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Susan Pugh My Beloved, oil on canvas board, 20x16in. (51x40.4cm
Carol Ann Sanderson Orange Poppy, acrylic, 24x24in. (61x61cm)

Profile The Blackpool Art Society

This year the Blackpool Art Society celebrates its 133rd year, which prompted a question from publicity officer, Susan Pugh: ‘Are we the oldest art society in the country?’.

She writes: “We were founded in 1884 and have continued through two world wars to the present day. Blackpool Tower (1894) is slightly younger than us, as is the Blackpool Football Club (1887). The North Pier was opened in 1863 and the Winter Gardens in 1875, so they are slightly older.”

It all began in 1884, when George Dearden and five others met in his front room at 15 Buchanan Street in Blackpool. The Blackpool Sketching Club was formed and within two years, was firmly established, producing a monthly magazine for its members, and exhibiting no less than 226 works at its annual exhibition. Patrons at this time included the artists Frederich Leighton, Millais, John Gilbert and Alma Tadema.

Kenneth Weigh The River House – Skippool, watercolour, 9x111⁄2in. (23x29cm)
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About Leisure Painter

Time to take out your brushes and colours as you peruse the November issue of Leisure Painter. This month, build your confidence and skill set with new ideas from acrylic painters, Brendan Smith and Helen Elliott. For the watercolourists, there are demonstrations and practical advice for painting flowers, autumn landscapes, trees, animals, buildings and street scenes. Oil painter, Martin Kinnear covers 'how to paint a winner' with advice on how to see and think like a professional artist, while Elena Parashko demonstrates the painting of tulips in the same medium. Tony Paul continues his look at successful composition ideas, Tim Fisher (who completes his seven-part line & colour series this month) also reports on new sketching sets by Caran d'Ache, and there's even an article on how to paint a halloween-inspired cartoon. Enjoy another month of painting with the UK's best-selling learn to paint magazine.