Life Drawings and Drawings of Life by Robyn Kinsela – November 1 – 30

The Southern Highlands November Arts Trail exhibition at Artroomers Artspace shows a loose but informative narrative between observation sketches, quick response sketches, simplification of imagery and abstracted drawings and paintings derived from the figure and, simultaneously, from the landscape. All work is for sale. Unframed works are also on display, and available.

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Local Art News for November

It’s that time again – The Southern Highlands Arts Festival will take place over the month of November.

Hardcopy brochures can be picked up at Artroomers among other places, and you can also view information at http://www.shaf.com.au.

As part of the Arts Festival, Artroomers Artspace will be showing life drawings with their progression, by interpretation, into finished artworks. These works, by Robyn Kinsela, will include male and female figure studies, sketches and explorations using various techniques and materials demonstrating the development of finished drawings and paintings.

This exhibition starts Friday 1 November and continues until Saturday 30 November.     A full catalogue of all the exhibited works will be posted next week.

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The following drawing can be seen at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery where it will be exhibited as one of the finalists in the Open Art Prize, judged and opened by highly regarded artist G.W.Bot. The winner will be announced on Friday 1 November at 6pm and the exhibition continues to 16 November. For more news about Goulburn Regional Art Gallery: www.grag.com.au

"Momentary Stillness" by Robyn Kinsela. Pastel, charcoal and collage on Arches paper, 100x150cm

“Momentary Stillness” by Robyn Kinsela.       Pastel, charcoal and collage on Arches paper, 100x150cm

An exhibition at the BDAS Gallery, not to be missed, is on view for only 2 days next weekend from 10am – 5pm. These are works by Tracey Miller‘s painting and pastel students: www.bdasgallery.com

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And, since it is still on until Tuesday 29 October, make sure you get along to the fabulous show by Sandy Gill and Sue Meredith at the BDAS Gallery.

25% off Sennelier Gouache while stocks last

Gouache (pronounced “gwarsh”) is an opaque water based and water soluble paint that is very high in pigment intensity and dries flat and matt. Although ideal for painting colour “sketches” that can be referred to back in the studio, it is also often the medium for finished works. Sometimes gouache is used as one uses watercolour where added water makes the paint transparent.

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“Acrylic gouache” is really a flat, matt acrylic paint, not gouache. Once acrylic gouache dries, it cannot be reconstituted due to the polymers of acrylic paint, unlike gouache, which needs to be framed in order to protect it from unwanted moisture.

Sennelier is a highly regarded brand of artist quality art materials made in France and promises to give you pleasure when you use their products.

During month of October, Artroomers is selling Sennelier Gouache for 25% off.

October’s exhibition celebrates the 25th Anniversary for Artroomers

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This gallery contains 82 photos.

artroomers was established in Mittagong in 1988 by Stuart and Robyn Kinsela after they secured several large art commissions that were going to need specific framing and ongoing access to art materials. Since 2001, Stuart has made picture framing his fulltime occupation and … Continue reading

until September 28….WOOD and things to do with wood, the love of wood or inspired by wood….

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Between the years 2001 and 2006, Robyn Kinsela was granted a block of time each year as artist-in-residence in the then named Wood Workshop at ANU (Australian National University) in Canberra.

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Working with, and encouraged by educational visionary and Head of School, Dr Rodney Hayward, Robyn facilitated various approaches to the idea of design and drawing as extensions in the processes of thinking and problem solving. Through drawing and photography, new ways of seeing and of thinking “outside the square”, were established.

Robyn documented much student work during these years, offering creative presentation solutions.

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An exhibition of drawings, paintings, prints and photographs created by Robyn during, and since, this period are on display at Artroomers Artspace, many for the first time since her own exhibition, Through the Door,  held in 2006 at the Foyer Gallery, SofA, ANU.

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Included in this show is a spindle backed chair made by fellow artist-in-residence, Howard Archbold.

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Howard would take the first year students each year for 3 weeks, in which time they would entirely from scratch, so to speak, make an unique chair without using any electric tools.

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It was always amazing to see the looks on the students’ faces when they were initially presented with the felled tree from which they would start building.

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Howard proved to be a popular and enthusiastic tutor who is also a regular tutor at the Sturt Summer School in Mittagong.

A beautiful laminated sculptural form created by Honours student Raquel Gabiola is on display

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as is an electromicron image of Australian Red Cedar, taken by the late, highly regarded electro microscopist, Dr Roger Heady

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More images will be posted next week.

Exhibition and workshop news

An exhibition of new work by Ann Rogan opens at the Light Horse Gallery in Robertson on Friday 19 July continuing to 4 August.  An exciting opening is promised on Saturday 20 August from 2pm – 4pm, with live music by Lachlan Tumeth and Phil Beazley.

Ann Rogan Viewpoint_Flyer_Page_1 Ann Rogan Viewpoint_Flyer_Page_2Kim Shannon has her work currently on show at the Red Tree Café in Station Street Bowral. All work is for sale.

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Robyn Kinsela has work on the walls of the Primary Espresso Bowral café in Boolwey Street.

Shop front sign designed by Robyn

Shop front sign designed by Robyn

"Coastal Chorus" Pigment Print on Satin Photo paper 50x41cm

“Coastal Chorus” Pigment Print on Satin Photo paper 50x41cm              $480 F   $380 UF

"Walking with Thomas and Matisse" 2011 Acrylic on canvas 122x152cm $3800

“Walking with Thomas and Matisse” 2011             Acrylic on canvas 122x152cm            $3800

"Mundi Mundi to Menindee II" and "West of Wilcannia with Fred and Agnes II" Acrylic and oil on canvas  80x50cm $950 each

“Mundi Mundi to Menindee II” and “West of Wilcannia with Fred and Agnes II”                  Acrylic and oil on canvas 76.5x51cm                     $950 each

Tony Ameneiro’s work is currently showing at Maitland Regional Art Gallery until 11 August

“Flowering Heads”  Tony Ameneiro    

Tony is also running an etching workshop organised by Liz Jeneid at her beautiful and spacious studio in Mt Kembla. July 20-21  2013

Learn alternative methods for etching and printing colour etchings, with an emphasis on safer ‘low-toxicity’ methods. Investigate a low cost materials for use in multi plate colour printing using combinations of aluminium and plastic printing plates. Each student in the workshop will be given the opportunity to print a small edition or set of prints.
For details or to secure a place email Liz Jeneid – liz@lizjeneid.net
Tony Ameneiro "Grey Red Lily Head"

Tony Ameneiro “Grey Red Lily Head”

John Lascelles’ photographic exhibition, “Roads I have Ridden” continues until 1 September at Wollongong City Gallery.
"Mt Gibraltar" 2012 Silver gelatin print

“Mt Gibraltar” 2012                                               silver gelatin print

Further acrylic paint information

Comparing 3 artist quality acrylic paints, I found that Chroma’s Atelier Interactive acrylic paint is still my favoured one for the techniques of layering and for achieving glazing effects. This is especially so when the paint is combined with Clear Painting Medium where a shiny finish is not desired.

Detail of painting "Assisi II" using Atelier in thin layers

Detail of painting “Assisi II”                                  using Atelier in thin layers

However, if more opaque and therefore textured finishes are desired, I wouldn’t use any other except the Schmincke PRIMAcryl acrylic paint. This is also the paint to use if you want your acrylic paintings to look very similar to oil paintings. PRIMAcryl dries with a sharpness to it which can be further enhanced by combining it with Schmincke Struktur-Gel, matt or glossy (depending on your personal taste).

Detail of painting "Winter Landscape" using Schmincke as opaque and slightly textured paint

Detail of painting “Winter Landscape” using Schmincke as opaque and slightly textured paint

In the following experiment, I squeezed out thick blobs of Schmincke, Atelier and Matisse acrylic paints using only 2 colours – titanium white and cadmium orange – in order to maintain some sort of comparative standard.

As I had suspected, the Atelier performed the worst as it dried with very rounded surfaces, exaggerating the plastic quality of the paint. This is fair enough as acrylic paints are polymers, ie plastic! The Matisse acrylic paint dried a tad better but still far too plasticky in my opinion. The Schmincke dried with beautiful sharp edges and peaks, hence it’s similarity to the finish of oil paint, if that’s how you choose to use it.

Interestingly, the cadmium orange  pigments differed even though they were the same pigment (PO20). Atelier was more red than other two. I don’t know why.

Also, the Matisse paint shrank with drying and lifted and peeled off easily. Does this mean that there might be more water in the Matisse than in the others? I don’t know.

IN BRIEF: Think about the effect you want, and then choose your paint.

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