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.

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!