Spring Exhibition 11th/12th April 2015

We couldn’t have wished for better weather for our Spring Exhibition. As usual this took place in the W.I.Hall in Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh.

With a team of committee members, we set up the screens and then members hung their pictures on Friday evening in readiness for the rush of public on Saturday morning.

With 97 paintings in place submitted by 21 artists we had plenty of choice to appeal to our public.File 14-04-2015 17 51 52

Saturday was extremely busy with many people visiting our exhibition including the Chairman of Rochford District Council Mrs Lumley and her husband. Together with our other visitors, they admired our work and took the chance to rest their weary feet with a welcome tea or coffee and one of our many homemade cakes.

The sun was still shining brightly on Sunday and although not quite as many visitors came to the show, we were still relatively busy all day long.

The best year for many years in terms of sales, we sold 18 paintings over the two days.

We also sold many, many cups of tea and coffee and most of our cakes too.

We had well over 200 voting slips for the Best Picture in Show, the results of which will be disclosed at the At Home but we can disclose already that almost every artist received a vote.

Our thanks to all that submitted their pictures and of course to all those who helped man the exhibition and kitchen. Also our congratulations to those who sold too!

The first prize of the raffle was won by a member of the public but one that had actually purchased one of our paintings. The three runner up prizes of bulb arrangements and the plant were all won by our members.

 

Please go to the Members gallery for photos of the pictures exhibited.

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Julie Tanner Demo

It was with great interest that Rayleigh Art Group members and guests watched last Wednesday evening as Julie Tanner introduced us to a very different way to use Acrylic paints.

Julie started by explaining about the acrylic paints and how they worked and reacted to each other and also being mixed and matched together. She had experimented quite a bit and had found that although in theory you should be able to use any acrylic medium together, some of the mediums made for acrylics to make them thicker, thinner, textured etc., did not always work together if they were a different make of acrylic.

It was also interesting to hear that often manufacturers bring out a new colour or two and often if you look to see how they are made, you may well already have the colours that have been mixed together within your collection of paints. As Julie said, the manufacturers just want your money and for you to keep on buying.

To start the painting, Julie covered the canvas in a thick coat of Gesso, this was to be the base of the background colour and give the paint a slippery surface to be worked on.

Having done that a few neat blobs of blue paint were applied to the top of the canvas and then they were worked in a starburst fashion to create an illusion of speed. Whilst the File 11-04-2015 23 18 06Gesso was still wet, working quickly she then applied yellow blobs to the bottom half of the canvas to make grass, still working in the starburst way.

Making circular movements with the brush, Julie made a fence for the racecourse and using the edge of a credit card she made marks representing fencing. Using the cap of an old paint tube she made marks on poles either side of the jump.

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Now for the fun bit, out came the liquid acrylic paints made by Golden. In these lovely shiny paints, she blobbed several dots of brown, yellow ochre and black paint then tilted the canvas back and forth dripping the paint down towards the bottom of the picture – these were to become the horse’s legs.

File 11-04-2015 23 20 41Having dried slightly, more blobs of paint applied, more tipping of the canvas and there were the horse bodies. Bit more paint, only this time plenty of bright coloured blobs for riders, more tipping around. Using a brush arms were pulled out of wet paint and legs were white blobs with a black blob for boots.

All the paint blobs had been applied while the canvas was flat.

File 11-04-2015 23 21 09The picture was a really brightly coloured, fun picture, a bit abstract and quirky but very effective.

A really fun demonstration to watch done by a really nice demonstrator.

File 11-04-2015 23 21 44Report courtesy Cathy Newton and Photos by Colin Mossman.

Demonstration by Julia Tanner

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a demonstration by Julia Tanner on Wednesday 8th April 2015 at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, commencing at 7.30 pm sharp.

All members and guests are welcome to enjoy an evening of ‘Acrylic Painting and It’s Properties’, whilst mixing with people of like minds.

Julia Tanner has drawn and painted for as long as she can remember, everywhere she looks she sees a potential picture. Her school books were always covered with biro drawings, much to the annoyance of her teachers! She loves bright colours and has recently been enjoying using acrylics to create some unusual abstracts.

She also enjoys working on commissions, creating a piece of art that contains special memories of places visited, things done and special people.

Although she is currently focusing on acrylics she enjoys all mediums and will use whatever best suits the subject. Watercolour is another favourite and she thoroughly enjoys using them to paint flowers.

She was accepted as a member of The Guild of Essex Craftsmen in 2013 and she is a Professional Associate of The Society for all Artists and a Daler-Rowney featured Artist. Her work can be viewed and purchased at Picturesque Art Gallery, Billericay, The Marylebone Gallery in London and also at The Tudor House in Sawbridgeworth. She also exhibits and sells her work at shows throughout the year.

Recently she was delighted to have an artwork displayed and sold in The Oxo Tower Wharf Art Gallery as part of ‘The Letter in Mind’ exhibition for the National Brain Charity.

Her painting ‘The Red Crane’ was Highly Commended in The Artists annual competition 2013

She teaches Beginners Lessons in both Acrylics and Watercolours and also demonstrates to groups.

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a demonstration by Julia Tanner on Wednesday 8th April 2015 at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, commencing at 7.30 pm sharp.

All members and guests are welcome to enjoy an evening of ‘Acrylic Painting and It’s Properties’, whilst mixing with people of like minds.

Julia Tanner has drawn and painted for as long as she can remember, everywhere she looks she sees a potential picture. Her school books were always covered with biro drawings, much to the annoyance of her teachers! She loves bright colours and has recently been enjoying using acrylics to create some unusual abstracts.

She also enjoys working on commissions, creating a piece of art that contains special memories of places visited, things done and special people.

Although she is currently focusing on acrylics she enjoys all mediums and will use whatever best suits the subject. Watercolour is another favourite and she thoroughly enjoys using them to paint flowers.

She was accepted as a member of The Guild of Essex Craftsmen in 2013 and she is a Professional Associate of The Society for all Artists and a Daler-Rowney featured Artist. Her work can be viewed and purchased at Picturesque Art Gallery, Billericay, The Marylebone Gallery in London and also at The Tudor House in Sawbridgeworth. She also exhibits and sells her work at shows throughout the year.

Recently she was delighted to have an artwork displayed and sold in The Oxo Tower Wharf Art Gallery as part of ‘The Letter in Mind’ exhibition for the National Brain Charity.

Her painting ‘The Red Crane’ was Highly Commended in The Artists annual competition 2013

She teaches Beginners Lessons in both Acrylics and Watercolours and also demonstrates to groups.