive tipple on hand. Some wore Christmas jumpers and hats. 

Thursday 19th November 2020 7.45 — 9.30pm
Chris Forsey RI SGFA
Down By the River in Acrylics
Demonstration Via Zoom

I began my art career as an illustrator in a publishers studio after studying Graphics in Bristol. I am a self taught painter in watercolour, acrylics and mixed-media and am constantly trying to extend and add to my skills in all water-based painting media. I am an elected member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) and The Society of Graphic Fine Artists (SGFA). I am also a tutor of painting and run holidays and courses in the UK and abroad. I also give lively and informative demonstrations of my painting approach to Societies and Art Groups. 

To see more of Chris Forsey’s work go to

Members will receive their Zoom invitation via email the weekend prior to the event. Visitors are welcome with the payment of £4. Please contact Sally by the 17th November via email to arrange your place.


Thursday 15th October 2020

LBAS Zoom Catch Up
7.30 – 8.15pm

Join us on Zoom for a catch up with fellow members. All members should receive a Zoom invitation by email during the weekend of 10th/11th October. This is a practice go for when we start demonstrations via Zoom the following month. It will be a chance to see fellow members, try the technology and hear from the committee what plans there are for the future. it will also be a chance to put forward any ideas you have for managing our art during this difficult Covid time. If you are a member and you do not get an invitation please email Sally

February 2020

Graham Pellow gave an impromptu talk on Plein Air painting. This was very well recieved.

Thurs 16th January 2020 7.45pm The Dining Hall, Gilbert Inglefield Academy  LU7 3FU

Tony Jackson – Acrylic Still Life

Tony studied painting at Bath Academy of Art (1963-66). He then taught art in secondary schools for 30 years and was Head of Expressive Arts at a school in Hemel Hempstead. He now paints and exhibits, mostly in acrylics and pastels, and has run many adult art classes in Hertfordshire. He runs a regular private class in Chorleywood, Herts. on Friday mornings.

If you would like to see more of Tony’s work you can visit his website Here

Thurs 21st Nov 2019

Vicki Norman – Pastel or Acrylic Snow Scene

I just love paint.

And I love to travel. And to teach other people to paint.

That’s it really.

In recent years I have studied with master painters from Italy and the USA, all the time searching for traditional skills and methods which can be applied to paintings of a modern world. I give workshops and classes on various aspects of drawing and painting and also painting holidays for those who want to work outside the studio. I have always been a painter, I graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting and later studied for a teaching certificate specialising in post 16 education. I have won awards for both my teaching and my painting. Recent prizes include Best Painting in Show at Plein air Bermuda in Nov 2017. First Prize at ‘Painting the Parish’ in Dublin in 2016 and Second prize at ‘A Brush with the Broads’ in 2016.

My fondness for travelling and painting has naturally led me into the world of Plein Air painting. Working quickly on location to capture the essence of a time and place encourages a looser, more impressionist style of painting. This puts an emphasis on atmosphere rather than detail, and colour is the vehicle through which I seek to capture light and place.

For more examples of my painting please visit my website

Thurs 17th Oct 2019

Emergency General Meeting

Followed by a Digital Art Presentation

Thurs 19th Sept 2019

Short AGM
David Wilcox – Watercolour Racehorses

Born in 1950, David was educated and spent his early years in the West Midlands. After studying painting and Art History at Bournville School of Art, he studied under Brendon Neiland, the Photo-Realist painter at Wolverhampton College of Art and Design.

He graduated with an Honours degree in Fine Art in 1978 and followed this with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Distinction at Birmingham College of Art and Design. After teaching in Devon for three years he became a professional artist in 1983.

As a watercolourist David uses the traditional English technique of many transparent washes, allowing the white of the paper to create the highlights. By contrast, in his canvases, David has been using the Baroque technique of pulling the image out of a dark background for dramatic effect. His repertoire encompasses a wide variety of subjects including The Dance, landscapes and figure studies. He is at present collaborating with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in a series of works, exploring aspects of dance with a greater emphasis on dynamic composition and colour.

David’s work is well represented in collections across the British Isles and has been included in exhibitions at Wolverhampton Municipal Art Gallery, Sheffield City Art Gallery, Plymouth City Art Gallery, and has been published in open and limited editions in Britain and New York.


Thurs 16th May 2019

Norman Rossiter – Acrylic Wildlife


Born 1950 in Torquay, South Devon. Norman was always interested in painting, drawing, and natural history.

On leaving college in 1969, he moved to the East Midlands, and spent many years working in the below the line advertising and point of sale display industry, working on designs of any thing from cosmetics to car parts, and hosiery to shop fronts.

In 1986 he decided to become a full time professional artist. At this time Normans work varied from Oil and Pastel Portraits (all commissioned) to Seascapes and landscapes. However it was his love of the countryside and natural history which convinced him to specialise in Wildlife and countryside subjects. Many of his wildlife paintings of game birds and wildfowl are commissioned and are held in private collections. His work has been exhibited and sold all over the U.K. and as far a field as Kenya and Australia. He has won many awards for his work, and has had a one man exhibition each year for the last four years.

Norman has a large studio in Lincolnshire where he holds workshops and lesson for all level of artists and he also runs a children art group on Saturday mornings.

To see more of Normans work please visit his website

Thur 18th April 2019

David Lewry – Watercolour Botanical

David Lewry and his family live in Bedford where he spends his time teaching and painting the beautiful countryside and villages of the Ouse valley. He is an experienced and sensitive teacher in watercolour painting and drawing, especially aware of the needs of adult beginners or those returning to art after many years. His classes are always great fun as well as providing plenty of practical demonstrations and individual help.

He was educated at Sevenoaks School in Kent and then at St Martin’s School of Art in London. As a mature student he completed a First Class Honours Degree in Humanities with the Open University and has a Diploma in Botanical Illustration awarded by the South West Society of Botanical Artists. He runs a number of very successful courses and specialist workshops in the Bedford area and is one of the resident tutors for Saga and Spirit of Adventure Cruises, travelling all over the world teaching watercolour and drawing techniques. He has also taught the demanding skills needed for Botanical Illustration to Diploma Students on the SWSBA course at the Eden Project in Cornwall and Dartington College in Devon. He is now running and tutoring his own Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration in Bedford.

In 2009 he exhibited at a Royal Horticultural Society London Show and was awarded the Society’s silver medal. His exhibit consisted of twelve paintings on a related theme that represented the diverse range of fruit and vegetables found in Bedford markets, including dragon fruit, pomegranates and coconuts! Each study is highly detailed and can take up to 40 hours to complete. He has contributed to the award winning book Contemporary Botanical Illustration with the Eden Project, written by Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan that was voted Practical Art Book of the Year in 2008. He is also featured in their third book Natural History Illustration with the Eden Project.

David’s reputation is rapidly growing as a talented demonstrator as he visits Art Societies and painting groups around the country. Part of his appeal is his easy going style and the use of advanced technology that enables his practical demonstrations to be projected and seen by the entire group.

He is a registered Professional Artist with the SAA and is on the panel of demonstrators representing Derwent Pencils.

Thursday 21 March  2019 

  Graham Pellow   

 A local Scene in Oil

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British artist Graham Pellow has had a passion for drawing and painting since childhood, particularly  watercolour landscapes. He works in most mediums however, since all have their own strengths and weaknesses. More recently he has worked extensively in oils.

Morning Light On The River Tavy

Whilst traveling the world Graham loves to record the trips using sketch books. He now has an extensive collection, often using these sketches to work up larger paintings. These sketch books have become his prized possessions.

Magic moment in the woods

Creating a painting with atmosphere is always Graham’s ambition, capturing fleeting moments of light, often early in the morning or late evening during the “Golden Hour”.

Having recently moved to Leighton Buzzard he is exploring the rich local landscape for artistic inspiration and is now Vice Chairman/Secretary of Leighton Buzzard Art Society.

Graham demonstrates to art societies in the mediums of watercolour, oil, pastel acrylic and mixed media.

Thurs 21st February 2019

Keith Morton – Acrylic Pet Portrait

Keith’s art education was gained during four years at Hornsey College of Art. He is an enthusiastic tutor and believes that good observation leads to good paintings.

This demonstration uses the techniques involved in human portraiture, but with a couple more thrown in. All people are built on the same lines, and only vary slightly from person to person. Pets, however, are made in all sizes and have many different shapes of face. The basic approach, then, is the same as for humans … but slightly more varied.

Portraiture is never simple, but employing a few of the techniques and basic rules that Keith will outline can help you to create successful likenesses.

Thurs 17th January 2019

William Newton – Watercolour River Scene

William Newton was born in Essex and is a full time professional artist working on gallery, exhibition and privately commissioned paintings.

He has enjoyed a number of very successful ‘sell out’ one-man exhibitions and has exhibited at various London locations, including the Barbican, the Mall Galleries, the Guildhall and numerous commercial galleries.

Largely self-taught, he works in most mediums, on almost any subject-matter, notably marine painting and landscape etc. and is the author of the Leisure Arts book ‘Painting with Watercolours’.

Thurs 13th December 2018

Pauline Hazelwood – Waterfall in Oil

This is also our Christmas Social Evening

I trained at Central School of Art & Design where I qualified with a BA (Hons) in graphic design. I worked as an illustrator for many years in editorial and publishing before turning to oils.

I then started exhibiting at the National Portrait Gallery, Mall Galleries and others and began teaching and running painting holidays.  Commissions for trains and planes led me back to illustrating and I now write, illustrate and self publish a series of books on steam engines too.

I love variety and find that loose watercolour painting, impressionistic landscapes and humorous cartooning balances nicely with slow focused painting of more detailed subjects. I also run a monthly kids club and my sons enjoy artistic professions too. My eldest son won the prestigious Threadneedle Award.

I like plein air painting and I’m always happy to do demos, chat about painting and encourage others.

Thurs 15th November 2018

David Hyde – Watercolour Wildlife


David is a self-taught professional artist who lives and works close to the river Great Ouse in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire.

He has combined a keen interest in wildlife and bird watching with a life-long passion for painting.

To see more of David’s work, visit

Thurs 18th October 2018

Rob Wareing – Pastel Portrait


Rob has been a professional portrait painter for nearly 40 years. He studied art and painting techniques under various well-known artists in Europe and the USA including master pastelist Daniel Greene, John Howard Sanden & Bob Gerbracht .

His clients included members of parliament, mayors, TV personalities and prominent business people. He also had 2 sell-out one-man exhibitions during this period and several of his paintings were published as prints and distributed internationally. Rob exhibited regularly in Gaborone, Botswana where he received numerous commissions for portraits, including the State President, attorney general , diplomats and prominent business people.

Rob has become highly respected as a demonstrator and has conducted artist workshops in South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius, USA and the UK. Rob’s range of portrait painting videos have become top-selling art instruction DVDs across the UK , Europe & the USA & his latest DVD set “Capturing A Likeness” has been critically acclaimed by art magazines in the UK & abroad .  Keeping up with the times Rob also has a following on YouTube where he regularly posts video clips and answers queries from aspiring artists around the globe.

Rob’s figurative paintings have become increasingly in demand and are collected by art buyers internationally.

Rob currently spends summer touring, giving demonstrations and hosting art instruction workshops across the UK. In winter he returns to his purpose- built studio in South Africa overlooking the Indian Ocean .

Thurs 20th September 2018

Mark Warner – Acrylic Seascape

Mark Warner is a practicing artist and ‘plein air’ tutor based in Shropshire, UK.

Sketching is at the heart of his work. This is integral to the development of a piece and can indeed form part of the painting itself. Mark draws inspiration from the landscape, although subject matter and application at times can be very different.

He adores using colour and line while interpreting the light, weather conditions and a love for the materials. He works directly in the field (literally on many occasions!) from sketches created outside as well as notes and photographs taken on location. This is then developed back in the studio.

Mark tutors on Art Holidays both in the UK and in France & Italy. He has numerous works in private collections and has exhibited widely in both England and Wales.

To see more of his work you can visit his website


17th May 2108

Peter Keegan will be painting a portrait in oils.

Peter is an award-winning professional artist living and working in Buckinghamshire, specialising in portraiture and landscapes. Peter has had his work exhibited and collected in the UK, USA and Australia, painting children, individual portraits and professionals. Peter is an elected member of the Buckinghamshire Arts Society and in 2014 was awarded Artist & Illustrator’s Artist of the Year, Peoples Choice Award.

If you would like to see more of peter Keegans work please visit his Website

If you would like to watch one of Peters demonstrations please click Here


19th April 2018

Derek Daniells will be painting a landscape in mixed media.

Derek is a regular and favourite with his ability to work in a wide variety of media, while keeping everyone entertained. He last demonstrated for LBAS in March 2016 and also ran a popular oil and acrylic painting workshop.
If you would like to see more of Derek Daniells work please visit his Website

15th March 2018

 Jean Turton will be demonstrating Chinese brush work.
Jean has been a teacher of Chinese brush painting for over 15 years throughout the UK. She is very keen on flower painting and has taught in Berkshire for a number of years.
Jean served on the Chinese Brush Painting Society committee for a number of years, including holding the post of Chairman.

15th February 2018

David Wilcox will be painting a racehorse in watercolour.

Digital Camera

David last appeared for LBAS in April 2015. After studying painting and Art History at Bournville School of Art, he studied at Wolverhampton College of Art and Design. As a watercolourist David uses the traditional English technique of many transparent washes, allowing the white of the paper to create the highlights.
His repertoire encompasses a wide variety of subjects including The Dance, la

ndscapes and figure studies. He is at present collaborating with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in a series of works, exploring aspects of dance.

David’s work is in collections across the British Isles and has been included in exhibitions at Wolvcrhampton Municipal Art Gallery, Sheffield City Art Gallery, Plymouth City Art Gallery, and has been published in open and limited editions in Britain and New York.
If you would like to see more of the work of David Wilcox please visit his Website 

18th January 2018


Charles Evans  will be  painting a seascape in acrylic.

Charles last appeared at LBAS in November 2015. He is a skilled artist and raconteur. As well as being on TV, Charles is also making videos for a company called Teaching Art as well as venturing into producing his own videos and DVD’s. He has made two videos for the Japanese, German, Italian and Netherlands markets.
If you would like to see more of Charles Evans work, please visit his website Here

14th December 2017

Keith Hornblower – painting a street scene in watercolour.

Keith made his first appearance at LBAS in Jan 2015. He is a professional illustrator, but his entertaining demonstration showed how he can work both fast and loose, with a very effective result.
Watch a watercolour demonstration by Keith Here

To see more of Keith Hornblowers work go to his website Here


16th November 2017

Gerald Porter will be painting waterfalls in watercolour.

Gerald trained at Newport College of Art, Hornsey College and Nene College (teacher training) specialising in art.A professional artist for most of his working life, Gerald has worked as Art Master and Head of Dept. in a range of Schools and Colleges.

He has demonstrated for Hobbycrafts UK and has lectured widely to many art groups & residential courses.

His work is exhibited nationally including the F.B.A. and the United Artists Mall Galleries, and is in many international (USA, Europe and Australia), national and local collections, including the Kettering Art Gallery


19th October 2017

Cathy Read will be painting a cityscape in watercolour.

Cathy lives in Milton Keynes and her work is instantly recognisable from the extensive use of masking fluid to a create a reverse pen and wash effect in abstract and semi-abstract paintings. She has exhibited at the Mall Galleries and appeared in Landscape Artist of the Year.

If you would like to see more of Cathy’s Work click Here to go to her website

21st September 2017

AGM  – 7.45 pm

Followed by

Heather Miller who will be painting an Semi Abstract Landscape

Heather says

‘I am influenced by light and how it changes our perception of the world around us and the colours we experience. The changing seasons, nature, sunsets and water all provide a rich mine of subjects for my art. I work chiefly in acrylics and acrylic inks which I find to be vibrant mediums that lend themselves to working quickly and expressively with a glorious array of colours.’

If you would like to see more of Heather’s work Click Here for her website

18 May 2017

Charles Bezzina

Landscape in Acrylics

Charles’ use of colours creates stunning landscapes. Come along to be inspired to be more adventurous with your landscape painting.

20 April 2017

Carole Massey

Water and Reflections in Watercolour

Carole is a contributor to the Leisure Painter magazine. She has appeared on a number of regional TV arts programmes, the Sky information Channel and You Tube, and has also written art books.  Her painting “Reflections” was a finalist in the 2010 Artist of the Year Competition.

16 March 2017

Ronnie Ireland

Figures in AcrylicsIn Ronnie’s talks and demonstrations, the main interest is in how you can develop your own creativity, not usually in technique for its own sake.

16 February 2017

David Lewry

Botanical Painting in Watercolour

In 2009 David exhibited at a Royal Horticultural Society London Show and was awarded the Society’s silver medal. He has contributed to an award winning book Contemporary Botanical Illustration with the Eden Project, and is also featured in the Project’s third book Natural History Illustration.

19 January 2017
Glynis Barnes Mellish

Portrait in QoR Watercolour

Back by popular demand, Glynis will certainly inspire us to improve our watercolours. Even if you don’t usually paint in watercolours, you will find lots of ideas to apply to your usual medium.


17 November 2016

Melanie Cambridge

River or Canal View in Acrylics

This is a joint meeting with the Milton Keynes Branch of the Inland Waterways Association.

Melanie says that light and colour play a major role in her work. We hope that this demonstration will inspire not only LBAS, but also IWA members to paint waterways.

15 December 2016

Christmas Social including a slide talk by Tony Jackson on Aspects of Composition. Tony’s talk will include the essential aspects of composition that can transform a painting into a masterpiece.

Please note that there will be a small charge to all members and visitors towards the cost of the drinks and nibbles at the Christmas Social.