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!

 

 

 

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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 – http://www.paulalcock.co.uk/.

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

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

John Glover Demonstration ‘A portrait in Oils’ Wednesday 14th November.

We had a very good turnout for John’s demo’ on Wednesday evening, with the hall being filled almost to capacity, it was good to see so many attend and always pleasing for the demonstrator.

Although arriving a little late, (traffic as usual), John soon made up for it and got into his stride quickly.

The Model for the evening was Stewart Grove, who I might add did a sterling job of sitting still for two hours whilst we all watched him being painted.20181114_200052_001

John started on a pre-prepared canvas of a light brown acrylic wash so that he could get straight on with blocking in the main elements of Stewart’s face. John was using his tried and tested palette of colours which are, Viridian green, French Ultramarine, Burnt sienna, Burnt umber, Raw umber, Alizarin crimson, Titanium white, Yellow ochre and Raw sienna.20181114_201031_001

John explained that he would normally take several days to paint a portrait, gradually building up layers, letting them dry, slowly refining the painting until he achieved the result he required, quite a lengthy process. However, as he only had around two hours the painting of Stewart would have to be done ‘alla prima’ ie; wet on wet. Notwithstanding this, he did an outstanding job as we gradually saw Stewarts face emerging from John’s brushstrokes until finally, we were looking at a very good likeness.

enhanced Thank you, John, for a very entertaining, interesting and enjoyable demonstration and we look forward to when you may demonstrate for us again.

To see more of John’s work, visit his website at http://www.johngloverportraits.co.uk/.

John runs regular workshops in Granchester, Cambridge, contact details are on his website.

 

Report and pictures by Colin Mossman.