Sharon HurstDemonstration Wed’ 10th July

Yes, this coming Wednesday we have Sharon Hurst, the well-known fantasy artist, giving us a demonstration. Sharon, as many of you may know, has made many TV appearances for the SAA, to take a look at her work, click on the link to her webpage:, looks like we will be in for a very interesting evening.

As usual, guests are welcome for a small fee of £4, Venue as always; The Cedar Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7QF. Time: 7 pm for 7.30 pm start.

Look forward to seeing you there.


Stephen Cheeseman Cyclists in oil pastels.22.05.2019

Stephen gave us an interesting demonstration yesterday evening, painting a picture of cyclists in oil pastel on coloured paper. The paper he used was Canson Mi-Teintes and the oil pastels for the main painting were Sennelier, although he did use Pentel oil pastels to do the initial drawing. Stephen explained that cheaper oil pastels (like the Pentel pastels), tend to very hard in use and the pigment quality is lower, in his opinion, Sennelier oil pastels are the best as they are very highly pigmented and being softer, release their colour very easily.

Stephen made up his painting from a set of three black and white photos, his preferred method when producing his paintings, as he likes to choose his own colours to make his paintings his own.

Below are a series of photos that show the progression of his demonstration from start to the finish of his impressionistic picture of a group of cyclists racing in France.

Thank you for a very interesting evening, Stephen, we all know a lot more about oil pastels and their use than we did before.


Report and photos by Colin Mossman

‘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





















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


What a great success our exhibition was this year, despite the inclement weather we experienced on Saturday morning we still had a steady stream of visitors, in fact over the weekend we had around 400 through the door.

The Rt Hon Mark Francois, gave an extremely encouraging speech at 1pm on Saturday, in which he praised the quality of work on display. Mark has been a stalwart supporter of the group for some years and usually purchases some paintings, this year was no exception, Chris Wiseman’s ‘Smoke and Steam’ in acrylic was the one he took away with him this year.

There were about 130 paintings on display and we sold 24, very pleased with that and it is a testament to the quality of work.

Comments from the visitors as they left the venue were all positive so all our members should be very proud of themselves, give yourselves a big pat on the back, you deserve it.

We do have the result of the voting from the public which will be announced at our ‘At Home’ social evening on 1st May at the Todman Centre.

The SAA has done us proud again this year for, as well as supplying catalogues, magazines, and banners to give away, they have also supplied our certificates, presentation mugs and several prizes which we will be able to raffle at our meetings.

Our grateful thanks must go to AR Adams Funeral directors of Rayleigh for their continued sponsorship of our exhibition.

Last but by no means least, we have to thank all the members of our committee, without all their hard work this event would not have taken place.

All the best for now, see you all soon and in the meantime, keep painting 



Photos and report by Colin Mossman

Carole Massey Demonstration Wednesday10th April 2019


We had an excellent turnout last night for Carole Massey’s demonstration and I don’t think anyone was disappointed as Carole treated us to an excellent evening, explaining her method of working as she produced a vibrant example of a cockerel using pastels.

Carole favours Schmincke, Sennelier and Unison pastels because they are soft and very high in pigment content. She augments her pastels with Derwent pastel pencils, she explained that the pastel pencils enable her to do the initial drawing and to use for small details.

The surface she used for her painting was a grey Mi-Teintes that Carole finds an excellent surface for her pastel work.

It was very interesting to see her method of working especially that she leaves a section at the side of the painting to try out the colours, to ensure she selects the correct one.

I know many of us have never tried pastels but after watching Carole I think there will be more than a few trying out this medium, which includes me.

Thank you, Carole, for an extremely interesting, informative and enjoyable evening, we look forward to seeing you again.

For those of you who would like to know more about Carole and her work, check out her website at

Picture and report by Colin Mossman.