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More Wild Watercolour and Wild Weather!

During our Free Spirited landscape tuition yesterday, with Annette Raff, a tree was brought down in the Hall car park, by the ferocious winds. The Group painted on, enjoying our wild ride with Annette, polishing up on our brush techniques, no-fail reflections and so much more! The last photo demonstrates the wild conditions, as we dodged the waves breaking onto the end of the jetty, while waiting for the ferry. What a blast!!!!!

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Wild weather and Watercolour with Annette Raff

Yesterday, Coochie Art Group Members enjoyed a fabulous day of concentrated watercolour tuition with award-winning artist, Annette Raff, from the Gold Coast. It was a wild weather day with gale-force winds and a rough crossing on the ferry, but it didn’t dampen the Group’s enthusiasm, as we launched into “Free Spirited” watercolour landscapes. Annette’s comprehensive class notes and her reinforcement of these in class with various exercises, meant our understanding of good design and composition was illustrated and strengthened. What a wonderful day! More pictures in the next post.

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Annette Raff ” Free Spirited Landscapes ” in Watercolour!

Coochie Art Group is delighted to announce that one of our favourite tutors will take the Group for a wild, watercolour ride! Annette Raff will be our tutor for “Free Spirited Landscapes” in Term 1, commencing on Tuesday 4th February. Delete the details and break out the larger brushes! This should be an exciting term
Visitors are welcome, as long as class sizes permit. For more details, please email Jan on janno47@gmail.com or 0417 780 154
WORKSHOP – Coochiemudlo ‘Freespirited’.pdf
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Notice of Coochie Art Group AGM 2020

Coochie Art Group members are looking forward to the start of another wonderful year of friendship and creativity with our fabulous professional tutors! Our AGM and Term 1 Meeting will be held on 28thJanuary, 2020 at 9.30 am for a prompt 10.00 start. Please bring your usual delicious contribution to our lunch. All are welcome. For further details, please email janno47@gmail.com

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Last Class for 2019 with Hilary

Coochie members enjoyed another informative and wonderful lesson with our talented and inspiring tutor, Hilary Wakeling. Today, Hilary was teaching the power of overlapping shapes and different methods to design a pleasing composition. Hilary was demonstrating using Atelier FreeFlow, which proved ideal for this method. The more abstracted designs required concentration to ensure the concept was executed correctly and the members produced some excellent works. We were delighted to welcome back to our ranks a former member, Lyndall! It’s great to have you back with us Lyndall. Coochie members will finish the year with our Christmas Party next Tuesday, this year on Coochie!

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Painting the Negative Space

Once all texture and stencilling was dry, Hilary prepared a light version of one of the existing colours and prepared to paint the negative spaces around the flower silhouettes she had drawn. The paintings were not quite finished, but clearly showed what an effective technique this is. The more complicated designs certainly required lots of concentration! It was fun, thank you Hilary! You are such a generous tutor in every way.

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Painting the Negative Space!

Today Coochie members enjoyed a fabulous day with tutor Hilary Wakeling, as Hilary demystified the negative space. Our boards were already prepared with gesso, then a dark mother colour and first layer was a gentle blend of harmonious colours of our choice, considering our finished design. Stencils were applied and when dry, black lava flakes were discreetly placed, as well as some opaque white flakes for extra texture. Copper and/or gold acrylic liquid was also dribbled on for extra contrast. The finishing touches will be in the next post.

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More Cup Day Photos!

Hilary is shown here with the finished demonstration of palette knife painting, also her stylish fascinator! Gilly is holding a partly finished version. What an informative and enjoyable day Coochie Group had on Cup Day!

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Coochie Cup Day!

A horse race might stop the nation, but not the Coochie Art Group! Stalwart members donned their fanciest hats, braved the fierce winds and enjoyed a fabulous day of tuition with Hilary Wakeling. A festive Cup Luncheon, a glass of bubbles, a sweep or 2 and back to more painting with palette knives. What a great day, thank you Hilary and the great cooks of the Coochie Art Group! Next Tuesday, 12th November, Hilary will be teaching the power of painting the negative space. Visitors welcome, if space permits.

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“Simple Treasures” Opening Night

“Simple Treasures”, Coochie Art Group’s latest exhibition was officially opened on Friday, 1/11/19 by Councillor Tracey Huges, after a warm welcome and introduction by RAG Director, Emma Bain. Members were delighted with the presentation of the Exhibition, given the complexities caused by the varying art pieces. There are wooden blocks, process journals, which chart members’ ideas developments and art works, large and small. Quite a challenge, but RAG staff managed beautifully. Thank you! ” Simple Treasures” are the members’ responses to the parts of life that bring them joy and beauty.

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