David Hyde Demonstration

This coming Wednesday (11th) we have a demonstration by David Hyde. David, as many of you may know, has done a lot of work for the SAA and is a very accomplished artist. He has demonstrated for us before and you may remember he produced an amazing picture of an owl in acrylic, so if that is anything to go by, we should be in for a really good evening.

The venue, as always, The Cedar Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh. 7pm for a 7.30 start, guests are welcome at a small entry fee of £4. See you there.





Sue Spiers Demonstration 23rd May 2018

The evening was everything we had expected it to be, Sue is a very accomplished artist and never fails to give to give an interesting and informative demonstration.

digSue had already drawn out the scene on 140lb pre stretched Not surface paper, made up from two of her own photos, of a Thames barge at Maldon. Working almost vertically on her easel, (not the ideal way to paint in watercolour), she laid on the sky wash of Winsor Blue, Ultramarine and Raw Sienna and allowed this to dry. Gradually she built up the picture, Ultramarine and Winsor blue reflecting the sky were used for the water and  muted colours for the background trees and buildings. The sky which was now dry, allowed Sue to put in the sails using a mix of Light Red and Burnt Siennadig

adding a darker tone for the shadow area and give the sails form. the water was given a further wash of deeper tone  before she put in the details of the boats.

What made a really refreshing change in this demonstration was the fact that Sue managed to paint almost the entire picture  davwhilst standing to one side so everyone could see the picture as it evolved. Sue did say that she would have to complete the finer details later in her studio and below is the finished article. Thank you Sue for a great evening and we look forward to the next time that you are able to demonstrate for us.

Sue's final painting

Sue will be exhibiting in the forthcoming Burnham and Chelmsford art trails, both on at the same time, details of the Burnham Art trail are as follows:



Report and photographs by Colin Mossman


Sue Spiers Demonstration Wednesday 23rd May

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a demonstration of a marine scene in watercolour by Sue Spiers this coming Wednesday 23rd May. the demonstration will be at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh SS6 7QF. Starting at 7.30 pm sharp, so please arrive soon after 7.00 pm.Guests are welcome for a small charge of £4.00.

Sue lives at Bradwell-on-Sea, on the east Coast and has painted professionally for over 30 years. The seaside, boats and watery places are the subjects for her acrylics on canvas and her ‘en plein air’ watercolours. Sue exhibits with ‘Salty Dogs’ a collection of nautical artists, takes part in Burnham Art Trail and has her watercolours for sale in the ‘White Harte’ in Burnham and the Taplin Galllery in Woodbridge.



At Home

We had a really good social evening last night. After the initial announcements, we were given a talk by Phil Harrison and his wife of ‘Bookworm Alley’, very interesting to hear about the collection of Salvation Army memorabilia they collect and also the extremely important work they do in Assam with the children.

Following the talk the Jose Hook award was presented

to Stella Masters for her  dav

painting entitled ‘Bunny Love’  She received a certificate, SAA mug , a pewter tankard to keep for a year and a voucher donated by Jose Hook.

Second prise went to Colin Mossman for his painting entitled ‘Sunrise Hullbridge’ , he received a certificate and an SAA mug.




Third prise winner went to Geraldine Elliot for her painting ‘Kick About’  she also received a certificate and an SAA mug.

The ‘At Home’ evening is also the time that the ‘Presidents’ award is made. We had 16 paintings  submitted and each attendee had one vote to choose their favourite painting. The outright winner of this vote was Christine Dobson for her painting of a parrot, she received a certificate and a carriage clock that she will keep for a year. This is the second year running that Christine has won, she is an excellent artist and it is an extremely good painting.

davI must say it was a good turnout, with many new faces which is always good to see. Hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did and look forward to seeing you at the next event.

At Home

Don’t forget this coming Wednesday, May 2nd our ‘At Home’ evening at the Todman Centre, 7 for 7.30 pm. The public made their choice for their favourite paintings at our recent exhibition, the results of which will be announced. The winners of the top three will receive their awards and certificates.

The competition for the ‘Presidents Award’ is also on Wednesday so don’t forget to bring your painting to be judged by your fellow members.

Apart from your painting, bring food for the communal table and a guest, it should be a good evening so come along and enjoy yourself.

Annual Exhibition 2018

Well what a weekend for our exhibition, well done to everyone who exhibited, the standard as usual was very high.We had so many positive comments you should all be proud of what you have achieved. Thanks of course must go to all the committee who, without their work before and during the exhibition, it just wouldn’t happen.
Mark Francois opened proceedings at 10 am Saturday and gave a very positive short speech, he said and I quote “It is always a pleasure to be here and open this event to see such talent from local people that adds to the cultural well being of the town” . We would have liked to see a few more members at the opening, but I realise not everyone is ale to attend.
We had over 300 visitors and sold 19 paintings all told, 11 framed and 8 from the browser so well done, a good result. Mark Francois bought two paintings, one of Ian Deaves and one of Roy Bull’s.
We have to thank the SAA for their donations to our awards, it really is a great help.
Lastly, but by no means least, we must thank AR Adams Ltd the funeral directors of Rayleigh, for their continued sponsorship of our event, it really is most appreciated.
So see you at our
 ‘At Home’ May 2nd, when the winner of the ‘Jose Hook’ will be announced and the second and third prise winners will receive their awards.


Rayleigh Art Group Fish/Chicken & Chips Supper and Quiz Night

If you haven’t already booked your tickets for the annual Rayleigh Art Group (RAG) Fish/Chicken & Chips Supper and Quiz Night, then now is the time to do so. This event is as usual in the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh and all members and their guests are very welcome.The quiz will start at 7.30pm sharp on Wednesday 28th March 2018 so please get there a little bit earlier.

There is a charge of £7.00 a head and tickets are available from Val Belverstone  and you should contact her as soon as possible as the food order has to go in very soon. Tea and coffee will be available but please feel free to bring your drinks of choice.

Please be advised that your normal quiz master is indisposed and therefore there is a change of quiz master and as such the questions could be easier or harder, but whichever, we are sure you will have an enjoyable evening amongst friends.

  On behalf of the RAG Committee.