Melvyn Randall Demonstration

Rayleigh Art Group enjoyed a very interesting demonstration of water colour painting by Melvyn P1010734Randall.

During the evening, the artist emphasised the importance of tonal values to give life and interest to paintings. To show this, he produced one painting of a Scottish castle using only tones of Raw Umber and then did a painting of fishing boats at Old Leigh using a variety of colours.

In both paintings the use of dark shades against light added enormously to the overall effect of the finished paintings.P1010735


Our thanks to Pat Byrne for the report and Cathy Newton for the photos.


Rayleigh Art Festival

Art groups in the Rochford District and surrounding area may be interested in the following event as part of this year’s Rayleigh Arts Festival.
Watercolours: The Pain and the Passion gives an insight in to the way pain can be overcome by the beauty around us.

The renowned Essex artist, James Merriott will be appearing at this year’s Rayleigh Arts Festival.

Watch and listen as James gives a painting demonstration whilst telling stories from his fascinating life.

Wednesday 26 September 2pm Rayleigh Library
Tickets £2
To book, please call Rayleigh Library on 01268 775830
For more information about the Rayleigh Arts Festival and to download a Guide, please visit

Demonstration – Melvyn Randall

Our first demonstration for the 2012 Winter programme will be on 26th September at 7.30 pm sharp at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh and our guest demonstrator will be Melvyn Randall with ‘Tone in Water Colour’.

Growing up in Somerset UK, Melvyn always enjoyed drawing even as a child, but never painted seriously in watercolours until he retired 5 years ago. He is mainly self-taught and enjoys painting in ‘pure’ watercolour. The attraction to him is that a watercolour painting retains it’s freshness for many years after being painted.

He paints as much as possible on site in Somerset, Devon, Norfolk, Suffolk, Wiltshire and The Lake District and more recently given demonstrations and workshops to help newcomers and those wishing to improve their watercolour technique.

Examples of Melvyn Randall’s paintings can be found by clicking on

Members and their guests are all welcome.

Members are reminded that your Club Subs are due and so please be ready to pay Val Belverstone .