Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Botanical Art and Date Loaf

A weekend with Penny Leech

It began with a gathering of friends and strangers. Professional artists and beginners. Exquisite date loaf and not-quite-cooked-in-the-middle chocolate cake. As 11 participants settled in to begin a journey of discovery a hint of apprehension and awkwardness hovered. Where do we start? How do we start? How do we mix the colours? The answer... have a go, be bold, make mistakes, be proud of small achievements and in 30 years time you will still be learning.

There was a plethora of plants, nuts, and flowers to paint and the smell of bush treasures in the room was lovely. Form started to take shape on paper after some deep thought and botanical images were clearly evident. By the end of the first day and after some tips and demonstrations had been shared, the work produced by participants was really quite amazing.

Day 2 of the workshop arrived and by golly, participants were done with simple leaves. It was now time to have a crack at banksias and hakeas! Confidence had grown to say the least.

The results were a true achievement. I think it is pretty safe to say that painting Botanical Art is hard work. It requires patience, concentration, time, and a good Date Loaf. Congratulations to the participants who made this artistic workshop part of their learning journey.

The weekend of 6th and 7th of August saw Windsprays Art Hub on Maitland Street full of studious artists. Penny Leech, an original founder of the Botanical Artists Group of WA graced the group with her faultless botanical art. If nothing else it was mesmerizing watching her work away with ease to create perfect botanical images. Thank you to Penny for travelling to Hopetoun. There is still a lucky group who will be joining Penny on her next visit to Hopetoun September 3rd and 4th.

Thank you also to Beryl, our gracious Windspray host and baker of Date Loaf. And of course our hard working participants who achieved so much in a short amount of time. Looking forward to seeing some completed works in 30 years time.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

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