Workshop Wednesday 8th March 2017

Due to the fact that the Cedars Centre will be closed for the next two weeks, the Workshop scheduled for Wednesday  8th March 2017 will have to be cancelled. 


Rayleigh Art Group 2017 Exhibition

The Rayleigh Art Group 2017 Exhibition, sponsored by A. R. Adams (Funeral Directors), will be held in the W.I. Hall, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh, over the weekend of Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April 2017.

The exhibition of paintings by local artists, will be open from 10:00 am through until 4:30pm on both days, with paintings available for sale.


Sky Arts – ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’ and ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’

Sky Arts looking for artists to take part in the ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’ and ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’.  This looks an exciting opportunity which we hope you will pass on to your members.

If you would like more information please visit the Sky Arts website

The TV company who produce ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’ for Sky Arts, are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series – this might be of interest to you. The competition is open to both professional and amateur artists and all mediums are welcome (apart from digital artwork). Here is a link to the website with access to the online application form –

Thank you for your time and if you know of any artists or art groups who might interested in applying to the competition, please feel free to pass on the website details included or follow/like/share the social media posts about the competition being open (links below).

Website – (we are also running a Landscape competition)

Facebook –

Twitter –

Instagram –

Demonstration by Paul Karslake

A really good turn out from  our club members and guests on the evening of Wednesday 8th February 2017, it was lovely to see so many people attending the demonstration by Paul Karslake.

I was lucky enough to get a front row seat and therefore was able to see the pencil img_0689drawing already on the large canvas when we arrived. Three of us sat and scrutinised this drawing knowing that we were about to have a demonstration in airbrushed portraits and not one of us could see anything that remotely represented a face. How funny, Paul began his demonstration by introducing himself and then turned the canvas around and low and behold there was a partially drawn face. That did start our evening off with a giggle, surely we should have thought of that when we were trying to see an image!

Paul explained that he was working with a water based ink this evening and was only
working in black, this would mean that it would be easily cleaned out when he was finished. If he had been working in acrylic inks he would have had to use a cleaner making it slightly more to do.

img_0690He explained how he worked on many different subjects and surfaces, anything from
aeroplanes to garage doors and many other things in between too.

Paul worked very quickly and within 20-25 minutes he had finished his portrait of Jack Nicholson, brilliant image looking very striking in the black ink on a plain white canvas. A few people asked a few questions and then we stopped for a short tea break.

After our break there was a chance for anyone wishing to have a go to stand up at the front and have a quick lesson in how the airbrush worked and then to go for it. A few people very bravely took Paul up on his offer and had a go, it appears that it is more difficult that Paul had made it look and that anyone going to do this would need a lot of practice. Well done to those of you who were brave enough to do it though, I myself chickened out.

Report and photos courtesy Cathy Newton

Members Gallery

Members are reminded that they can exhibit their latest work on the Club’s ‘Members Gallery’ page, by sending photos of their paintings (jpeg format) to John Newton (, who will upload them as soon as possible.

Please take the opportunity to look at the ‘Member’s Gallery’ to see the latest paintings by member.

Events Diary

Please be advised we have added an ‘Events Diary’ page with details of all forthcoming events, to replace the ‘Calendar of Events’  page and ‘Important Dates for your Diary’ table.

Event details can be viewed either by, Week, Month or list (Agenda) by clicking on the appropriate tab. Also, if you have a Google account and calendar, dates can be downloaded into your own calendar if desired.

We hope this is a useful addition to the site.

Demonstration by Paul Karslake

imagesRayleigh Art Group will be hosting a demonstration by Paul Karslake – ‘Airbrushing a Portrait of an Iconic Person’, on Wednesday 8th February 2017 at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, commencing at 7.30pm.

All members and their guests are welcome to come along and enjoy and evening, being entertained by a local artist. There is a small charge for guests, but includes Tea/Coffee and biscuits.

Even before he won his first County Art Prize at the age of eight, Paul was immersed into the Art World.

Paul’s father, Mike, was a renowned architectural model maker.  From Mike, Paul was taught business ethics, form and perspective – attributes so lacking in many of today’s working artists.

After College, Paul joined his father in his business and assisted on many famous architectural projects such as the Grade 2 building Centre Point, on London’s Oxford Street, the Thames Flood Barrier and working models for theConcorde Pilot seat.

Paul travelled to the States for what he imagined would be a three week holiday.  He stayed four years!  Soon after arriving in America Paul was working for Los Angeles Art Studios, CBS Television and Disney with whom, years later, he was to work on the EuroDisney Project.

Early in the 1980’s Paul was back in England and formed a company, The Art House, to control his ever expanding art business.

In 1990 Paul was commissioned by the Wiggins Group Plc., to produce a 650 ft long artwork hoarding for their South Quay site in London Docklands for which he was awarded The Evening Standard Environmental Award.  In the same year Paul was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.)

Under the guidance of Derek Johns, ex Director of Sotheby’s and Old Master dealer in St. James’s, Paul decided to further strengthen his ties with the Fine Art market.  In 1995 he undertook a commission for some very large Still Life paintings for the restaurant that became Gordon Ramsay’s Petrus, in St James’s, London.  He followed up in 1998 with a solo exhibition at Derek Johns Ltd., in Duke Street, SW1.

Amongst other projects there have been commissions for the Turf Club, NABIM, Geronimo Inns, Mohamed Al Fayed, Keith Richards, Brian May and Yeardley Smith (the Voice of Lisa Simpson).   Paul’s depth of talent is further exemplified when viewing his work on other mediums, including design and artwork for the Virgin F1 racing cars and monumental scale commissions on commercial aircraft, coaches and even the Radio 1 roadshow trucks.

In 2001, the Paul Karslake Fine Art Gallery and studio was opened in Leigh-on-Sea from where Paul’s artistic talents have further brought him worldwide recognition.  His paintings of iconic and popular figures, from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Johnny Depp, Sir Michael Caine and Grace Kelly are hanging in the homes of the famous and infamous and form part of many corporate and private collections in the UK and around the world.

Paul is passionate about sharing and explaining his skills. He takes an active part in supporting children wishing to do work experience, tutors at schools, and demonstrates at Art Groups.  In 2005 The Karslake Centre for Art opened at The Cornelius Vermuyden School and Arts College, Essex.