||Fourteen "brave" artists attended the recent mixed media workshop with our 2014 TASART judge and current Archibald Finalist Kerry McInnis. Kerry encouraged us to loosen up our approach, to be brave and wild and to capture the elements of our subject without becoming trapped by our efforts to represent the exactness of the subject. Bouncing along to hip-hop music while deftly wielding a wide yet thin paintbrush, Kerry focused on her landscape design and attacked her Mi-teintes paper with strong pure colours pre-mixed in little pots. We used broad brushes and built up layers with acrylics and drawing materials and "blitzed" our works with a sponge if things weren't going well. Kerry demonstrated her technique and created some wonderful landscapes and a portrait in the time it takes most of us to unpack our art gear! Her enthusiasm, talent and encouragement were inspirational.
Two full days of art with this wonderful, vibrant, patient, tutor was a valuable experience. Her insightful analysis, her helpful criticism (albeit it with bubbly laughter) and her inexhaustible energy was such a treat. Most students completed - or almost, 1-2 pieces per day.
Suzanne Hennessy, in typical form, produced some much applauded cauliflower/leek soup to warm us 'inside'. On the outside, congratulations on the gallery workspace! So warm and cosy - particularly as we had the coldest day + snow and ice for years.
Thankyou to the organisers. It was well worth the effort.