Capture Your Impressions of Light and Shade in the Garden and the Bush


Saturday 18 November 2017, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Join me in the garden and bushland of my studio to paint gestural impressions!

1 day of tuition for all levels, lunch, morning & afternoon tea for $160

Early Bird before 20 October $145

%10 discount for pensioners / if you book for more than one workshop/ if you bring a friend

Click HERE to book in now or ph. 0432 922 653  (Limit of 6 places)


How often have you marvelled at the beauty of nature and wished you could create an immediate impression of what you see? Painting the landscape can feel overwhelming and the possibilities endless! Whether you prefer the garden or the bush, with my guidance you will gain confidence and learn skills to confidently sketch and paint in the landscape. We will work quickly to capture the changing effects of light and movement, creating several small sketches in paint for you to use as visual notes for more finished paintings. 

You will learn how to:

•    Connect with the landscape using mindful attention and gestural sketches

•    Use a viewfinder and compositional sketches

•    Handle your materials with ease and proficiency

•    Create drawn and painted sketches of your impressions

•    Understand the value and limits of photography

•    Confidently select and omit parts of what you see to create an effective composition

•    Use the principles of design, such as focal point, balance, rhythm, etc.

•    Understand how to develop your work at home

We will work directly from nature, in the grounds of my studio in Blaxland and the bush beyond and I will share my expertise and passion with you. Whether you are starting out or an experienced painter, you will definitely develop your ability to create successful pictures inspired by nature. You will also connect with like-minded and interesting people.

I will encourage you to use your senses and perception to truly see nature, to harness your intuition and to express your unique ‘voice’ in your paintings.

Call me with any questions you may have, I’d love to chat with you, ph. 0432 922 653


The workshop will run Saturday 18 November, 9.30am – 4.30pm with lunch and refreshments provided on site.


My studio is in Blaxland, NSW 2774, which is in the lower Blue Mountains.


Lunch is included in the workshop fees and provided on location. Fresh fruit, cookies, water, tea and coffee will be available as needed. Please let me know when booking, if you have special dietary requirements.


You must be 16 and over to attend this workshop unless otherwise agreed. A parent or guardian must provide written permission for you to participate if you are under 18.


By train from Sydney – Trains run regularly on the Blue Mountains Line, from Central station, stopping at major junctions like Strathfield and Parramatta. If you would like to be collected from the train station please arrange this with me.

By car from Sydney – It takes approximately 70 minutes from Sydney CBD or 50 minutes from Homebush to travel along the M4 to Blaxland.


Places for the workshop are limited to 6 and will be allocated in the order of bookings received with full payment. You can book via my website or by telephone ph. 0432 922 653. I will then invoice you $160 and provide you with bank transfer details. Once your direct bank payment is processed, you will receive an email confirmation, along with detailed information about the workshop.

Early Bird bookings: $145 Prior to 20 October 2017

%10 discount for pensioners / if you book for more than one workshop/ if you bring a friend


I reserve the right to cancel the workshop if minimum enrolments are not reached two weeks prior to the workshop date or for circumstances beyond my control. You will be offered placements in an alternative workshop or a refund of all fees.

As I rely on group numbers for this workshop, the following cancellation fees will be charged if you choose to cancel or do not attend:

·      On or before 20 October - FULL REFUND

·      Between 21 October – 4 November - 50% of workshop fee

·      After 4 November 2017 - 100% of workshop fee

By purchasing this workshop you agree that you have read and agree to the above conditions.


·      1 small canvas or board approx. 30 to 45 cm of your preferred dimensions

·      A3 Pad of paper suitable to your medium - acrylic/watercolour/oil

·      Portable easel - I have several for loan, please ask when booking, first in best dressed.

·      Sketchbook & pen/pencil

·      Camera/phone

·      Hat, apron, sunscreen, insect repellent etc

·      Palette

·      Odourless solvent for oil painters

·      Spray bottle for water for acrylic painters

·      2 wide top jars (like peanut butter jars, plastic is fine)

·      3 cotton rags (old towel/sheet)

·      2 painting knives/palette knives

·      Assortment of hog’s bristle (stiff) & soft brushes

·      4B, 6B Pencils

·      Charcoal pencil or 3 willow sticks

Watercolour, Oil or Acrylic paint:

PLEASE NOTE: These colours are only a guide. If you already have some paints, I am happy to supplement what you have.

·      White

·      Cool yellow such as Lemon / Cadmium yellow pale

·      Warm yellow such as Cadmium yellow deep / Cadmium orange

·      Warm red such as Cadmium red medium/ Spectrum Red

·      Cool red such as Crimson / Rose / Spectrum Red Deep

·      Cobalt Violet

·      Warm blue such as Ultramarine blue

·      Permanent Green

·      Black

·      Other colours are optional, but you can mix a full spectrum using these colours.


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