21st July Margaret E Brown – Pastel Portraits
We looked at proportions and angles of faces. Time was spent charcoal sketching all the many variations. Margaret then got us to draw our example of a face and helped us. She stressed we paid attention to tonal aspects of the face. The interesting and most valuable time spent on proportions and tone left little time for colour and pastel use but that was not a problem as we all learnt valuable lessons for portraits.
16th June Plein Air Day at Lismore Botanical Gardens
A beautiful sunny day to be outside and paint. All of us chose different locations & subjects.
19th May – Harry Westera Water Colour Landscapes
Another wonderful day with Harry as the tutor. He just teaches and inspires all.
21st April – Rene Bolten Still Life
Rene discussed the concept of still life after a commendable effort on his part setting up many different subjects to paint. Resulting works by all eleven members were excellent. We all learnt a great deal and enjoyed the day
Margaret gave detailed advice on materials, techniques and interesting tips on the use of pastels from her extensive experience. It was challenging but very informative event. All members who attended did pastel works of their choice with Margaret giving helpful advice. Her talent using pastels as the example below from her archived works shows.
Tim’s enthusiasm for native plants was palpable and his knowledge of nature extensive, showing us the hidden details via a microscope. His background in once working for Hanna Barbara continuing to drawing then paint on acetate cute. All 11 of us got down to botanic art work of samples we brought. A very enjoyable and satisfying day.
18 November 2017 Palette Knife Painting
Janet Hassall demonstrated the use of a palette knife, see Clown below before it was finished . She showed us some examples of her work to inspire us. We tried portraits and landscapes in acrylics. Lots of fun experimenting with palette knives.
Abstract Landscape Kay Knight 21 October 2017
All eleven of us imagined in abstract links with nature & landscape and painted. Many and varied results were colourfully achieved. Kay painted too in her abstract image.
Maryanne Shea 16th September
Maryanne spoke of the way she approaches her landscapes with her plein air drawing first, a color studies follow before a completed work.
Maryanne then showed us some of her Landscape studies. After which we executed our own landscapes.
20 May 2017 Tones with Margaret Brown
Margaret expertly explained the importance of tone. It can create the illusion of distance, form, texture, light and mood. Tone is commonly not given enough importance when painting. Colour mixing was also demonstrated by Margaret using the 3 base colours.
Water Colour with Harry Westera 29 April 2017
Harry helped us with water color portraits and figures. He demonstrated with Neutral Tone paint, a 3/4 lighting view of a head. Then a portrait of Grace, using color. Lastly the biker to show how to paint a full figure. See below
Harry Westera Drawing Techniques 18 March 2017
Harry began drawing quick sketches as shown in the photo below and continued demonstrating drawing techniques.
Free Day 18 February 2017
Visitors and members looked at drawings and paintings done at home in January and earlier. Each was examined in a relaxed inquisitive atmosphere. An excellent instructive DVD was watched and inspired all. During the day 7 newcomers and 8 members painted their own work and got ideas from others. A successful and enjoyable day.
Maria Heaton Buildings in a Street Scene in Acrylics 19 November 2016
A really enjoyable and productive day, as the results demonstrate. Maria tutored us well. Linnea could not miss the painting despite having been discharged from hospital the day before. Glenda even made an appearance after a long absence in the NT
Terry Wilkinson Landscape Pastels 15th October 2016
Terry was a great tutor and the day was wonderful. A really enjoyable day was had by all and great works created
Janet Hassall Indian ink with found objects from nature. 17th September 2016
All 11 of us that attended found that spraying natural material, as a stencil base, was a launching pad for works. Using indian ink, gouche, pens and water colour paints so many opportunities to create interesting work arose. Examples of Janet’s work are below
Plein Air Lismore Botanic Gardens 20th August 2016
Many subjects to sketch or paint were found and Janet Hassall painted this rainforest scene. Some of us enjoyed a tour of the recycling plant, a market and botanical society stalls.
Margaret E Brown Water Colour Florals 18th June 2016
We painted realistic paintings of flowers set in a loose background after sketching the layout, masking the flower(s) silhouette and creating a ‘loose’ background. It was a challenging but satisfying exercise to learn a new technique and well tutored by Margaret.
Barb Suttie ‘Reflections and Shadows’21st May 2016
A great workshop was held by Barb Suttie, she demonstrated, how to select a photo with regard to layout, told of the importance rough outline and undertone. etc.Thankyou Barb.
Rene’ Bolten 16th April 2016 Paradigm’ No2
The session continued for some to complete our collaborative piece. We then moved on to paint the overall image each visioned of the composite collaborative piece, on A3 panels as below. Rene’ was, as always, encouraging, entertaining, and helpful.
Rene’ Bolten 19th March 2016
Rene’ Bolten’s tutorial was a series of postcard size pieces of work coming together to form a collaborative panel, that we hope will be able to be at our annual Exhibition.
Plein Air Day CLUNES 20 February 2016
Landscapes, garden and more were painted & sketched. 16 members enjoyed doing their art, chatting and enjoying the location
Plein Air and DVD Art Lesson/ Project 16 January 2016
We all painted our own thing with great diversity between subjects and styles. Also parts of 2 DVDs were viewed containing interesting content, ideas and skills that all felt were very well presented.