Clare Valley Portrait Prize Delivery

My helpers and I dropped my paintings into the Clare Valley Wine, Food & Tourism Centre today for the Clare Valley Portrait Prize, a small local competition where you are encouraged to paint someone that you know.

Featuring Willow and Gemima of course painted in Derivan Matisse acrylic ink plus my amazing sensei Richard from International Sessendo painted in Derivan Matisse Fluid Acrylic.

Willow and Gemima with their portraits

Richard

Paint and Plonk at Balaklava Courthouse Gallery

A big thank you to the Balaklava Courthouse Gallery for inviting me to be a part of their fundraiser last week with a Paint and Plonk event.

There was a lot of fun and laughter with great food and wine while being surrounded by fantastic paintings for inspiration.

Beautifully vibrant wine glasses and vases of flowers were created in acrylic ink.

As always, I love to see the variety of paintings that come from the same idea. Well done everyone!

Work in progress

Wine Glass Paintings

Vase Paintings

Paint and Plonk at Wild Saffron May 2019

We had fantastic time at Wild Saffron with our Paint and Plonk event featuring Owls and Pussycats (and dogs for those not feeling the cat vibe).

As always, the food was delicious and plentiful and there was lots of fun and laughter.

Everyone created the artworks in their individual styles by getting creative with colours etc. using the vibrant artist quality Derivan Matisse acrylic ink.

Owl

Cats and Dogs

Completed Paintings

Art Sale at Rotary Art Show

It’s always nice to make a sale of an artwork so I was really pleased when ‘Cottonhead’ sold, especially as he went to friends.

The sale was even sweeter as the Rotary Art Show in Clare raises money for the community with the money from entries and the commission from sales.

Rotary Sale

Paint and Plonk at Peter Lehmann Wines April 2019

Another fun day at Peter Lehmann Wines for Paint and Plonk.

For this event the first painting was inspired by ‘Eight Songs for a Mad King’ (a favourite of Peter Lehmann) and the second painting was of a magpie which are often found around the winery.

As usual we used artist quality, Australian made Derivan Matisse acrylic inks.

Each painting is just a guideline with the opportunity for individual creativity by changing colours, style or subject as you will see from the photos. Even those who use the suggested colours still have their own style coming through which is always lovely to see.

Griffin

Dead magpie

Completed Paintings

Leafy Sea Dragon Paintings

Another day of having fun with kids from the local primary school. This time I was with a younger class creating leafy sea dragon paintings.

The kids loved using ‘grown up’ brushes, pens and paints. Here are some photos of their fantastic works in progress.

Leafy Seadragon 1

Leafy Seadragon 2

Leafy Seadragon 3

Pop-up Kitchen Garden Painting

I was asked to visit the local primary school to join one of the classes in a painting activity.

This term they have been learning about kitchen gardens which was a fun theme to work with.

The kids loved using the vibrant acrylic inks to bring their drawings to life. After cutting out their completed paintings a stand was added which created a really beautiful pop-up effect.

Kitchen Garden Paintings

Merlo Visits Art Group

It’s not often we get such a special visitor to art group in an evening.

Merlo the cat kept us entertained with his antics while we painted and chatted.

He loved the peacock feathers and even tried moving brushes around in the paint water.

What a cutie!

Merlo

Merlo and peacock feathers

Today, despite the heat, we had a fun Paint and Plonk event at Bungaree Station.

Vicky and Charlie did an amazing job providing a great venue and delicious local food and wine.

What a beautiful place to visit with so much interesting history as it was established in 1841.

Working and laughing

Bungaree Station