Ive been a watercolour artist for over 30 years and love to share my passion for watercolour painting through teaching.
If you want ask about art lessons, purchasing my artworks, where I teach... or absolutely anything at all, please click here to visit the contact page.
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I currently teach at various art studios around Sydney. Click here for a list of art studios that I am currently teaching at.
"I teach a loose approach to painting. Very much 'less is more'. I like to have fun in my lessons and do not hold back when someone is not doing the right thing... In the nicest possible way of course! I certainly give lots of praise too. I try to give students confidence in their ability and believe that you only need basic drawing skills with watercolour. If the paint is properly applied, you will end up with a lovely painting."
I give full-day workshops at the following places in Sydney:
• Art Est Art School and Gallery at Leichhardt —generally the last Sunday of the month.
• Royal Art Society — 25 Walker St Lavender Bay
• Willoughby Workshop—from 10-4
33 Laurel street (cnr Hollywood Cres)
• Cilla Campbell—from 10-4
Eastern suburbs, All Saints Hall, Ocean St Woollahra
• Kuringai Art Centre Roseville—from 10-4
Recreation Avenue Roseville (just past the tennis courts) plenty of parking
• Central Coast Watercolour Society—from 10-4
It doesn’t matter what the subject matter of a workshop... I concentrate on paint quality and teach you how to get the paint down and make it look great.
Don’t worry about drawing skills or lack thereof, i will help you learn how to draw but overall it is the watercolour that is the most important thing.
Watercolour Bootcamp — this is a day of fast painting and drawing covering all sorts of subjects.I’ll be giving you all sorts of tips to give new confidence and vibrancy to your work. Let me know beforehand if there is something in particular that you want to do and I’ll do my best to include it.
Also suitable for brave beginners.
WORKSHOP dates for 2021
• 16/17 October, Bootcamp, Central Coast Art Society ZOOM
#24 October, private zoom workshop 10-1, contact me
• 31 October, Portraits, Art Est School and Gallery ZOOM
6 November, Bootcamp, Royal Arts Society
#7 November, private zoom workshop 10-1, contact me
#14 November, private workshop 10-4, face to face, Chatswood, contact me
• 28 November, Drawing with Confidence, Art Est School and Gallery ZOOM
• 4 December, Drawing for Painting, Cilla Campbell...hopefully at Woollahra
#5 December, private zoom workshop10-1, contact me
JANUARY 8, dramatic INK and watercolour chooks and animals, Cilla Campbell
JANUARY 29, Travel Sketching, Royal Art Society
FEBRUARY 12, Drawing with Confidence, Cilla Campbell
FEBRUARY 20, Bootcamp, Kuringai Art Centre
FEBRUARY 27, Art Est School and Gallery
MARCH 19, Flowers and Trees Cilla Campbell
MARCH 27, Art Est School and Gallery
APRIL 24, Art Est School and Gallery
MAY 29, Art Est School and Gallery
JUNE 11, Aussie Birds, Cilla Campbell
JUNE 26, Art Est School and Gallery
JULY 31, Art Est School and Gallery
AUGUST 13, Seascapes and Landscapes, Cilla Campbell
AUGUST 28, Art Est School and Gallery
SEPTEMBER 25, Art Est School and Gallery
OCTOBER 15, Underwater life, Cilla Campbell
OCTOBER 30, Art Est School and Gallery
NOVEMBER 27, Art Est School and Gallery
PAINT: For all workshops I have the same materials list which includes SIX colours only and ARTISTS QUALITY only. I use this limited palette for everything I paint.
I use Windsor & Newton paint because I’m used to the way these colours mix. Other brands have slightly different ‘recipes’ for their colours which, surprisingly don't give quite the same results.
And please, don’t believe the advice from shop staff who will tell you that a similar colour is just as good! This is a tightly balanced limited palette of colours that you can mix endless variations with. I started in the 1980's with many beautiful tubes of glorious colours, and now I use just these.
• French Ultramarine
• Quinacridone MAGENTA
• Quinacridone GOLD
• Raw Sienna
• Burnt Sienna
• Cerulean Blue
BRUSHES need to be large round watercolour brushes with a fine point somewhere between size 12 and 18...not mop style brushes. Bunnings have perfect brushes in their craft section that are under $5 each.
PAPER needs to be bought from an art shop. The cheap stuff can be really dodgy and does not behave the way it should to give good results. I use A4 and A3 medium or smooth paper but bring what you like to use.
You’ll need a rag too. Not just paper towels.
And a decent sized water container. Not a jam jar. Something with a wider base that won’t topple over
Masking tape might be useful at times
And a pencil that's not too soft...or hard. You dont want your pencil lines to smudge or to leave a 'dent' in the paper
And an eraser which I will encourage you not to use until the end
This is a page in my demo book showing a quick landscape at the top and below, a travel sketch
Feathers are quick and beautiful to do. I pick them up whenever I see them
Quick self portrait done and the end of the Portraits workshop...everyone did one and were amazed at the results
One of my favourite workshops to give is ’Dogs, Cats and Pets’. They always make wonderful paintings. This is a quick demo on cartridge paper
This is a demo I did for ‘Introduction to Portraits’ workshop
Recent class exercise in composition using various images