Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Hamilton Road Studio - some places available

Term 3 2016
July 13th to September 17th

Available places
There are a couple of places available for this term:
Thursday mornings - one place
Friday mornings - one place
Please leave a comment or send me an email to inquire and/or enroll.

Blue & white Japanese teacup - watercolour on paper

Hamilton Road Studio, McDowall, 4053 Brisbane

Weekly classes:
Wednesday:   6.00pm to 9.00pm
Thursday:         9.00am to 12.00pm
Friday :             9.00am to 12.00pm

 Saturday:       8.00am to 11.00am
  • The classes are small with a maximum of six artists. This allows for personal investigation and exploration. 
  • The Studio accommodates both beginners and advanced students.
  • Please note that Studio classes are suitable for adults.
  •  Classes include the following: Drawing – charcoal, graphite, water-soluble pencils, pen & ink. Painting in watercolours, acrylics and oils.

Minimum enrollment is for a 4 week block with payment in advance for the block or for the term (usually 10 lessons)

Please contact me at for:
  • more information about the Studio and classes
  • if you would like to be added to the waiting list for a particular day
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Monday, 25 July 2016

Holiday in Tasmania - sketchbooks and materials

I've been back home for two weeks - why do holidays fly past so quickly?

When planning the trip, just as important as warm gear for the cold weather is deciding what art equipment to take. I knew The Perfect Sketchbook with Fabriano Artistico would be on the list. Then I added a Fabriano watercolour block, and then a cold press Canson block. (Yes, I know, way too many and I never got to use the large one!)

Here's a list of the rest...
 Schmincke watercolour travel boxes x 2 - one large and one small
Tubes of gouache (didn't use any!)
Pencil/pen wrap
Pink bag with spray bottle; sponge in a zip lock bag; small water bottle (specimen bottle - they don't leak!); waterbrush and small Schminke palette 
Tote bag
Cap - didn't wear once - beanie weather!
Faber Castell Collapsible water jar

If you would like to see all my sketching gear here's a short video:


When on holiday I like to write about my travels as much as I like to sketch so finding the right book to use is important. Years ago, I would have a small A6 hardcover black book as a travel journal and then carry a separate sketchbook as well. Then gradually I realised that I wanted a combination, and all in one book. It seemed wasteful to use watercolour paper for writing and yet flimsy paper wouldn't be any good for sketches. Then, while looking through some old sketchbooks I remembered the Daler Rowney Ebony sketchbooks. I bought a landscape A5 format, 150gsm and at the price I could afford to be extravagant with my use of pages of travel journaling. The paper although it's the same weight as the Stillman & Birn Alpha, it's not quite as nice for watercolour but at half the cost that's a small trade off.

So the sketchbook has been a lovely way to capture the story of my holiday in words and sketches.  
Since returning I've been doing some quick ink and watercolour sketches from photos taken during my visit to Tasmania. I'm so pleased that I always take an overload of images because I then have plenty of inspiration to work and can re-visit the places.
Rock formations on the Tasman Peninsula - ink and watercolour

I'm going to continue with this format book as a daily journal/sketchbook. This way the sketchbook can be a place to think things through, try new ideas and not become too precious about using up good paper

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Making videos

I’ve been playing around with making a few videos – it’s a steep learning curve.
It so happened that the management of my unit decided that today was the day for cleaning the brickwork on the driveways around the complex, so I had the wonderful music of the power washer all morning.

Then, he took a break so I decided to try a short demo. I spent the best part of 10  minutes  doing some demo brush stokes only to find that “record” had not been pressed! Oh dear – back to the drawing board.

Anyway, this short clip is from my recent watercolour portrait for Sktchy. I’ve added some images and titles so at last I’m getting to grips with the medium.

Sp pleased to have another Sktchy pick 

There's no music yet. I don't know about you but I find a lot of music that accompanies most instruction videos to be annoying. 
Please let me know what you think.
Do you like music?