What's happening...

The RGA 90th Annual Exhibition 2021

The Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley-on-Thames

Fri 16th – Tue 27th July 2021

Open daily 10am – 4pm

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There's a wide range of work and media available - prints, paintings, ceramics - I'm delighted that my 'Summer Clouds' has been acquired by a discerning visitor to the exhibition!.


On-line exhibitions

The Reading Guild of Artists is currently running two online exhibitions, each showing a series of gallery 'rooms' 


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What visitors have been saying:

"...the variety of work, media and styles contribute to a real gallery experience."

"Another wonderful display of members' work."

"An exciting collection of work... great balance of colour, texture and subject matter."


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Some comments from visitors:

"It's a joy to wander round at leisure from my own armchair! I can re-enter a room, stand and gaze with nobody wanting to share my view."

"Most enjoyable to wander around the "rooms" and see the inspiring pieces from RGA artists."

"A wonderful window into the Guild."

"A brilliant show – some lovely work really well presented."




Introduction to painting in oils

Tuesday 17th August 2021 10am - 4pm

at Micklems Farm 

This workshop is ideal for beginners, or for those  who have previously used other media.


We will look at the fundamentals of painting in oils - techniques and materials - and the aim of the day is that you will leave with the confidence and knowledge to continue enjoying this versatile medium at home.

I recommend wearing old clothes or an apron to protect your clothing. By the end of the day you will have produced a tonal study and an oil painting of a still life in colour.

All materials are included.

Bring a packed lunch; tea, coffee, biscuits provided.


You can book here.


Painting landscapes in oils


Wednesday 20th October 2021 10am - 4pm

at Micklems Farm 

The day will begin with a look at the importance of composition, perspective and light in landscape painting, using the work of some well-known landscape artists for inspiration and example.

I'll then help you plan your own composition, demonstrating how to approach each stage of your painting. Reference material will be provided, but you may want to bring your own reference photographs. If the weather is good, students may wish to find a view to paint outside and easels are available.


What to bring:

  • An apron or coverall

  • Newspaper (to lay your wet painting on for transport home)

  • Oil paints (or acrylic paints if you prefer)

  • Palette knife

  • Tear-off disposable palette (acrylic painters will ideally need a stay-wet palette)

  • Cotton or canvas covered board, or oil or acrylic painting paper - approx. 10 x 12” (25 x 30m)

  • Selection of brush sizes, flats or filberts, within the range 2 - 12

  • Rags, paper towels or biodegradable baby wipes

  • Oil painters must bring low odour thinners please (not turps), like Zest-it or Sansodor

  • Fine water spray for acrylics

Suggested colours (guideline only):

  • Titanium white

  • Lemon yellow

  • Cadmium yellow

  • Cadmium red

  • Alizarin crimson

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Cerulean blue

  • Burnt sienna

  • Burnt umber

If you are buying oil paints for the first time, Daler Rowney’s Georgian range are a good place to start and they do a good value starter set of 10 colours. If needed, the tutor will have some extra colours you can use.

Bring a packed lunch; tea, coffee, biscuits provided.


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Looking ahead

The Last Gasometer and Reading's Changing Skyline

A themed exhibition of work by Reading artists, curated by Linda Saul and Jenny Halstead - September 2021. Details to follow.

Looking back....

Last summer I was lucky enough to be selected to take part in one of my favourite TV shows, Sky Landscape Artist of the Year. It was a last minute application - I've always thought it would be fun if you were chosen to be one of the 'wild card' artists, who look as though they are having such a good time (even though it does always seem to be raining). 


When the phone call came, it took a while before I realised that the good news the Sky producer was sharing was that I had been selected to be one of the artists in a 'pod' - quite a lot more stressful and I did have to think about it, but not for long! I've always been a great believer in taking opportunities when they are offered.


It was quite an experience and although I had a bad case of imposter syndrome, I really enjoyed the whole process; the production team were so friendly and bent over backwards to make the  contestants' experience as positive as they could.

It was amazing to reach the final three!

Many, many congratulations to Ophelia Redpath, 2020 LAOTY winner!

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At the semi-finals in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - it poured with rain!

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"If I came across this in the Gare d'Orsay in Paris, I'd think - what a nice early Monet, or Sisley..."

The final paintings - Kew Palm House, the commission piece - and the view down-river from Trinity Buoy Wharf, East London

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