Updated: 1 May 2022

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

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

Abandoned scooter in a skate park
Didcot skatepark
Oil on canvas
50 x 50cm

May 2022
by Paul Whitehouse

I have been intrigued by Paul's urban landscapes, and this one is no exception. Wonderfully executed in a limited palette, conveying a bright sunny day. What is happening here my mind asks, has there been a mishap which caused the abandoned scooter. More likely there has been a distraction of something more exciting, perhaps an ice cream!

More than just a painting, this is an ever changing story which engages the viewer imagination.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Clare Buchta

Blue landscape
Blue Cove
Oil on copper
70 x 50cm

April 2022
by Clare Buchta

I have always loved Clare's work, and this one is no exception. It has such an ethereal quality to it and the depth of perception that she has captured in the water is simply mesmerising – I could get lost in it.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Nikki Carr

Glass vase of dandelion clocks
Oil on canvas
29.5 x 29.5cm

March 2022
by Nikki Carr

So difficult to choose a picture but after much umming and ahing I've decided on Nikki Carr's Dandelions.

I love a bunch of dandelions at any stage and the seeding heads are particularly beautiful. Then there is the great execution of the glass jug, something which seems a hopeless task to me so well done by Nikki!

Chosen from our online Gallery by Lou Jessop

Stalking tiger
Tyger Tyger
Relief appliqué, woollen fabric from recycled knitwear and hand stitching
50 x 30cm

February 2022
by Lou Jessop

From the very first time I saw Lou Jessop's needle work on the Caversham Art Trail, I have been drawn and intrigued. Her characters and creatures conjure up mythical scenes and emotions. This piece 'Tyger, Tyger', with its bright woollen fabric colours and ornate stitch work, appears playful, but possibly underlies a darker more dangerous theme.

An amazing talent that draws you in for a closer inspection.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Andrew Field

Intertwined carvings in blue
Secrets of Basildon
53 x 72cm

January 2022
by Andrew Field

Andrew's works are always very striking. I love the way he combines and reorganises the details of carvings from local historic buildings. This particular painting is like a precariously balanced structure which defies gravity but invites us in closer to see what is going on.  

His work is incredibly detailed and extremely skilful, and I am full of admiration for his work.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Janina Maher

Highstreet shopfront
Papa Gee, Caversham
Pen and watercolour
30 x 21cm

December 2021
by Janina Maher

Watercolour washes and pen are perfect for townscapes. Janina Maher's work in this medium displays a particularly cheerful blend of architectural accuracy and charm and I especially liked this seasonal composition.

For me, it captures the stillness of a Winter morning, waking up to find a cloth of snow has been quietly laid over the landscape.

Thanks to the artist.

Chosen from our online Gallery by William Redman

Bold landscape
Britwell Span
Oil on board
9 x 9cm

November 2021
by William Redman

The picture I have chosen is a tiny oil painting by William Redman (only 9cm square) but it packs a big visual punch.

It is clearly rooted in a real landscape – the title is 'Britwell Span' - but the artist has produced a bold abstracted composition with intersecting blocks of yellows and greens separated by a pale pink curve and an unusually deep ultramarine blue sky. The warm pale pink path leads us from the foreground to an orange sun (or maybe the moon?) in the top left corner set in a deep blue band. Several near-horizontal strips coming in from left and right, and echoes of the blue sky in the foreground, hold everything together in a very satisfying composition. The thick impasto paint has been applied with confidence, and the treatment of the paint adds to the impact of this small but engaging picture.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Paul Whitehouse

Bristol station platform
Watching, Waiting
Oil on canvas
86 x 60cm

October 2021
by Paul Whitehouse

Anyone who knows me and my work will understand why I've chosen this painting by Paul Whitehouse.

Called Watching, Waiting as well as it being a style of painting I like, the image allows the viewer to imagine their own story. Plus I love all things trains. Although a sunny day the two contrasting figures are in deep darkness. I think the posture of platform attendant is brilliant, he feels at home and relaxed, quietly alert, ready for the next rush of activity. All in a day's work. The seated figure, small wheelycase to hand, tense and uncomfortable as he waits for his train (arriving soon?), staring at his phone (another fascination).

Painted in 2019 before these strange times we have experienced, it could also very much be the view of the deserted platforms anyone who has still needed to commute will have seen. I think I can even make out a face mask.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Martina Hildebrandt

Rocky landscape in blue
Lockdown Blues #2
Mixed media
20 x 20cm

September 2021
by Mohan Banerji

As a lover of remote places and mountain walking and having spent much of lockdown working on a series of paintings based on my walking experiences, this picture really struck a chord.

I liked Mohan's use of bright colour, the deep blue of the water, the contrasting surrounding rocks, the sweep of the landscape up to the summit.

Just makes me look forward to my next trip to the mountains.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Philip Alexander

Lone tree in a summer meadow
Meadow near Reading
Oil on canvas
90 x 40cm

August 2021
by Philip Alexander

The importance of trees in all their stages of life! What stories this single majestic tree could tell, standing alone in its meadow on a bright summer's day. One branch has fallen, while others, bare and greyed by the weather, still point up towards the fast moving clouds. However, this tree is keeping up the good work, providing habitat to all those who come across it and a sense of hope as some branches show new growth with a 'I'm still here'.

I'm reminded of my 'O-level' art paper title "Dead and fallen trees", when I had a week to prepare my sketches before the exam (was it 3 hours or a whole day to complete?). I'm appreciating the central placement of the tree and Philip has caught the expression of the branches with the freshness of the leaves and meadow with its yellow buttercups and a wide rolling sky. Much to contemplate and enjoy.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Martina Hildebrandt

Figure of a diver swimming through plastic and rubbish
Diver's Paradise
30 x 21cm

July 2021
by Martina Hildebrandt

Several evocative, heart-tugging landscapes caught my eye as I wandered through the RGA on-line galleries, paintings with which I could happily live and easily enjoy. But conversely the image which stays in my mind is a potent comment on the current state of our world - or, as in this case, particularly seas and waterways. With grandchildren all too well aware of the damaged environment we are leaving them, I feel that 'Diver's Paradise' sends the message that we should all be reading right now. Clear, direct, a message from which there is no escape.

Chosen from our online Gallery by Carole Stephens

Blue patterns with a hidden floating figure
He lay as one who lies & dreams
In a pleasant meadow land

from 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'
Mixed media
27 x 32cm

June 2021
by Carole Stephens

I admire Carole's work enormously for she explores emotions so well. This painting reflects the almost out of body experiences that Oscar Wilde endured in our gaol and wrote about so vividly..The dark shapes move me as I begin to feel his agony..and that of his fellow prisoners..She makes me respond and I thank her!

Chosen from our online Gallery by Pauline Twyman


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