12 April, 2018

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DIGITAL - ARTRAGE ON IPAD PRO.  After buying an iPad Pro 12.9" tablet, I was soon downloading all the various painting apps and trying to get to grips with their complex array of tools. It was pretty confusing and eventually, I settled with ArtRage because it is very simple and intuitive. I have recently purchased Affinity Photo and hope to master its complexities, but for now, ArtRage is the paintbox of choice.

If you've never tried Digital Painting, you really should give it a go. I hear many people say "Yes, but it's not real art is it"?  Well I'm not getting into that debate - all I will say that even if you don't approve of it for a final painting, it is absolutely superb as a Sketch Book for producing full paintings at a later day. You can take your tablet with you wherever you go and your work is usually automatically uploaded onto the iCloud and available to you wherever you are in the world.

I am lucky enough to own an Apple iPad Pro 12.9 with an Apple Pencil, but you can use ArtRage on virtually any tablet. My wife has a Samsung TAB-S3 which comes with a SUPERB pencil which doesn't even need charging!! 

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Our Own Art-Club!

Each Friday we go to the local Art-Club in Horwich. It's a thriving club with a broad range of people of all ages and skill-levels. Apart from the regular painting sessions, we have many professional artists visiting us to demonstrate their skills and to run workshops.

But sometimes, it's nice when just a few friends get together mid-week too, and so here we are in Simon's "studio", benefitting from the skill and experience of his father, Brian Waddington. It looks a bit cramped in there, but we were just huddled together to fit in the photo frame :-)

And you can drink beer in this club! :-)