A few weeks ago I was very fortunate to experience 3 full days of en plein air on Ross Laurie's home turf on the Tablelands of NSW, an arty village named Walcha, between Armidale and Tamworth.
I had a most awesome time. It was organised by Beryl Miles of Art Workshops Australia and it was well worth the time, money and energy to participate.
Ross' wife Myf is an interior decorator/artist/ceramicist/angel/gourmet cook extraordinaire and i seriously have not eaten better...ever! Their art filled country home was to die for! Ross gave a great talk in his studio and we got to have a sneak peek at his glorious oil paintings being created for a show at King St Gallery in Sydney later in the year.
The drawings above were done on the first day on Ross and Myf's property.
Next day we drew at Apsley Gorge, 5 min drive out of town. 3rd day we put it all together...kinda, on boards with paint.
Of course, i thought I was now going to become a painter but have since realised, of course, that i have some serious limitations in achieving this and have settled back down again to be the mixed media drawer/collagist that I was always meant to be. But it was all a very lovely dream! These 3 below are what i got closest to calling paintings...
And a little drawing of Laurie's tractor in situ, drawn in charcoal.