Carole Massey Demonstration Wednesday10th April

This coming Wednesday we have a demonstration by Carole Massey of a cockerel in pastel.

Carol has been a professional artist for many years, is a contributor to the ‘Leisure Painter ‘ magazine and has written several books, her latest being ‘Drawing for the absolute beginner’

She has an online tuition website,  featuring step by step classes on Drawing PortraitsPortraits in AcrylicsPainting Florals in Acrylics, Painting Still Life in Acrylics and Water Soluble Pencils Essentials, with step by step demonstrations covering every aspect of each subject.

In 2019 Carole will lead many courses in the UK at the popular locations of Art in Aldeburgh, Flatford Mill and Dedham Hall in Suffolk, Art and Craft Days and Watershed studio in Essex – see courses page.  Throughout the year she will be demonstrating to many art groups across the UK. Have a look at the demonstrations page to see if there is a course running near you, or get in touch to ask about private tuition on the tuition page

To learn more about Carole, visit her website at

The demonstration will be at the Cedar Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh. SS6 7QF.

7 pm for a 7.30 pm start, visitors are welcome, entry fee for non members£4.

Free tea and coffee available during the interval.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Colin Mossman


Quiz Night

Cathy Newton and Ian Deaves did a marvelous job last night as Trivial Pursuit quizmasters, although the questions were somewhat hard (it was the latest Masters Edition), we all had a great time.

The fish/chicken and chips arrived in very good time and were up to their usual high standard that we have come to expect from Chris’ of Grove Road, Rayleigh, so the good food coupled with good company made for a very enjoyable evening.

If you couldn’t make it this year, not to worry, you will have another chance next year!




Paul Alcock Demonstration in Oils 13th February 2019

Paul treated us to a really interesting demonstration last night to a very well attended audience, producing a painting of a scene acted out at Cressing Temple Barns. Paul had prepared a 4mm MDF board with two coats of an acrylic primer that he obtains from Jackson’s art supplies. He started by drawing out the basic outline using a brush and dilute solution of Burnt umber.

His usual palette contains the following colours: Burnt Umber, Pthalo green, French Ultramarine, Raw Sienna, Alizarin crimson, Cadmium Yellow, and Titanium White. The paints he used for this demo were all from Jacksons although he mentioned that he does have other makes that he uses from time to time. He commented that usually, he would paint the background first and then the figures in the foreground, however, because of time constraints, he would paint the figures first.

Gradually he built the figures up until finally producing an excellent representation of the scene from the source material of his photos and sketch.20190213_213130_001

Paul, as many of you may know, was a semifinalist in the 2018 Sky Landscape Artist of the Year, and we can certainly see why. He also had his work featured in September 2013 on the cover of the SAA’s ‘Paint’ magazine and also in 2014 started writing for the ‘Leisure Painter’ magazine. to find out more about Paul and to contact him visit his website at –

Thank you, Paul, for a very interesting and entertaining evening, we look forward to when you are able to visit us again.

Paul Vousden Demonstration Wednesday 26th September

What a brilliant demonstration Paul gave us Wednesday last, it really was most interesting.

Paul had already prepared a board with acrylic gesso and a deep purple background, he had also use a texture paste for the outline of the buildings for the cafe scene.

Before he started painting, Paul showed us his range of palette knives that he would be using, he explained that he rarely uses brushes these days, and the few that he does use are quite small and short, more like very small palette knives. He went on to show us the type of acrylic paints he uses and also, which was very interesting, he passed around a board that had the various types of texture pastes that he employed and the effect they gave when painted over.



Paul’s colours were: cadmium orange, yellow ochre, and white. The orange and yellow were applied neat at first then, by adding a little white to each colour he and putting over the base coats, he increased the effect of the stonework. Cerulean blue was used for the shutters on the windows and to give the appearance of glass he applied dabs of turquoise.


Small details such as tables, stairs railings, and people, he then included with a small brush and the edge of his palette knife. Finally, after he was happy with the result he removed the masking tape from around the edge of the board to reveal a very convincing looking cafe scene.


Thank you, Paul, for giving us such a very interesting and informative demonstration, which we all enjoyed and learned from.

Report and pictures by Colin Mossman