Yes! we have our winner for Christmas 2020 and it is a painting by Chris Wiseman.

Well done Chris, it’s a beautiful painting and a worthy winner.

The £25 prize will be winging it’s way to you soon.

Thank you to all the entrants a really good show this year, wishing all our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas Painting Competition

This competition is for members only, voting information will be sent via email, please have your votes in by Wednesday 16th December.

To all entrants, ‘Good Luck!’


Ok Folks, that is all the entries for our Christmas Painting Competition ‘Autumn Colours’ .

Voting will end at 12 Midnight on Wednesday December 16th and the winner will be put up here on our website shortly after, so please everyone make sure you vote for your chosen picture.

Good luck to all the entrants!


Greetings to all our followers from all at the Rayleigh Art Group.

This year because of the continuing restrictions we have had to cancel our planned exhibition at the Rayleigh Library, however, not to be thwarted we bring you for your enjoyment an online exhibition. Many of the paintings are available to purchase, details of how to do this will be given at the bottom of this page. So on with the exhibition. Should you wish to comment on the exhibition, please use the box below.

Cathy Newton
‘Wisteria House’
Acrylic on Canvas 50 x 60 cm
Cathy Newton
Acrylic on board 25 x 35 cm
Annabelle Hern ‘Jungle’
China painting
Annabelle Hern ‘Southold Light House’
China painting 10 x 8 ins
Chris Wiseman
‘Dare to be Different’
Acrylic 80 x 30 cm
Chris Wiseman
Acrylic 30 x 40 cm
Ian Deaves
‘Maldon Waterfront’
Watercolour 15 x 11 ins

Ian Deaves
‘The Greenhouse’
Watercolour 12 x 16ins
Diane Wiseman
Boats at Sunset. 12 x 8 ins
Pastel on velour
Diane Wiseman
Edwardian Elegance’
Pastel on velour
Diane Wiseman
‘Grace’16 x 12 ins
Pastel on velour
Diane Wiseman
Pencil12 x 12 ins
Alan Runagall
Almost Home, Maldon’
Watercolour 10.5 x 14.5 ins
Alan Runagall
‘Morning Light, West Mersea’
Alan Runagall
‘Rayleigh Church from the park’
Watercolour 7.5 x 12.5 ins
Dave Gilmore ‘
German Panther Tank’ Diorama
Dave Gilmore
‘German Panther Tank’ Diorama
Colin Mossman
‘Morning Light, Hullbridge’ 41.5 x 24 cm
Colin Mossman
‘Early Morning, Hullbridge
Watercolour 41.5 x 23cm
Colin Mossman
‘Early morning Fishing on the Crouch, Hullbridge’
Watercolour 48 x 65.5 cm
Colin Mossman ‘Terns on the Rocks’
Acrylic 16 x 12 ins
Valerie Belverstone
Watercolour 10 x 12 ins
Valerie Belverstone ‘Bath Time’ Watercolour 9 x 9 ins
Pauline Grove
‘Washday en France’
Mixed media 13.5 x 9.75 ins
Pauline Grove
‘The White Bridge, Marks Hall’
Watercolour 13 x 10 ins
Margaret Gould ‘Swan’ Watercolour
Margaret Gould ‘Kingfisher’ Watercolour
Margaret Gould ‘London Eye’ Watercolour
Gwen Rosewell
‘Family Outing’ Pastel 14 x 11 ins
Gwen Rosewell
‘Running Free’ Acrylic 40 x 60 cm
Patricia Walker
‘Flowers’ Acrylic on Board
Paticia Walker
‘Crown Eagle of Africa’
Pencil Drawing
Patricia Walker
‘Vulpes Vulpes The Red Fox’ Pencil drawing
Anna Tovey
‘Scruff’ Watercolour 20 x 30 cm
Anna Tovey
‘Duke’ Watercolour 30 x 60 cm
Anna Tovey
‘Toby’ Acrylic 30 x 30 cm
Anna Tovey
‘Mia’ Acrylic 30 x 60 cm
Dave Mansfield ‘St Anthony in Meneage,Cornwall’
Watercolour 25 x 18 cm
Dave Mansfield ‘St Benets Abbey, Norfolk’
Watercolour 37 x 26 cm

We hope you have enjoyed our Autumn Exhibition, and should you wish to purchase any of those pictures that are for sale or to leave comment, please use the box below.

We hope, all being well, that we will be back at the WI Hall with our annual exhibition in April 2021, but for now, take care and keep safe.

All the best to you from all at the Rayleigh Art Group.


This year due to the very unusual circumstances we all find ourselves in, our annual exhibition in the W I Hall Rayleigh has had to be cancelled. However, all is not lost, a number of our members have submitted paintings to be displayed here for you to view and purchase if required, details of how you may do so will be at the foot of this page, so for now, enjoy the paintings.

Anita Pickles ‘StMary the Virgin Church, Hawkwell. Oil 16×16 ins

Anita Pickles ‘Aldeburgh Beach’ Oil 16x12ins
Anna Tovey ‘Great Wave’ Acrylic 29.5x 42cm
Anna Tovey ‘Rough Seas’ Acrylic 29.5x42cm
Brian Coppard ‘Watersmeet’ Acrylic 35x28cm £120
Brian Coppard ‘Bridge at Milldale’ Oil 35x24cm £120
Cathy Newton ‘Ram’ Acrylic inks on Clayboard 30x35cm £50
Cathy Newton ‘Grey Squirrel’ Acrylic inks on Clayboard 30x30cm £50
Chris Wiseman ‘Jazz’ Acrylic 40x30cm £75
Chris Wiseman ‘Bruges’ Acrylic 60x40cm £120
Annabelle Hern ‘Spring Flowers’ China Painting NFS
Annabelle Hern ‘Liliies’ China Painting NFS
Corinne Scott ‘Horse and Rider’ Gouache 40x30cm £NFS
Corinne Scott ‘Sea Scene’ Acrylic 30x20cm £NFS
Gwen Rosewell ‘Otter’ Acrylic 25x30cm £30
Gwen Rosewell ‘Alstromerias’ Watercolour 30x48cm £20

Ray Andrews ‘Southchurch Park’ Oil 41x30cm £50
Ray Andrews ‘Gate House at Wray Castle Oil 36x25cm £80
Vicki Coppard ‘Honesty’ Watercolour 19x29cm £60
Vicki Coppard ‘Forest’ Mixed Media 25x35cm £95
Valerie Belverstone ‘Sunflowers’ Watercolour 17x21cm £75
Valerie Belverstone ‘Roses’ Watercolour 10x10ins £40
Colin Mossman ‘Dawn on the River Crouch’ Watercolour 39x29cm£ SOLD
Colin Mossman ‘Early Morning River Crouch’ Watercolour 41x24cm
Dave Mansfield ‘Corn Exchange Ink & Wash 45.5x35cm £70
Dave Mansfield ‘Dales’ Watercolour 36x26cm £50
Diane Wiseman ‘The Eyes Have It’ Pastel on Velour 20x16ins £70
Diane Wiseman ‘White Persian’ Pastel on Velour 15x13ins £50
Diane Wiseman ‘Cornish Coast’ Oil 22x18ins £50
Pamela Tovey ‘Girl with Guitar’ Watercolour 30x40cm £25
Pamela Tovey ‘Pears’ Acrylic 40x30cm £25
Ray Andrews ‘Coniston Water’ Oil 40x31cm £50
Pauline Grove ‘Alton Water Suffolk’ Oil 16x12ins £150
Pauline Grove ‘Sunflowers’ Oil 13x11ins £150
Dave Gilmore ‘Native American Indian’ Oil 21x55ins £125
Dave Gilmore ‘Native American Indian’ Oil 21x55ins £125
Gwen Rosewell ‘Tulips’ Acrylic 16x12ins £24
Colin Mossman ‘Sunlit Morning on the River Crouch’ Watercolour 41×24.5cm £145
Colin Mossman ‘Sunset over Tresco Isles of Scilly’ Watercolour 55×36 £180
Charles Tompson ‘Descent to Docklands’ Oil 18x24ins £NFS
Charles Thompson ‘Estuary View’ Oil 9x12ins £NFS
Charles Thompson ‘Two Tree Island’ Oil 10x14ins £NFS
Charles Thompson ‘Waltham Abbey’ Oil 24x36ins £NFS
Ian Deaves ‘Maldon Barges’ Watercolour 15x11ins £70
Pauline Grove ‘Last Chrysanths of the Year’ Watercolour 13.5x 10ins £200

Anna Tovey ‘Teasels’ Watercolour 20x28cm £50

Anna Tovey ‘Monkey’ Acrylic 40x28cm £50
Pamela Tovey ‘Conker’ Acrylic 16x16ins £100
Pamela Tovey ‘Polar Bears’ Acrylic 16x16ins £20
Anna Tovey ‘Atumn Stream’ 29.5x21cm £50
Ken Marjurum ‘Autumn Walk’ Acrylic 46x35cm £75

Ken Marjurum ‘Swans on the River’ Acrylic 35x30cm £45

I hope you have enjoyed our online exhibition this year and should you wish to purchase one or more of these paintings, then in the first instance contact me at :- with your email address or telephone number and the artist/artists will contact you directly.

Please bear in mind that many of the above paintings are framed and some are not, please check with the artist in question at the time of purchase. Under the current restrictions, paintings will not be able to be collected or delivered until said restrictions are lifted.

Lastly, I would really like to thank all those members who uploaded their paintings for you to view, for some, the technology wasn’t easy as you may imagine.

If you would like to leave any comments about the paintings, please use the box below as we would really like to hear from you.

We look forward to next year when, all being well, we shall be back at our usual venue, The W I Hall, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh.

So until next year, keep well and stay safe.

Colin Mossman

Chairman RAG


Unfortunately due to the current situation with the Covid 19 virus our annual exhibition has had to be cancelled for the current year.

The Rayleigh Art Group would like to apologise to all our friends and supporters who have come to enjoy what has become a very popular annual event, rest assured, we will be back.

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Take care, everyone, in this unprecedented situation, look after yourselves and loved ones and keep an eye on lonely elderly neighbours.

Colin Mossman


Trevor Harwood Demonstration12th February 2020

Yesterday evening we had an interesting demonstration from Trevor Harwood using mixed media.

Trevor started by using 140lb Saunders Waterford paper, unstretched, on approximately two-thirds of the paper he laid an acrylic underpainting and on the remaining third he laid an underpainting of pastel, which he smoothed down with brush and water.


The idea of separating the picture as he explained, was to show us the different effects that may be had from each method.

He gradually built up the ‘Spring’ painting by using acrylics and pastel on both parts to achieve quite an effective result.


Thank you for the demonstration Trevor it has given us food for thought.


Pictures and report by Colin Mossman

Trevor Harwood Demonstration Wednesday 12th February

This Wednesday we will be hosting a demonstration by renowned pastel artist Trevor Harwood.

Trevor who has been exhibiting and demonstrating for many years will be painting a Spring scene in pastel.

To know more about Trevor and to see his work, click on this link:-, which will take you to his website.

The demonstration will be held at the Cedar Centre, Castle Raod RAyleigh.SS6 7RE.

7 pm for a &.30 pm start, All comers welcome for a small entrance fee of £4.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Colin Mossman



Important announcement by the International Watercolour Society

Shooqi Atrabi IWS England

We’re in discussions about forming an IWS British Isles, incorporating IWS Scotland, IWS Ireland, and IWS England. Details of the first meeting are on this poster to which all are invited. And if you can make the meeting or want more information, let me know. I’ll be contacting art clubs around the country and hopefully, we can be a significant presence in this international society which has over 80 member countries already. Please spread the word! This is for everyone with a passion for watercolour!

Invitation iws england2

If you are interested then please contact Joe Dowden, the first meeting is on the 18th February.

RAG Christmas Party 2019

Our Christmas party was a great success and very well attended, thank you to all who came.

David Williams gave us an excellent and extremely interesting talk on the greening of London, David is a historian who takes groups on history walks of London, details of his tours will be circulated to members as soon as received.

Reg White Award.

We had a record number of excellent entries for the competition the subject of which was ‘ English Landmarks’ Dave Mansfield’s painting of the London Corn Exchange, was a clear winner and received the award from our President – Brian Coppard.


Thank you to all who entered, the quality of which made it very difficult for members to vote for the best picture, so well done Dave, a well-deserved win.

Thank you to all who turned out on such a cold evening, we had a full house and with plenty of good food and wine made for a great atmosphere.

All that remains now is to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 




Graham Webber Demonstration November 13th 2019

Graham Webber was a new demonstrator to our group so we waited with bated breath to see how he tackled oil painting, our subject being seascape in Norfolk.
A good turn out of members came to watch this very interesting demonstration.

I think we were all surprised at just how young Graham seemed to be, not in our usual age range. With this younger personality came a brilliant sense of humour that we all enjoyed very much.



Graham explained that he painted outdoors on a much smaller board and then came back to the studio and enlarged the painting. With this in mind, he brought along a small maybe 10 x 8 or smaller pre-done painting and then a large MDF board that had been primed with gesso which had acrylic PVA and chalk powder mixed with it to give a texture. This is to hold the paint rather than the paint just slipping around the board.

Graham then told us the colours that he uses and then ran through the actual colours that he was going to use on his demo. He always uses Titanium white, 2 blues a warm and cool, Ultra Marine and Cerulean. 2 yellows Cadmium and Lemon yellow but tonight he was not using lemon yellow. Cadmium red and Alizarine but also sometimes Magenta, no Magenta this evening though. He explained that he uses Veridian Green as this mixed with red makes a really good grey and is a good talking point for onlookers. We all found that amusing as we all know what it is like having onlookers that you don’t necessarily want to paint in front of and need a good distraction. The last of his colours were Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna. As a thinner, he uses Zestit that apparently is harmless but does smell very nice, better for those of us that like the smell of these oils, thinners etc.

Graham uses hog brushes and said that they come in a largish brush but wear away and end up almost as twigs or almost hairless brushes.

With all this information now under our belts we watched as he very quickly made a drawing with darkish paint and then began to put in the sky colours. He started from the left side of the picture and gradually lifted the colours from greys to blues.

The whole of the demonstration he reiterated the fact that you should remix the colours that you use, this method keeps the picture interesting to the eye of the viewer. Graham did explain that he tried to get triangular shapes into the picture and also to have warm and cool shades of colour against one another again to add interest to the painting.


This was a brilliant demo, one of the best we have had. A really nice chap, very good sense of humour and really turned out a good painting. One to have back again I think.
Report by Cathy Newton
Pictures by Colin Mossman