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Pastel Sketch of Gate

August 10, 2009

Here is a quick 1 1/2 hr pastel sketch on Ingress paper just to get my hand back into pastels after  not doing any for quite a few years.  It is from a photograph taken many years ago in Mpumalanga, South Africa while on holiday

Quick charcoal outline to start with

Stage 1. Quick charcoal outline to start with

Stage 1. Notice that I have compressed it horizontally

Stage 2. Notice that I have compressed it horizontally

Stage 3. Middle area started.

Stage 3. Middle area started.

Stage 5. Focal area begun.

Stage 5. Focal area begun.

Final Painting

Final Painting

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Official Opening of the Torbay Studio

August 8, 2009

Yesterday  afternoon (Saturday 8th August 2009) was the official opening of our new Torbay Studio. The weather turned out very pleasant for a winter’s day and the turn-out was excellent.

The open time was from 2pm to 6pm and  we averaged 10 visitors per hour. There was a constant and spread out stream of visitors to the studio with a total of 32 visitors throughout the 3-hour period. There was great interest in the forthcoming classes and quite a few have expressed desire of becoming students. A few have  already put their names down for starting in the next couple of days.

Although yesterday was the official opening day, classes had already been started and a very successful workshop was held last Saturday where we had  8 participants – 4 of which were complete beginners. Everyone took home a finished painting of a Venetian Scene done completely with a painting knife only.

I have  included some photographs of the afternoon and also one of a very special visitor. She came alone without her partner and stayed for about 15 minutes to keep an eye on the proceedings. You will meet her at the end of this article. She and her partner are regular visitors to our place.

Thank you to all who were able to visit the Studio.

Enjoy the photographs!

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Studio ready for the visitors

Studio ready for the visitors

Display of some of Dennis' paintings

Display of some of Dennis' paintings

Dennis in his Studio

Dennis in his Studio

Showing a portrait of himself by one of his ex students

Showing a portrait of himself by one of his ex students

Dennis showing demo video

Dennis showing demo video

Anna talking to visitor

Anna talking to visitor

An unusual but welcome Visitor

An unusual but welcome Visitor

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First NZ Workshop

August 2, 2009

On Saturday 1 August 2009 the Paint Basket Studio held an introductory Workshop to launch the new studio. We had 8 students who thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the use of the painting knife instead of brushes in executing a painting. I chose a Venetian scene because it needs a certain amount of dexterity in the buildings, specially the windows and the finer “detail”.

I had 4 students who had never painted before and they were highly amazed at the end of the day with their paintings. One added an article to her  Blog and you can view it HERE

All hard at work

All hard at work

Dennis demonstrating

Dennis demonstrating

Sophia concentrating

Sophia concentrating

Vicki's painting in progress

Vicki's painting in progress

KK's very first painting ever!

KK's very first painting ever!

Also Joanne's very first painting.

Also Joanne's very first painting.

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Activity Service at our Church

August 2, 2009

We recently (26 July 2009) had an activity service where during the service there was a trampoline display and two of us were invited to  do some artwork while the service was on. The theme was “New Life”.

Brian Norton was one the right side of the  Hall while I painted on the left side. Here are a few photographs of the event. There are 2 morning services and I completed the Arum Lily during the  1st service and the Hibiscus during the 2nd  service. At the end of the service they were immediately snapped up by some of the congregation and I gave the proceeds to the Church for their  funds. The paintings are shown in a temporary frame for better viewing.

Painting during 2nd service

Painting during 2nd service

Brian taking a break between the services

Brian taking a break between the services

Arum Lily - 18x24" Acrylics

Arum Lily - 18x24" Acrylics

Hibiscus - 18x24"  Acrylics

Hibiscus - 18x24" Acrylics

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