Reg Siger Demonstration

The evening with Reg Siger was extremely informative and entertaining. By the time the members of Rayleigh Art Group and many guests had arrived, Reg had set up a2015-02-11 22.32.40 very large easel and an arrangement of tables showing some of his work and also selling DVD’s too.

What a nice man Reg is, he chatted as he started to draw with a ‘liner’ brush in black waterproof ink. His drawing was from buildings in Lavenham, Suffolk which is his local territory. He did explain that he paints all local scenes relevant to the area he is exhibiting or demonstrating in, he finds these are more accepted by the public, therefore more likely to sell too.


Reg originates from Brussels in Belguim and has a great sense of humour, as we found out during the evening. He told us how he used to paint portraits of people on their holiday and just how hard  they worked only having a fifteen minute slot for babies, saying that was the reason for them all looking alike!


Having completed his drawing he then proceeded to paint with acrylic paints well watered down. Using them much like watercolours,  with the added attraction that the colours once dry, would not move at all, this of course means that he can overpaint any part of the picture. . The sky was the very last part of the picture to be painted, just as you would do a watercolour I.e. Plenty of water and then strong colours dropped into the water, the paper tilted to let the paint mix and run, then put upright once again.


Brilliant demonstration enjoyed by all that attended, we would welcome Reg back any time.


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Report and Photos courtesy of Cathy Newton


Annual Quiz and Fish & Chip (Chicken ) Supper

Rayleigh Art Group will be holding their Annual Quiz and Fish & Chip (Chicken) Supper on Wednesday 11th March commencing at 7.30 pm sharp.

This is a fun event and is open to all members and their guests with a charge of £7.00 per head with teams of 4 – 6 suggested.

If you interested please contact Val Belverstone as soon as possible to enable your food requirements to be ordered.

Frogmore Paper Mill Visit

Rayleigh Art Group are running a coach trip to Frogmore Paper Mill at Hemel Hempstead on Friday 11th September 2015. The cost will be £20.00 per head which includes Coach and Entrance fee and a Presentation, together with Tea/Coffee. Whilst food is available (something & chips) from about £7.50 it is recommended that members take a packed lunch.

The coach will leave Rayleigh (Venue to be advised) at 9.00 am and will leave the Frogmore Paper Mill at 4.30 pm. Boat trips are available at a cost of £3.50 and can be booked on the day.

If you are interested, please book with Colin Mossman Tel. 01702 831726; Mobile 07858532172 or email as soon as possible – a £10.00 deposit should be paid to Val Belverstone by 1st May 2015.


Frogmore Paper Mill is the world’s oldest mechanised paper mill – the birthplace of paper’s industrial revolution. Today it is still a working paper mill producing around 100 tonnes of specialist grade paper every year on historic paper machines.

Frogmore paper Mill is a visitor destination with a real difference, offering a unique experience of exploration and entertainment in an industrial setting. At its heart is an historic paper machine dating from 1895.

Visitors are in for a treat, not only will they see exhibitions, audio visual presentations, the restored 1938 Dennis Ace Fire Engine, but they will get to have a go at hand paper making and take a tour around the historic paper mill itself.

On the guided tour visitors will be shown the site of the world’s first working Fourdinier paper machine and the mill race where once the powerful water wheels were sited that drove the first machine in 1803. They will then be shown the ‘new’ paper machine (itself dating from 1895) with a full explanation of its workings. Although now static, the paper machine is still an amazing site and a genuine feat of engineering.

To complete the visit, stop for refreshments a the cafe overlooking the River Gade and then browse in the gift shop for an array of papers, greeting cards and craft materials. In the warmer months, visitors will be able to take a trip along the River Gade and Grand Union Canal on the centres own ferry boat, the Bryan Donkin.

Some of our visitor’s comments:
‘A fantastic family day out’ Buckinghamshire.
‘Absolutely fascinating’ South Wales.
‘Best value for money I have had for years. Tour was brilliant.’ Bristol.

Demonstration by Reg Siger

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a demonstration by Reg Siger on Wednesday 11th February 2015 at the Cedars centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, commencing at 7.30 pm sharp. All members and guests are invited to to watch Reg demonstrate historical architecture in Pen & Wash.

Reg Siger is a self-taught artist who, for the last 30 years has specialised in depicting old cottages, farmhouses, village and town scenes. An example painting by Reg Siger

Reg’s work concentrates on the historical aspect of the subjects, reflecting his fascination for old architecture. His paintings rarely feature cars, traffic signs or any other modern paraphernalia, giving the scenes a flavour of times gone by. He exhibits mostly in East Anglia, UK, in churches, church halls and village hall art shows, plus a few selected craft fairs.

Reg likes the challenge of trying to find unusual views and angles of well known scenes of the town or village where the art shows take place.

His working technique is unorthodox (so they say!) and consists of a strong drawing executed with a brush and black waterproof ink, which is then filled with acrylic paints. Reg seems to be one of the very few artists painting rainy scenes. Some of these are almost colourless as he uses only three shades mixed to produce interesting greyish tones, giving these paintings a lot of atmosphere. He does take commissions if the subject is compatible with his style of work.

Over the years, Reg has performed countless demonstrations during which he paints a full colour picture. The session is light-hearted and full of anecdotes. Members of the audience are encouraged to ask questions on all aspects of being a professional artist, such as techniques and materials used, artworks presentation and sales strategy.