First workshop

Our first painting and drawing workshop on Haneena Hill in the Amiens Highland forest brought together a really cohesive group of six artists; individuals expending the effort to extract themselves from the city into the cool winter clime of the Granite Belt. (For their comments Search for Reviews in the dropdown menu)

The workshop day began with an early morning immersive walk through the forest and over the granite escarpment. Here, the geometric moss-green spires of cypress pines within a grey and white tangle of Angophra and stringy bark, and there, the weathered waves of grey granite dissolving in the light and brought into visual focus by textures of lichen, algae and moss.

You’re not looking at this landscape so much as looking into it; there are fewer opportunities for the picturesque than for imaginative reflection.

With a tangle of lines like an improvised Chinese ice crystal screen, leading the eye through space with the promise of an emerging shape, an object of some kind is suggested before turning vision in on itself.

A connection between physical movement and visual experience brings thoughts of the Provence landscape’s influence on Cezanne.

His invention of an angular geometry, listing lines suggesting visual perspective and physical movement, as if the human body, tossed in the winds of a highland landscape has only a cosmic scale of gravity to orient itself.

The house worked well to accommodate everyone and Barbara’s kitchen production fed the appetites brought on by the intensive painting and drawing en plein air. Some good Shiraz and Pinot Gris from the nearby Casley Mount Hutton vineyards were a great discovery.

Lynne McAlistair – lichen study

Pam Wilson – tree study

Anne Leahy – escarpment study

Candice Knobel – forest study

Lisa Carsley Dowall – forest study

Joanna Dickinson – granite boulder study

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Nameer Davis BAHo, MA maintains a full-time studio practice together with weekly teaching in painting and drawing at the Brisbane Institute of Art. Born in England, growing up in Nigeria, Australia and the UK, with extensive travels to China and Europe, Nameer's work reflects a diversity of cultural influences most recently through pattern and textile. Barbara Penrose BAHo, MA exhibits regularly and has numerous public art commissions across Brisbane and Regional Queensland. In 2006 and in 2011 Barbara was the recipient of Australia Council grants for experienced artist to produce new work. With a background in installation art, sculpture and painting, her current practice mediates between painting, drawing and ceramics.

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