I recently gave a two day workshop at Corynnia Station, Carathool NSW. The ten students enjoyed two full days of painting from 9 am to 4 pm each day and completed several landscape paintings and my iconic floral bouquet, a great teaching demo on how to loosen up and not worry about correctness. I reiterate here a few necessities when painting alla prima watercolour … firstly, there are no rules, however it is important to set up balance in your work along with good colour composition, three tones, glazes and shadows for magic, mood and light and the final pulling it all together. Many students revelled in the relief to be found in stepping outside the ” realist filling in of lines” and were encouraged to respect negative space, make every brush stroke matter and paint spontaneously, intuitively, sensitively and intelligently.
My workshops are always full with students searching for something new and progressive with their watercolour. My workshops are also always fun, entertaining, enjoyable, full on and very rewarding. This was heightened by the wonderful Corynnia Station Workshop Venue which offered excellent accommodation and food and extras such as a swimming pool, tennis court and beautiful gardens in the middle of a typical frontier outback Australian working farm property. One evening I was compelled to stand out on the stations airstrip and paint the huge continually changing sunset which was full of clouds and light. The image presented was completed in five minutes while watching the sun fall and the trees become silhouettes. The painting was completed in the twilight glow of a 380C evening amid the red dust of this wonderful country. My hosts for the workshop were Julie and Bruce Armstrong. They run a sheep, rice and cotton producing property offering Farm Stay accommodation and Bed & Breakfast as part of the Outback Beds Network. Please enjoy some images from this workshop and visit the Corynnia Station website www.corynniastation.com.au