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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.

Sydney Royal Arts & Craft Show 2017

Posted Thursday, 6th April, 2017

Congratulations to the winners and all members who entered their work into the Sydney Royal Arts Competition at the Royal Easter Show this year.

CLASS 310: Traditional/Historical Folk Art
Lorraine Wingfield
1st Rosemaling Treasure
Virginia Howard 2nd Urn painted in Russian Folk Art
Annette De Jongh 3rd
Egyptian Decorated Casket
CLASS 311: Decorative Floral & other Folk Art
Christine Gordon-Smith
1st Flowers
Kaori Sasaki
2nd Kao's Rose Table
Denise Townsend 3rd Small Black Brass Bowl with Fruit
Regine Thompson HC Americana - Marina & Docks Tray
CLASS 312: Australiana Themes
Christine Gordon-Smith
1st Australiana Kero Bucket
Denise Townsend
2nd Small Coal Shuttle with Wildflowers
Lorraine Wingfield 3rd Coal Shuttle
Julie Price
HC Banjo Patterson 'Waltzing Matlida' Book like Box

Congratulations to Chris Gordon-Smith achieving a Standard of Excellence Award for her entry in Class 311 - Flowers.

The FDAA is a major supporter of Classes 310 to 312 in the Arts Competition at the Royal Easter Show. All members of the FDAA are eligible to enter this competition and we encourage participation.

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