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.

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Workshop and Social Event

On Wednesday 26th July 2017 Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a Workshop at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, commencing at 7:30pm to which all members are invited. An opportunity to exchange views and ideas, whilst painting whatever you choose in whatever medium you like.

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

All members and their guests are invited to come along and enjoy an evening of chatting, painting or even drinking, your choice.

DEMONSTRATION BY BILL PERKINS

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.

Workshops by Jane High

Jane High will be running two ‘Animal Pastel Workshops’ on 3rd and 10th August 2017, 10:00am – 2:00pm, at Hadleigh Old Fire Station, 20 High Street, Hadleigh, SS7 2PB.

There is an introductory price of £15.00 with and refreshments will be available with free parking.

Please contact Jane High on 07525774969, info@janehigh.com or facebook @janehighanimalportraits for further information, bookings and a materials list.

Rayleigh Art Group Workshop

A reminder that on Wednesday 28th June 2017 there is a workshop hosted by Rayleigh Art Group at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, commencing at 7:30pm. All members are welcome to come along and enjoy an evening of painting, whilst having a friendly discussion with like minded colleagues, so why not come along? 

PAINTING IN PAULINE’S GARDEN

Firstly, how very kind of Pauline and Stuart to invite us to paint in their beautiful garden this summer. Obviously they booked the weather for us too when they set the date as we couldn’t have had a nicer evening to paint in.

Pauline's Garden2From 5.30p.m. onwards on Wednesday 14th June 2017,  people arrived from the Rayleigh Art Group to enjoy the evening of chat, painting and supping a lovely cuppa with home made cakes. We are very lucky that we have such a first class baker amongst us, so courtesy of Val we had the choice of Coffee and Walnut cake, Lemon Drizzle cake or Victoria Sponge cake. Thank you very much Val for catering for our needs, it was enjoyed by all.

What a beautiful garden Pauline has, there are flowers in abundance in every which way you turn, just too many to choose from but some of us took lots of photos too so we can work our way through them throughout the rest of the year. Stuart must have been working really hard to make the garden so spectacular, most of us came home and thought we should maybe spend tomorrow gardening!

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Many thanks to both Pauline and Stuart for letting us share their evening, garden and hospitality.

Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton

Outdoor Painting – Wednesday 14th June 2017

Just a quick reminder that Rayleigh Art Group will be meeting in Pauline Grove’s Garden on the evening of Wednesday 14th June 2017 at 5:30pm.

For those who need it Pauline’s address is: Catkins, Rayleigh Downs Road, Rayleigh SS6 7LR (just over the bridge on right hand side)

This is an opportunity to paint in Pauline’s garden commencing at 5:30pm, whilst at the same time to sit and chat with friends, so why not come along and spend an enjoyable few hours – the weather forecast is looking good.

DEMONSTRATION BY SUE SPIERS

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.