Ok, you all know that I conduct classes and workshops at the gallery.
gallery67 is at 67 Goondoon St, Gladstone, Qld for those who are not aware, but that does not mean artists from throughout Australia are restricted by where I am.
Let me tell you a little about me as an artist.
I have been doing my art for as long as i can remember but actually putting it out there has been in the last 22+ years and as all artists know, it has not been an easy road.
I have been teaching (sharing my learnt knowledge) for about 5 years now and I get the best feeling when after a class or workshop, my students go out with a smile and a huge sense of achievement. I get just as much buzz as they do.
My policy with teaching art is to deliver as much knowledge about the medium being used and the techniques used. The techniques are largely common knowledge for the different mediums but explaining them to people does not always make it clear and so many tutors will leave strategic things out. I found in my experience, going to workshops,that the things ‘left’ out were the most important to get your head around what was being taught,so these are the things that I like to teach and by showing and then doing is the best way. Sure, it looks so easy when the tutor does it, but then applying the technique or step yourself is not easy at all.
Art and Art Techniques need constant practice. I have been where all my students are, but over the years and perseverance practicing over and over, it now comes naturally. Believe me when I say one day it ‘just “clicks’.
I am predominantly a Watercolourist. I just love the medium and have moved into the space where I am now the Master, meaning that I am in control not the watercolour. I know that sounds like a statement in a half but that is how you look at it after using this medium. No other medium gives the tranlucency and impact. Less is more with this medium and so many ‘overwork’ their pieces to the point it becomes just another painting.
I teach watercolour mostly but branch out into acrylic for a change and to show the difference to my students.
Mixed Media is also an exciting way of producing an art piece. Mixed Media is when any mix of mediums is used to create and the rules go out the window. It is a great way to experiment and push the boundaries of a painting. You usually end up with something absolutely brilliant or a disaster. All is not lost. Most paintings can be either over painted in another medium or just keep it as a lesson in what not to do.
In watercolour, the thing most in your mind is when to stop. That ‘just this little bit more’ is always the key to turining your piece into a master painting or loosing it. My instructions to students at this point where I can see it is going well is ‘ DON’T FIDDLE!!!!’
Below are examples of a mixed media ‘abstracted’ arrangement of different leaves to make a very pleasant pattern using colours that blend and compliment each other.
I class this as a beginner’s class and or workshop where the class will all produce a completed painting that they can feel great achievement and have heaps of fun putting it all together. It uses a layering technique using watercolour to build up each layer and drying in between so each colour used can be seen under the last. It uses wet in wet tequniques to difuse the colour and mix colour on the paper. It uses ink to define and add interest to the leaf subject matter and qouache to give the painting some extra punch with splashes of solid colour.
All this is done step by step to come to the final finished piece. I am always amazed by the different results everyone gets and the smiles as you show them what it looks like with a matt around it.
This is my joy and sence of achievement