PASA - Pastel Artists of South Australia

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It was all happening on the day

February 13, 2018

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,…

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Contemporary Does Not Mean Abstract

November 15, 2017

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.


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Cathi Steer on portraits

October 16, 2017

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 a…

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An American in Adelaide

October 8, 2017

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…

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PASA Painting Donation to Sturt Palms Retirement Village.

October 6, 2017

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 …

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Portraits by Megan Roodenrys

August 14, 2017

A hushed audience watched as co-owner of Duthy Street Art, Megan Roodenrys demonstrated how beautiful portraits are achieved with confidence and intuition, in pastel and oils.  "Trust yourself" says Megan and in a few short words explains how highlights can bring your portrait to life.  Working with…

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Painting Animals - 4 ways

July 10, 2017

Four different artists demonstrated their unique styles at the Cooinda meeting last Saturday.  Lively, cute or pensive but all with attitude, these animals came to life on paper in a couple of hours.  Beginning with the eyes and working with soft pastels, pastel pencils, flicked with fingers or brus…

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the Colours, the Art, the Fun!

July 3, 2017

Participants at the Victor Harbor meeting on 1 July had a great time.  After the meeting, everybody started off drawing on a sheet of paper with pastels.  After 15 meetings, they moved on to the next painting started by someone else.  After each 10-15 minute, they moved on again until the paintings …

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Proudly Pastel Exhibition at Gallery M Honoured by a visit from SA Governor

June 20, 2017

A large crowd attended the Opening by Hon John Hill of the Proudly Pastel Exhibition at Gallery M on Friday 9th June. What an excellent venue for this wonderful exhibition of 85 paintings by members of the Pastel Artists of South Australia. Such a variety of subjects and styles.We were also hono…

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Lyn Robins says it's your painting. You can do what you like with it.

May 16, 2017


One of PASA's favourite demonstrators entertained the group again last Saturday with her irreverent comments on breaking the rules of painting and design. Lyn doesn't believe in rules and says to do what works best for you in your painting.She does however follow a pattern for many of he…

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Sheila's Collage with Mixed Media

April 11, 2017

Wow, what an inspiring and fascinating demonstration we had on Saturday presented by the award winning and highly creative artist Sheila Whittam. Sheila does amazing contemporary mixed media paintings incorporating collage, pastels, gouache and charcoal. A few hick-ups with the slide show kept our t…

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Oh Karol!

April 10, 2017

Workshop with Master Pastellist from Queensland, Karol Oakley, started off with basic strokes and ended with a master class in developing and manipulating reflections and movement in water.  This two day workshop in the hills of McLaren Vale kept the participants running around with specific step-by…

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Something from the Garden with Roe Gartelmann

March 14, 2017

First item of the day was the President's announcement that the committee had unanimously agreed that after over 10 years of making our delicious afternoon teas, month after month, Diane Noble would be a Life Member for her consistent and committed contributions to PASA.

Then Roe provided detaile…

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New Year, New Programme

March 3, 2017

It was hot for the first meeting of the year at Coolinda.  Keen members attended to receive the President's report and vote in the new committee, renew acquaintances and memberships, receive a mystery gift of pastels, enjoy our usual delicious afternoon tea (homemade scones with jam and cream) and w…

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Feeding body and soul

December 10, 2016

December is a time for celebration so on a sunny warm Saturday morning, over 30 members descended on The Cedars at Hahndorf for inspiration from a South Australian artist, the renowned Hans Heysen.  Wandering around the grounds of his home, filled with only a few of the artworks of this prodigious a…

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Where to next

November 13, 2016

PASA's final Cooinda meeting for 2016 was a hands-on affair.  Members brought along their unfinished paintings for advice and suggestions.  Glenda Parker opened the discussion on what-to-do where-to-go next, and brought along a piece of red perspex through which tone could be determined.  Then it wa…

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A Plethora of Demonstrators at October meeting

October 9, 2016

The October meeting at Cooinda featured 3 demonstrators, each with a unique style and approach to pastels.  Jill Hansberry,  used pastel and pastel pencils to paint purple irises.  Working with a limited palette of colours, Jill draws up the picture before homing in on one area of the painting.  Col…

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Catherine Hamilton Workshop

September 29, 2016

Catherine Hamilton, a Melbourne artist, carefully spreads black printing ink over a piece of perspex with a rubber roller, then picks out the outline of her picture, adding texture by removing all or part of the ink.  She then places a dampened piece of smooth paper over the perspex and firmly rolli…

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It's ON!

September 20, 2016

PASA's exhibition of pastel art at Chapel Hill Winery in the McLaren Vale is now showing.  Enjoy a glass of excellent wine while viewing excellent art.


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Pastel Techniques

September 10, 2016

The demonstration at this month's meeting at Cooinda was presented by Roe Gartelmann.  Even experts have unintended consequences.  The first attempt clearly demonstrated the need for the right paper as the watercolour under-painting simply soaked into the white paper.  Undaunted, Roe started again w…

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