Clare Valley Portrait Prize Sponsorship 2018

The Journey Studio is proud to continue our support of the Clare Valley Portrait Prize in 2018.

The Clare Valley Portrait Prize is open to artists in the Clare Valley and surrounding districts painting portraits from life with the subject known to the artist. Prize money exceeds $1500.

The opening of the exhibition will be on Wednesday 27th of June at the Clare Valley Wine Food and Tourism Centre, 8 Spring Gully Road, Clare from 5pm.

Portraits are available for sale.

Clare Valley Wine Food and Tourism CentreClare Valley Portrait Prize Sponsors

Paint and Plonk at Sevenhill Hotel 26th November 2017

The Journey Studio Paint and Plonk at Sevenhill Hotel 26 Nov 2017Relax amongst the quality selection of Clare Valley wines in the historic Sevenhill Hotel Cellar as you create with Derivan Matisse ink.

Paint and Plonk is a fun and relaxing way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

No artistic experience is necessary just a sense of fun!

Your ticket for $45 includes:

Use of The Journey Studio art materials on the day
Step-by-step tutorial with local artist Meg Mader
Two amazing artworks to take home

Where: Sevenhill Hotel, Main North Road, Sevenhill South Australia
When: 26th November 2017
Time: 3.00pm-6.00pm

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Paint and Plonk coming soon!

Paint and Plonk with The Journey Studio

The Journey Studio will be holding their first ever Paint and Plonk event on Friday, 20th October from 6pm – 9pm, upstairs at Wild Saffron.

A chance to unleash your creative side over a glass, or more, of wine. No artistic experience is necessary, just a sense of fun!

The three hour session includes use of all art materials, step-by-step tutorial and two artworks to take home.


‘A Joyful Bunch’ sold within 3 hours at Starlight Jewellery and D’Vine Art Gallery

A Joyful Bunch by Meg Mader The Journey Studio‘A Joyful Bunch’ was inspired by a flower arrangement by local florist Dianne from A Joyful Bunch. I just loved the arrangement and with her permission made it into a painting using acrylic ink and pen on watercolour paper.

I dropped this painting into Starlight Jewellery and D’Vine Art today and within 3 hours it was sold! Thanks Dan.

Dan has recently taken over the business and has some wonderful plans for the future of the shop. Make sure you drop in and say ‘hi’, check out the other wonderful things in store and maybe even take something home.

I have more art on display in store with more to be added soon.

Owl with Attitude sold on Bluethumb

Owl with Attitude by Meg Mader The Journey StudioOwl with Attitude’ has been sold!

I recently listed this painting on Bluethumb and before long it found a new home in the ACT.

This was a wonderful painting to create. It is big, bright and definitely has it’s own character. What started off as a normal(ish) brown owl suddenly became this multi-coloured madness. The painting definitely led me and not the other way around.

To see the process, check out the post below…

Owl with Attitude – the process

Owl with Attitude by Meg Mader The Journey Studio

Here is my new painting ‘Owl with Attitude’ and the process of how it progressed. This is one of my larger paintings at 48cm x 48cm and is currently available on Bluethumb.

This was so much fun to create as I was in a bit of a quirky mood at the time and let the painting lead me. The result…a rainbow owl. Fantastic!

Click on each image to see more detail:


  1. A light sketch to get the right shape
  2. Small amounts of colour
  3. Blocking in more colour to see the owl start to emerge
  4. A little bit of pink to add some warmth (this is where things started to change from boring brown)
  5. I loved using the pink so much that other colours just started calling to me
  6. More layers of colour to bring out the eyes and add character



The Magpie – a stubborn bird that didn’t give up

The Magpie work in progressI have been working on a magpie painting with an idea in my head of how it should look. It was a disaster!

Nothing seemed to be going right with my painting but after some encouragement to continue, I went in slightly different direction and was really happy with the result.

After posting the painting on Facebook, it sold that same night.

Ah…the magic of social media!

The Magpie

‘What the…?’ sold at Galah Gala for SALA

Meg from The Journey Studio with sold galah paintingThe Linhay Gallery in Auburn had a great idea for an exhibition ‘Galah Gala for SALA’. The galah theme proved to be a lot of fun with galah curtains to walk through at the entrance, galah noises within the gallery with galah cupcakes, a live galah to chat to while looking at all of the galah inspired artworks. I’m sure you get the idea…

Two of my artworks were on display during the month with the larger one, ‘What the…?’, selling before the opening event. It was very exciting to walk into the opening and see a red dot beneath my painting.