Mayin Chan, Col Nelson and Lesa Potten are holding an exhibition of their work at the Old Ginninderra School House in Nichols, ACT. Join them for the opening on Sunday 6 August at 3pm.
A capacity class of eight enthusiastic participants joined watercolour artist Stuart Marshall from Canberra for an Introductory Workshop on Wednesday 21 June at the CWA Hall in Bowning.
First up, to get in the mood for painting we gathered at The Mews in Bowning for coffee with a few other VASY members!
Apart from all the staples required to paint in watercolour, Stuart also chatted about putting together your own paint kit, the advantages of joining an art group or society, learning about your craft, doing “brush miles” and not to be discouraged.
A great day was had by all. Thank you, Stuart, for your patience in tutoring and fabulous notes. We hope to see you again at VASY.
This was an introductory workshop and Stuart took us through three exercises to help get us started.
This exercise relied on part of the painting being dry and becoming progressively wetter. We ‘mucked around’ with different strengths of paint as the page dried off. Different amounts of water on the page and in the paint produced different results!
We created two colour wheels using paint of creamy milk consistency.
Exercise three pulled together what we had learned in the other exercises by painting a simple landscape. We drew from a landscape photograph and Stuart had a light box there for anyone wanting to trace a drawing. This was a challenge as we were all beginners. The tree canopy and learning how to remove unwanted paint put us to the test!
Stuart also demonstrated how to mix different shades of black. Mixing strong blue, strong red and strong yellow to create black – was not easy. Easier was the task of mixing strong blue with burnt sienna.
Stuart also showed us a number of his lovely miniature watercolours.
‘Another great VASY workshop’ was the verdict for Penny Kerr’s workshop held on Saturday 17 June. Penny took the six keen participants through the basics of setting up a willow sculpture. The fully booked class had a fun three hours willow weaving a pheasant. The pheasants all ended up very different but all very good.
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While Penny’s willow sculptures have been appearing in more and more local homes and gardens her willow sculptures have attracted attention beyond our region. She has been invited to exhibit and tutor at this year’s Artisans in the Gardens exhibition held at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. Well done Penny!! and we wish you every success!!
Have you ever stopped in front of a watercolour painting and said, “Wow!! I would love to know how to paint with watercolours!” If so, then this workshop with Stuart Marshall is for you. Check out all the details below.
Last Wednesday (12th April) VASY members car pooled and enjoyed a great day out at the Tumut Art Society’s 60th Annual Art Exhibition.
Our first stop was the Long Track Pantry at Jugiong and while there discovered some fabulous new mixed media work by local artist Stephanie Corkhill-Hyles. Of course, our morning coffee and chatting was enjoyable as well.
Travelling onto Tumut we met up with the President of the Tumut Art Society, Glenyce Francis, and a band of member volunteers. They have worked extremely hard over many months to pull such a professional exhibition together.
Art notables and winners included Steve Underwood, Ann Rayment, Kasey Sealy, John Sharman, Don Talintyre, Janis Lawler, Bob Gurney and Julie Simmons to name a few.
Apart from traditional art works on display we also admired Fibre Art and a Small Painting section. Bev Dennis’ painting using pointilist technique won the Local Artist Encouragement Award.
We were all very envious of the Art Society’s multi use building. How fabulous to own your own space to use for classes, exhibitions and meetings! Glenyce explained that the building has grown in stages since the early Snowy Mountains Scheme era. Resident art tutor Jennifer Forster also took time to chat to us about the Society’s art program and week to week ‘doings’. We all went away enthusiastic to return again next year.
To catch the exhibition and highlights go to www.tumutart.com.au . The exhibition continues until 1pm on Sunday 23rd April and is really worth a visit.
Post written by Jude McColl
‘Exhausted’, ‘happy’ and ‘I learned a lot’ were common sentiments made by a happy group of 12 painters
at the conclusion of VASY’s first workshop for 2017 held on the 1st and 2nd April. The workshop tutor was Ros Psakis who shared her knowledge generously giving us a taste of her well established reputation as an outstanding artist and tutor.
On day one Ros led us step by step through painting a still life and on day two we painted figures at the beach. These two very different subjects were painted using the same process and colour palette. Click on the images to enlarge.
Ros showed us the benefit of using a limited palette of colours based on the three primary colours of yellow, red and blue along with white. The accompanying image shows the few colours that were used to create both paintings. Click on the image to enlarge.
We learned that this is a very versatile palette of colours and Ros frequently took time to show us how to make pretty much any colour needed for each painting.
We also learned a really clear process that helps you go from the very beginning of a painting through to its completion. This process was used for both paintings and can be used to keep your painting as loose or as highly finished as you would like. The process included:
- laying out the initial drawing without getting too detailed, using vine charcoal and thin paint to go
over these lines;
- painting the middle and dark tones/colours into the key shapes/figures;
- then painting the mid and dark tones/colours in the background shapes; and
- putting in the eye popping highlights right at the end.
If you would like to see more of Ros’ work you can visit her website at www.rospsakis.com . Her website also has links to a number of her short demonstration YouTube videos.
HAPPY PAINTING!!! and please get in touch if you would like to find out more!
We’ll be carpooling from the Yass Community Centre, stopping at the Jugiong Long Track Pantry for coffee, and returning by 3pm.
For more details and to arrange carpooling, please contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Exhibition and Competition
A special exhibition of portraits, old and new, and competition for best portraits, will be held as part of the Australian Heritage Festival.
When: April 21 – 24
Where: Cooma Cottage
New portraits in any medium, including photos, may be submitted in the following categories. Prizes will be awarded in all categories.
- Portraits of people recently or currently involved in the district
- Portraits of horses and/or dogs
- High school artists: portraits of any Australian explorer
- Primary school artists, 9 years or over, portraits of any Australian explorer
- Primary school artists, under 9 years, portraits of any Australian explorer
Enquiries and entry forms
Julie Campbell 6226 5993 email@example.com
Bimbi Turner 6227 6182 or 0417 422 193
Ros’s oil painting workshop is our first workshop for the year, on 1st and 2nd April. There are still places available so don’t delay in registering for this workshop if you would like to learn from a nationally acclaimed artist and tutor. For further details and to register, go to our Workshops page.
Make sure to put this date into your diary: Tuesday 29 November 2016 from 9:30am-12:30pm at the Yass Community Centre, Yass Valley Way (next to the Men’s Shed). The cost will be $5.
Beginners to experienced artists are all welcome to a great opportunity to get together to paint, draw, scribble and chat.
Bring your own chosen medium and enjoy a morning creating art in the company of like minded people and some experienced artists who will be on hand to help out and answer questions.
To find out more please contact either:
Ann Hand (Convenor) on 0487 801 217 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Col Nelson on 0439 603 005 or by email at email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing you there!!