Multi-canvas Painting as Team Building Event

Multi-canvas Painting as Team Building Event

This week I was so happy to spend Wednesday afternoon with the fabulous team from Power Tynan here in Toowoomba.

Only a month ago, I met with Lauren from Power Tynan, and we discussed a Team Building event that would take the five key words from a new storyboard the company had developed, and included them in a painting that the whole team would paint.

We developed icons for each word, and I came back with possible compositions… we were to end up with two complete paintings – one for their Toowoomba office, and one for Stanthorpe, and I had to make sure each part of the painting had interesting elements for the team to paint.

 

 

My two Beautiful Assistants and I brought in all the tables, paints, aprons and canvases, and when the Power Tynan team arrived we were pumped and ready to go.

The enthusiasm this team showed for the project, and their obvious enjoyment of each other’s company, was wonderful!

And look what they have to show for it! 

I now have the artworks here at home, to secure all the canvases into their frames, so the team can enjoy a second, official ‘unveiling’ in a few week’s time.

Thanks so much for having us, Power Tynan Team! You were wonderful to work with and I hope you enjoy your new art!

 

Art Holiday on Norfolk Island

Art Holiday on Norfolk Island

Hey! Come to Norfolk Island with me!

Check your calendar – we’ll be there 10 – 17 October 2017.

We’ll be sketching and painting our way around the island… we might even start at the airport!

I am so looking forward to not rushing, drawing with people who are happy to draw too, taking our time (did I mention not rushing?), having fun and learning as we go.

And I’ll make sure everything we do is just fine for beginners, as well as for the more experienced drawer or painter.

If you’re just starting out, you will be able to follow along with what I do… just like an outdoor Paint Along, really!

If you are a more confident artist, I’ll make sure you are able to use the techniques I mention, alongside your own style, to expand your knowledge and experiences.

Why Norfolk? Because everything is so accessible! We’ll be covering a lot of locations with the guidance and advice of a local artist. We’ll get to try our hand at landscapes, seascapes, rocky sea shores, trees and interesting old buildings.

We’ll be sketching, painting, journalling and, as an added bonus, I’ll show you how I make my own glossy printed postcards – and you can make some too!

As we’ll be using both watercolours and acrylics I’ve put together a complete supplies list – but it’s definitely flexible. You’re welcome to chat with me before you go out and ‘buy everything’.

Rest assured, there’s plenty of time for a relaxing holiday too. Here’s what’s included:

  • Return economy class ‘seat & bag’ airfare ex Brisbane to Norfolk Island
  • Meet & greet at the Norfolk Island Airport
  • Return airport transfers on Norfolk Island
  • Seven night’s accommodation (self-contained unit)
  • Seven days car hire per unit
  • 5 x half day painting tuition at various beautiful locations on Norfolk Island
  • Meet & greet Welcome Dinner at Hilli Restaurant
  • Dinner at Dino’s Restaurant
  • Entry to Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama
  • Half Day Island Tour
  • Meet a local Artist and visit their family goat farm
  • Farewell Dinner at Castaway Hotel Restaurant
  • Complimentary Mini Golf & A Walk in the Wild rainforest walk
  • Bonus Norfolk Island discount shopping card

There are plenty of optional activities (historic tours, themed shows, etc) as well. You can have a bedroom to yourself or twin share if you like. Non painting partners or friends are also very welcome.

Maria at the Norfolk Island Travel Centre is taking all the bookings, so if you are keen please feel free to enquire here now.

I am so looking forward to this Art Holiday. We’re going to have a seriously creative time together.

Please feel free to share this info with anyone else you think might be interested. I really appreciate it.

Thanks again! And I hope to see you on Norfolk (or at the airport if you’ll be flying from Brissie, like me!).

PS. Two more photos of beautiful Norfolk, to whet your appetite for art 🙂 Would love to see you there.

Term 4 Paint Alongs Announced

Term 4 Paint Alongs Announced

SO MUCH to share!

The biggest news really is that I’ve just leased a brand new (to me) studio space and get the keys this Friday!

So you’ll find your next class or workshop at 1/3 Progress Court, Harlaxton.

It’s just 3 minutes down the road from my home studio (right next to Mother Megs Biscuit Factory – I took that as a good omen!), opposite Downlands, and is nice, big, airconditioned and clean.

I’ll be Shiny Happy-ing the space up before you get there so you are wrapped up in creativity as soon as you walk in the door. I’ll share some pics as soon as we’re in.

This decision has been forced on me by Nexus and Toowoomba’s Second Range Crossing. Just a couple of weeks ago we were informed that, from January, we would have up to 12 months of roadworks directly in front of the studio, as well as driveway access only (restricting parking in front of the studio, even on our land). It’s not good, it certainly isn’t fair, and my expenses are increasing significantly… but Shiny Happy is not only my business, it is my nature… and so I’m trying to see the bright side…

The bright side for you is that I will be offering more Paint Alongs and more Workshops!

So take a look and click to book these Term 4 Paint Alongs:

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I’m also now taking bookings for some other new and fab workshops.Numbers are limited in all of these sessions, so if you see something you like, please click on the title and book as soon as you can:

Watercolour Basics Day
Colour Wheels and Watercolour Techniques
Facilitated by my mother, award-winning artist Diana Battle – and me!
All art supplies included  |  $180
Sun 6 Nov, 9:30am-4pm

Wednesday Wonder Workshops
Starts Wed 12 Oct for 6 weeks
Due to repeat bookings by previous participants (which is a good sign!), these workshops are already full. So I’ve introduced Shiny Happy Drawing Sessions…

Shiny Happy Drawing Sessions 
2 hours of inspiration and coaching  |  BYO sketchbook  |  $35
Just book the sessions that suit you. (If you’ve missed out on my Wednesday Wonder Workshops, coming along to one or two of these might be an option for you.)
Mon 24 Oct 6-8pm, Thur 27 Oct 10-12noon,
Thur 17 Nov 10-12noon, Mon 28 Nov 6-8pm

Shiny Happy Flowers Weekend Workshop
Two full days of creativity, inspiration and guidance resulting in (at least) two large, original canvases bursting with colour and flowers. (Very similar to the workshop I just ran at USQ.)
BYO art supplies  |  $275
21-22 Jan 2017

So that’s your Shiny Happy Art Menu for Term 4! I really hope there is a session or two there that tickles your fancy.

Thank you so much for all your encouragement and support for my little business. I truly love being able to help so many people find joy in art and ‘get out of their own heads’ for a bit while they’re in my studio. It’s a fabulous form of meditation I think!

And as the Shiny Happiness grows (and has to keep growing now that I’m paying rent and GST!) I’m so appreciative of all your testimonials, facebookand instagram likes and comments and of course, that you tell your friends about what happens here at Shiny Happy Art.

So, thank you. Please consider this a virtual hug.

I hope to see you and your friends in the new studio soon!

My biggest Paint Along yet!

My biggest Paint Along yet!

Each September we have a Carnival of Flowers here in Toowoomba. It’s my favourite time of year!

This year I was honoured to have my artwork featured on the cover of the souvenir lift out and get a mention inside as well.

Another highlight was being asked to host a Pop Up Paint Along for the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation.

The lovely Foundation team of Melanie, Tammy, Anna and Pam did all the legwork, and I designed a Carnival inspired painting for 48 of us to paint together. For this project I needed an entire squad of Beautiful Assistants – thank you Jenny, Janita, Wendy, Roma, Libby, Lauren and Diana – and together we coached all these lovely painters through to the end (which was lucky because I’d left my notes at home!).

Congrats to the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation on a terrific event and for giving me this terrific opportunity. I was just delighted with the results!

Collaboration is good for business

Collaboration is good for business

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On Saturday 18 April, I headed to Brisbane to spend the morning with the terrific team from m3property who had organised a Collaborative Painting Event for their social club. The ‘Captain of Fun’, Basil Simitci (I’m not sure if that’s his official title, but that’s what he definitely was on the day) organised the tables and food and I brought the canvases, paints, aprons and brushes, and away we went.

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Downlands Collaborative Painting

Downlands Collaborative Painting

In my other life I’m the marketing manager at a wonderful high school here in Toowoomba, Downlands College.

A Missionaries of the Sacred Heart College, we are regularly offered retreat days, and just before Easter all staff (teachers, admin, cleaning, cooking, grounds and maintenance… everyone!) participated in a ‘mind, spirit, body’ themed day. I was asked to run a collaborative painting workshop throughout the day, so I was in my happy place.

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I ran it in three sessions and each group grew in numbers as people saw what was happening and wanted to be a part of it.

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And look what we ended up with! This is a special mural canvas with eyelets in the corners, so will be hung in the staff dining room for everyone to enjoy.
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If you would like to engage me for a collaborative group painting project, either on one large canvas or multiple canvases pushed together and painted as one, feel free to email and I’ll see what I can do!
With results like this, and the longevity of the project, it’s a great thing for morale!