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.

Holiday art cows

Holiday art cows

We’re at the end of the first week of Easter Holidays here in Queensland and while they’ve enjoyed laying around recovering for a few days, it was time for an activity.

With a friend and cousin we took a vote and painted the Colourful Cow from my online class, Owl, Cat and Cow.

Now, with ages 7, 8 and two 9 year olds, I would recommend spreading this activity over two or three sessions. They did a fantastic job but it’s a long time to stay still (and it makes for a better result if they are still concentrating!). And see the elbow in the paint above? Yes, best to put the paint palette up next to the water bucket!

We stopped and started the video so all four could keep up (the youngest were the speediest) and I realised that it would be good to also have photos of each stage… so I’ve just added 9 step-by-step photos to the Cow video and will add them to the Owl and the Cat over the weekend.

These were the basic supplies we used. You can get Chromacryl paints from most newsagents in Australia I think. They’re ‘student quality’ acrylics and not too expensive. They did need a bit of water to help them flow though. Oh, and definitely use aprons as acrylics are hard/impossible to get out of clothes.

We also did a few extra lines to practice how to drag the brush along, and when you bend the bristles you get a thicker line… that’s also mentioned in the video.

All in all, they were all very proud to show their paintings to parents, friends and grandparents, and we had something great to show for the effort!

At just $35 for all three painting videos, and all three need only four paints, I hope it’s a fun thing for more parents to try with their kids these holidays, and I encourage you to paint alongside your child to make some real memories!

Mexichica and mixing flesh tone in acrylic

Mexichica and mixing flesh tone in acrylic

Well we’ve christened the new studio already with four Wednesday Wonder Workshop sessions and a fantastic new Paint Along – Mexichica!

We had lots of brand new painters along for Mexichica, and it was terrific to watch so many faces come to life as we built them, feature by feature.

I did save a little bit of time by pre-preparing a ‘flesh tone’ acrylic paint colour. Some Paint Alongers chose to add a little more Yellow Ochre for an olive skin tone, but it was certainly handy to have the bulk of the mixing done.

Here’s a short video detailing what that mix was made of!

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!