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Steve Underwood Painting Day

Posted Saturday, 6th October, 2018

Many thanks once again go out to Lorraine Wingfield for taking on the job of photographer & report writer for today’s Painting Day.

‘Another fantastic day’s painting with Steve Underwood held today at St Ives. Seventeen ladies braved the dreadful weather, including the Newcastle ladies, and not long after we started that sun came out.Lots of lovely light for our Sydney Harbour painting. Everyone was amazed to find the first part painted was the Harbour Bridge & the sky came later. All the students had a different perspective on what we were painting but the end results were superb. One thing about landscape painting - the further back you stand the better it looks!

Steve was as usual very patient & with his use of Matisse Structure paint, makes everything seem so easy.We are very lucky to have him come so far to teach us … Lorraine’

Pam Jones Painting Weekend

Posted Sunday, 16th September, 2018

What a way to spend the weekend ... painting with Pam Jones learning new techniques. 22 students joined together at the Forest Community Arts Centre to do just that! They came from Sydney, down from north of Sydney, across the pond from New Zealand & seven joined us from SA!

Day 1 - Swirls, dots were the order of today with a traditional Berchtesgadener pattern for a round box. The pattern was adapted by members to suit a variety of round shapes including plates. Wonderfully repetitive a great project to start the weekend!

Day 2 - Refreshed & ready to go! What a difference 24 hours make from 34 degrees yesterday to 17 degrees today. Today's project - painted Pietra dura. Some wonderful techniqies that replicated the stone & marble used in the  traditional inlay work of the 16 century.

Pam has always been a most generous teacher with a wealth of tips & hints to overcome the challenges of these traditional pieces. We can't thank her enough for coming down to Sydney and conducting the two workshops over the weekend; especially with her lost voice & bug. Safe travels back home & we look forward to painting together in the future!

August Painting Day with Kathy Dall'Amico

Posted Saturday, 4th August, 2018

A fabulous day of mixed media for 25 ladies under the excellent tutoring of Kathy.

Everybody was supplied with a kit of high quality serviettes, sayings, glue and so many instruction notes. We even had an added bonus gift of one of Kathy’s cards as a thank you for doing her class. The students started out separating and ripping up beautiful serviettes to make our basic pattern and then stencilling and painting and lots of layering to create a masterpiece. The birds looked so effective and lots of bright colours to create a very modern look. It certainly was a great class and so organised.

Huge thanks go to Kathy for giving her time to teach us this great project.

These Painting Days are a rarity ... we have access to an amazing array of talented artists ready to step up & guide us through some wonderful projects. Come along & join us - members & non-members are welcome!

June Painting Day with Janette Newman

Posted Saturday, 2nd June, 2018

A cold & blustery day saw 17 students welcoming a day with a new brush & painting technique. Under the gentle tutelage of Janette Newman, we delved into the world of Chinese brushwork & painting.
Grappling with the vagaries of the Chinese paintbrush, Janette lead the class through a series of exercises to help gain familiarity with our new brushes, as well as some of the strokes & effects the brush could achieve. Though similar to the brush used for watercolour painting in the West, it has a finer tip suitable for dealing with a wide range of subjects and for producing the variations in line required by different styles. 
Our first stumbling efforts were on rice paper (also know as Chinese paper), a surface that was surprising tough, using Matisse Acrylic Ink. Traditional Chinese artists use a special black ink (mo) that is said to contain “infinite gradations of colour.” This ink is made from a mixture of burnt pine soot and glue that is moulded into an ink-stick.
Once the black ink was applied, watercolour was used to softly suggest colour. Chinese painting has five categories:* Shan Shui or landscape painting, water, mountain, sky - we tackled this by practicing the painting of rocks * Ren Wu or figure painting, primarily people.* Quin Shou or animals, birds and insects.* Hua Hui or flowers and blossoms - several of the exercises during the day involved flowers* Hua Niao or a combination of flowers and birds.
A great day learning a new technique & new tool - the Chinese brush is a simple & clever tool that is used differently to the traditional folk art paintbrush. When executed with masterful technique, a single ink brushstroke is capable of conveying vitality, delicacy, and contemplation — the essence of Chinese philosophy and spirit. It is this “life force” or qi (pronounced chee) that the artist aspires to capture and express through brush painting.
Many thanks to Janette for her teaching & her patience. The FDAA Painting Day are a brilliant way of stretching your art in good company.

Our next Painting Day is August 4 with guest artist Kathy Dall’Amico who will take us through a mixed media project.

April Painting Day with Chris Gordon-Smith

Posted Saturday, 7th April, 2018

Flaming Flamingos … another hot Saturday spent in a cooled environment painting with the wonderful Chris Gordon-Smith.
A delightful project painting three graceful flamingos. Bright, happy & on trend at the moment. Some 25 students with their best artistic hats on, had heads down creating this wonderful piece. Mostly painted on canvases each one took on their own unique characteristics - always surprising!!
It was great to have friends from a far join us - Lore, Susan & Margaret down from Newcastle; old friends Lorrie & visitors - Ann, Thelma & Vicki who are students of Liebby!

At the General Meeting prior to painting we discovered that Lorraine our current President is resigning from her role as President & on the Committee effective from the next AGM in 2019. We continually need members to consider joining the Committee to assist in distributing the workload involved with the running of various FDAA activities. Sincere thanks goes to Lorraine for all her efforts & enthusiasm for the FDAA - she has been a dynamic force. There is no doubt that she will enjoy the opportunity to just come, paint & socialise at our regular Painting Days in the future when she finally steps down.

Sincere thanks to Chris Roy for all her tutelage during this workshop. Chris is a generous & sharing teacher. Her workshops are always enjoyable & rewarding experiences! Check out Chris's Facebook page for all her updates on projects & workshops -

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