Here is your July Art Newsletter – July itself is here in a couple of days! My apologies for not sending a June Newsletter, but hopefully if you are subscribed to my website you will have had all the Art Retreat blog posts from France and England. I have to say that the whole event was one of the best ever – so good to see my children and grandchildren – all growing up fast and with lively minds.
To the six women ( Alice, Robyn, Fay, Kate, Sue and Berenice) who came with me on our adventures in Paris and the Loire Valley, ‘Thank you so much!’ you were all so interested, you all joined in with everything and we had so much fun together – there were nights when I went to bed hoarse with so much laughter!!
I have had some delightful messages from them since and Fay gave me permission to publish her email;
Thank you so much for your wonderful organising of our recent Paris/ Loire Valley art retreat. It was an amazing experience to share with the other ladies. We had the flexibility to be as independent as we liked and as much guidance as we wanted. You have a great knowledge of French culture, art history and architecture and took us to beautiful places.
Your command of French language was really reassuring and was much needed especially with communicating with our host at Saint Avertin, in cafes and restaurants, with bus drivers and with booking taxis. We were able to have a very authentic French experience because of this.
I also really enjoyed your art lesson and demonstrations and will follow up with a creative drawing workshop.
I would recommend anyone to “come away with Christine” as it will be a memory to treasure forever.
Many thanks, Fay 👩🏼🎨🌻🍷
Now, however, it is time to move on to the next phase and so a ‘heads up’ in this July Art Newsletter as to what is happening in the rest of the year.
My next Saturday Class is ‘Creative Drawing’ on 6th July – there are places available – just message or email me and I will book you in. It is a day to try all sorts of ways to ‘make marks’ using pencil, pen, ink, paint, charcoal, pastel – in fact anything that can be used to draw. We will do exercises to loosen you up (with your drawing!) and to tap into your imagination. It is 9.30 – 3.30 and costs $70.
I start back to my Wednesday ‘drop in’ classes on the 3rd July – remember, whatever your skill level, you can come along from 9.30 to 12.30 bring along any art materials you happen to have, it costs $35 and we have a good time with a great group of fellow ‘scribblers’!
Exploring my Art
I am going to go on an outback art experience for a week in the far west of NSW near Broken Hill. I will miss one Wednesday class – 7th August. The good news is that on this trip I will be tapping in to the vast knowledge and experience of two iconic Australian landscape artists – Ross Laurie and Idris Murphy and will then hold a Saturday workshop called ‘Exploring Landscape’ on 17th August and will hopefully share some of my new knowledge with you. Please contact me to book for this workshop on 0415230470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another exciting event for me is the opportunity to be ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Nancy Fairfax Studio at Tweed Regional Gallery for two weeks at the beginning of November. I am super excited to do this and hope that I can develop my art practice further. Yes, I will hopefully share this experience as well in the form of a workshop in 2020.
I have been sketching away, mainly in pen and wash and gouache on my six weeks in England and France, and will bring them together in an exhibition as I did last year at the Lennox Arts Collective Gallery – I just need to organise dates.
The Small wonders Exhibition, ‘Sense of Place’ will be judged by Angus McDonald and will be opened on 26th July. Come along, have a look, chat to friends, have a glass of wine and see how our local art community sees their ‘Sense of Place’.
Sharon McIlwain, the most recent member of LAC has an exhibition ‘First light, Last Light’ at Northern Rivers Community Gallery 3rd July until 25th August. Opening celebration is 4th July, 5.30pm