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April Painting Day with Laraine Palmer

Posted Saturday, 1st April, 2017

A great start to our Painting Days for 2017 with this great project based on the amazing Bayeux Tapestry. 
A little bit of background to this piece revealed that the Bayeux Tapestry is not an actual tapestry ... it is not woven. It consists of fine linen of unequal length, embroidered with woollen yarn. Some 70 metres long & 50 metres wide, the pictures on the 'tapestry' are stitched with yarn of eight different colours, in stem stitch & blanket stitch.
Replicating the texture of the panel featured in the Laraine's 1066 Pub sign was going to be interesting. Laraine's clever interpretation of the design started with the background prep which created the look of distressed & aged linen & combined the use of small strokes over the major blocks of colour in the design to depict the embroidery strokes.
It was a clever challenge in what looked like a relatively simple workshop piece. One that was enjoyed by all who attended on the day. Laraine's fuller panel was stunning but the results achieved with this smaller Pub Sign were individual & great!
Sincere thanks to Laraine for her skilled tutorage especially as she had only had 24 hours back in Australia after a quick 8 day trip to Hong Kong with Lorraine & Genevieve!
Our next Painting Day is on Saturday 3 June with guest artist Liebby Elias ... bookings essential -

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IntoCraft Live - 2 to 5 March 2017

Posted Sunday, 5th March, 2017


March 2 to 5 saw the FDAA return to the old Sitches & Craft Show venue of Rosehill Racecourse.
A new name - Stitches is now known as IntoCraft Live - and the venue having had a recent update which featured brand new carpet set the scene for a promising few days.
In came a painting workshop using Derivan Flow Acrylics & some wary teachers praying that the only place paint landed was on the project piece and not on the carpet!!!
The project was a fun seaside themed string of bunting featuring five flags of stencilling & creative strokes.
A big success with attendees ... sad to say numbers were slightly down this year but the enthusiasm of the students certainly made up for it.
Big thanks has to go out to Lorraine, Kathy, Leonie, Ruth, Ann, Liebby & Phillippa FDAA members who volunteered their time so generously to help out at the event.


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AGM & Awards of Excellence 2017

Posted Saturday, 18th February, 2017

A great AGM held at the fantastic venue of Checkers Resort and Conference Centre, Terrey Hills. Good company, great food and an insightful look at art - its presence in Mosman as a destination to paint, the amazing collections of works held in the Mosman Gallery & the impact the Mosman Art Prize - - has had throughout the years with Virgina Howard.

Congratulations to all our Awards of Excellence Winners for 2017.

A great selection of some 18 pieces were entered into the 2017 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.


Virgina Howard 
1st Khokhloma Bowl
Annette De Jongh
2nd Penn Dutch Box
Jane McCracken HC Red Tray
Denise Townsend 1st Tin Bowl
Regine Thompson
2nd Seaside Tray
Annette De Jongh
HC Storks on Heangonal Box
Densie Townsend
Gum Blossum, Flannel Flowers & Dragon Fly
Cheryl Halliday
2nd Waratah, Flannel Flowers on Tin
Lorraine Wingfield HC Waratahs, Wattle on metal Jug
Virginia Howard
1st Partridge & Coloured Pencils
Leonie Brennan 2nd
Star Santa
AGM Member's Choice
Regine Thompson

Seaside Tray

Derivan Open Day 2016

Posted Saturday, 15th October, 2016

Love these days & this one did not disappoint.

Big thanks goes to all the guys at Derivan who grease the wheels & make it all happen with ease. Special mention to Steve Patterson, David McLachlan & Eliza McInnes who continue to offer the FDAA such wonderful support & generosity - nothing is too much trouble !

Even though the crowds were a little down, the creative drive was in full flight today. Old friends, new creative spirits and an appreciative public really made for a great vibe. The FDAA's watercolour pencil workshop was a success. Definitely no stress, almost mediative & very enjoyable. If you enjoy the trend of adult colouring, the Derivan Watercolour Pencils can certainly enhance the experience especially on the heavier paper weight colouring books that are coming on the market.

Open Days such as Derivan's are few & far between. Any artist can benefits from the shared information about various products & experience different creative techniques. Time to add a visit onto your list!

October Painting Day with Steve Underwood

Posted Saturday, 8th October, 2016

What an absolute gem of a day ... blue skies, warm weather & a whole day of painting with the talented Steve Underwood. 13 eager students readied themselves for the still-life challenge. Steve, who is one of the most generous & sharing teachers you could find, guided us through the project with ease & we all found ourselves catching the ‘look’ of that shiny silver jug in the still life arrangement. It was great to reinforce skills learnt at previous workshops with Steve but also challenge & learn new skills, techniques and hear insights into Steve’s artistic world. You can’t help but be dragged along in the enthusiasm of a teacher who still finds delight in new techniques especially when they result from the unexpected discovery, and is 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! Steve is moving into portraits whilst continuing to dabble in still life & of course his great landscapes. Big thanks again Steve for another fantastic workshop!

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