Joe Dowden Demonstration–Wednesday 8th November 2017

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a watercolour demonstration by Joe F Dowden tomorrow evening (Wednesday 8th November). The demonstration will be in the Cedars Centre,Dowden1 Castle Road, Rayleigh SS6 7QF, starting at 7:30pm sharp, so please arrive soon after 7:00pm. Guests are welcome to participate for a small charge of £4.00.

Joe is a Landscape and Seascape Painter and has exhibited at the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Exhibition, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Laing Art Exhibition, Chichester Open, Barings ING – Platform 100, World of Drawings and Watercolours, British Modern Masters, Royal Society of Marine Artists.  

Stages one man shows at Albury, Southern UK. Paintings sell at Elford Fine Art, Fine Art UK & British Modern Masters 2008. Author of books and magazine articles. Published worldwide. Presents TV, DVD, seminars, demonstrations and he is a Panel Member of the SAA.



JoeDowden“Joe is a very fine watercolourist, and a magical, water, watercolour artist. But there’s more: he is a brilliant teacher and communicator. As a teacher, he is able to both demonstrate his skill and watercolour technique in a methodical, clear, step-by-step process and along the way run an instructive commentary telling you exactly what he’s doing with variations and alternative approaches. He adds to all this a cornucopic list of useful tips on equipment, advice on best brushes, colours and paper suppliers, colour mixes and much more.”


Recent Competition Winners

Over the last few weeks a number of Rayleigh Art Group members have entered various competitions around the district and are to be congratulated on taking first and runner up positions, namely-:

The Odd Fellows Organisation ran a competition in the old Hockley Fire Station with various categories:

Watercolour – Colin Mossman 1st (River Crouch in Hullbridge)

Craft Section – Sue Bridger 1st

Acrylic Section – Sue Bridger 1st (Boat); Runner-up Cathy Newton (Montage of Local scenes in Essex)


Thundersley Congregational Church ran a Painting Competition for the Over 18 and Under 18’s

Over 18 – Cathy Newton 1st; Anna Tobey 2nd and Ken Marjoram a new member 3rd.

Rayleigh Art Group AGM

Rayleigh Art Group will be holding their AGM on Wednesday 25th October 2017 commencing at 7:30pm sharp,  in the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh.

This is your opportunity to have an input into how the club is run so it is important that as many of you attend as possible.

The AGM will be followed by a funny and enjoyable game of bingo, where Colin Mossman will be jiggling his ‘balls’, together with Cheese and Wine, so well worth coming along just for that!


Our first evening back in the new year’s calendar and how nice to have one of our own members to do a demonstration for us.

Ian Deaves has been a member of our Club for many years now and is known for his watercolour and acrylic paintings. He paints quite prolifically and brought many examples of his work in watercolour with him for us to look at. Many of Ian’s paintings are of local scenes and most of those are in Rochford, all very recognisable to many of us.IMG_0949


With a drawing of South Street, Rochford already in place on a piece of Bockingford Watercolour paper, he was ready to start.  The paper was not stretched as someone had suggested to Ian that after you paint on a piece of watercolour paper and then turn it over and wet it all over, the paper will dry flat and will be ready to mount. Apparently he has found that this works so no more stretching of paper for Ian. A tip worth trying I should imagine, especially if you are caught short and want to just paint and can’t wait for paper to dry.

Ian began by putting in the sky. Not an easy task with the board in such an upright position as he said himself, the paint runs! Using Cobalt Blue with Cerulean Blue he was off to a good start. Putting in a very large brown tree next, Ian explained that it was the light buildings against the darkness of this tree that drew him to paint this picture in the first place. Next on with the road colour and then on to some of the buildings, Ian worked away until tea break.




Having had a break and most of us having a good look at his other paintings he had brought along together with a closer look at the picture of the evening we all settled down to watch a bit more of the picture appear.

We watched as many doorways and windows appeared and what looked like a black shiplap building emerged on the left hand side of the picture. This building was painted in using a dark mix and then spritzed with water to give a textured look to it.

The picture didn’t quite get finished and so Ian will show us when he has completed the picture as we were all interested to see the finished article.

Lovely demonstration Ian, thank you very much. A nice way to start the new season as I said at the beginning of my report.


Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton

Rayleigh Library Exhibition

Rayleigh Art Group will again be exhibiting in Rayleigh Library for the month of October.

Members are invited to submit a painting, which should be delivered to the Library at 9.30 on Monday October 2nd 2017 and collected at the same time on Monday October 30th 2017.

If you would like to show a painting, please give your name to Vicki Coppard at the demonstration on September 27th 2017 or preferably give her a call as soon as possible on 01268 781211.

Southend Art Club Open Day

All Rayleigh Art Group members are cordially invited to attend the Southend Art Club Open Day, at their Cottage on Saturday 30th September 2017 commencing at 2:00pm

There will also be a ‘Bring and Buy’ sale which will include second-hand art material and books donated by their members They would like to know numbers for catering purposes, so please contact Colin Mossman, who will keep them advised.

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.

The Noise Arts Festival

Thundersly Exhibit

People form across the Castle Point Borough and surrounding areas are invited to enter The Noise Arts Festival  Art Competition. There is an opportunity to win up to £100.00 cash with two age categories (Under 18 and over 18).

All artwork entered will also be displayed at the community art exhibition, Cedar Hall School on Thursday 26th October 5:30 – 7:00pm, where the judge will announce the competition winners.

The artwork must be a 2D piece as it will be hung in the exhibition space, but can include all kinds of art from painting to murals.

Entry fee is £3.00 – send cheques (Payable to TCC) and entries to Thundersley Congregational Church, Kenneth Road, Essex, SS7 3AL. Entries and payment must be received by Wednesday 18th October 2017. Artwork can be collected at the end of the exhibition or they will be held until 31st December 2017.

Add your name, address and a contact number on your work including the age bracket entered..

Summer Social Event

If you have not already done so please put Wednesday 9th August 2017 in your diary!

Rayleigh Art Group will be holding a Summer Social Event on Wednesday 9th August 2017 at the Anchor Public House, Hullbridge, from 6:00pm onwards.

All members and their guests are invited to come along and enjoy an evening of chatting, painting, or even taking a drink or two with friends and fellow artists.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.