Outdoor Event

Just a quick reminder that Rayleigh Art Group will be meeting at the Anchor Riverside Pub at about 6.30 pm on Wednesday 30th July 20014.

All members and guests are welcome to come along and can either  socialise with members and friends in a convivial setting or paint a riverside scene including boats and wildlife. Your committee would like to see as many of you as possible, so please, if you can, come along with your partner or friend and join in this social event which has been arranged for your benefit.




Demonstration by Andrew Pitt

Rayleigh Art Group were fortunate enough to get Andrew Pitt to come to our hall and give us a demonstration in Watercolour on Wednesday 9th July.

Andrew explained that he used 140lb watercolour paper for his pictures and didn’t stretch his paper as he painted in a dry fashion therefore the paper would not buckle.

 He proceeded to paint straight onto the blank sheet of paper with no pencil makings whatsoever and explained to us that the pencil on ruined a good sheet of paper and then if it was rubbed out would make the surface even worse.

Andrew started his picture with a line of 6 figures and from there he started to build his picture up using strong colours and dropping other colours into the wet paint on the paper. He said that he finished each part of the picture  bit by bit to the desired effect at the end of the painting so in other words he would not have to go over the painting again..

By the tea break Andrew had a line of people, buildings, trees and a small amount of grass. It was all looking very good and making sense to many of us who don’t manage watercolour very well.

After tea Andrew continued to do a little to the buildings etc., and some boats too, the  sky was done the same was as before, no wetting the paper first, just straight in with the colour in cloud formation, large at the top of the paper working down to smaller nearer to the horizon. The paint was not taken to the edge of the buildings but bits of white paper were left. It was a vibrant watercolour and we were all impressed.

When Andrew put the foreground in and then some quite strong shadows the picture glowed. We were amazed at how simple Andrew had made watercolour look and we were all fired up and ready to have a go ourselves – watch this space as they say.



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Report courtesy of Cathy Newton and Photos by Vickie Coppard

Painting Out and Social Gathering

Just a quick reminder that Rayleigh Art Group will be painting out at the Anchor Riverside Pub, Ferry Road, Hullbridge, SS6 6ND on Wednesday 30th July 2014 from about 6.00 pm

All members and their guests are welcome, so why not come along and meet old friends and either paint or just sit with a drink in your hand and chat – we would love to see you Open-mouthed smile


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Demonstration by Andrew Pitt

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a demonstration by Andrew Pitt on Wednesday 9th July 2014 at the Cedar Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh SS6 7QF, commencing at 7.30 pm sharp.

The theme for the evening will be ‘A Natural Way to Paint’ using Watercolours 

All members and their guests are welcome, so why not bring a friend – there is a small charge for guests. New members are always welcome so why not come along and make new friends with people of similar interests. 

Andrew Pitt was born in Maldon and educated at the Gilberd School, Colchester and St. Andrew’s University. Andrew Pitt

He has been painting landscapes since he was 11. For many years he painted exclusively in watercolour concentrating on East Anglia landscapes and particularly marine scenes.

He now paints with equal facility in both watercolour and oil and has greatly extended his range of subject matter. Although he has remained a figurative artist, his oils exploit the full potential of the texture of the paint and his aim remains to get a painterly image, which captures the essence of the subject. Andrew is well known for his loose, fresh approach to watercolour and the simplicity of his style has made him much in demand as a tutor in this medium.

He has had 15 one-man exhibitions since 1980 and contributed to numerous mixed shows. His work is included in “The Encyclopaedia of Watercolour Landscapes” and he is a regular contributor to the “Leisure Painter” magazine. He is a frequent art club demonstrator and workshop/painting holiday tutor.

Andrew’s pictures are in many private collections in Britain as well as Canada, Holland, North America, New Zealand, Slovakia and Australia.