Christmas Party

Rayleigh Art Group will be holding their Christmas Party at the Todman Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh (next to the Cedars centre) on Wednesday 4th December 2013 commencing at 7.30 pm.

All members are invited to bring a guest to enjoy this social event which includes the opportunity to chat with friends. In addition to a guest, please bring along your Competition Entry – A Painting entitled ‘Winter’ together with some food.


Workshop/Troubleshooting Clinic with Brian Coppard

Rayleigh Art Group will be holding a Workshop/Trouble Shooting Clinic on Wednesday 27th November 2103 at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh.

In addition to a normal workshop evening, all members are welcome to bring along a picture you are struggling with and get some advice as to how overcome your problems.

New members are always welcome and guests with a small charge can also participate.

Demonstration – Michael Richardson

Wednesday the 14th November 2013 and Rayleigh Art Group welcomed MichaelP1020230 Richardson from the Wapping Group of Artists to our Club for a demonstration in oils.

Michael had a picture of a painting that he had previously done in St.Marks Square, Venice and had sold, of course. He had squared the picture up and had prepared a larger canvas with his drawing. This, he said, was to avoid too much tedious drawing and boring us too much rather than getting on with his painting. He had drawn his lines on the canvas in charcoal and then fixed them with a spray of his wife’s hairspray. He did say later on in the demonstration that the hairspray had worked so well that he was having difficulty in getting rid of them in the painting!

P1020231With a palette of White, Naples Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light, Raw Sienna, Light red and Transparent Red Oxide he began painting. He started with the sky and gradually worked into the buildings and then into the watery paving. Very quickly the picture started to take shape. Michael said that he used 1 part Damar Varnish, 1 part Stand oil and 5/6 parts turps for a medium to move around the oils. This mixture he said was much cheaper than any bought medium and very efficient although if used out of doors it would need more turps, especially if used in hot weather.

Whilst demonstrating, Michael also showed us a few of his home-made aides to painting. At the top of his easel he had an additional arm which held a light (battery operated) and then another adaptor took a clear umbrella that had it’s handle removed so it slotted into the arm and then was clamped in place. He then showed us two painting boxes that he had made, all brilliant ideas and possibly will be used by some of us in the future.

As you can see from the pictures here, the picture was absolutely lovely at the end of the evening and we had all had a really entertaining evening with a few laughs along the way.P1020233

Demonstration by Michael Richardson

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a Demonstration by Michael Richardson commencing at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 13th November 2013 at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh. All members and guests are welcome to this event so why not bring a friend or guest. – there is a small charge for guests.

Michael Richardson was born in 1943 in North London. His fathers illness forced the family to move out of London after the war ended to Ipswich in Suffolk, a particularly pleasant rural county in the South East of England also known as “Constable Country”.
He was encouraged to take further art education on leaving Ipswich School in 1960 and trained at Ipswich School of Art as a sculptor and painter 1960-1962. At this time a keen interest in sailing led him into a career in the marine industry where he specialised in sail design and manufacture.
During this period he maintained his interest in art and returned to full time painting in 1992. As a result of his marine industry experience he is drawn to subjects containing boats and his knowledge of the way they are designed and built lends authenticity to his marine work.
His main current interest is in plein air painting enjoying the challenge of working fast in all weathers in front of the subject.
He is a member of the Wapping Group of Artists, probably the oldest outdoor painting society in the UK which numbers several of the most prominent British landscape and marine artists, The Chelsea Art Society, United Society of Artists and is a founder member of the Brass Monkeys Art Society.
He has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Royal Society of Marine Artists, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour at the Mall Galleries in London.