Former Paper Mill Visit

Re the trip to Frogmore Paper Mill, as there are not enough people to hire coach, plans have had to be changed. A decision has been made to go in separate cars and meet in the car park at Frogmore at 10 o’clock on Friday 11th September.

Colin Mossman will be going with three other people and if they can get at least ten people altogether, the group can get the reduced entrance fee. Please let Colin Mossman know if you are going and he will send you directions – you can reach him by email:, mobile: 07858532172 or landline: 01702831726


Demonstration with Paul Alcock

We were lucky enough to have Paul Alcock come along to our Art Group and give us a demonstration in oils.

Paul started by explaining that he liked to do pictures relative to the area he was in and so he had got a couple of photographs of Rayleigh Windmill. He was going to work from both photographs in oils on a piece of MDF board that had been prepared with gesso prior to coming

Starting at the top of the windmill, Paul painted the whole building with the exception of the sails. Having got the building in place he then added the sky, trees and even a car, as of course there is a car park infront of the windmill.

He painted in part of the sails using the edge of a ruler adding the paint to the edge and then pressing the ruler onto the board, brilliant for a lovely straight edge.The whole painting was looking really good and we all stopped for a well earned tea break, then back to the picture. Paul added a man, and the man’s dog, from a different picture that he had taken else where. This really made the picture come to life.

It was a very interesting demonstration and for those who have never used oil paints, an education in how to go about painting a picture.

Demonstration by Paul Alcock

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a demonstration by Paul Alcok on
Wednesday 8th July 2015 commencing at 7.30 pm prompt.  As usual the meeting will take place in the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh. All members and their guests are welcome.

Paul is based in Southend on Sea, Essex where he’s enjoys a successful career as an artist and tutor with 15 years teaching experience. After completing his foundation studies in Art and Design at Southend College of Art; a degree in Fine Art – Painting followed at Camberwell School of Art, completed in 1986. Since then Paul has practiced as an Artist, exhibiting in a range of exhibitions in London and the south east.

In 2011 Paul’s painting “Sunday Morning” won best work in exhibition at the Essex Open Exhibition held at the Beecroft Gallery, Westcliff on sea.

In 2012 Paul was chosen to paint live with the BBC during their coverage of the Queens Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, where he painted as the Pageant unfolded in the rain from the spectacular vantage point of Millennium Bridge. That year he was also short listed in the Artist and Illustrator magazines Artist of the year competition.

In September 2013 Paul’s work was featured on the cover and in an article in the Society of all Artists “Paint” Magazine.  In 2014 Paul started writing for the Liesure Painter Magazine.