Demonstration – Keith Hornblower

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a demonstration by Keith Hornblower, entitled ‘Street Scene/Townscape’ in Watercolour, on Wednesday 27th May 2015.

The demonstration will commence at 7.30 pm sharp in the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, and all members and guests are welcome.

Born 1952,

Keith’s studies culminated in a career in structural engineering.
He was later employed by an architectural practice where he was able to develop his skills as an illustrator. His illustrations proved successful and he was able to make the leap into freelancing.
Today, over 20 years later, he is now established as a leading architectural illustrator in watercolour and was awarded Fellowship of the Society of Architectural Illustration, having produced a diversity of work from painting palaces for sheikhs to Chateau Latour, for the World Atlas of Wine.
His non-illustrative work is increasingly in demand and he has received a number of prestigious commissions including Brocket Hall, Bayfordbury Manor.
Keith is well known locally for his involvement in charity auctions where his work has raised substantial sums for good causes.


Rayleigh Art Group – At Home

The Rayleigh Art Group ‘At Home’ this year was very well attended and the competition also had many entries.

As usual there was plenty of food and drink for all to enjoy and much chatting and laughter going on too.

Our entertainment for the evening was Mrs Pauline Dickinson explaining the history and then demonstrating the craft of Narrow Boat Painting. This was really interesting some beautiful work was for all to see that Pauline had done and brought along to show us.

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The Josie Hook prize was won this year by Cathy Newton with a Pastel painting2015-05-06 21.35.33 of a Bearded Collie, the award was presented by Brian Coppard. Josie Hook was invited along and enjoyed the evening with us.





The winner of the competition of Best Painting of the Year was won by Geoffrey Childs

2015-05-06 21.38.41with a picture of a woodland scene. The Award was also presented to Geoffrey by Brian Coppard.

Workshop – Watercolour with Gouache

Eleven Rayleigh Art group members signed up for this workshop with Brian Coppard as our tutor for the evening.

We were told that paper and gouache would be supplied for those that needed it and so we only needed to bring our watercolour paints along plus a picture of an animal to work from, although there would be some pictures available from Brian.

At 7.30p.m. sharp we started with a short demonstration by Brian, as usual he amazed us by how quickly and how easy he made it look. So with all the information now installed and our paper and paints at the ready we set to and painted.

We did have a tea/coffee break although most of us continued to work through it to give us the maximum time to finish our work.

A really enjoyable evening had by all and our work is here for you to see.

Some of the paintings that were produced during the workshop are shown below.




Frogmore Paper Mill Visit

The Frogmore Paper Mill trip on Friday 11th September 2015 is in danger of being cancelled unless more people  indicate their wish to participate. In order to make it viable, 35 people minimum are required to enable the trip to go ahead, and so if you are interested and not provided your details yet, please contact Colin Mossman on as soon as possible. In the event that not enough people come forward for the coach, potentially those that want to go could all get together and travel in a few cars which, although a small cost for fuel, would bring the cost down to just the entrance fee. So, if you or your friends are interested, please let Colin know as soon as possible, thank you.

The ‘At Home’

The Rayleigh Art Group ‘At Home’ will be on Wednesday 6th May 2015 at the Todman Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, Essex. The evening will commence at 7.30 pm sharp and all members are invited. Please bring your ‘Best Picture of the Year’ for the competition, a plate of food and a guest would be nice. Various liquids will be provided for your leisure and a raffle.

The theme for the evening is Narrow Boat Style of painting on Watering cans etc.



We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible to listen to this talk and then to chat amongst like minded friends.