Late last year, I was fortunate enough to attend another class with the UH-mazing Dina Wakley, at Artfied. This class was titled Finding Joy in Abstract and let me tell you, it was a joy to attend. Dina has a great sense of humour and relaxed style, making it feel less like a class, and more like an art date with a friend.
There was lots of messy mark making, smears of colour, and an abundance of information.
Watching Dina as she worked on her class samples was fascinating, and the results were fabulous. Super excited to have been able to take one home with me! Not only that ,but Miss Dina was nice enough to paint one of her signature ladies in my journal – a true treasure!
And of course, I have to share a peek at the finished pieces. Everyone had a great time, and it was fun to see such different results.
Have you attended any classes lately? I am always eager to learn, so I would love to hear about your experiences.
Don’t forget, if you are local to the Rowville VIC area, I am teaching two classes at Artified myself. Why not join me for some artsy fun?
I took a trip into the city recently, so I could finally check out the famous street art on offer in Melbourne’s Hosier Lane. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
The minute you enter the laneway you are hit by a wall of colour, quite literally. The walls are jam packed with a vibrant, eclectic mix of art that just draws you in. I could easily have spent hours looking & still not have taken it all in.
If you are ever in Melbourne, head on down to Hosier Lane and see it for yourself. Street art is ever evolving, so I will definitely be back for another visit again soon. ALready looking forward to it!
Happy arting :)
Late last year I attended one of Dina Wakley’s classes when she taught here in Oz and had so much fun. Dina is a blast, and Ive been a fan of her style for such a long time now, so meeting her was fantastic.
I had a great time learning Dina’s distinctive face style, though it was certainly a learning curve. I’m still finding my feet with it all, but I feel like I can finally draw a decent face! Dina is teaching here in Oz again in just a few months time and I hope to attend at least one of her classses.
There’s nothing quite like taking a class in person as opposed to online. I come away from them feeling so inspired and rejuvenated. I love it!
I recently escaped to Byron Bay for a week, an attended an art class with the fabulous Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, hosted by Jane Davenport at The Nest, Jane’s amazing home in Byron Bay. I had been counting down the days til this class and let me tell you, I was not disappointed!
Julie invited me to lunch on the Friday before class and it was wonderful to get to know her (though I feel like I already knew her thanks to my stalker tendencies lol). We had some seriously delicious food and great conversation. Certainly a highlight of my week away.
As I said earlier, the class was held at The Nest, Jane Davenport’s home. It was such a lovely place to create, out on the deck, and we were spoiled rotten with lush meals and the best coffee I have ever tasted. We were also lucky enough to get a peek inside Jane’s personal studio. Holy amazeballs.
Class was just flat out amazing. I’ve taken many of Julie’s online classes, but to learn from her in person was a whole new experience and I loved every minute of it. Julie is hilarious, incredibly kind, and such a generous soul. She took the time to answer every question, shared her immense knowledge, and made us all laugh. She was sweet enough to sketch one of her signature faces in my journal, and even doodled on a mug I had bought as a souvenir! Can you say fangirl moment??
All in all, I cannot say enough good things about the experience. From Julie’s awesome class, to Jane & Gus and their wonderful hospitality – I loved and appreciated it all.
Have you attended any in person classes? Were you as blown away as I was? Id love to hear about it.
I have been awfully quiet around here, but I’m happy to say I have lots in the works, and plenty of art and fun pics to share with you all. While I work on kick starting this poor little blog, why not join me over on Instagram? I love sharing snaps of my artful life and let me tell you, my feed has been packed full of colour and fun lately. Pop over and say hello!
I will be back on Wednesday with a look at a fab class I recently attended with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer at Byron Bay.
Until then, happy arting!
It is no secret that I love my art journal, and as a result, I focus most of my attention there. But I also love working BIG, so I have decided to challenge myself to create at least one canvas a month for the next year. I am excited to see where this will take me, whether it will influence my art journaling, and vice versa.
Here is my first creation, using acrylic paints & inks, on a very big 36 x 36 canvas.
And here are some closer peeks:
I see a face in the texture of that last peek, do you? This was an awful lot of fun, and I am excited to keep going. Already stocking up on canvases of all shapes & sizes.
This past August, I was able to attend the Melbourne Art Fair, held at the gorgeous Royal Exhibition Building. It was my first time attending something like this, and while excited, I must admit I was a little unsure as to what the experience would bring. Overall, I loved it. There were some exhibits that certainly weren’t to my taste, but that’s the beauty of art – the immense variety of styles, mediums, and of course the people involved in the art community. It was amazing, and if you get a chance to attend something similar, I highly recommend it!
Today I thought I would share some of my favourite pieces from the day. Starting with the building itself, and the gorgeous mermaid fountain outside – beautiful!
There were so many pieces that literally took my breath away, but here is just a small sampling.
Such a tiny peek at the amazing work I saw. Loved every minute of it and cannot wait to go again.