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Picture of the Month

October 2017
by Jenny Halstead

Pic of the month

The Black Jacket
33 x 46cm

I love the sketchiness of this portrait and the colour palette, warm and cool blues with a full range of tone from very light to deep darks, and the contrasting, complimentary colours of the hat. The strong diagonal composition runs from the hat on down and the whole thing seems very spare, but everything you need is there. It shows us a real, three-dimensional person sitting very solidly and very still, lost in thought. I love the clasped hands and rich skin tones on both hands and face. It's always interesting to note that skin is not really "skin-coloured", just as the black jacket of the title is not black.

We see only the tiniest hint of the chair he's sitting on, but who needs more? Nor do we need anything beyond him other than the sweeps of undefined background colour, where the addition of water (I think) has produced some beautiful effects with the pastel.

All in all, my reaction has to be, I wish I could have done that!

Chosen from our Online Art Gallery by Helen Watson


The Reading Guild of Artists (RGA), founded in 1930, is a diverse group of professional and amateur artists in the Berkshire area.

The RGA holds regular creative art workshops and free art exhibitions throughout the year.

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Big Draw

Oscar Wilde BIG Draw
with the RGA at
the Reading Museum







Mon 23 October 2017

10am – 4pm

Join us at the
Reading Museum
to celebrate Oscar Wilde
and The Critic as Artist exhibition.

RGA members will be on hand to help visitors adorn the Museum with Oscar’s favourite flowers and draw the works of art on display. Borrow a pen and pencil, pick up a board from the gallery drawing boxes and start to create your own masterpieces!

No experience necessary, all welcome. All ages, free, drop in.

Donations to the Museum welcome.

The Reading Museum gallery drawing boxes will be available throughout the week.










Updated: 19 Oct 2017



Museum Highlight

Demolition, Hosier Street

Come along to our Oscar Wilde BIG Draw at the Reading Museum and take a closer look at Demolition, Hosier Street, Reading hanging in the People and Places gallery. To learn more about this work visit Museum Highlights.


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