DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2015:

  2nd June – Demonstration by Madeleine Szymanski: Collagraphs  14th June – Art in the Park 4th/5th July – Workshops with Judith White –  Mixed Media Contemporary Australian Landscape 18th Agust-24th August – Old Fire Station 29th July – All entries, with fees, must be received for Annual Exhibition. 26th August – Bump in day for Annual Exhibition 28th August – Opening Night Annual Exhibition 6th September – Exhibition closes 12.00 22nd September – Demonstration by Julie Goldspink (To be advised) 23rd – 24th September – Workshop with Julie Goldspink – Getting the best out of Still Life, any medium 25th September – Workshop with Julie Goldspink – Underwater Scene with Mixed  Media and Watercolour. 8th December – 15th December – Old Fire...

CLASS NEWS:

WATERCOLOUR CLASS TERM 3: Contact Kathy Karas if you would like to do watercolours with her, Thursday mornings in Term 3.. Print Making 2015 Elizabeth Nowlan and John Hinks have been meeting at the Coach House each Monday morning and have produced some beautiful work. COST is $5  per day. If you feel you would like more information or would like to come along please give Lesley Hetherington a call on 42332708.       Life Drawing Vacancies   We have some places available for Life Drawing next term. The group meets at the Scout Hall, Kiama each Wednesday afternoon for 3 hours of self directed drawing or painting from the human form. If you are interested please give Tony Hull (Ph.42639953) a call...

REVIEW: Mirjana Psakis Demonstration

On Tuesday, 7th April, members and guests of Kiama Art Society were not only treated to an excellent demonstration of how to execute a portrait painting from sketch to completion, but also given an educative journey in painting techniques and art practice guidelines. Mirjana Psakis, a self-taught oil painter, was inspired to concentrate her art practice on portraiture, after a memorable visit to an Archibald Exhibition. To further complement her art practice and develop her style, Mirjana studied under South Australian artist John Lacey, whose artwork she admired, a well as attending a semester at The Julian Ashton School of Art. Mirjana’s monochromatic portrait demonstration commenced with the detailing of her tools of choice. Small, medium and large palette knives and watercolour brushes (to be used for oil & acrylic painting), a glass palette, (backed with black cloth to ensure the paint pigments can be viewed with realistic hues), odourless turps and an accompanying colour palette of: French Ultramarine, Cad Yellow, Cad Red, Pthalo Blue, Permanent Rose and White to be applied to smooth canvas paper. (Smooth being better for palette knife application) The initial portrait sketch of the “British as a Bowler” portrait was drawn in graphite pencil and then under-painted with acrylics. (Atelier Acrylic slowing Medium added to aid wet on wet & blending) Mirjana emphasized the helpfulness of eradicating the white background of portrait paintings early on in the process, this assisting the future tint and tone mixing/selections for the subject, without having the stark brightness of white dominating. She stated that the colour choice of the background is representational of the persona of the portrait sitter. As is...

NORFOLK ISLAND EXPERIENCE

With thoughts remaining of the sun drenched golden sands of Emily Bay to the endless variety of green hues of the Palm Glen and Norfolk Pine forests, we have arrived back home leaving a bit of our heart behind on the beautiful Norfolk Island.                                                                                                Ken Tucker’s en plein art group spent a wonderful week of creating art, happy snapping at every turn, immersing in culture, partaking of fine dining and enjoying each other’s and the locals’ companionship. Whilst basking in the ambience of this gentle, picturesque atoll we were always mindful of the sad history that underlies all that exists there. Ruins that silently narrate past stories of violence and courage now provided interesting architectural and still life subject matter for us all to paint. Norfolk, with its endless natural beauty of dramatic coastline, presented a constant challenge for the selection of en plein setups; too many choices and so much beauty in the diversity of sea, land, & mountain scapes. Home, Kiama, was always briefly in spirit with us, not only with the visual familiarity of the Norfolk pines, but the familiar breezes (or occasional gales) as they presented. But our gums were noticeably absent as, in every “colour of the rainbow”,  the Norfolk  “Hibiscuses” added vibrant tones to the verdant blankets. And tropical palms of every genus provided secret hideaways...
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