Watercolour Workshop Sunday….Tasmania


For those visiting or living in Tasmania
SUNDAY 23 June 2013… CREATIVE WATERCOLOUR at FORTH ART STUDIO
1 vacancy. You will be introduced to vivid watercolours. Simple figures where the paint merges (see Robert Wade’s Bob’s Blobs). Colourful silhouettes where it is about the (contained) flow of colour (as in my Material Girl entry). Texturing with gladwrap… see recent posts….. and use spray, blow and spatter for interesting backgrounds and effects. Start 10 a.m. Full day. Pumpkin soup to warm you for lunch (optional… no extra cost). tea/coffee. $55 ph 64281675 or 0419282673. All materials/equipment provided

Creative art WORKSHOPS at FORTH ART STUDIO, June/July 2013


CREATIVE ART WORKSHOPS…….. JUNE/JULY

Forth Art Studio, 51 George St, Forth
class size limit 6
tea/ coffee provided. Soup and bread for lunch if you want it, or bring you own
Phone 64282675 or 0419282673 No art or drawing skills/ experience necessary. Good drawing skills do however do give more options as to what you can produce but sometimes they can also be a bit restrictive re allowing oneself to work freely. Either way you will be encouraged to work in a way that suits your skills and to find your genre and style.

SILK… SATURDAY 15 JUNE Choose either techniques for beginners, jewellery and cards or paint a panel or scarf. $40 full day (10 am to 3 pm or stay later if you wish). Materials extra from about $5 depending on how large you work and how many items you make.

CREATIVE WATERCOLOUR…SUNDAY 24JUNE Experimental and intense colour. Colourful silhouettes, Bob’s blobs, exturing with glad wrap, spray, blow and spatter . Full day , 10 till 3, $55 includes all materials.

ENCAUSTIC (PAINTING WITH MELTED WAX) …. SATURDAY JULY 6th 10 till 12. $30 includes materials.

Also at DEVONPORT REGIONAL ART GALLERY on JULY 4th, 6pm to 8pm. PAINTING. $18 non-members and $15 members. Materials provided. Ph 64248296 to book. (aimed primarily at beginners).

Brush painting


Based on principles of sumi-e at my recent workshop the aim was to encourage participants to make varied brush strokes and create works that were fluid.  I did show some traditional Sumi e strokes but with the limited time of a single day workshop thought “giving permission” to develop their own was valuable… and more creative. Numerous brushes were tried (including the one all loved which I made some 10 years ago from part of a feather… it is brilliant!) and loading of a soft sumi e brush  was demonstrated. The advantage of solid ink stick and grinding stone was experienced. We also played with ink and water on yupo after watching my dvd of freestyle Sumi e from a Japanese master. Looking back we covered a lot in a dayIMG_1611 IMG_1612 IMG_1613 IMG_1614 IMG_1615 IMG_1616

Jane eperimented with working on wood. She had even prepared the surface with different finishes. This is a meditation stool.

Jane eperimented with working on wood. She had even prepared the surface with different finishes. This is a meditation stool.

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Stephen made some lovely free flowing marks... just beautiful

Stephen made some lovely free flowing marks… just beautiful

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Caught on camera... and I was holding the brush low as I concentrated

Caught on camera… and I was holding the brush low as I concentrated

we had lots of variations on bamboo... practise needed to perfect ... but these are creatively different

we had lots of variations on bamboo… practise needed to perfect … but these are creatively different

dragonfly and iris Cockroach

using the rake brush can create echidna spikes. Not really Suumi e but all about exploring brushmarks

using the rake brush can create echidna spikes. Not really Suumi e but all about exploring brushmarks

Ink on yupo

Watercolour with a Zen Influence


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I was so pleased with today’s watercolour workshop. Everyone went with the flow of the colour and allowed their brushes to dance lightly across the paper. Not only was it a lovely atmosphere with each encouraging the others, the results were fantastic. While the “journey is paramount” in this art, it is doubly satisfting when the finished paintings look so good (even with several absolute beginners in this group)! And all this with a limited palette of Maimeri Venezia Cyan, Permanent Red Deep and sky  blue ultramarine (some also used a touch of permanent red light, primary yellow, black ink and/or white Gouache).