Sue Spiers Demonstration Wednesday 23rd May

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a demonstration of a marine scene in watercolour by Sue Spiers this coming Wednesday 23rd May. the demonstration will be at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh SS6 7QF. Starting at 7.30 pm sharp, so please arrive soon after 7.00 pm.Guests are welcome for a small charge of £4.00.

Sue lives at Bradwell-on-Sea, on the east Coast and has painted professionally for over 30 years. The seaside, boats and watery places are the subjects for her acrylics on canvas and her ‘en plein air’ watercolours. Sue exhibits with ‘Salty Dogs’ a collection of nautical artists, takes part in Burnham Art Trail and has her watercolours for sale in the ‘White Harte’ in Burnham and the Taplin Galllery in Woodbridge.

 

 

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At Home

We had a really good social evening last night. After the initial announcements, we were given a talk by Phil Harrison and his wife of ‘Bookworm Alley’, very interesting to hear about the collection of Salvation Army memorabilia they collect and also the extremely important work they do in Assam with the children.

Following the talk the Jose Hook award was presented

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painting entitled ‘Bunny Love’  She received a certificate, SAA mug , a pewter tankard to keep for a year and a voucher donated by Jose Hook.

Second prise went to Colin Mossman for his painting entitled ‘Sunrise Hullbridge’ , he received a certificate and an SAA mug.

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Third prise winner went to Geraldine Elliot for her painting ‘Kick About’  she also received a certificate and an SAA mug.

The ‘At Home’ evening is also the time that the ‘Presidents’ award is made. We had 16 paintings  submitted and each attendee had one vote to choose their favourite painting. The outright winner of this vote was Christine Dobson for her painting of a parrot, she received a certificate and a carriage clock that she will keep for a year. This is the second year running that Christine has won, she is an excellent artist and it is an extremely good painting.

davI must say it was a good turnout, with many new faces which is always good to see. Hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did and look forward to seeing you at the next event.

At Home

Don’t forget this coming Wednesday, May 2nd our ‘At Home’ evening at the Todman Centre, 7 for 7.30 pm. The public made their choice for their favourite paintings at our recent exhibition, the results of which will be announced. The winners of the top three will receive their awards and certificates.

The competition for the ‘Presidents Award’ is also on Wednesday so don’t forget to bring your painting to be judged by your fellow members.

Apart from your painting, bring food for the communal table and a guest, it should be a good evening so come along and enjoy yourself.

Annual Exhibition 2018

Well what a weekend for our exhibition, well done to everyone who exhibited, the standard as usual was very high.We had so many positive comments you should all be proud of what you have achieved. Thanks of course must go to all the committee who, without their work before and during the exhibition, it just wouldn’t happen.
Mark Francois opened proceedings at 10 am Saturday and gave a very positive short speech, he said and I quote “It is always a pleasure to be here and open this event to see such talent from local people that adds to the cultural well being of the town” . We would have liked to see a few more members at the opening, but I realise not everyone is ale to attend.
We had over 300 visitors and sold 19 paintings all told, 11 framed and 8 from the browser so well done, a good result. Mark Francois bought two paintings, one of Ian Deaves and one of Roy Bull’s.
We have to thank the SAA for their donations to our awards, it really is a great help.
Lastly, but by no means least, we must thank AR Adams Ltd the funeral directors of Rayleigh, for their continued sponsorship of our event, it really is most appreciated.
So see you at our
 ‘At Home’ May 2nd, when the winner of the ‘Jose Hook’ will be announced and the second and third prise winners will receive their awards.

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Rayleigh Art Group Fish/Chicken & Chips Supper and Quiz Night

If you haven’t already booked your tickets for the annual Rayleigh Art Group (RAG) Fish/Chicken & Chips Supper and Quiz Night, then now is the time to do so. This event is as usual in the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh and all members and their guests are very welcome.The quiz will start at 7.30pm sharp on Wednesday 28th March 2018 so please get there a little bit earlier.

There is a charge of £7.00 a head and tickets are available from Val Belverstone  and you should contact her as soon as possible as the food order has to go in very soon. Tea and coffee will be available but please feel free to bring your drinks of choice.

Please be advised that your normal quiz master is indisposed and therefore there is a change of quiz master and as such the questions could be easier or harder, but whichever, we are sure you will have an enjoyable evening amongst friends.

  On behalf of the RAG Committee.

‘Owls After Dark’

Following his visit last year, Liam McFalcon would like to thank Rayleigh Art Group members for supporting him during the difficult start-up period of his business. He would now like to offer Rayleigh Art Group members a discounted rate for his first Essex-based event.

‘Owls After Dark’ takes place at the Beechwood Equestrian Centre in Rettendon on the 13th February. Featuring two Owl demonstrations with special lighting effects and a classical musical accompaniment, plus a soup and roll supper and a sweet treat. It also includes the chance to hold an Owl and take home a framed photograph of your experience. Please find attached a picture of his leaflet for more information. A5 [PRINTJPG]

Tickets are normally £30 per person but he would like to offer you £20 a ticket for a minimum of six tickets to thank our members for their support. Please contact Colin Mossman to indicate your interest.

2017’s RAG Christmas Party

Well I hope all those that attended the Rayleigh Art Group Christmas party last night enjoyed the evening as much as we did. There was a pleasant buzz the whole evening as members and their guests caught up with old friends and enjoyed a plate or two of food and a complimentary drink.RAG 1

We were very lucky to have Sandra Hall come along and give us a demonstration on clay crafting, a slightly difficult task for her as the hall was extremely hot and the clay was drying very quickly. However, she was brilliant and very informative about the clay, how to use it, fire it, glaze it and then in her case hopefully sell it.

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Sandra made a witch, quite quickly really although she said she had pre-rolled the clay to enable her to complete the subject in the evening. It was going to have to dry out and then be fired in the kiln when she had enough other pieces of a similar size to fill the kiln. It is fired for about 8 hours in her new kiln and then cooled and glazed and then fired again for a similar amount of time. It would be lovely to see the finished article but I am sure it will snapped up at a craft fair in the Spring.

We had a couple of table quizzes provided by Annabel, I think we all pondered over them for most of the evening. Obviously some of us are chocoholics and new many of the answers to one set of questions.

It was lovely to see our new Chairman, Colin Mossman, at the party. He has had a back operation recently and as we could see, is making a speedy recoveryRAG 3.

Our competition this year for the Reg Whiting Award was ‘A Question of Sport’. There were 11 entries this year so not as many as last year so maybe some of you couldn’t get your heads around the title. Cathy Newton won with a picture of racing cars in action and Runner up was by Annabel Hearn of a swimming pool.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and hope to see some of you in January at the workshop and then many others at the first Demonstration on 14th February, there is a change to the demonstrator as Malcolm Perry is coming to us.

Rayleigh Art Group – Christmas Party

A date for your diary, Wednesday 6th December 2017 is the Rayleigh Art Group Christmas Party so make a note.

The evening will start at 7.30pm and all members and their guests are welcome to participate, you just need to bring some food and Rayleigh Art Group will supply the liquids. Do not forget your painting, entitled ‘A Question of Sport’ for this years competition – we hope a large number of you will have painted a picture for the competition!

To make the evening more interesting, we have invited Sandra Hall a local Crafter specialising in Ceramics and Pottery to give a talk.

Sandra’s main creations are of characters emanating from Medieval and Victorian periods based on sketches by Gustav Dore, John Tenniel and Cervantes. Each piece is hand built and unique. Chess pieces based on Alice in Wonderland and Lord of the Rings. Her work includes a wide range of subjects, personalised house plaques and wall plaques, also fantasy subjects of your choice.

Joe Dowden Demonstration

Our first demonstration of the New Winter Program and we are all really looking forward to a brilliant evening with Joe Dowden. Our new Chairman, Colin Mossman is a friend of Joe and has lead us to believe that he is a brilliant artist, nice man and Colin himself is looking forward to catching up with Joe. Well not everything goes to plan as we found out last night….

The day before Joe is coming to visit our Club, Colin is given an appointment for an operation so is now going to miss the demonstration that he has been looking forward to. We have taped the demonstration Colin so you will get a chance to see it eventually. Meanwhile we all wish you well.

Joe had said he would be an hour early at the hall so as to be set up and ready to go when we all arrived. That too was not going to happen, we got a telephone call from Joe to say he had been held up on the M25 at the Dartford Tunnel and so ended up arriving at the hall about 7.45p.m. Meanwhile we had done the raffle, chatted for England and all had a cuppa. We are resourceful if nothing else us Brits.

With a large sheet of Fabiano paper and a vote from the members, Joe started a painting of a river view at sunset. Using a photographic tripod and a board which had an attachment on the back to fix it to the tripod, Joe put plenty of water onto the paper which was flat but leaving a double diamond shape in the sky dry. He then did a strong wash over almost all of the paper with Naples yellow leaving the diamond shape still white but wetting the inner diamond with plain water to keep it moist. This will give the sky the dynamic sun later.

Making greys with a warm shade of red to them, Joe put plenty of paint along the bottom of the picture making his way up towards the horizon. Once he was satisfied with the amount of colour on the paper he removed the masking tape from around the outside of the paper to let the pigments spread and then he dried the paper with the use of 2 hairdryers. While the paper was drying, Joe entertained us with jokes some of which were really quite funny and definitely made the drying time go in a flash.

Using colours like Windsor Blue, Phthalo blue, Vermillion red, Quinacridone Magenta joedowden1and Naples yellow, Joe re-wet the paper once again and made more mixes of paint and reapplied across the picture. He said that Fabiano paper was brilliant for this method of painting but Bockingford could also be used quite successfully.

The sky area was painted with a mix of Cobalt Blue and Naples Yellow to one side and then moving to the other side of the sky he added Aussie Red Gold with a touch of Vermillion and Magenta. He then re-wet the soft edges of the clouds in the sky so there were no hard edges. Looking really good now.

Next the boat, then he turned the painting upside down and painted the horizon line. Now to add the long mud banks and the foreground mud which was done with Red, Black and Green with a touch of Neutral Tint.

joedowden2Wow! We may have had to wait for Joe to arrive but my goodness it was a brilliant demonstration, with a really lovely picture at the end of the evening and Colin was right, Joe is a very nice, easy to watch demonstrator.

Probably several of us will have a go at this way of painting as it was really inspiring but as to how many of us end up with a real muddy picture is anybody’s guess.

Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton