Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Time to develop your creativity - Hamilton Road Studio Term 4 vacancies

At this time of the year I realise that time doesn't ever stand still. In fact, if anything, the days pass by too quickly. In January I booked flights to visit my family in South Africa, thinking that the time would drag. Now there are just over ten weeks to go before my holiday. 

Studio Vacancies

The last term of the year starts on Wednesday 4th October and ends on the 9th December. 
A few vacancies have opened for art classes with couple of artists taking long overseas holidays or who need to take time off for work. 

Wednesday evenings – two places 
Thursday, and Friday mornings -  one free place on each day.
Saturday mornings - two places

Usually Studio enrollment is for a term of 10 weeks. Perhaps you are not ready to commit to a whole term especially at this time of the year when life gets so busy. Should you want to try the classes, I am offering shorter enrollment options for this term only. Artists can enroll for half a term (5 weeks). If they wish, there is the option to extend their enrollment for the rest of the term.

Please let me know if you would like to enroll or if you have any questions about the classes.         

Exploring Abstraction 

The artists attending the Friday classes have been investigating abstract concepts in painting. I plan to cover these topics more extensively in the first five weeks of the term with a different approach each week. These classes will be more structured than the usual Studio classes where artist work on individual projects. If abstract painting is something you have wanted to try, this is an ideal opportunity for you to experiment. Also, if you are less experienced, the more structured class will be helpful. These mini workshops can be done on the other days as well.

Tasman Story - oil, oil pastel and Cold Wax Medium on panel 405 mm x 810 mm

Art Classes Hamilton Road Studio

Terms and Conditions
Class times:
Wednesday:   6.00pm – 9.00pm  -  2 places 
Thursday:       9.00am – 12.00pm - 1 place               
Friday:            9.00am – 12.00pm - 1 place
Saturday:        8.00am – 11.00am - 1 place

Please note that the Classes are suitable for adults
Venue:   22/960 Hamilton Road, McDowall 4053
(Please ring 22 then “Bell” at the intercom. There is usually parking inside the complex)
• Tuition in drawing, watercolour, acrylics and oils is offered
• During each class there will be some demonstration of technique as well as individually mentored tuition.
• Classes are small (Max 6) so each participant can work in their chosen medium and at their own pace.
• Students should be prepared to enroll for a term (usually 10 weeks). Since my Studio is small, casual classes i.e. pay per attendance cannot be offered.

Please contact me for more information or if you have any questions.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Botanique on show at Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane

Botanique, and exhibition of all things Botanically inspired, is on this weekend in the Richard Randall Gallery, Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens, from Friday 15th September at 1.00pm until 3.00pm Sunday, 17th September.

I will have a selection of paintings, a couple of large ones and a few small, gift-sized paintings. 

Peonies - ink and watercolour on Saunders Waterford paper

Orchids - watercolour on Saunders Waterford paper

Australian Bouquet - watercolour on Saunders Waterford paper

In addition, there will be some cushions and tote bags. These bags are a good way of introducing ourselves to using reusable bags instead of the throw-away plastic kind - and much more attractive too!

A view of my corner at the Richard Randall Gallery 

I've also printed a selection of cards which feature some of my paintings. 

Artichoke cushion 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Nundah NOW! Art Exhibition this weekend

I have four paintings on show this weekend at the Nundah NOW! Exhibition.

I've been experimenting lately with Cold Wax Medium and have become fascinated with the tactile quality it adds to oil paint. This technique is so well suited to recreating memories of last year's holiday in Tasmania. The granite cliffs on the Tasman Peninsula were the inspiration for this painting.

Tasman Story - Oil, Cold Wax Medium and Oil pastels on Birch panels.
810 mm x 405 mm

The park across the road from my home is another inspirational place. This abstract has its origin in the bark of trees I pass on my early morning walks. 

Bark Layers - Oil, Cold Wax Medium and Oil pastels on Birch panels.
810 mm x 405 mm

In addition two watercolours complete the quartet of paintings.

Abundance - watercolour on Saunders Waterford 535mm x 535mm

The Wrap of a Leaf - watercolour on Zeta paper 545 mm x 720 mm