Winter Programme

Members are advised that the Rayleigh Art Group Winter Programme starts again with a Workshop on Wednesday 13th September 2017. This will be followed by a Demonstration by Ian Deaves in Watercolour (subject to be advised) on Wednesday 27th September 2017 – a full list will be issued in the near future when it is finalised.

Members are also reminded that Subscriptions are due by the first Demonstration on Wednesday 27th September 2017 and this year will be £26, payable to Rayleigh Art Group. Members can pay Val Belverstone on the Workshop or Demonstration or send a cheque by post.



This demonstration was rather nice as it was like meeting up with an old friend. We have had Bill come and do demonstrations for our Club in the past but not for a few years so very nice to see him once again.

Bill had pre-drawn a scene of Aldborough, Suffolk, it was drawn in pencil and was takenIMG_20170712_193607 from an old photograph which he had brought along to show us. This was a very dull photo taken in the rain and with only a couple of people in the picture. From this, Bill had previously painted a rainy day in Aldborough and tonight he was going to paint the same scene but with many more people as a sunny day picture.

IMG_20170712_200457All good so far, Bill started by explaining that he would not normally paint with his paper upright, it would be flat and therefore the paint would not run in the same way as it was about to tonight. With this in mind he put in raw umber and cobalt blue in very wet and then kept dabbing at the dripping paint to stop it running into the skyline of buildings. Having cracked that Bill then painted in the arms, legs if they were bare and heads of the people in the foreground, this was to give him and idea of where things were in the picture.

Now off to the buildings, roofs, chimneys and building walls were coloured in taking out light bits by using a dry damp brush giving a direction of where the light was coming from. All was looking very good by the time tea break came up.IMG_20170712_210233

After tea Bill continued to fill in the people, they soon became really colourful and brought the whole painting to life.

During the evening Bill had passed round photographs of some of his paintings he has done and drawings in several books. These were very interesting to see and probably gave us the idea that we really should do more drawing and sketching.

It was a lovely demonstration and we probably all wish we could paint as freely as Bill does. Keep trying, you never know we might just get it right one day.IMG_20170712_212755

Demonstration – Bill Perkins

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a Demonstration by Bill Perkins entitled, ‘Townscape’ in Watercolour. The event will take place at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, on Wednesday 12th July 2017 commencing at 7.30 pm.

All members are invited, together with their guests (small charge), to enjoy this demonstration, with Tea/Coffee and biscuits, so why not come along and perhaps pick up some tips.


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.


Firstly we have to thank Jane for stepping up for us and doing this demonstration. The evening was originally booked to be a demonstration by Geoff Thorpe but unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, Geoff had to cancel at a late date.

We were very pleased to see Jane again, she is a very talented artist and always DSCF0780produces a brilliant picture. This evening was to be no different and with a piece of paper already taped to the board in a brownish colour, she commenced her pastel picture.

This evening we watched a leopard appear in no time at all using mainly Inscribe pastels, these are a cheap pastel but a good all rounder pastel to start with,

DSCF0782 Starting with a horizontal line to keep the eyes in the right place, Jane worked the eye shapes and the lines for the nose and then gradually worked into the head. Using quite bright colours to start with as she said you could always dull the colours down later but it would be more difficult to brighten the picture. She added a turquoise to the eye and a little highlight and suddenly the leopard came to life. Working into the fur in the direction the fur would grow and then adding spots firstly in a lighter shade and then darkening as she went on, now the leopard really was beginning to come alive.DSCF0787

After a short tea break and a few presentations to members of the Club, Roy Bull for Best Picture in Show and Colin Mossman and Stella Masters and a few announcements, Jane continued on. This time she added more black into the markings and eye surrounds and highlights to the fur. Lastly the whiskers went on in a very soft pastel of bright white but she then dulled them in places where shadow would take away the brightness.

DSCF0790A brilliant, very interesting and informative demonstration. Thank you Jane for standing in for us, we hope to see you again.




Report courtesy Cathy newton and photos Colin Mossman.

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

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.

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