Workshop with Pauline Grove

There were nine members of Rayleigh Art Group that joined together for this workshop in watercolours on Wednesday 13th August. We had requested a workshop on painting glass and that was most2014-08-13 19.02.08 definitely what we got!

Pauline brought along several pieces of glass for those who didn’t feel they could tackle the main still life, together with some extra fruit so anyone could do a study of just one piece. A still life was set up of a candle jar, bottle, small jar and a bowl of plums, all looking very nice and simple until we started to draw this.

Having all drawn to the best of our ability we watched as Pauline started on her picture and then off we went to attack our pieces of paper. We blobbed paint, swayed our boards and then dried with a hair dryer, all looking good, we then watched a little more as Pauline continued with the bottles in her picture.

Okay, we all took that in so now our turn – not so easy as it looks we decided! Glass is quite difficult to paint and to keep all the highlights whilst still adding all the colours that have been picked up from around the room.

Well we all enjoyed our evening, we had lots of laughs, lots of concentration and then nine pictures, none of which were actually finished but all well on the way.

Our thanks to Pauline for taking the time to run the workshop for us, we all had a really good time.

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Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton


Hullbridge Art Exhibition

Rayleigh Art Group have been invited to submit pictures to the Hullbridge Art Exhibition on 12th October 2014 at the Hullbridge Community Centre.

The open time for the public, will be 10-4 pm. They will need pictures for inclusion to be delivered to the venue, by 8.30 am on the day.

The charge for each ready to hang picture will be £2.00 per picture, with a 10% commission on any sold items, to assist with covering their costs. They stress this is not being done as a profit making venture, but out of a desire to exhibit  works as a fellow Artists. 

They have facilities for a maximum of 100 pictures, so a first come first served basis, will be in place. Pictures can be in any medium, framed or canvases, provided they are ‘ready to hang’. They will require pre payment for any exhibits.

Any queries, please contact Trevor Bavin on 07974253290, Fellow Artist and organiser.

A Date for your Diary

Southend Art Club have very kindly invited you to an “Open Day” at the Butler’s Farm Studio Cottage, on Saturday 6th September, 2pm – 4pm, to all Art Clubs interested in joining them for sketching, painting, some good company and interesting surroundings, followed by tea and cake. All you require is a fold up chair, and your painting and drawing materials.

Lots to see with the horses in their stables, open country fields,  and short walks if you fancy going just that bit further for the river views. No need to book just come along and join in; most of you  will probably know someone already in the SAC.

Please see attachment for directions to get to the Studio Cottage.

Gina Warner


Workshop with Pauline Grove


Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a Workshop with Pauline Grove on Wednesday 13th August 2014 at the Cedars

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Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh commencing at 7.00 pm sharp.


The subject will be a Still Life including glass in Watercolour.


This workshop is open to all RAG Members but places are limited and so members should confirm with Val Belverstone if they wish to book a place. Guests are welcome and should use the ‘Contact Us’ form on the Rayleigh Art Group Web site as soon as possible. There is a small cost of £5 per head.


Pauline Grove began painting watercolours as a child, but it wasn’t until the mid 1990’s, after her children had “flown the nest” that she was able to commit time to combine her love of painting and her interest in flowers. She began by copying floral studies from a series of antique prints but soon became confident enough to work from the real thing, quickly developing a style of her own that was both vibrant and bold.

Pauline began showing her work at exhibitions in and around her home town of Rayleigh in Essex where they soon became noticed and in demand. She has been a longstanding supportive member of Rayleigh Art Group.

In 2000 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and during the months of chemotherapy she immersed herself in her hobby and she is convinced that her painting made a significant contribution to her making a full recovery. Since then Pauline has earmarked a percentage of her sales as a contribution to the Breast Cancer Unit at Southend Hospital and it was this that motivated her to stage her first one-woman show in 2001, exhibiting more than one hundred of her paintings in her home. Her personal exhibition has become a bi-annual event and, due to its size and popularity, has been moved to the premises of a local business, Ipeco Holdings in Southend. In 2009 around 300 visitors  attended through the weekend where more than 250 paintings were on display. The next one woman exhibition will be in 2015. 
Over the years Pauline has moved into a variety of subject topics and treatments, from landscapes and townscapes to still life and portraits, producing work in watercolour, oils, acrylics, pastel and mixed media.

Pauline works from her Rayleigh studio that is set in beautiful secluded woodland gardens, surrounded by trees, flowers and wildlife that give her an everlasting source of inspiration for her works.
Pauline is a member of The Society of Women Artists, The Society of Botanical Artists and The Society of Floral Painters and regularly exhibits with them.

Painting Out in Hullbridge

What could be nicer than to spend the evening chatting with friends on the edge of a river in the early evening, with the sunshine still quite warm on you? This was how some of the Rayleigh Art Group members spent the evening of Wednesday 30th July 2014, outside the Anchor Public House in Hullbridge, with a drink and good company and plenty to chat about.

Some of the members took photographs to work from at some future date while others just sat and chatted. One or two took themselves off and did a little sketching, very commendable to those who did that.

For those of you who couldn’t make it this time, do try next time as a very pleasant evening was had by all.

Here are a few pictures that were taken at the time.

Report and Photos courtesy Cathy Newton


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