Day in the park

Yesterday I went to Albert park to do a reccie the sun was out and the students lounged in the sunshine there was plenty to look at that would make an interesting painting or two    also some wonderful sub tropical plantings which would make Carl Maughan pay attention also on the way there i […]


Term 4 studies in the park

Andrew Wyeth David Keeling This term we will go to the park and do some studies Students lounging, paths through the trees,garden beds…random streakers (couldnt resist that random painting of Wyeths) we will meet at the hall for some orientation on the first day and do some studies  to enlighten us on what to look […]


term 3 work: tonal still life

This term I got strict and made everyone work from life.We don’t do it enough, i thought, so  this term I’d insist And the results were very gratifying.Not only did everyone mention just how much they had learned working with the still life in front of them , but it showed in the work too. […]



on the 21st  July i am opening my studio gallery and selling some recent works at return to artist prices you are welcome to come along and do bring anyone  else who would be interested these are some of the works that will be available blue nude 1   blue nude 2   Raro   […]


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 […]

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