Sue had come from Bradwell-on-Sea to do an acrylic demonstration for us this Wednesday evening. We were feeling quite excited about this one, Sue had brought many examples of her work both in acrylic and also in watercolour, all of which looked vibrant and of views that we recognised easily.IMG_20170524_194512

She had prepared a block canvas in warmish pink/brownish shade and then spent around an hour before she came putting in the main shapes to make it easier for herself when painting with the main colours. As promised it was a marine picture so plenty of water and then houseboats, but the thing that had attracted Sue to the picture was actually a line of bright washing hanging across one of the houseboats. Strange the things that attract us to paint pictures isn’t it? We all like different and quirky things.

IMG_20170524_211022While Sue started to dab paint onto the canvas she explained that she had been influenced by Hashim Akib when he had been to their art group and done a demonstration. A lot of us could understand this as we too have seen his work and watched him demonstrate and also been inspired by him.

Sue dabbed various shades of blue across the canvas putting marks from the sky to the water and also to the sides of the picture, then adding either yellow or reds into the mix and again dabbing odd strokes of paint in varying places on the picture. By the time tea break came the canvas had quite a lot of colour on it and the sky was looking amazing with lovely big fluffy clouds.

After tea break and the raffle, we all sat back down and watched as Sue really pulled IMG_20170524_214240the painting together and then in the last half hour or so she added finer detail in darks and very light colours and of course the fabulous red washing on the line.

Very impressive, lovely lady and one to definitely have a go at doing.

Happy painting everyone!

Report courtesy Cathy Newton and photos, Colin Mossman


Demonstration by Sue Spiers–Marine Scene in Acrylics

On Wednesday 24th May 2017, Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a demonstration by SueSue Spiers, ‘Marine Scene in Acrylics’. This will take place in the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh and commences at 7.30pm.

All members are invited together with guests – there is a small charge for non-members but includes Tea/Coffee and biscuits.

Sue lives in Bradwell-on-Sea, on the East Coast, and has painted professionally for over twenty eight years.  The seaside, boats and watery places are the subjects for acrylic on canvas and ‘en plein air’ in watercolours.  Sue exhibits with ‘Salty Dogs’, a collective of nautical artists, takes part in Burnham  Art Trail and has her work for sale in ‘The White Harte’  in Burnham and the Taplin Gallery in Woodbridge, she also shows in exhibitions throughout the year.

Rayleigh Trinity Fair

We have heard from the organisers now that the art exhibition will start at 10.30, in spite of all the main events still commencing at 12 noon and being advertised as such.
(If you look at the Trinity Fair Rayleigh web page you will see a poster illustrating this.)
As you know we have decided not to exhibit as a club but if anyone would like to take part and exhibit as an individual you should contact Steve Cooper of Haddon Events, on

2017’s AT HOME

Can you believe that yet another year has come around and we have now hosted the 2017’s ‘At Home’?

As usual we held this social evening in The Todman Centre in Castle Road, a lovely venue with plenty of room, seating and kitchen area for all the naughty but nice food that is brought in by everyone. Unfortunately not supported by as many members as in the past few years but enough of us to have a really good social chatty evening nevertheless.

We had a very nice young man called Liam come along to our group and give us a talk on birds of prey. He brought with him three birds, all of which he got out in turn to show us and talk about each and every one of them. The information he gave us was all very interesting and going back as far as Henry Vlll’s time.

The first bird to be introduced to us was a Hybrid Peregrine Falcon who perched perfectly on Liam’s arm whilst he told us all about her. The interesting thing was that in the wild she would probably only live around 4 years and but in captivity she will probably make 20. 2017-05-03 20.39.24

Next up was the beautiful Barn Owl, this was a lovely bird who didn’t sit quite so still for us but nevertheless was very well behaved. Again this bird was bred in captivity so was also going to have a lovely long life.2017-05-03 20.51.56

Lastly was a Kestrel, very squawky in the cage but even worse when out and on Liam’s arm. She too was bred in captivity but would possibly not live quite so long as the other two birds.

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Liam explained that he had recently started up this business with a friend and now had 11 birds in aviaries in the garden. He exercises the birds every day come rain or shine and in my view they are very lucky birds to have come into his care.

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During the evening we had the chance to view all the entries for the Best Picture of the Year  and so after plenty of chatting, a little eating and drinking Brian Coppard presented the yearly Clock Trophy to Christine Dobson for the picture ‘A Frayed Knot’. Brilliant picture, well done Christine.IMG_0395 1

For those of you who attended, we hope you enjoyed your evening and for those of you who didn’t come, you missed a really nice evening. We hope to see you all next time.

Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton

Rayleigh Art Group – ‘At Home’

Tomorrow, Wednesday 3rd May 2017 is our ‘At home’ night, don’t forget your painting for entry into the yearly ‘Painting of the Year’ competition. Liquid refreshment will be supplied but don’t forget to bring a guest and some food for the table.

This year we also have a guest speaker, won’t say what he will be speaking on but to give you a clue, flight might be involved and feathers might fly. See you tomorrow 7.30 pm at the Todman Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh