Autumn is upon us again! In autumn last year I was writing newsletters about lockdown, isolation and Zoom classes. It is so good that in Australia we have managed to keep the Covid virus under control and have relative normality. I have just had my first vaccine, so am very happy. I am really keen to get over to UK again to see my children and grandchildren and am optimistic that I can get there early next year (and will hopefully meet a new grandchild!)
This autumn has been a pretty busy time with one of my studio weekends at the end of March – some really good work and many thoughtful questions about art. I hold these weekend workshops twice a year – in autumn and spring – March and September. They are an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in your art without interruption in a creative atmosphere. Attendees find it peaceful and special. This year I had Narelle helping me, so we could do the catering easily and we were each able to work one on one with the participants as needed.
Narelle and I have also been collaborating on our series of video tutorials. We have now made three together: one on the making of ‘The Feast – one of my fantasy still life paintings – I put that up a month or so ago and here is another Fantasy one – I made this before Narelle came on board last year:
Together is much better and after our first we then made ‘How to – Landscape for Beginners’ and following on from that, ‘Landscape Painting Tips in Conversation’. We have had some hilarious fails – like the time we forgot to turn the camera on and did a whole section without recording it and then the time we had satisfactorily completed the ending then tripped on the tripod! In the interests of keeping it ‘real’, we decided that bloopers are a part of the whole experience and have left some in.
I think the next video will be on keeping a Visual/Travel Diary when you can’t travel….kind of an ‘armchair travel guide’. Hopefully something you can do in the chillier days of Autumn/Winter!
I have written about my joy in painting outside, so pleased to know that it has resulted in one of the works I painted en plein air in South Australia over Christmas (Summer afternoon) is in the Salon des Refusés section of the Lethbridge Landscape prize – it can be seen (and bought) online from 27th April. It was framed beautifully for me by ‘Still @ the Centre’ in the Ballina Industrial Estate.
Here is another plain air work that was finished off in the studio…..
What is happening at Lennox Arts Collective in Autumn?
And then in May, we will have the talented Tim Clift with his magnificent landscapes…..
So lots to come and generally exciting times – this coming Saturday morning (17th April) I will be in Sydney at the Reed Gift Fair with Artshine Licensing at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, booth K 50!