Sunday, September 10, 2006

Three pastel paintings.

This will be my last post until I return from Wilpena Pound in October, as tomorrow will be the last day to finalize any jobs that need to be done. Thankfully our son and his partner will be home to run the farm while we are away. Malcolm will have to return to the farm for the last of our shearing and any other jobs that need his expertise but will return to Wilpena once he is finished.

I am going to miss the interaction I have with others through my blog so please don’t forget me altogether as I will be back posting when I return. I may even get the odd post done while at Wilpena if the Internet Café isn’t overloaded with tourist. I will have lots of photos to show you on my return.

These three paintings have just been put on my website in the Pastel Gallery 1 page. They will be part of two exhibitions that I am involved with in the Central Flinders.

Well that is it for now, it is time for me to say goodbye to you all Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting


I will remember you all when I am having a glass of red by the evening campfire.Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Golden Wattle - Workshop

The Golden Wattle at the moment is flowering profusely through the area that I live so why not paint one at a workshop and the York Peninsular group that I taught Saturday did just that. Even though we did work indoors from a photo we were lucky to see a Golden Wattle flowering through the windows. If the scene had been appropriate for the class I would have discarded the photo and painted this wattle. I did tease the class that I planted it twelve months prior so that it helped them during class….of cause I heard the appropriate noises when I told them this……chuckle.

The structure of the workshop was I demonstrated a step of the painting with the group gathered around me. They then returned to their own painting with me helping where necessary. I am a great believer that it is easier to teach by showing a step, student do the same on their own painting, then demonstrate the next stage, student again and so on. It gives the learner a chance to absorb information, apply it instead of getting confused with worrying with what they are going to do next.

I have to admit two days would have been desirable when teaching a workshop though the time wasn’t available with this group. If the time had been allowed the fine tuning of the students paintings would have helped them to take their work that much further.

To the York Peninsular Art Group; I do salute you! You are a great bunch of artist and thanks for letting me practice my teaching skills on you. I know I gained a lot from the experience.

This is my demo painting that I did in front of the class. I did do some fine tuning today on the wattle and grasses with possibly more to be done. The sky has not been touched since the workshop.

Paper: Art Spectrum Colourfix
Colour: elephant
Size: 280 x 335 mm

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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Yesterday's workshop

Today is Sunday and other than some administration work for the Painters of the Flinders Ranges I have done very little else. I feel rather exhausted with many jobs ticked off what was a very long list working towards two up and coming exhibitions in the Central Flinders of South Australia. Maybe it is because I am beginning to finely relax.

I don’t have a photo yet of the demo painting that I did yesterday but will take one tomorrow and post it. The workshop went really well with students working hard all day to finish a painting. It was a good learning experience for me to teach and I left all students eager to paint more with pastels when they went home. Admittedly that left me relieved that I had not put anyone one off from giving pastels a go.

Well it looks like my Sunday rest has just come to an end. Malcolm has been busy making a frame and slip and I am now going to mount an oil painting into it. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

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Friday, September 01, 2006

Tutoring a Pastel Workshop

I think I am all set now! Tomorrow I am tutoring a group of artist in my favourite stomping grounds under Mt Remarkable near Melrose in the Southern Flinders. This will be my first workshop that I have taught and quite excited about it……mmmm….. the nervous tension may kick in now that I have time to think about it.

I am only aware of one student using pastels before though they are not new to painting. Rather than the students buying pastels they will be paying a fee to use mine. This allows the students to then decide if they want to become Pastelist without spending many dollars on pastels that they may never use again. Of cause I had to buy extra sticks for there to be enough for the students but not concerned really, as I am always in need of more pastels myself. This will not be the last workshop by any means as the pressure is on me to teach. There are three other workshops that are in the pipeline, I only have to say “when” and they will then be put on the calendar.

Well I better go and recheck that all is ready for tomorrow. Also I mustn’t forget to print off my teaching procedure as well so that I can concentrate on teaching rather than what I am supposed to be saying next.


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