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Karol Oakley en plein air Workshop

Some lucky PASA members recently enjoyed a fabulous 2 days workshop with Master Pastelist Karol Oakley at Cherry Gardens in the Adelaide Hills. Painting "en plein air" was a new experience for some. The weather was perfect which add to the pleasure of being in the fresh air and landscape.

Brooke Walker

In April, Cooinda was excited to have another presentation by Brooke Walker, a renowned artist whose favourite topic is all manner of animals.  Using pan pastel this time, Brooke provided the captivated audience with her techniques of how to bring birds to life.


Catch up on all recent activities

The new year has begun with a bang!  Rod Bathgate held a two day workshop on seascapes and members can read all the amazing details of how to paint the vagaries of our beaches on the coming Dusty Dialogue.

The Suzie Riley had a captivation demonstration at the Victor Harbor meeting on painting landscapes while Lyle Dayman held a demo/workshop at the Cooinda meeting on painting small images - in rapid quick time!



Finally, four large and colourful paintings completed by the Victor Harbor 'Paint Together' workshop held last year were donated to the Ross Robertson Aged Care Facility in Victor Harbour.  By the community for the community.


It was all happening on the day

Our largest attendance of 52 (no outsiders) were present for the packed agenda for the first Cooinda meeting for 2018:  annual reports, amended constitution, elections of new and continuing office holders, a floral farewell for the resigning President, a life membership award, a delicious plum cake, and, of course, a fantastic demonstration by one of our founding members and No 1 ticket holder, Bill Truslove.  Two pictures completed in 90 minutes - Bill has been painting for ' a while'.





Contemporary Does Not Mean Abstract

A larger than usual crowd gathered to watch this much anticipated Contemporary Painting demonstration by Roe Gartelmann. Roe’s subject was Boathouses in Balmain. By extending the construction lines of the buildings, Roe added interest to the composition highlighted by the bright colours.



Cathi Steer on portraits

First prize winner at the recent Stump Gallery exhibition by PASA, Cathi Steer, gave one of our largest audiences at the Cooinda meeting last Saturday, a brief glimpse into her take on portraiture.  Over 50 memebers watched as Cathi demonstrated how and explained why she takes more time to outline and add detail in a fine point pen before applying any pastel.  Look out for the next edition of the Dusty Dialogue for more details.



An American in Adelaide

Over a two-day workshop, well-known American pastelist, Diane Rappisi, took 15 members of PASA through the steps of creating brilliant portraits - without drawing!  Interesting.  Relying solely on shapes, both in the initial sketching stage and then while applying colour, Diane built up an arresting portrait of her subject.  The sketching stage was done on Canson paper which had been lightly covered with pastel and then rubbed down - this method took sketch after sketch after sketch which was simply rubbed out with a paper towel ready for the next sketch.  An excellent device for working out the composition and tonal values, whether it be still life, landscapes, portraits or whatever.


PASA Painting Donation to Sturt Palms Retirement Village.

Some of the PASA committee joined residents for morning tea at Sturt Palms Retirement Complex in Brighton on September 22nd to donate 5 wonderful paintings to them. The residents and staff were delighted with the paintings which were immediately hung on the walls. These paintings were just some of the beautiful artwork which resulted when PASA members joined together in a collaborative exercise at one of our meetings. Members each started on a painting and after 15 minutes moved to another painting to contribute to that painting until each person had contributed to each painting. 

Portraits by Megan Roodenrys

A hushed audience watched as co-owner of Duthy Street Art, Megan Roodenrys demonstrated how beautiful portraits are achieved with confidence and intuition, in pastel and oils.  "Trust yourself" says Megan and in a few short words explains how highlights can bring your portrait to life.  Working with a limited palette at the Coolinda meeting on Saturday 12 August, Megan added those vital tweaks to the portraits she had begun that morning.  Clearly, a knowledge of colour is required - practice, practice, practice!


Painting Animals - 4 ways

Four different artists demonstrated their unique styles at the Cooinda meeting last Saturday.  Lively, cute or pensive but all with attitude, these animals came to life on paper in a couple of hours.  Beginning with the eyes and working with soft pastels, pastel pencils, flicked with fingers or brushes, these artists took different approaches from dynamic to careful detail to construct their paintings.




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