Demonstration by Ken Kempley

On a very cold and snowy evening, Ken Kempley very kindly made the effort to come all the way from Dovercourt, Near Harwich to demonstrate in mixed media and collage for us.

Ken came with a 300lb weight piece of watercolour paper prepared with a double layer of acid free tissue paper two thirds of the way up the paper and then strips of torn watercolour paper all stuck on with PVA glue in a horizontal design for the last third of the paper in readiness for a waterscape picture.

Ken used just four colours throughout the picture, these being Buff Titanium, P1010787White, Cerulean Blue and Paynes Grey. Towards the end of the demonstration he did, by request of one of our members, add a small touch of mid grey to give a slight greenish appearance.

He started with the Buff Titanium and covered quite a lot of the sky area and then took the same colour down into the sea, explaining that what is in the sky would be reflected in the sea. He then added the Paynes Grey in a triangular shape in the sky and once again down into the sea. Carrying on with the picture he added some Cerulean Blue skimming in a dry brush fashion the water area therefore catching the paint on the collage that had been stuck on. Working really quickly, Ken was more or less finished his picture by the tea break so the second half was really just questions from the audience and a few touching up stokes.

Very kindly, at the end of the demonstration, Ken donated his picture to us for the Club to raffle off to the members. Just start collecting your pennies (or pounds) in readiness of the raffle tickets at our next social event, i.e. the Quiz Night on 13th February.

Report  and photo courtesy Cathy Newton


Fish/Chicken & Chip Supper and Quiz

Rayleigh Art Group invites all members and their guests to participate in the annual Fish & Chip Supper and Quiz Night on Wednesday 13th February 2013. The quiz will commence at 7.30 pm sharp at the Cedar Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, so please try to get there a little bit before hand. You have a choice of Fish or Chicken, but you do need to let Cathy Newton know your choice as soon as possible. The total cost for the supper, tea/coffee and quiz is £7.00 per head

You do not need to be a member of Mensa to participate, just a good sense of humour as this is a fun evening. Teams will be arranged dependent on the numbers attending so you will not be alone or embarrassed so why not come along and enjoy yourselves.

Demonstration by Ken Kempley (Seascape using collage & mixed media)

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a demonstration by Ken Kempley on the evening of Wednesday 23rd January 2013, at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, commencing at 7.30 pm sharp. All members are welcome and guests are invited to attend at a cost of £3.00 to include tea and biscuits.

Ken began his working life as a commercial artist in London’s famous Fleet Street and having spent time in London Ken moved to the East Anglian coastKen Kempley and now he and his family live very close to the sea.

Although a career change saw Ken enter the business world of international commerce he still maintained his love and artistic links by painting for exhibitions and commissions and much of his work can be seen in private collections in the U.S.A. South Africa, Holland, Israel and the U.K.

Since becoming a professional artist some 12 years ago Ken has had several one man shows and has exhibited in many prestigious galleries in London and the South East.

Ken is a registered Society For All Artists (S.A.A.) and Art Profile Demonstrator/Tutor in Watercolour Acrylic and Collage and regularly demonstrates on courses and workshops at the famous Snape Maltings in Suffolk and to art clubs and societies throughout the East of England. Kens choice of a limited pallet and a “less is more” style and approach is inspired by his love of nature both in his figurative and abstracted works.

The Barren beauty of mountain, moor, and wetland and of course the sea are favoured subjects which present the artist with both the challenge and the opportunity to explore and capture such elements as atmosphere, drama, light and tonal contrasts, all of these elements are a joy to demonstrate and pass onto students and art societies alike.