50 Shades of Grey. A term of Tone

This is a Diebenkorn still life to give us inspiration for next term starting on August 4th we will start off with a tonal study in grey and white in grisaille.Learning how to manage getting tones in the right relationship to one another. for those who have already done this many times they can do […]


landscape revisited

This was a term for thick paint and huge gestures!! i wanted to get everyone into the idea of slathering on loads of paint so they started working into a fluid ground. Quite difficult with acrylic but possible with loads of paint  thick medium and retarder. A trip to the Botanical gardens to gather some […]


notes for term 2: evoke not simply document

Here , paraphrased, are some notes(from Gerda Leenards) on accessing the emotional response to landscape “Landscape” implies an outside view- it is “picturesque” and removes you from what you are seeing. We want to transcend the mode of simply looking at a landscape. The emotive qualities are important and the subject is only part of […]



Term 2 will see us return to looking at  the landscape through a number of different lens; First day we will meet at the hall on day one START DATES :11th and 12th May and work from some photo reference that i already have of the BOTANICAL GARDENS MANUREWA..acquainting ourselves with the  gardens and running […]


A figure term with Euan Uglow

Mary Findlay Jo Turner   Margaret Neale  Mary Findlay Pam Bell Pat Shepheard Trish Cheng Wendy Selkirk We were very lucky with our lovely model Sarah who was an excellent model and really got into Euan Uglow’s   way of doing things. It was interesting for me to see just what people picked up from […]



Two days workshop using the grisaille under painting technique and we came up with some amazing portraits We  got over the hump of difficulty with portraits which is the drawing and enlarged our images and traced them then set about making fully resolved tonal underpaintings in paynes grey and white The colour was then laid […]


TERM 1 2015 working from the model

Term 1 we have a great model called Sarah Campus who is a dancer as well as a life mode lso she will give us some interesting poses. I think we should have a good look at Euan Uglow for inspiration this term lets see if we can  set up an environment similar to one […]


PORTRAIT WORKSHOP Feb 3rd and 4th 2015

On Tuesday  3rd and Wednesday 4th of February we will be having a two day intensive portrait workshop. Working from photographic reference of your chosen subject we will  paint  in the grisaille method of tonal underpainting and colour glazes applied later If you or any one you know are interested in doing this workshop let […]


Reflections and distortion in a still life

Term 4 2014 still life reflections. We drew for three of the eight days this term- and even though there were a few grumbles about it , the drawing exercises lifted our consciousness re shape and tone. Both of which are key when you are painting water and reflections and distortions I was interested to […]

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