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Our Picture of the Month is chosen from the RGA Online Art Gallery by the previous month's artist.

To find out more contact Martina at webmaster@rga-artists.org.uk

March 2018
by Michael Garraway

Watercolour and Acrylic on paper
19.1 x 18cm





“I like his use of a subtle colour and rhythm. The work has a musicality to it and makes me think of 'Kraftwerk', maybe 'Pocket Calculator' – also he has a great website: www.garaway.co.uk

Chosen from our Online Art Gallery by Lynda South


February 2018
by Lynda South

Pic of the month

Gasometer No. 5
Sun print & pencil
40 x 30cm




I have chosen ‘Gasometer No. 5’ by Lynda South. The images appear faded, washed out in this Cyanotype, wholly fitting to the subject matter: gasometers are fast disappearing across our landscapes; now largely unused, decaying relics of our once 'great' industrial past. One has a sense in this picture of transience, of memories fading, of being left with hints and traces of what once was... Here is a wonderful marriage of subject matter to technique - l like the fact that the prints have been made by sunlight, in places almost bleaching out the imagery.

When looking at the series by Lynda, I am also reminded of the Bechers photographs and the work of Idris Khan.

Chosen from our Online Art Gallery by Tom Cartmill


January 2018
by Tom Cartmill

Reverberation X

Reverberations X
Ink on paper
105 x 73cm





I have always loved Tom Cartmill’s art since the first example of his work that I saw in an exhibition and I have continued to be drawn to his exquisite pieces ever since. They are executed with such precision and care, drawing the viewer in to admire the close detail and then out again to look at and extol the work from a distance.

I am drawn to every one of his Reverberations series with their black, grey and white tones, but my eye was particularly drawn to Reverberations X. He uses lines in such interesting ways with them seeming to flow effortlessly over the paper, with the juxtaposition of non-linear mark making adding other fascinating dimensions to the piece, including adding depth.

Chosen from our Online Art Gallery by Jenny Atkins


December 2017
by Jenny Atkins

Snow Scene
61 x 91cm





I have chosen Jenny's 'Snow Scene' from her four paintings of trees in the gallery, though I like them all equally.

But it's December and so the 'Snow Scene' has to be my choice. Using blues, purples, white and rust, Jenny has captured the strangely coloured light flooding a snowy landscape, cleverly invoking the cold and dark of the season. Using pale blue for the branches, and the darker blue for the twisted winter leaves, Jenny creates a satisfying series of shapes against the cool winter landscape. But it is worth looking at all of Jenny's tree paintings, be it cold winter or colour-filled autumn. Here is an artist clearly reacting to the excitement of the pastoral scenes she loves to record.

Chosen from our Online Art Gallery by Carole Stephens


November 2017
by Carole Stephens

Blue Wrap

Blue Wrap
Print & collage
39 x 50cm





I have selected Blue Wrap by Carole Stephens because it gives me joy. I love the use of collage coupled with print and the arrangement of pattern together with the clever use of space. The line and soft tones offer balance with the bold striped apron and hat and the tiny jewel-like pings of colour are wonderful in this quirky little figure, which makes me smile.

Chosen from our Online Art Gallery by Jenny Halstead


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


September 2017
by Helen Watson

Crabapples and Pears

Crabapples & Pears
& acrylic ink
28 x 28cm





In looking through the sixty paintings on the online gallery there were several that I kept going back to. On each visit they rewarded the repeat viewing, so to select just one took much thought, but the painting that most stayed in my mind was Crabapples and Pears by Helen Watson.

The composition, with its diagonal emphasis from top right to bottom left is nicely opposed and balanced by the implied line of the stray leaf (top left) and the plate. The abstract form of the background is intriguing - is that a window and blue sea, with a darkened cliff face in the top right corner?

The way the darker pear on the plate takes a segment out of the pear behind it is also pleasing. Clever colour combinations, together with a controlled looseness in the drawing create a very likeable and eye catching image.

Chosen from our Online Art Gallery by Paul Manning


August 2017
by Paul Manning

August's pic of the month

St Mary's Church House
(Bill's restaurant), Reading
Watercolour, ink, pencil
26 x 16cm





St Mary's Church House (Bill's restaurant), Reading by Paul Manning combines a beautifully precise architectural drawing and an interesting abstract approach to the surroundings. The grid emphasises the perspective and provides a pleasing unity to the work in an unusual way. The abstract geometric shapes in the sky and foreground add energy and excitement to the image as a whole.

Chosen from our Online Art Gallery by Linda Saul


July 2017
by Linda Saul

Polperro Harbour Wall
Mixed media
44 x 47cm





“Having talked to Linda Saul at the RGA Summer Show, I would like Polperro Harbour Wall to be picture of the month. I enjoy the way Linda is on an individual journey and her enjoyment of textures and mixed media in her work. She also creates many other images of Cornwall and these evoke many holiday memories.”

Chosen from our Online Art Gallery by Belinda Fitzwilliams


June 2017
by Belinda Fitzwilliams

The Art Class

The Art Class





I have chosen “The Art Class” as my favourite painting of the month as Belinda has used simple shapes and blocks of colour to paint her figures and the scene as a whole. The blue under-painting is a good choice of colour as it gives the room a sense of light and helps the other blocks of colour stand out. For me the picture also tells a story and I want to look more into the picture to see what each of the artists may be painting, especially the lady at the forefront! The use of confident brush strokes also prevents the painting from looking overworked.


Chosen from our Online Art Gallery by Rebecca Ratnasamy


May 2017
by Rebecca Ratnasamy

Pic of the month

Hitching a Ride
45 x 46cm






I love this pastel drawing by Rebecca for its vibrant warm colours and its uncomplicated descriptiveness. The piece may seem unfinished to some, but there is so much beauty in the simple line drawing and focus of zesty glowing colours on the three figures. She has really captured the essence of the moment, the atmosphere and the characters, without overworking it and giving it breathing space. This piece makes me want to pack up a sketchbook in a backpack and go travelling!

Chosen from our Online Art Gallery by Rosie Ellis Unwin


April 2017
by Rosie Ellis Unwin

Acrylic inks, spray and paint on canvas
100 x 100cm





I've chosen this picture because of the meeting between abstract chaos and modern realism. The colours bode well for spring and there is a suggestion of ordered texture like the pop art of the 1960s. What's really nice about it is that it's of a female figure which is an attractive mannequin but has a thoughtfulness despite the poster art theme, also interesting as it is painted by a female artist and that unconsciously allows me to view it without any kind of wondering about female stereo-typing or subjection of the female form.

Chosen from our Online Art Gallery by Peg Salaün-Smith


March 2017
by Peg Salaün-Smith






"This painting caught my attention due to its internal rhythms and myriad fluctuating forms. There is also a certain heat suggested by the colour palette. All these factors together create an image I find quite agreeable. While these were the primary reasons for selecting this painting I am also very fond of Seville so I liked how, without resorting to illustration or cliché, the work feels Andalusian in spirit."

Chosen from our Online Art Gallery by Robert Fitzmaurice


February 2017
by Robert Fitzmaurice

Picture of the Month June 2016

Mighty waters rolling evermore
oil on card
31 x 41cm





For February we welcome back "Mighty waters rolling evermore" chosen by Carole Pembrooke:

“I find myself so intrigued by this image created by Robert Fitzmaurice. Intrigued, because art that encourages me to use my imagination and fantasy I find stimulating both artistically and psychologically. So many questions arise - who are these three, what are they looking at? What is their relationship and gender? And then of course my projections arise - what are they thinking, knowing, and disapproving of? The answer you imagine will of course all depend on your own personal point of view and relationships.”


Chosen from our Online Art Gallery by Carole Pembrooke


January 2017
by Carole Pembrooke

Tea for two

Tea for two
Mixed medium
30 x 30cm




Carole's work always brings a smile to my face, there is always something surprising going on in her pictures. Also the intricacy and detail in the execution is a delight.

This particular piece I find very appealing as it takes me back to my imaginings as a young child when I would assume that zoo keepers naturally took their charges home with them after work.

It also affirms to me the bond between animals and humans that exists in some instances, although maybe very far fetched in this delightful scenario!

Chosen from our online Gallery by Clare Buchta


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