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

Demonstration by Paul Vousden

This Wednesday (26th) we have a demonstration by Paul Vousden, he will be painting a cafe scene in acrylic.”Paul trained as a sculptor and silversmith at Colchester School of Art and Birmingham Polytechnic, when he twice received the Johnson Matthey award for design. In 2011 Paul concentrated on drawing and painting in Acrylic, particularly figurative work and cityscapes, and has developed a distinctive style abstracting form through colour and light suggestive of his sculptural background.

Paul paints regularly from life models and his distinctive style led to successful solo exhibitions in 2012 and 2013, entitled ‘Life and Landscape’ and ‘Life in a Red Chair’. Paul is a member and exhibitor at the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists’ winning the Rosemary Brushes Prize at the SEAW 2013 closed exhibition and in 2013 was elected to membership of Suffolk Art Society.Paul’s work based on studies of Cafe culture from trips to Southern France and Italy featured in a solo Exhibition at the Aubrey Gallery in 2016.

Paul was (until October 2017) Artist in Residence at Quay Place, Ipswich.

If you would like to see some of his work, click on the link which will take you to his website:
The demo’ will take place at the Cedar Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start.
Guests are welcome for a small charge of £4, look forward to seeing you there.

John Newton

Today we all said our farewells to our dear friend John Newton. Although John , Cathy’s husband, was not a member of our art group, he was always there to be our quiz-master at our functions when required, especially at our fish and chip suppers. John also, until recently, ran this website for us making sure we could all keep up to date with forthcoming events and reports of our demonstrations and exhibitions.

John we really will miss you.

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             John Newton 1946 – 2018


Tonight at the work shop we shall be showing the film ‘Loving Vincent’. For those of you who have not seen or heard of this film, it is a rather special animation.

The film was made by using over 100 artists to paint more than 65,000 (yes that is correct) oil paintings and it tells the story of how Vincent’s postman asked his son to deliver a letter that he found two years after Vincent’s death, to Theo, Vincent’s brother).

A lot is fictional, however, the film is amazing and well worth viewing, so look forward to seeing you at the Cedar Centre this evening. 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start.

I have to add that there will be no charge for tonight as it is a commercial film, so unfortunately it is for members and their spouses or their very close friends only.