In July Art is on the agenda! In Sydney there is the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes – I will as usual go to Sydney to my favourite art gallery and check out the finalists – always a terrific spread of art and new ideas to take back to my classes.

There is also the exhibition of Women artists, ‘O’Keefe, Preston, Cossington Smith: making modernism’ on from 1st July to 2nd October at the Art Gallery of NSW – love their work  and the modernist movement in art they represent – definitely worth a look and more…

'Abundance' oil on canvas - entry for Ocean Shores Art Expo
‘Abundance’ oil on canvas – entry for Ocean Shores Art Expo

In our area there is the Ocean Shores Exhibition over the weekend 26/27 August – I have put an entry in that.

The cold nights and warm days we are experiencing at present bring out a very creative vibe in me, as it gets colder I warm up the studio, light a candle and tend to go into an ‘arty hibernation’ where I don’t want to intersect with the world at all, except in so far as I need more paint, pencils etc.

I have been working on some favourites; I do love plants and gardens, so decided to run a workshop on Botanical Drawing as part of my July Art activities. I was quite surprised to find that the workshop was popular and over-subscribed. I will probably run another on that topic – not exactly the same – I’ll call it ‘Botanical Drawing II’ in November 2017 – date 11th November.

My next workshop is a beginners screen printing day, it is on 12th August and I can take one to two more people – you can see more on this at this link. and the Nimbin Art Retreat on a property just outside Nimbin will happen over the weekend 18-21 August

July Art in my home studio
July Art in my home studio
 'Golden Hour' acrylic on canvas 1 x 1.5m $1300.00
“Golden Hour’ acrylic on canvas 1 x 1.5m $1300.00

I still have some places in the workshop on painting and drawing water (sounds weird doesn’t it – to ‘draw’ water?) which will happen on 9th September. In fact I am working on a series that I have tentatively called ‘Fluid’ because I really want to reference water in our very dry continent.

England and France 2018!

My BIG news is that I have the preliminary information about my overseas art retreats for 2018 – yes, I am running two next year – one in England, specifically London and Cornwall for 10 days (15 – 26 May 2018) and then going to France: Paris and Provence again for 10 days (29 May – 9 June 2018). 

We will be visiting some of the wonderful art galleries in London and Paris and then we stay for a week of painting, art and good times in large houses where each person has their own double bedroom and most will have have ensuite bathrooms. Comfort level is high!

There are tours to Giverny and Versailles while in Paris and when we stay in a beautiful villa outside Avignon, we will visit, Arles, St Remy and Les Baux.

If you choose to come to Cornwall, I have rented a large house in Newquay (home of English surfing) and hired a car so that we can visit the wonderful Cornish coastline with its magnificent cliffs and picturesque harbours, take in art galleries, The Eden Project (a fabulous botanical extravaganza housed in geodesic domes), the Minack Theatre and much more.

Drawing and painting opportunities abound – I will give you a visual diary to keep a record of your art and the art you see and we will have classes, en plein air painting and plenty of free time to do as you wish – but a creative group of people to do it with!

You can see some of the posts from the last retreat on my blog here….  

and here….

One of the members of the group who came to Paris and Provence with me in May 2017 had this to say about the experience;

“I was one of the lucky ones!!!  In May 2017 I spent 10 days with a group of 6 local artists at a French Art Retreat which was run by local Lennox Head artist Christine Read. 

I can safely say we all had the  “best time ever”. Now if anyone has the chance to join Christine on her next French Art Retreat you would be mad not to go! 

The First couple of days were spent trying to absorb as much art that Paris has to offer which is a lot – I’m telling you but if you wanted to do your own thing that was fine too. 

We then travelled by train to Avignon in Provence for a week of pure joy. We stayed in a magnificent very spacious villa that was once an old mill and as an added bonus allowed us to have our own bedroom. The days went far too quickly and were filled with painting, exploring small villages – and yes we certainly enjoyed many a local wine! We even visited a night market where we bought fabulous fresh produce which made for some quite creative cooking back at the villa.  But most importantly the highlight for me was the team. Everyone was there for virtually the same reason. To either reinvent or improve their painting style and to simply get totally absorbed in the French culture, the magnificent countryside and exploring tiny French villages but most importantly to have fun. We laughed and we laughed! 

 

Christine took her “tour leader” role seriously making everything so very easy for us. She left nothing to chance as Double checking is her thing. Everything ran very smoothly!! From booking the accommodation, purchasing museum and train tickets and finding fabulous day excursions to other parts of Provence. She even went the extra distance and delivered perfect weather – blue skies every day and no one got sick!! 

 Not only did I came away with so many wonderful memories I felt totally uplifted from the experience – it was so good for the soul. I hope to do it all again one day.” 

How does it work?

You meet up with me and the group in London or Paris and book and pay separately for your London and Paris accommodation – although I will recommend a hotel (3/4 star) and will likely stay there myself – this allows you to find cheaper accomodation in those expensive cities if you wish.

I book and pay for train tickets to Provence and Cornwall and museum entry and public transport in London and Paris.

I book and pay for the houses we stay in for our painting week and tours in France and hire car in England.

We self cater – and go out to restaurants, bistros and wine bars – you pay your own way as far as food is concerned, but everyone ‘mucks in’ very well.

Costs 

In France it depends on your choice of accomodation; in the villa in Provence there are no bedrooms on the ground floor, there are three double bedrooms on the first floor which share a bathroom, the other four bedrooms are on the second floor and do have ensuites, however two have stairs within the room to bath or bed. Prices will vary – no ensuite, $2650.00, split level room with ensuite, $2700.00, room with ensuite and no internal stairs $2800.00. All rooms in Newquay have ensuites two bedrooms are on the ground floor and three on the first floor.

Art Retreat 1. $2550.00 London/Cornwall 15th – 26th May 2018

Art Retreat 2. $2800.00 Paris/Provence 29th May – 9th June 2018

If you wish to do both art retreats I can also book Eurostar tickets to get you one way from London to Paris. It is possible to just do the Provence/ Cornwall sections depending on availability.

I will require a deposit of $300.00 which is 50% refundable up to 5 months prior.

If you are interested, please email me on christinereadart@hotmail.com and I can give you more information.

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