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!

 

Teacup Collages for Mother’s Day

Teacup Collages for Mother’s Day

We had an absolutely brilliant time making Teacup Collages in the studio last weekend.

I LOVE IT when adults make art with their little people, so I designed a project for all levels of confidence and attention spans.

And the feedback was just wonderful. Very special moments were had while very special art was made.

If you’d like to make this project at home (and I’ve had lots of photos sent to me of successful home sessions too!) here’s the link. It’s only $15!

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.

It’s time for the FIRST ONLINE WONDER WORKSHOP

It’s time for the FIRST ONLINE WONDER WORKSHOP

 

While we’ve been making art and learning all about fish in the studio this term, I’ve also been filming each of the projects.

The result? Well this is the closest to the learning you would get by being right here in the studio with me.

We discuss art supplies, artists, inspiration and, incidentally, fish! You’ll be surprised by how exciting the topic can be.

It’ll go live this Friday night so if you’re free this weekend, you can make a start.

Each project includes videos, written instructions and printables when needed. I’ll list recommended art supplies but I’ll also talk about substitutions (remember, close enough is good enough! And you might learn something wonderful!)

It’s just $55 for all TEN projects and their associated videos and printables, as well as an introduction to fish themselves – and it’s a really fun way to learn.

PLUS you get ‘forever access’ (‘forever’ means as long as I have the site, and I’m not planning on going anywhere). That means there’s no pressure and no deadlines.

Here’s where to reserve your place – http://bit.ly/wwwfish

I’ll see you in the (virtual) studio!

Starting the year right!

Starting the year right!

When I planned a weekend workshop called “Shiny Happy Flowers” I hoped it would attract lovely people and they could go home with two bright, floral paintings that they were super proud of.

And oh, the weekend met my expectations and so much more.

Twelve delightful painters joined me on Saturday morning, each with their own backstory on how they had arrived there, and each with an enthusiasm to throw some (Golden) paint on a canvas and make magic happen.

We talked about hero flowers, colour wheels, brights and neutrals (and mixed our own!), brush techniques, finding darks, ‘waratah tadpoles’, and line drawings. We ‘learned by doing’ complimentary colours, ‘golden rule’ composition and glass vase reflections.

Every person that attended was a delight and every painting they finished (or have almost finished!) is a fabulous explosion of colour and joy.

Quite simply, WOW!

Huge thanks to everyone who came along. Special thanks to the fabulous Debbie for bringing and sharing her legendary potatoes (and her legendary happiness) and to gorgeous Linda for all her help setting up and packing away each day. A total gem.

Steffi’s catering was top class too, I’m sure all would agree!

I hope all my weekenders made friends as well as art and that the paintings they’ve taken home are the most wonderful souvenirs of our time together.

If you are interested in a Shiny Happy Flowers Workshop, I may offer another in the second half of the year. It’s very different from a Paint Along as you order or bring your own materials, and you finish with original paintings that are all your own. I give you all I have and together we make gardens of colour. Just make sure you’re on the mailing list.

If you don’t want to wait, join us for Wednesday Wonder Workshops this term – we’re discovering ‘Fish’ for the first four weeks, and then ‘Faces’ for the last four. We’ll be learning a bit of anatomy and then completing a range of projects around each theme, studying some amazing artists, learning by doing and enjoying the fine company! The morning session is almost full, but the 6-9pm session still has a few places. Starts Wednesday 8 February for 8 weeks and all supplies are included. Click here to find out more.

Watercolour Wonder Workshop

Watercolour Wonder Workshop

Last Sunday we welcomed 20 lovely painters to the new studio to enjoy a Watercolour Wonders Workshop.

Covering the basics of both colour theory and watercolour, my mother, Diana Battle, and I, prepared a suite of exercises and examples that were designed to ‘learn by doing’.

It was our first workshop together and I really enjoyed spending the day sharing Mum with everyone! She’s a very talented painter and it was great to hear her explain some of her methods out loud – and to witness her ‘changing her mind’ as she paints!

Everyone took home a new set of watercolours, brushes and paper so I hope they are well used in the weeks and months to come.