by Sharon Archer
We’re home! Which is absolutely gorgeous! Having everything under the one roof - bathroom, laundry, toilet kitchen - is a terrific treat. (Though I confess that we did have a fabulous few days with Rachel Bailey and then with Anna Campbell - thanks, girls! - and they have exciting things like bathrooms under the same roof too!)
Anyway, we're under our home roof and there’s not a thread of canvas anywhere! Though the house still looks a bit like we need a “hoarder intervention”!
As I’ve been slowly getting organised, I’ve been “re-finding” some of the treasures of our time away. I thought I’d share a couple of them...
The first are these gum leaves.
Anita at Four Corners Farm Stay gave us an art lesson with acrylic paints and our “canvases” were dried gum leaves. Enormous fun! And a messed up canvas just means a quick trip outside to the nearest patch of shrubbery!
And the mini-scenes felt “approachable” somehow - in fact, one of the hard things was knowing when to stop adding details! You know, the temptation to add another rock... or a fence post... or another tree...
Rather more scary was the pastel lesson because it was real art paper and a much bigger “canvas and it ! Though having said that our pictures are only about 6 inches square. The lessons are run by Jenny Greentree at the Back o’ Bourke Gallery. We sat at a table (out of business hours) in the centre of the gallery surrounded by her glorious pictures and prints.
We learned about blending the pastels, about tonal perspective, detail perspective. And, with Jenny’s expert tutoring, we came out the other end of our lessons absolutely rapt with our finished pictures.
So how about you - have you tried out anything new lately? Is there anything you’d really like to have a go at?