Lilium Painting

Sometimes inspiration for a painting can come from the nicest places.

My mother-in-law grew this beautiful lilium then my 9 year old daughter took a stunning photo of it.

Lilium Photo

Using Derivan sepia with just a touch of magenta and burnt sienna I started to build up the layers.

Lilium in Progress

After a few sittings the painting is finally complete.


Paint and Plonk at Peter Lehmann Wines February 2019

What a fantastic day to head out to the beautiful Barossa Valley and spend some creative time with a lovely group of people.

This was the second Paint and Plonk event at Peter Lehmann Wines.

This time the theme was birds. The kookaburra painting was for the family of kookaburras on the property (there was even one sitting on the sign as I arrived!). Willie wagtails are also found in the area so they made a nice addition to the wine painting featuring a bottle from the Art ‘n’ Soul collection.

Peter Lehmann Wines Entrance

Hard at work



First Paint and Plonk at Peter Lehmann Wines

This is the first in a series of Paint and Plonk events at Peter Lehmann Wines in the Barossa Valley. Everyone enjoyed their fantastic wine along with delicious platters.

We used Derivan Matisse artist quality acrylic inks to create splashy wine glasses and fun jazz dancers.

Everyone had the opportunity to personalise their artworks to make their masterpieces very individual.

Peter Lehmann Paint and Plonk

Jazz Dancers

Wine Glasses

Smiling Faces

Visiting the Picasso Exhibition in Adelaide

I took my daughters, Willow and Gemima, to have a look at the Picasso exhibition at the art gallery while in Adelaide.

Picasso Artwork

There are some very interesting prints and one bright blue sculpture that deviates from his usual style.

Grover Display

Both girls had a go at sketching their toys after looking at the artworks.

Creating Artworks

Art Group Christmas Celebration

Every year The Journey Studio’s Art Group celebrates Christmas together with a shared lunch, Kris Kringle presents and lots of laughs and wine.

It’s always a good time to get a bit silly before we take a break over the holiday period.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Art Group Christmas

Paint and Plonk Cheeky Hen’s Celebration

Today we were in Adelaide for a private party to celebrate Jade’s upcoming wedding with a Hens High Tea and Paint & Plonk. As usual we used Derivan Matisse artist quality inks with step-by-step tutorials.

The paintings selected were a hen and The Statue of David for something a little bit cheeky. There is plenty of room for interpretation which made for some quirky David paintings.

What a fun group. You all did amazing work.

Hen Paintings

Painting David

The Bride and her David



Surprise Paint and Plonk Hen’s Celebration

It was a cold and wet spring day here in Clare but at Eldredge Wines we had the heaters on keeping us warm and fantastic views with a few visiting kangaroos. The wine was flowing with delicious food and lots of fun and laughs.

Meg Mader with Paint and Plonk Group

Today was a surprise Paint & Plonk event for Liz with a gorgeous bunch of ladies visiting for the day.

We started with peacocks for the first painting and then moved onto Liz’s dog Minx.

Painting Minx


Completed Paintings


Paint and Plonk at Sevenhill Hotel

What a fantastic day we had at the Sevenhill Hotel in their cellar (surrounded by Clare Valley wine) painting flowers and magpies for our spring themed Paint and Plonk.

Step by step tutorials were provided by and as always we used artist quality Derivan Matisse Acrylic Inks.

Everyone enjoyed drinks and fantastic food with their painting to help the creativity flow.

Sevenhill Painting Vases

Sevenhill Painting Magpies

Derivan Open Day

We’ve had a fantastic time travelling to Sydney so I could be a part of the Derivan Open Day as one of the demonstrating artists. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet the staff, other artists and visitors.PaintingMeg and Eliza

It’s nice to know that the products I love so much are not only Australian made and owned but use environmentally friendly practices when making their products

I even had a little bit of time to catch up with Picasso!Hanging with Picasso