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Painting to Music

Sounds wacky but turned out to be a lot of fun and the participants who came to the Cooinda meeting yesterday surprised themselves.  Diane O'Brien led the group as she played a song from 1982, I Bless the Rain in Africa.  After a brief insight into the meaning of the lyrics, we were encouraged to use our imagination.  This is only a small sample of what we came up with:

Victor Harbor Come and Try

On Saturday 6 October at 1.30pm. PASA in Victor Harbor will be hosting a Come and Try Pastels.  A selection of pastels and paper will be provided to all visitors to try their hand at making art with pastels guided by an experienced artist, Roe Gartelmann.  Cost: $5 for a home-baked afternoon tea.  We have recently decorated the long glass cabinet at the VH Library with a range of pastels, books, papers, and a small sample of a paintings - you will be surprised at what can be achieved!  Check it out and then come and visit us on the first Saturday in October.  Children over the age of 12 and keen on art may also be interested at trying their hand.


Karol Oakley en plein air Workshop

Some lucky PASA members recently enjoyed a fabulous 2 days workshop with Master Pastelist Karol Oakley at Cherry Gardens in the Adelaide Hills. Painting "en plein air" was a new experience for some. The weather was perfect which add to the pleasure of being in the fresh air and landscape.

Brooke Walker

In April, Cooinda was excited to have another presentation by Brooke Walker, a renowned artist whose favourite topic is all manner of animals.  Using pan pastel this time, Brooke provided the captivated audience with her techniques of how to bring birds to life.


Catch up on all recent activities

The new year has begun with a bang!  Rod Bathgate held a two day workshop on seascapes and members can read all the amazing details of how to paint the vagaries of our beaches on the coming Dusty Dialogue.

The Suzie Riley had a captivation demonstration at the Victor Harbor meeting on painting landscapes while Lyle Dayman held a demo/workshop at the Cooinda meeting on painting small images - in rapid quick time!



Finally, four large and colourful paintings completed by the Victor Harbor 'Paint Together' workshop held last year were donated to the Ross Robertson Aged Care Facility in Victor Harbour.  By the community for the community.


It was all happening on the day

Our largest attendance of 52 (no outsiders) were present for the packed agenda for the first Cooinda meeting for 2018:  annual reports, amended constitution, elections of new and continuing office holders, a floral farewell for the resigning President, a life membership award, a delicious plum cake, and, of course, a fantastic demonstration by one of our founding members and No 1 ticket holder, Bill Truslove.  Two pictures completed in 90 minutes - Bill has been painting for ' a while'.





Contemporary Does Not Mean Abstract

A larger than usual crowd gathered to watch this much anticipated Contemporary Painting demonstration by Roe Gartelmann. Roe’s subject was Boathouses in Balmain. By extending the construction lines of the buildings, Roe added interest to the composition highlighted by the bright colours.



Cathi Steer on portraits

First prize winner at the recent Stump Gallery exhibition by PASA, Cathi Steer, gave one of our largest audiences at the Cooinda meeting last Saturday, a brief glimpse into her take on portraiture.  Over 50 memebers watched as Cathi demonstrated how and explained why she takes more time to outline and add detail in a fine point pen before applying any pastel.  Look out for the next edition of the Dusty Dialogue for more details.



An American in Adelaide

Over a two-day workshop, well-known American pastelist, Diane Rappisi, took 15 members of PASA through the steps of creating brilliant portraits - without drawing!  Interesting.  Relying solely on shapes, both in the initial sketching stage and then while applying colour, Diane built up an arresting portrait of her subject.  The sketching stage was done on Canson paper which had been lightly covered with pastel and then rubbed down - this method took sketch after sketch after sketch which was simply rubbed out with a paper towel ready for the next sketch.  An excellent device for working out the composition and tonal values, whether it be still life, landscapes, portraits or whatever.


PASA Painting Donation to Sturt Palms Retirement Village.

Some of the PASA committee joined residents for morning tea at Sturt Palms Retirement Complex in Brighton on September 22nd to donate 5 wonderful paintings to them. The residents and staff were delighted with the paintings which were immediately hung on the walls. These paintings were just some of the beautiful artwork which resulted when PASA members joined together in a collaborative exercise at one of our meetings. Members each started on a painting and after 15 minutes moved to another painting to contribute to that painting until each person had contributed to each painting. 

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