Stephen Cheesman’Cyclists in Oil Pastel’ 22 May

Stephen Cheesman will be demonstrating a picture in oil pastels at the Cedar Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh.

Guests are welcome for a small charge of £4 per person, for more information on Stephen check out his website:

& pm for a 7.30 pm start see you there.



Brian Coppard’s Workshop in Watercolour & Gouache ‘Animal Portraits’ 24.04.2019

Several members enjoyed an entertaining evening last night using, which for some was in a medium they were not used to, painting a portrait of an animal in watercolour and gouache. Painting challenges are always good fun and useful, they certainly take you out of your comfort zone so should always be attempted.

Workshop 24 04 2019 BYou can almost feel the concentration emanating from this photo

Workshop 24 04 2019The finished results, well-done everyone for taking on the challenge especially the three new members

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.