‘Owls After Dark’

Following his visit last year, Liam McFalcon would like to thank Rayleigh Art Group members for supporting him during the difficult start-up period of his business. He would now like to offer Rayleigh Art Group members a discounted rate for his first Essex-based event.

‘Owls After Dark’ takes place at the Beechwood Equestrian Centre in Rettendon on the 13th February. Featuring two Owl demonstrations with special lighting effects and a classical musical accompaniment, plus a soup and roll supper and a sweet treat. It also includes the chance to hold an Owl and take home a framed photograph of your experience. Please find attached a picture of his leaflet for more information. A5 [PRINTJPG]

Tickets are normally £30 per person but he would like to offer you £20 a ticket for a minimum of six tickets to thank our members for their support. Please contact Colin Mossman to indicate your interest.

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2017’s RAG Christmas Party

Well I hope all those that attended the Rayleigh Art Group Christmas party last night enjoyed the evening as much as we did. There was a pleasant buzz the whole evening as members and their guests caught up with old friends and enjoyed a plate or two of food and a complimentary drink.RAG 1

We were very lucky to have Sandra Hall come along and give us a demonstration on clay crafting, a slightly difficult task for her as the hall was extremely hot and the clay was drying very quickly. However, she was brilliant and very informative about the clay, how to use it, fire it, glaze it and then in her case hopefully sell it.

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Sandra made a witch, quite quickly really although she said she had pre-rolled the clay to enable her to complete the subject in the evening. It was going to have to dry out and then be fired in the kiln when she had enough other pieces of a similar size to fill the kiln. It is fired for about 8 hours in her new kiln and then cooled and glazed and then fired again for a similar amount of time. It would be lovely to see the finished article but I am sure it will snapped up at a craft fair in the Spring.

We had a couple of table quizzes provided by Annabel, I think we all pondered over them for most of the evening. Obviously some of us are chocoholics and new many of the answers to one set of questions.

It was lovely to see our new Chairman, Colin Mossman, at the party. He has had a back operation recently and as we could see, is making a speedy recoveryRAG 3.

Our competition this year for the Reg Whiting Award was ‘A Question of Sport’. There were 11 entries this year so not as many as last year so maybe some of you couldn’t get your heads around the title. Cathy Newton won with a picture of racing cars in action and Runner up was by Annabel Hearn of a swimming pool.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and hope to see some of you in January at the workshop and then many others at the first Demonstration on 14th February, there is a change to the demonstrator as Malcolm Perry is coming to us.

Rayleigh Art Group – Christmas Party

A date for your diary, Wednesday 6th December 2017 is the Rayleigh Art Group Christmas Party so make a note.

The evening will start at 7.30pm and all members and their guests are welcome to participate, you just need to bring some food and Rayleigh Art Group will supply the liquids. Do not forget your painting, entitled ‘A Question of Sport’ for this years competition – we hope a large number of you will have painted a picture for the competition!

To make the evening more interesting, we have invited Sandra Hall a local Crafter specialising in Ceramics and Pottery to give a talk.

Sandra’s main creations are of characters emanating from Medieval and Victorian periods based on sketches by Gustav Dore, John Tenniel and Cervantes. Each piece is hand built and unique. Chess pieces based on Alice in Wonderland and Lord of the Rings. Her work includes a wide range of subjects, personalised house plaques and wall plaques, also fantasy subjects of your choice.

Joe Dowden Demonstration

Our first demonstration of the New Winter Program and we are all really looking forward to a brilliant evening with Joe Dowden. Our new Chairman, Colin Mossman is a friend of Joe and has lead us to believe that he is a brilliant artist, nice man and Colin himself is looking forward to catching up with Joe. Well not everything goes to plan as we found out last night….

The day before Joe is coming to visit our Club, Colin is given an appointment for an operation so is now going to miss the demonstration that he has been looking forward to. We have taped the demonstration Colin so you will get a chance to see it eventually. Meanwhile we all wish you well.

Joe had said he would be an hour early at the hall so as to be set up and ready to go when we all arrived. That too was not going to happen, we got a telephone call from Joe to say he had been held up on the M25 at the Dartford Tunnel and so ended up arriving at the hall about 7.45p.m. Meanwhile we had done the raffle, chatted for England and all had a cuppa. We are resourceful if nothing else us Brits.

With a large sheet of Fabiano paper and a vote from the members, Joe started a painting of a river view at sunset. Using a photographic tripod and a board which had an attachment on the back to fix it to the tripod, Joe put plenty of water onto the paper which was flat but leaving a double diamond shape in the sky dry. He then did a strong wash over almost all of the paper with Naples yellow leaving the diamond shape still white but wetting the inner diamond with plain water to keep it moist. This will give the sky the dynamic sun later.

Making greys with a warm shade of red to them, Joe put plenty of paint along the bottom of the picture making his way up towards the horizon. Once he was satisfied with the amount of colour on the paper he removed the masking tape from around the outside of the paper to let the pigments spread and then he dried the paper with the use of 2 hairdryers. While the paper was drying, Joe entertained us with jokes some of which were really quite funny and definitely made the drying time go in a flash.

Using colours like Windsor Blue, Phthalo blue, Vermillion red, Quinacridone Magenta joedowden1and Naples yellow, Joe re-wet the paper once again and made more mixes of paint and reapplied across the picture. He said that Fabiano paper was brilliant for this method of painting but Bockingford could also be used quite successfully.

The sky area was painted with a mix of Cobalt Blue and Naples Yellow to one side and then moving to the other side of the sky he added Aussie Red Gold with a touch of Vermillion and Magenta. He then re-wet the soft edges of the clouds in the sky so there were no hard edges. Looking really good now.

Next the boat, then he turned the painting upside down and painted the horizon line. Now to add the long mud banks and the foreground mud which was done with Red, Black and Green with a touch of Neutral Tint.

joedowden2Wow! We may have had to wait for Joe to arrive but my goodness it was a brilliant demonstration, with a really lovely picture at the end of the evening and Colin was right, Joe is a very nice, easy to watch demonstrator.

Probably several of us will have a go at this way of painting as it was really inspiring but as to how many of us end up with a real muddy picture is anybody’s guess.

Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton

Joe Dowden Demonstration–Wednesday 8th November 2017

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a watercolour demonstration by Joe F Dowden tomorrow evening (Wednesday 8th November). The demonstration will be in the Cedars Centre,Dowden1 Castle Road, Rayleigh SS6 7QF, starting at 7:30pm sharp, so please arrive soon after 7:00pm. Guests are welcome to participate for a small charge of £4.00.

Joe is a Landscape and Seascape Painter and has exhibited at the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Exhibition, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Laing Art Exhibition, Chichester Open, Barings ING – Platform 100, World of Drawings and Watercolours, British Modern Masters, Royal Society of Marine Artists.  

Stages one man shows at Albury, Southern UK. Paintings sell at Elford Fine Art, Fine Art UK & British Modern Masters 2008. Author of books and magazine articles. Published worldwide. Presents TV, DVD, seminars, demonstrations and he is a Panel Member of the SAA.

 

Review:

JoeDowden“Joe is a very fine watercolourist, and a magical, water, watercolour artist. But there’s more: he is a brilliant teacher and communicator. As a teacher, he is able to both demonstrate his skill and watercolour technique in a methodical, clear, step-by-step process and along the way run an instructive commentary telling you exactly what he’s doing with variations and alternative approaches. He adds to all this a cornucopic list of useful tips on equipment, advice on best brushes, colours and paper suppliers, colour mixes and much more.”

Recent Competition Winners

Over the last few weeks a number of Rayleigh Art Group members have entered various competitions around the district and are to be congratulated on taking first and runner up positions, namely-:

The Odd Fellows Organisation ran a competition in the old Hockley Fire Station with various categories:

Watercolour – Colin Mossman 1st (River Crouch in Hullbridge)

Craft Section – Sue Bridger 1st

Acrylic Section – Sue Bridger 1st (Boat); Runner-up Cathy Newton (Montage of Local scenes in Essex)

 

Thundersley Congregational Church ran a Painting Competition for the Over 18 and Under 18’s

Over 18 – Cathy Newton 1st; Anna Tobey 2nd and Ken Marjoram a new member 3rd.