On Saturday 18 April, I headed to Brisbane to spend the morning with the terrific team from m3property who had organised a Collaborative Painting Event for their social club. The ‘Captain of Fun’, Basil Simitci (I’m not sure if that’s his official title, but that’s what he definitely was on the day) organised the tables and food and I brought the canvases, paints, aprons and brushes, and away we went.
Downlands College sent me and my colleague, photographer Catherine Mims, out to Charleville, Quilpie, Cunnamulla and Wyandra in late March, to run a series of collaborative group paintings with each community.
Every session started off in a similar way, but the end results were all very different – and totally wonderful!
And while we were painting, I learned about the districts and we talked about all the educational options available to people in the bush. It’s been a terrific way to promote the College in a genuine way and I have to thank Deirdre Williams, Downlands parent and Wyandra local, for organising and accompanying us on the trip! Deirdre is now a dear friend and the dinner she hosted for us in her home on the last Thursday night was just wonderful.
I’ll also be keeping in touch with Charleville artist, Donna Reynolds, with a view to her visiting the Shiny Happy Art studio and running a class or two! Believe me, it’s something to look forward to.
Last Friday a brilliant group of people from Hillman Morgan Financial Solutions joined me in the studio to make a group painting that could then be pulled apart so everyone could take a bit home.
And the best thing was that until they arrived, it was a total surprise!
PLEASE NOTE: If I could have possibly afforded it, I would have had a Michael Buble Christmas Carolbacking track for this video! Feel free to make that happen yourself 😉
Thanks again to Jason and his team. It was a terrific day!