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!

I’m well and truly back

I’m well and truly back

What can I say? It was a truly fabulous trip! 

Just over 2 weeks in Germany with friends and then 6 nights in Paris by myself… I can’t believe it either. And the 3.5 years in the planning definitely added to the excitement.

And I got to draw, and draw and draw!

Thanks so much to all the lovelies who signed up to my Postcard Project. I found that I wanted to send the best pics, so the project has continued once I arrived home, but oh, it was so nice to have a drawn record of some of the memories this time (something that’s hard when you’re travelling with kids!).

I will post more about the trip and insights in the weeks and months to come, because when I got home the jetlag got me. So it was a mad scramble to get ready for this term.

 

Here’s what’s been happening:

So please keep your eye on Facebook and Instagram – I’ve got plenty to share over the next month or two and I’ll be sure to add in some timelapses and tutorials.

I really really appreciate your interest in, and support for, my little business.

xxx

Term 2 Wednesday Wonder Workshops NOW OPEN

Term 2 Wednesday Wonder Workshops NOW OPEN

In February this year I introduced my first ever ‘Wednesday Wonder Workshops’.

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Quite frankly – they’re wonder-full! We draw, we paint, we experiment, we share ideas and learn from each other’s technique and experiences… such good fun.

I run them in 4 week blocks – so we’ll cover one topic per block. This term I’m running a ‘Herbs and Plants’ theme in the first block, and a ‘Faces’ theme in the second block.

This term I’m also offering an evening session – so you can choose from 10am til 1pm OR 6pm til 9pm.

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I will supply you with a goodie box of all that you’ll need to join in – pencils, watercolours, brushes, papers, etc, as well as a journal and notes are supplied each session..

So if you’re keen to join us, please go ahead and sign up here.

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Numbers are limited to TWELVE per session, and last term’s really were a hit, so don’t delay if it’s something you’d like to do.

See you in the studio!