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Discover the principles behind our vision that are critical to our ability to paint and find the visual equivalents to express your observations, perceptions, ideas and emotions in painting.

Each day participants will deal with different exciting and hands on techniques including:

Intuition and Improvisational Techniques - From Observation to Studio Painting.

Cultivating visual clarity and perception through improvisation including spatial awareness, movement and direction and tonal space and traditional compositional dynamics and structure.

Contemporary Landscape Painting - from Plein Air to the Studio

Participants make direct ‘plein air’, one-sitting paintings in the morning and in the afternoon work in the studio to develop a more individual and sustained work exploring new and traditional directions and techniques.

An Intuitive Approach to Understanding Colour. We discover the techniques of painting using the secrets and magic of colour relationships including Saturation and Tonal Value.

Mixing colours in perfect pitch, Colour Relationships. Colour Mapping. Colour Transitions and Colour Glazing.

The mornings will be devoted to explorations, which will address the above aspects of painting.

The afternoon is reserved for your independent work to gain greater insight into how to use the techniques more effectively in your work with individual critique and group discussion in a serious (but fun) and supportive atmosphere.

Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels are welcome. Medium: Acrylic, oil or watercolour.

David is a traditionally trained full time professional artist with undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Central School of Art, the Victorian College of the Arts and the University of Melbourne. Masters at RMIT University, Melbourne – MA. BFA. Grad.Dip.Edu. 

A former senior lecturer in art at RMIT University, Melbourne. With over two decades of teaching experience and over 22 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland and Nelson including Whitespace Gallery, Auckland, The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson and 10 at the Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney; and over 33 group exhibitions including National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of NSW, South Australia, West Australia, Tasmania, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the University Art Museum Brisbane, Port Jackson Press, Melbourne. Whitespace Gallery, Auckland. Auckland Art Fair. Atelierhaus, Gissen, Germany. Represented in New Zealand by Whitespace Gallery, Auckland.

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