CENTRAL COAST BUS TRIP
By all accounts, the Central Coast Bus Trip on Saturday 18th November was a great success with 28 participants enjoying the exhibitions at the three venues. So, it’s due to Reg Baty’s suggestion and organisation of this event, that the Society also made a $340 profit to help pay for the materials used in the fit-out of the Joe Donkin Room.
PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN THE SNOW
Some of our adventurous members joined a plein air group to paint in the snow, out of Jindabyne, and got more than they bargained for. A cold snap dumped falls of snow at Charlotte Pass and Dead Horse Gap over a couple of days and nights before they visited these places to paint, and there were some frozen fingers and, in one case, a leg brace requirement resulting from a tumble in the ice and snow, loaded with the paraphernalia we tend to carry. This painting business does have its hazards!
Workshop with Lorna Ballantyne Epps
Vibrant colour was happening all around when Lorna Ballantyne Epps ran an Alcohol Inks workshop at the Society Rooms on Sunday 1th September. Everyone came away with a number of lovely pieces as well as receiving a frame for their favourite.
Guest artist, Mr Jim Woodbury conducted a critique of members’ paintings again for us at our monthly meeting night on 29 August. Jim said he was “too kind” at the previous critique and warned us to be ready for some really critical comments on this occasion— that’s not in his nature, and some of us suspected a prior arrangement when he launched into his good friend Ron (Joe) Donkin over a portrait sketch. All was redeemed, nonetheless, when he turned to an oil landscape of Joe’s of a quality we are more accustomed to seeing from this well-experienced painter (bottom right) !
It was an excellent night, with some interesting works subjected to Jim’s learned analysis. He has a gentle way of bringing out the successes and, in some cases, failings, that we all learn from. Thank you for a good job again, Jim.
May 16 Jacky Pearson Watercolour Workshop
Jacky joined us for another workshop this year with the topic yet to be decided. Whatever Jacky teaches, she imparts a great deal of knowledge about the subject, complete with 3D models of cars, waves and clouds etc. There is always something new to learn.
Painters @ Mudgee
Please click here to see some photos of some of our members enjoying the beautiful autumn conditions at Mudgee in May
Some of our members enjoying some apres plein air painting at Moonan Flat recently
LAMBTON PARK MARKETS
Once again, the Society had a stall at the markets in Lambton Park. Lots of visitors came to the stall during the day and also walked across the park to visit the rooms, which were lo open. Many with an interest in joining took away information about the Society with an interest in joining.
The president rendered
At a recent session of the Monday morning portrait group, the President, Hugh Cross stepped in to fill the gap left by a sick model. It was very interesting to see the variations on just one face!
Landscapes in acyrlics by Marijke Greenway
In Marijke Greenway's acyrlics workshop in early March, she demonstrated her powerful and engaging techique in capturing the essence of the great Aussie outback.
Rosalind Robertson Contemporary Landscapes in Acrylics
Members enjoyed Rosalind's modern direct approach to capturing the essence of coastal scenes at her two day workshop in June in our rooms.