My studio is in the heart of Salamanca Place in Hobart, close to the waterfront and a host of activities — festivals, shows, concerts, beer-drinking contests and many more. Passers-by, friends, tourists, art lovers, students and people attracted by the smell of oil paint drift in while I am working, for a chat and/or a glass of something interesting. It makes for a most pleasurable working day, as I am not fazed by having onlookers watch and comment, which often happens when I am working outdoors.
This traffic in and out of the studio often leads to requests for tuition; I find that folk love to watch me at work and to experience the process of creation from a blank canvas or sheet of paper to a finished piece. As I work, I explain why some marks I make are working while others are not. While a knowledge of composition, technique, perspective and colour theory are all important, as an old painting lecturer ay my art school in Liverpool in England used to emphasise, ‘Don’t forget the three-H principle: Heart, Head and Hand.’ When all three are working together, happiness reigns.
Call me (0419 393 434) or email me to ask about classes, which are arranged to suit your schedule.
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