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AGM & Awards of Excellence 2018

Posted Sunday, 18th February, 2018

A great AGM held at the fantastic venue of Checkers Resort and Conference Centre, Terrey Hills. Good company & old friends! Great to see Pip, Sandy & Glynne to name a few & massive thanks to those members who travelled from afar to be at the AGM.

Big thank you to Helen Cunningham for showing us an insight into her wonderful world of watercolour & travel painting.

Congratulations to all our Awards of Excellence Winners for 2018.

A great selection of some 16 pieces were entered into the 2018 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.

Denise Townsend 1st Bauernmalerei Clock
Annette De Jongh
2nd 'Polska' Chickens on lidded box
Lorraine Wingfield HC Ukrainian style plate - Blue bird and flowers
Laraine Palmer HC Bayeux Tapestry
Annette De Jongh
1st ‘Time Out’  (Ladies dining) - lidded box
Jane McCracken
2nd Nasturtiums on bentwood box
Lorraine Wingfield
HC Bright Florals on Beauty Case
Annette De Jongh
Native birds on lidded box
Jane McCracken
1st Owl design on album
Cheryl Halliday HC William Morris Design on Memory Box
AGM Member's Choice
Lorraine Wingfield

Ukrainian style plate - Blue bird and flowers

Christmas Meeting & Painting Day 2018

Posted Saturday, 25th November, 2017

Painting partridges on pears … what a relaxing way to close out another fantastic year of friendship & painting.

Thanks to Cheryl Halliday for guiding us through this cute & festive project. The painting was great, the food yummy, company easy going … lovely to see friends from afar - Newcastle, Crookwell & New Zealand. Big thanks to all those who supplied the festive fare today.

These Painting Days are just wonderful ... our program for 2018 is exciting & includes a Painting Weekend in September with Pam Jones so keep an eye out in your Newsletters & eNews.

Wishing all our members & friends a great run up to the festive season!

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October Painting Day with Kate Belton

Posted Saturday, 7th October, 2017

‘If you do not have a memory like an elephant, leave impressions like one.’~ Unknown

That’s exactly what 23 students attempted today, creating their impressions of a pachyderm under the expert tutelage of Kate Belton, and getting down & dirty with Derivan acrylic inks.

In a workshop where nothing is really incorrect, where freedom & fun with water & inks is the name of the game, it is a pleasure to sit back, enjoy & create. Kate’s generosity as a teacher is phenomenal & she once again unfailingly shared many of her tips & hints for using these wonderfully vibrant acrylic inks.

Kate is best known for her work painting with inks and mixed media on canvas as well as her teaching in the decorative arts and crafts. A self taught artist, she has spent the better part of two decades living and working at Lake Macquarie and has a studio, Tinkat Alley Art Studio at Fassifern. Check out her website -

Many thanks to Kate for travelling down today especially after opening night at Ocean Blue Gallery in Belmont.

Our next Painting Day is our Christmas Meeting, 25 November - bookings essential -

August Painting Day with Steve Underwood

Posted Saturday, 5th August, 2017

Another wonderful workshop with the ever lovely & talented Steve Underwood. 25 eager students readied themselves for another still-life challenge. Steve, who is one of the most generous & sharing teachers you could find, guided us through the project with ease. Trying to catch the transparency of that lovely whisky glass was a challenge. It was great to be able to reinforce skills learnt at previous workshops with Steve especially his loose style & his preference for soft edges. You can’t help but be dragged along in the enthusiasm of a teacher who still finds delight in new techniques/colour hues especially when they result from the unexpected discovery, and when they are so keen to share them with you! A great day all round with brilliant results by each & every student.

Steve has become a regular on our Painting Day program. It is always such a pleasure to have him with us. There is not a student who isn’t challenged & delighted by his workshops! Big thanks again Steve for another fantastic workshop!

Special thanks to Lorraine Wingfield who organises these Painting Days. Lorraine was out of action today. All FDAA members wish her a speedy recovery from her recent op!

Our next Painting Day is October 7 with Kate Belton ... all welcome!

June Painting Day with Liebby Elias

Posted Saturday, 3rd June, 2017

FDAA Painting Day Report Liebby Elias

A great day was had by 16 enthusiastic painters under the tutelage of Liebby Elias on Sat. 3rd June. Canvasses ranged in size from A4 size to absolutely enormous. The project was mixed media and first we started cutting up scrapbook paper for our Papillon that found us all out of our painting comfort zone!

Amazing how everybody had different papers and achieved different effects with the grey scale background. All the projects looked great especially when paint and a bit of bling were added.

The products used were provided by Derivan and versatile and easy to use.

It was a fun, relaxing painting day. Everybody was full of support for the FDAA shop and the incredible bargains and nobody went home empty handed!

Thanks to all the members who participated in this fun day and to Liebby for her creative workshop & guidance.

Our next Painting Day will be on Saturday August 6 with guest artist Steve Underwood.

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