Art weekends are probably some of the things I enjoy most in life! It might take the form of a Saturday class at Lennox Arts Collective like the one I held on the 6th February on ‘Exploring Landscape’ where we looked at how to make a landscape ‘work’ or it might be a solo effort where I have the joy of painting all weekend. You can see some of the class efforts from the February workshop in the photos below.
Art Weekends are also wonderful excursions to art galleries. I had been meaning to go to Sydney for some time and while talking to my sister, decided to flit down for a day to catch the last moments of the Arthur Streeton Exhibition at the Art Gallery NSW, and to have a quick breather from what now seems to be an incredibly busy retirement (not complaining though – love my life!). On a rainy Saturday we had a marvellous time examining a stupendously full retrospective – so many rooms of paintings. What a man, too – I had no idea that he was an early environmentalist, working to keep a coal mine out of Cremorne (just imagine!) and trying to slow the logging of magnificent forests. He was part of the Heidleberg School and is well known for his use of blue and gold and love of painting Sydney Harbour, but he travelled all over the world and finally painted his garden and flowers, much in the way of Monet.
Art Weekends usually cram in a fair bit too, I managed to get a hair cut, buy some new art supplies, eat and even got across town to Rushcutter’s Bay to the opening of Nicole Kelly’s Exhibition ‘For what binds’. Her work is wonderful and I take her Zoom Class, so it was a real treat to meet in person and have a bit of a chat about arty things.
And…speaking of art weekends, I have one coming up at my home studio on 27/28 March and there are still a couple of places available. We have a great time, paint and discuss art, eat and relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day. There is more information at this link. There is also still space in the Drawing Skills workshop on 12th June.
Spare art weekends and days for me are now involved in working with Artshine Licensing, who are helping me to bring some of my artwork on to products such as tea towels, shopping bags, commercial greeting cards (I’ll still have my own in the LAC Gallery and for sale via my shop), textiles, china and more. Exciting times!
And… you might be interested in this video ‘The Feast’ in which Narelle Bretherton, my wonderful artist assistant and I discuss the evolution of one of my ‘fantasy still life paintings’ – its on my You Tube channel and there will be more to come as we develop our filming skills.