Rayleigh Art Group Christmas Party

December 7th is the date of this years Rayleigh Art Group Christmas Party at the Todman Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh.

All members are invited to bring guests to this social event, together with some food and more importantly your Competiton Entry, ‘Paint a Picture for a month of the Calendar’ in a mount 12″x16″, portrait or landscape. If you have not chosen a month already, please get in touch with Val Belverstone as soon as possible.

Do come along and take the opportunity to chat with friends and like minded people whilst enjoying yourselves. Rayleigh Art Group will be supplying liquid refreshments for you to enjoy, so we look forward to seeing you all.


Demonstration by Susan Clare

Our little hall was buzzing last night, we were virtually full up with members and visitors for our demonstration by Susan Clare. Susan runs some workshops in Hadleigh Fire Station and from what we were about to see, I would imagine she is a very busy lady.

With many cards for sale, all with zingy designs through to mounted watercolours and a beautiful acrylic painting of a cat, Susan had set up and was ready to paint in watercolour for us.

She explained that she had spent many years in Jamaica and had many references of flowers and plants native to Jamaica. The flower she had decided to paint for us was a derivative of the banana plant and she explained that that plant, amongst many others, grow at an excessive rate due to the climate.

Working on a 300lb piece of paper, firstly she drew a very quick impression of the flowers and then wet the paper several times using a wide brush.

Then with plenty of pigment on her brush, a large squirrel mop head, she2016-11-09-20-04-36 dropped colours from the very top of the paper, letting it run down into all the drawing. Susan explained that she was using auerolin yellow and scarlet red watering that down slightly together with a blue. These colours would dry much lighter and because of that it was not necessary to keep any white paper, although should you want to do so it was just a dab of tissue that would take out the colour not required.2016-11-09-20-07-00

These colours having dried, she then proceeded to paint in the petals of the flowers using the yellow and then adding scarlet red to the bottom edge of the blooms. She worked all of these once and then when they dried off, went over again using alizarin crimson to give more depth.

2016-11-09-21-07-39Using a soft green she put in some stems and leaves in the background. To set off the flowers at their best, the painting was turned upside down and with a dark purple/blackish colour the background was dropped in almost in stripes behind the stems etc. When turned back the right way up a squirt of water was sprayed at the bottom of the dark to enable the colour to run through the bottom of the painting.2016-11-09-21-16-37


This was a very interesting way of painting
and a very enjoyable demonstration. Susan was very informative and also very interesting to listen to when talking about her life in Jamaica. So all in all a very entertaining evening,










Report courtesy of Cathy Newton and Photos by Cathy Newton and Colin Mossman

Exhibition – Mill Hall

Rayleigh Art Group has been invited to put on an exhibition in the foyer of Mill Hall from Saturday 7th January to Friday 3rd March 2017. All paintings may be priced and Mill Hall will take 20% commission on any work sold or commissioned during the exhibition.

Pictures should be framed and strung ready for hanging and delivered to Mill Hall at 9.30am on Saturday 7th January and collected at 9.30am on Friday 3rd March.

initially we are taking one painting per person . Members wishing to take part should give their name to Vicki Coppard (01268 781211) as soon as possible.

This was a popular venue for us last year and certainly helped to raise the profile of the club locally.

The RAG Big Quiz

On 15th October of this year we held the Big Quiz of the year for our Club. This took place at the Eastwood Community Hall in Weston Approach, Eastwood, next to Morrisons.

This turned out to be a handy place to be holding a Quiz or any other event actually, especially if you find you run out of nibbles or drinks throughout the evening, Just a short walk across the car park and all the supplies you could possibly want available to you. A quick jog back arms loaded and you are back ready to play again.

As usual we used our very own question Master, John Newton, who always devises a really interesting and of course slightly difficult quiz for us.

Our aim for this evening’s entertainment was to raise funds for the Club. We are not a profit making Club but all the expenses for demonstrations, hire of halls etc., have risen in the past few years leaving our balance in the bank shrinking. Having held a few quizzes in house now, we decided that this would be a great and fun way to raise a little cash.

Our Chairperson, Corinne worked really hard to get people interested in having a table and at £5 a head with a maximum of 6 per table she did really well and in the end we totalled 10 tables a couple of which did actually have 7 players. We accepted this, it was for fun after all said and done. We had 54 players overall.

Well after 10 rounds of questions, a picture round, a lot of laughter and a few sighs we had a winning team called Scud Missiles coming in with a score of 103 and a losing team called Family Matters coming in with their score of 64.

We ran a Raffle of which 4 prizes were donated by people that couldn’t attend but wanted to contribute to our cause. This raised a grand sum of £134. Luckily our total expenses had come to this same sum so from there on in everything was pure profit and for our funds. Overall we raised a profit of £300.

Well done to all those who helped with the arranging, coaxing, planning, running, and anything else that contributed to the fun evening. Also a big thank you to John for spending many an hour collecting information for the quiz and apparently a thank you to myself and our daughter Laura for scoring on the night. Glad you all enjoyed it!!!!!!!

Report courtesy of Cathy Newton

Demonstration by Susan Clare

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a demonstration by Susan Clare, entitled  ‘Tropical Watercolour and Mixed Media’, on Wednesday 9th November 2016. The venue is the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh SS6 7QF and the demonstration will commence at 7.30 pm sharp. All members are invited to attend with their guests (non-members £4.00), with tea/coffee and biscuits plus a raffle.

Susan Clare paints ‘mostly representational’ watercolours, infused with the lush beauty of2016-11-03-19-26-58 nature, drenched in the dancing sunlight of the Caribbean.

After science education in England and a career in scuba diving, Susan decided to foster the seeds of her creativity, sewn by her artist mother. In March 1997, with self- study and inspiring guidance from sculptress/painter, Jannette Eyles, the dream blossomed. She spent eight months working from Jannette’s studio, honing drawing skills, capturing tropical plants, flowers, landscapes and still life of rural Jamaica, in watercolour on paper, aiming to connect the viewer with the vibrancy of nature and the value of a simple life. In November, 1997, Susan showed her first solo exhibition at Round Hill Hotel, and has not looked back since.

In 1998, Susan started to paint children’s portraits by commission, which now form a large part of her work. She is drawn into the world within the image:  “The play of light is magical; it brings life to the subject, be it ripe fruit, rustic stonework or the glowing complexion of a child.”

Susan finds figurative work most challenging, yet most rewarding. “Nothing surpasses the deceptive simplicity of the human form. Softly drawn or in flowing watercolour, if the body is rendered with subtlety and sophistication, nothing more is needed.”

Playful aspects creep into her work: symbolic motifs, texture and simpler subjects, mixed media on multiple linked canvasses, and on yupo paper.

“I love to add mystery with ambiguous passages of light and texture.”  Some new, whimsical pieces lightheartedly remind us of our responsibility to the environment, by including bottle-caps and other found plastic objects.

Since 2001, Susan has shown five more major exhibitions in Montego Bay and Negril, and many group shows, across Jamaica. In March 2003, she showed in a multinational exhibition at the Broward County Library, Ft Lauderdale, celebrating Women’s History month. In 2004, she curated an exhibition showcasing eleven artists for a charity benefit at Round Hill Hotel. Every summer from 2005 to 2011 inclusive, Susan directed, organized and curated the fundraising Art Auction for the Heinz Simonitsch School, their major fundraiser each year.  Another recent exhibition was, again, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in November 2012, showing at two locations along with artist and friend, Caroline Courtney.

Susan was chosen as one of seven artists, for inclusion in a coffee table book on “Montego Bay – Jamaica” by Pauline Reid, published in 2011.

Having very recently relocated to the pretty new City of Chelmsford in the UK, Susan is now (from October 2013) available for commissioned Portraits – People, Pets or Property, anywhere in the South of England.

Susan’s work is at Coyaba Resort, the World Bank in Kingston and can be found in private collections in Jamaica, the Caribbean, England, US