‘AT HOME’ 1st MAY 2019

Our evening started with an interesting talk by Cathy Russel on Quilling, which is an art form that goes back hundreds of years.

In this picture, she is demonstrating the varied form of paper rolls that are used to make up a picture. Thank you Cathy.


After Cathy had finished her talk and everyone had replenished their glasses and plates, Brian Coppard presented the awards chosen by the public for the best pictures on show at our exhibition.

In third place with a watercolour entitled ‘Sunrise Leigh-on-Sea was Colin Mossman, and here he is receiving his certificate and cup.

Colin receiving 3rd prize

In second place was Chris Wiseman with his acrylic painting entitled ‘Smoke and Steam’, (this painting, was purchased by Mark Francois). In this picture, Chris is receiving his certificate, he also received a cup.

Chris Wiseman receiving 2nd prize

In first place with his watercolour painting entitled ‘Special Moments’ was Colin Mossman. In this picture, he is receiving his cup certificate and the Jose Hook award tankard which he can keep until next year.

Colin receoving 1st prize and the Jose hook Award

The final award of the evening went to Ken Marjoram, he won the ‘Presidents’ award for the best painting of the year, In these two photos Ken is receiving his certificate, and clock that he keeps for a year and a ‘Brian’, this is a gold coloured maquette, and this he may keep forever.

Ken with his winning painting

Ken recceivingthe Presidents award and his Brian

We had some great prizes for our raffle most of which, together with the presentation mugs, were donated by the SAA.Raffle Prizes

All in all, it was a very good evening, thanks to all who attended and brought food and a big thank you to the committee for organizing and preparing everything for the evening.


Report by Colin Mossman

Photos by Anita Mossman






















RAG Christmas Party

A good night was had yesterday at our Christmas party, Bill Godsafe from the Essex Wildlife Trust, gave a really interesting talk and film show about the flora and fauna of Hanningfield reservoir, thank you Bill, very informative and very well presented.

Reg Whiting Award

Annabelle Hern won the Reg whiting award for best painting, Annabelle is pictured below being presented with her award by our president, Brian Coppard.

Well done Annabelle, really nice painting!

Thank you to all who came to make it a very enjoyable evening, wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Keep Painting.

                                              Pauline Groves

Pauuline would like members to know that she has several workshops on Watercolour, Acrylics, Acrylic Inks and mixed media, coming up in the new year, if you are interested and would like to know more then please email her at: pauline.grove.artist@gmail.com. for those of you who may not be aware of Paulines work, check out her website at  https://paulinegrove.weebly.com/. Pauline is a member of the Society of Women Artist, The Society of Botanical Artists and The Society of Floral Painting.

Report and picture by Colin Mossman

2017’s RAG Christmas Party

Well I hope all those that attended the Rayleigh Art Group Christmas party last night enjoyed the evening as much as we did. There was a pleasant buzz the whole evening as members and their guests caught up with old friends and enjoyed a plate or two of food and a complimentary drink.RAG 1

We were very lucky to have Sandra Hall come along and give us a demonstration on clay crafting, a slightly difficult task for her as the hall was extremely hot and the clay was drying very quickly. However, she was brilliant and very informative about the clay, how to use it, fire it, glaze it and then in her case hopefully sell it.


Sandra made a witch, quite quickly really although she said she had pre-rolled the clay to enable her to complete the subject in the evening. It was going to have to dry out and then be fired in the kiln when she had enough other pieces of a similar size to fill the kiln. It is fired for about 8 hours in her new kiln and then cooled and glazed and then fired again for a similar amount of time. It would be lovely to see the finished article but I am sure it will snapped up at a craft fair in the Spring.

We had a couple of table quizzes provided by Annabel, I think we all pondered over them for most of the evening. Obviously some of us are chocoholics and new many of the answers to one set of questions.

It was lovely to see our new Chairman, Colin Mossman, at the party. He has had a back operation recently and as we could see, is making a speedy recoveryRAG 3.

Our competition this year for the Reg Whiting Award was ‘A Question of Sport’. There were 11 entries this year so not as many as last year so maybe some of you couldn’t get your heads around the title. Cathy Newton won with a picture of racing cars in action and Runner up was by Annabel Hearn of a swimming pool.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and hope to see some of you in January at the workshop and then many others at the first Demonstration on 14th February, there is a change to the demonstrator as Malcolm Perry is coming to us.

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.

2017’s AT HOME

Can you believe that yet another year has come around and we have now hosted the 2017’s ‘At Home’?

As usual we held this social evening in The Todman Centre in Castle Road, a lovely venue with plenty of room, seating and kitchen area for all the naughty but nice food that is brought in by everyone. Unfortunately not supported by as many members as in the past few years but enough of us to have a really good social chatty evening nevertheless.

We had a very nice young man called Liam come along to our group and give us a talk on birds of prey. He brought with him three birds, all of which he got out in turn to show us and talk about each and every one of them. The information he gave us was all very interesting and going back as far as Henry Vlll’s time.

The first bird to be introduced to us was a Hybrid Peregrine Falcon who perched perfectly on Liam’s arm whilst he told us all about her. The interesting thing was that in the wild she would probably only live around 4 years and but in captivity she will probably make 20. 2017-05-03 20.39.24

Next up was the beautiful Barn Owl, this was a lovely bird who didn’t sit quite so still for us but nevertheless was very well behaved. Again this bird was bred in captivity so was also going to have a lovely long life.2017-05-03 20.51.56

Lastly was a Kestrel, very squawky in the cage but even worse when out and on Liam’s arm. She too was bred in captivity but would possibly not live quite so long as the other two birds.

2017-05-03 21.22.23 (1)2017-05-03 21.20.03



2017-05-03 21.18.51

Liam explained that he had recently started up this business with a friend and now had 11 birds in aviaries in the garden. He exercises the birds every day come rain or shine and in my view they are very lucky birds to have come into his care.

2017-05-03 20.30.39 (1)

2017-05-03 20.30.44







During the evening we had the chance to view all the entries for the Best Picture of the Year  and so after plenty of chatting, a little eating and drinking Brian Coppard presented the yearly Clock Trophy to Christine Dobson for the picture ‘A Frayed Knot’. Brilliant picture, well done Christine.IMG_0395 1

For those of you who attended, we hope you enjoyed your evening and for those of you who didn’t come, you missed a really nice evening. We hope to see you all next time.

Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton

Rayleigh Art Group 2017 Annual Exhibition

Well what a great weekend we had again this year, the weather was amazing with not a cloud in the sky for both days.IMG_3784

Mark Francois MP who opened our exhibition, was very impressed with paintings on display. After viewing the works and before he enjoyed his coffee and cake, he made a short speech to officially open proceedings. He thanked Brian Coppard, Corinne Scott and the committee for inviting him again this year IMG_3787and remarked and I quote “The standard of work on display this year is as good as last year if not better”. He went on to say that the work that the art group does is very important to the town and it was a pleasure for him to open it. He then wished the group every success for the weekend before finally declaring the event open.

As you will all be aware, each visitor was given a slip of paper on which to vote for their favourite painting, this year again the painting voted best in show by the public will receive the Josie Hook award. Josie who is a young 87, attended the exhibition both days and as usual, bought several small paintings.







The results of the public vote are as follows:

1st Roy Bull with his painting ‘Beach Pebbles’

2nd Colin Mossman with his painting ‘Sunrise2’

3rd Stella Masters with her painting ‘Are they for me’

The Josie Hook award, together with certificates for first second and third will be presented at this Wednesday’s demonstration, so please be there.

The standard of work in our group continues to be high and that is something we can all be proud of, it was certainly noticed by our visitors, as all comments were favourable.

IMG_3794We had over 100 paintings on display with sixteen being sold, not counting the ones bought from the browser.

A big thank you to all who worked hard over the weekend to ensure everything went smoothly, from the setting up on the Friday evening, to manning the kitchen, to the ladies for supplying the delicious homemade cakes, selling the raffle tickets, collecting the money for the paintings, talking to the public and finally dismantling it all on the Sunday evening. Thank you, Annabelle, for housing all the equipment.

We also must thank all those who exhibited IMG_3805their work, without them we would not have an exhibition. If you didn’t exhibit this year, try and make sure you put something in next year, you will find it very rewarding.

A special thank you must go to A R Adams Ltd, funeral director of Rayleigh, for again sponsoring our exhibition. Unfortunately, because of a prior commitment they were not able to attend this year’s event.

And lastly, but not least, we must thank the SAA (Society for All Artists) providing the winners mug and the certificates for the prize winners.

Report by Colin Mossman Photos courtesy of Laura Mossman

Sky Arts – ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’ and ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’

Sky Arts looking for artists to take part in the ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’ and ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’.  This looks an exciting opportunity which we hope you will pass on to your members.

If you would like more information please visit the Sky Arts website https://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/portrait

The TV company who produce ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’ for Sky Arts, are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series – this might be of interest to you. The competition is open to both professional and amateur artists and all mediums are welcome (apart from digital artwork). Here is a link to the website with access to the online application form – https://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/portrait

Thank you for your time and if you know of any artists or art groups who might interested in applying to the competition, please feel free to pass on the website details included or follow/like/share the social media posts about the competition being open (links below).

Website – https://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/ (we are also running a Landscape competition)

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/StoryvaultFilmsTV/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/StoryvaultFilms

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/skyartsartistoftheyear/?hl=en