May 7th 2022

A well attended meeting by watercolour expert Julie King a master of botanical subjects Julie gave us a well explained demonstration of a spring flower bed with vibrant Tulips.

Unfortunately the video camera failed so the detail Julie put into her work could only be seen close to, but she was pleased to let people observe and answer any questions they had.

Thank you Julie.

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April 2nd. 2022


The April meeting of the Bexhill Art Society was graced by the award winning

artist, Hashim Akib demonstrating his free flowing, inspirational painting style to a

rapt and large audience. The subject, a harbour scene was almost miraculously

brought to life by Hashim, expertly using just a two inch wide paintbrush and free,

blocky strokes to build a vibrant and colour-filled interpretation of what was a

complex and busy subject. The end result, produced in less than two hours, would

have delighted and satisfied any one of the watching members had they produced

anything similar. There was a definite gasp of disappointment from many when

Hashim told us that he would simply be painting over it afterwards!


Hashim worked as an illustrator in the UK for over 15 years gaining valuable

experience in developing a backbone of drawing, conceptual ideas and various

painting techniques although his preferred medium is acrylics.


Developing from his earlier realistic style, over the years he has painted more from

instinct to embue each painting with an overall impression, energy and personality.

During the demonstration he spoke passionately about how he creates each artwork.

He also resonated with his audience when he spoke of how his confidence had built

through the years but is still ongoing and how painting is very much down to mental

attitude. (I think we can all relate to that).


He certainly has the awards and recognition to reflect his skill, including winning the

SAA Artist of the Year in 2009 and commissions from The Times, Daily Express,

Smirnoff, Esso and Time Magazine as well as many private commissions – one of

his other specialities being portraiture. He’s even designed a stamp for the Royal



His talent has led to working with Daler Rowney in their relaunch of the System 3

Acrylic range (which I’m sure many of us have used) demonstrating the versatility of

the medium at various events.


It was a privilege to watch Hashim at work and to hear some of his useful hints and

tips – I have a feeling that quite a few members will endeavour to emulate some of

his techniques. For those of you who would like to see videos of him demonstrating

landscapes and portraiture techniques, there are several interesting videos available

on You Tube, so why not take a look?



March 5th 2022
Membership Renewal, and a HUGE WELCOME to some NEW Members and an even bigger WELCOME BACK to previous members.

Many of our members have professional skills that they generously share with the rest of us, and so, during our March meeting, Neil Buchanan provided a fascinating talk, laced with hints, tips and demonstrations regarding his many years as a professional framer. 

Neil, now retired, went into the profession in the 1980s and was one of the very first ‘Guild Commended Framers’.  

The biggest picture he ever had to frame was 7’ x 4’ – so you can imagine that his heart was in his mouth when manoeuvring the glass for that!  

Neil gave a short history of picture framing styles and mounting, illustrated with examples from the Tudor period when only the rich could afford framing, up to modern day, discussing the process of ornately hand moulded and gilded earlier frames as well as the fine creation of mounts complete with wash lines (two drawn lines around the mount ‘washed’ with colour), to the minimalism of modern day.  I never realised that in the 60s Boots was the major supplier of framed pictures (prints)!  Neil showed one of the most famous Boots prints ‘Wings of Love’ which apparently was the top seller. One of my own favourites as a child was ‘Wild White Horses’ by Violet Skinner (do any of you remember?).  All very kitsch now I suppose, but heck – I still like it!  

Over the years, he has witnessed many changes in frame fashion, simplification and minimalism of style, and indeed, the fashion for no frame at all, although he feels that there will be a return to more ornamentation in the future. He also demonstrated just how well, professional mounting, printing and framing can transform the most mundane of paintings or prints.  

Questions and discussion were encouraged, especially regarding the benefits of giclée printing and it was felt that the session was a great success – thank you Neil!

The April Meeting (2nd April) will host exciting, award winning artist Hashim Akib, demonstrating a marine landscape in acrylic.  

Our members’ competition was ‘March Madness’.  The winner, Val Sprott, was decided by a show of hands for her painting which was created using ‘Brusho Crystal Colours’.  Thank you to those members who took part. 

For April, the monthly completion title will be ‘All at Sea’.  Besides the undoubted Glory of Winning, there is a cash prize!  

We have waved a fond farewell to the Committee, who after several years have stepped down, having done many great things to move BAS forward – not least achieving two exciting new exhibition opportunities at the Stade Hall during 2022.  We have also waved an equally fond hello to the new Chairman, Gary Caney and Secretary, Val Sprott.  They have big shoes to fill – as well as three more vacancies, so please do get in touch if interested.  Our enormous thanks to the outgoing Committee for all they have done in the past.  They will be continuing to assist as sub committees and we are grateful for their ongoing support with the newsletter and website:

February 5th

Interested to know what went on?
What was decided?
What is happening to your Society?
Well you should have been there!
A Membership close to 100 and ONLY 17
Yes 17 people turned up.
Shame on you if you did not.
Grateful Thanks to those that did.

A New date for Meetings January 2022
What a greeting for the New Year, Wet and Wild.
An intrepid and enthusiastic group braved the storm and enjoyed a demonstration from Kerry Bennett showing us how versatile Water Colour can be.
Her Impressionistic landscapes were a revelation.
Using lots of water, strong pigments, a credit card and imagination the results were striking. If you missed it you missed a treat.
Thank You Kerry
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