On New Years Day 2017 I started deliberately trying to sketch every day. I decided on ‘everyday-ish’ and the first sketch was not about much – an empty chocolate nuts bottle and a pair of scissors or something… sketched with coloured biros. As much as I’ve always been a ‘draw-er’, that was the year my confidence grew. By drawing lots and lots of things I became confident enough to try sketching anything, and I still try and sketch every day.
In 2018, after teaching adults face to face for almost 7 years, it became so evident to me that the people who had the most confidence to paint with me, who started as beginners, were the ones who painted often. And that was the idea that sparked the Paint Along of the Month Club, launched in January 2019.
The idea of painting every month means that the learning with each painting has time to sink in, that you can try a variety of subjects and approaches, and at the end of the year you have at least 12 paintings to show for the learning that you’ve done.
Just a week ago I released Paint Along #22 in the Club series – I’m now working on the next three paintings – and I love doing it and sharing it.
I love the accessibility – I can jump on and do a painting whenever the mood strikes. And they can be painted within a reasonable amount of time which make it easier to fit in and makes you feel as though you are accomplishing. Plus your bright and encouraging teaching style Anna. It’s a delight to join in! DI, Club Member
I love your style of painting, I love your happy and encouraging personality! You have opened the door to the world of creating art to me, in a fun and not too demanding way. I am never reluctant to try a new piece because you have a way of walking me through it that makes it fun, even though I am not an artist, just a beginner who loves to work with colour. BECKY, Club Member
100% love it! It is so joyous & satisfying & mostly relaxing 😁, once I’ve let go of the high expectations I put on myself. RHYL, Club Member
As the Club has grown, and the lovelies that have been with me from the beginning are sharing more, we’re growing up and renaming as the SHINY HAPPY ART CLUB.
From January 2021 I will be including my demonstration collection videos in the Club (ie. free to Club Members). These have been $22-44 each month and while some people have sketched along with everything in the collection, others have chosen, and enjoyed sketching, their favourites!
All paintings up to #24 (released January 2021) will have ‘lifetime access’ (for the life of the website). From then on they will be included and available while a membership subscription is current.
Of course, if you do want to keep a particular class, you can buy whichever ones you choose at a discounted price.
The way the class platform is set up, I will be able to add even more bonuses for members, and if that gets you wanting to sketch and paint more, because I give you more options and inspiration, well… that’s where the joy lives. It’s exciting!
So join me.
Here’s the link to sign up 🙂
So I can focus on all of you lovely members, I’ll be closing the doors of the Club for a while on 15 December. So tell your friends, get your paints out and ready… and let’s go!
Huge thanks to everyone who has joined us in the studio so far this month! I ran sessions for two brand new subjects this weekend just gone – Dreamy Landscapes, and Bottlebrush and Bird – and they both went swimmingly! (That doesn’t seem like quite the right word when it comes to art, but it’s what it felt like!).
We have a few private Painting Parties coming up in June, and I’m also travelling to Gympie for workshops on Saturday 16 June… so take a look and see if there’s a subject you like at a time that suits!
See you in the studio!
I’m a bit of a fan of the ol’ Instagram.
And on Tuesday this week, the ‘good hair’ vibes and the ‘not too untidy’ situation collided, so I recorded a little video tour of the Shiny Happy Art studio here in Toowoomba.
Now, because it was recorded for insta, I am suffering a little ‘VVS’ (that’s ‘Vertical Video Syndrome’), and I’m trying to put aside my perfectionist tendencies by sharing it here as well.
Anyway, if you live far away, I hope it’s interesting to see our space.
And if you live close by, it’ll either look happy and familiar, or hopefully, it’ll look fun enough for you to come and pay us a visit sometime soon.
It’s all about #feelgoodart and it’s a very fun place to be.
See you soon!
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.
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!