First on the agenda of my Art Studio Newsletter: Wednesday Workshops.  I am back from my overseas travels and it is ‘full steam ahead’ with my Wednesday crew of enthusiastic artists. We meet at the Lennox Arts Collective Gallery every Wednesday morning from 9.30 to 12.30 (and you can come for just one or two hours if you don’t have much time), it is $10 per hour and I take people at any stage of their art career. Have a look at some of the work by my students;

Still Life by Anne
Still Life by Anne
Inspired by Margaret Preston by Kay
Inspired by Margaret Preston by Kay

I also run Saturday workshops once a month with a theme. The next one is on the 16th July and is a workshop on the colour, PURPLE! We will discuss the history of the colour (famously the ‘royal’ purple because it was so expensive to produce), examine paintings that incorporate the colour, discuss the way it might influence our emotions in a visual sense and then create a colour card, so that you have a reference card on how to make any colour in the purple spectrum – from pale mauve to a deep indigo/purple.

Finally we each create an artwork using purple as a principal component. Mark in your diary; 16th July 9.30 – 3.30pm or you can come for a half day if you prefer ($60 full day, $30 half day). Please bring your paints (acrylic is best for this project) and strong watercolour paper. If you are doing the full day, you might want to bring a canvas as well on which to create your final artwork.

On the evening of that day, the 16th July, which is also the day of the Love Lennox Festival which had to be postponed due to bad weather, I will present the work I produced as a result of my Provençal artist residency. Some of the works for sale are below:

The Hidden Valley. gouache and charcoal on paper.
The Hidden Valley. gouache and charcoal on paper.
The Canal, gouache on paper
The Canal, gouache on paper
The Alpilles, oil on canvas
The Alpilles, oil on canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In April 2016 I spent two weeks at ‘Ateliers Four Winds’, an artist residency in the Provence region of France, not far from Arles. Set at the foot of the Alpilles, limestone rock outcrops known as the ‘little Alps’, this area is beautiful painting and drawing country. The Alpilles are majestic, changing colour with the light and shadows, brilliant red poppies are everywhere, along with olive groves and Roman ruins. I tried to capture in a simple way the effect of this country on my senses as I walked, contemplated, drew and painted. There was a small village nearby, Aureille,  which I walked into daily and was the subject of little sketches and ideas for more resolved works. The exhibition presents the body of work achieved at the studio in those two weeks. The larger works have been completed after returning to Australia. I really hope I have expressed the beauty and sense of peace I found in this place.

The exhibition opening of ‘Pictures of Provence’ runs from 5pm to 8pm on the 16th July and there will be a warming glass of wine and nibbles for attendees. The exhibition will run for two weeks to 30th July.

In August I will be running a ‘Creative Drawing’ workshop on Saturday 13th August 9.30 to 3.30pm $60 and on the last weekend of the month  (26th to 28th August), an Artist Retreat near Nimbin on a beautiful 20 acre property. See some photos of the property below:

Upstairs in the main house looking towards the mountains.
Upstairs in the main house looking towards the mountains.
Main house verandah and gardens.
Main house verandah and gardens.
Cottage Courtyard
Cottage Courtyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This event will take place at ‘Two Figs Retreat’ – have a look at the information about this event by linking to an earlier post on my blog here. Note: There are only two places left for people wanting to stay overnight – one is a room in the cottage with shared bathroom and one is in a shared room in the cottage. There are also opportunities for day only attendance. If you need more information, please either email or phone me; christineredart@hotmail.com; 0415 230 470.

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