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AGM & Awards of Excellence 2019

Posted Saturday, 16th February, 2019

A great AGM held at the fantastic venue of Checkers Resort and Conference Centre, Terrey Hills. Good company & old friends! Thanks to all the members who brave Saturday traffic & the road works around the new NBH.

Big thank you to Bernard Devaux for showing us an insight into his world of passionate pastels.

Sad time - saying goodbye to our President - Lorraine Wingfield, who is leaving us in NSW & moving with husband Ian to the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast's gain & our loss!! Lorraine will be sorely missed but we all wish her the very best for a wonderful new chapter in their lives.

Congratulations to all our Awards of Excellence Winners for 2019.

A great selection of some 16 pieces were entered into the 2019 Competition - a fantastic response by members. Once again a peer elected Member's Choice was also undertaken. Some great pieces of work by some very talented people were put up for judging this year. This competition is open to all members, yearly, regardless of experience - you have to be in it to win it!

The FDAA sincerely thanks all those members who support the Awards of Excellence competition each year as well as the judges who give of their time and expertise.

Coral Vangsnes 1st Rosemaling Style Salt & Pepper Mills
Virginia Howard
2nd Khokhloma Lidded Box
Jane McCracken HC Medieval Lumination Box
Denise Townsend
1st Jug with Man & Grapes
Sonia Tchiligirian
2nd Pelican & Shells Salt Box
Lorraine Wingfield
HC Flowers on Jewellery Box
Denise Townsend
Country Scene & gum blossoms, pine box
Sonia Tchilingirian 2nd Flannel Flowers & Lavender lidded box
Jane McCracken
1st Christmas Ribbon & Berries on tray
Cheryl Halliday HC Swiss box design on pine box
AGM Member's Choice
Lorraine Wingfield

Flowers on Jewellery Box

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.

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