Thursday, 24 October 2013

Closure Of This ROI Blog

After setting up this blog for the ROI several year ago it is now time for it to close. I will leave it here for a few months and then it will vanish altogether. The ROI may or may not set up another. I have no means of knowing.

If you want any further information about their activities then please go to their web site.

Happy painting


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Friends of the ROI Painting Day

We had a great day yesterday at our first working day at Winsor and Newton. A mix of ROI members and friends of the ROI spent a stimulating day painting rapid portrait studies taking it in turn to pose for half an hour. 

3 heads by Ian Cryer PROI
One of the benefits of joining the Friends of the ROI is the opportunity to paint alongside established artist members said ROI President Ian Cryer. We aim to host regular events that allow us to share our enthusiasm for the robust medium of Oil Painting.
Tim Benson paints Adebani Alade
 Also in the pipe line will be more Masterclasses and demonstrations by our members. Contact Tim Benson for further details about joining our growing friends group at   
David Pilgrim AROI


Monday, 19 August 2013

Date Set For New ROI Masterclass

In 2014 the ROI will be returning to Norfolk for a further ROI masterclass having had two very successful visits in 2011 and 2012. The date for your Diary is Sunday the 14th September. This will include refreshments and lunch for the day and auction of the demonstrators paintings.The names of the ROI demonstrators to be announced along with details a little later on.

The venue at Picturecraft in Holt has undergone alterations but the main attraction in this attractive courtyard is the opening of Adrian Hill Fine Art Gallery which at the present time houses work of Seago, Munnings and L.S.Lowry along with paintings by some R.O.I. members. Initial details of the masterclass can be obtained from Brian Ryder ROI . E-mail or contact Picturecraft Gallery for further Gallery details.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Great Painting Competition Win For ROI Member Adebanj Alade

London based painter Adebanji Alade AROI has scored a super successes in this year's London plein air painting competition Pintar Rapido (roughly translated as  paint fast!). The London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea hosted 400 artists who had just a day to capture a scene within that part of London.

The rules were simple -  choose a spot in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and paint it in a day! The Artists registered at 9.00am at the Chelsea Town Hall and got the painting surfaces stamped, then they all went to their favourite chosen spots around Chelsea to work on their pieces. We were all to come back by 8pm with the finished works ready for hanging. all the works were to be on display the next day at the Chelsea Town Hall, where all the paintings would be for sale and the winning painting would receive £1,000!
Adebanji was telephoned by Professor Ken Howard RA to tell him that he had won!!!

Read the full details and see stage by stage picture on Adebanji's brilliant blog:

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Fascinating Project for Lachland Goudie

In May Lachlan returned to the shipyard in Rosyth where he has been painting regularly for the last couple of years.  He has  been asked to document the construction of the Royal Navy's new flagships; the 65,000 tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

Lachlan writes: "It's an incredible project which will keep me busy for several years.  The scale can be quite overwhelming and the technical challenge of compressing so much activity onto one sheet of paper or canvas can be pretty tricky!

I'm enjoying the process and looking forward to turning many of my sketches into larger paintings in the studio."

Here is some of the striking  work he is doing as part of the project.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

New Award For Tim Benson

Tim's painting of a woman with a facial disfigurement has won the 'Arts Club Charitable Trust Award'at this year's annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries. The show runs for a further week until  24/05/13 with late opening (until 7pmon 23/05/13. For more details please click on the following link:

Tim Benson was recently elected Vice President of the ROI

Thursday, 16 May 2013

New Exhibition For Naomi Alexander R.O.I.

Naomi Alexander has a new exhibition at the Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead opening on June 1. It will be opened by the Lithuanian Ambassador, Tom Butler former Bishop of Southwark and Professor Aubrey Newman.