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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 -

Sydney Royal Arts & Craft Show 2018

Posted Sunday, 25th March, 2018

Congratulations to the winners and all members who entered their work into the Sydney Royal Arts Competition at the Royal Easter Show this year - 2018.

CLASS 305: Traditional/Historical Folk Art
Annette De Jongh
1st Polish Wycinanki Box
Lorraine Wingfield 2nd Ukrainian Plate
Denise Townsend 3rd
Bauernmalerei Clock
CLASS 306: Decorative Floral
Christine Gordon-Smith
1st Our Hero's - World War 1
Lorraine Wingfield
2nd Floral Case
Aksiporn Ryan 3rd No title
Annete De Jongh HC Japanese Design Tea Box
CLASS 307: Australiana Themes
Christine Gordon-Smith
1st Flora & Fauna
Annette De Jongh
2nd Magpies
Lorraine Wingfield 3rd Australian Creamer Can

Congratulations to Chris Gordon-Smith achieving a Standard of Excellence Award for her entry in Class 307 - Australiana Themes.

The FDAA is a major supporter of Classes 305 to 307 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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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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