Demonstration by Christine Lester

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With a piece of Fisher 500 pastel board painted with an under-painting in watercolour Christine started to apply pastels over the image of a calf. This Fisher 500 paper is available on line from Jacksons at around £6/£7 per sheet.] She used Inscribe pastels and mainly the side of the colours to get the most coverage but leaving a little of the under-painting showing too giving plenty of texture.


Having worked the picture up with many colours, some of which were quite vibrant like a greenish/blue colour, she then applied much softer pastels. For this part of the picture Christine used Unison pastels mainly in creams, pinks and soft shades.


By tea break we were all mesmerised by the picture and many of us inspired to have a go ourselves.

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In the second half of the demonstration Christine worked on a piece of mounting card which had a watercolour image of two boxing hares on it. She worked in the same way just working on one of the hares but using much less pastel as the mounting card held much less pastel pigment on its surface.

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A brilliant demonstration enjoyed by all of us, our thanks to Christine.


Demonstration by Christine Lester

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a demonstration by Christine Lester entitled ‘Animals in Pastel’ at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 24th September 2104 at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7QF. The demonstration will start at 7.30 pm sharp so members and guests are asked to arrive shortly before this. This demonstration is open to all members and guests with a small admission charge.

Although originally from Essex, Christine developed her painting skills when she lived in Somerset. Painting a variety of subjects in oils, acrylics and watercolours, sheChristine exhibited widely at West Country locations, from The Bath Society and Clifton Arts to local galleries and pubs!

Christine is most attracted to humans and animals as subjects and having had several cats of her own led her to join the national Society of Feline Artists.

Back in East Anglia, she now teaches adults and her recent paintings take the region – its places and its people – for inspiration.

“Artist friends have described my work as PAINTING JOURNALISM because I seem to observe those little momentary scenes of everyday life and record them in a way which leads the viewer to try to interpret the story behind it.”

Following Christine”s article on Line and Wash painting, in the May 2012 issue of SAA Paint magazine, one reader wrote to praise her method of scaling-up using a grid of diagonals: “For years at my local art school we had the laborious squaring-up work – and the endless minor maths problems associated with that process. In later years someone suggested putting the small pic or photo at the bottom left-hand corner and drawing out diagonals onto the larger paper. I never could get the hang of that process! Using your approach, I’ve just had some success enlarging a very complex side-on view of beach huts here in Scarborough. My earlier squaring-up method utterly failed….So thank you for your article…..”

Members are also reminded that subscriptions are due at this first demonstration on Wednesday 24th September 2014.

Rayleigh Library Exhibition

As in previous years Rayleigh Art Group will be holding a small exhibition in the foyer of Rayleigh Library during October – from 1st to 29th October. This has proved popular with visitors to the library and is good publicity for the club.


All work may be for sale and a commission of 30% is payable to the Council on any sales.


If any members of Rayleigh Art Group would like to show a piece of work, please contact Vicki Coppard on 01268 781211 or speak to her at the forthcoming demonstration on Wednesday 24th September 2014.

Rayleigh Art Group Demonstrations

Please find below the list of demonstrations for 2014 – 2015 meeting on Wednesday Evenings starting at 7.30 pm in Cedar Hall, Castle Road, Rayleigh SS6 7QF


24th September 2014 – Christine Lester, ‘Animals’ in Pastel

12th November 2014 – David Hyde, ‘Wildlife’ in Oil

11th February 2015 – Reg Siger, ‘Historical Architecture’ in Pen and Wash

8th April 2015 – Julia Tanner, ‘Acrylic Painting and it’s Properties’

27th May 2015 – Keith Hornblower, ‘Street Scene/Townscape’ in Watercolour

8th July 2015 – Paul Alcock, ‘Landscape’ in Oil


A printed version of the programme will be available to members in the near future.

Members are also reminded that subscriptions are due at the first demonstration on Wednesday 24th September 2014.