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Impressive Day with Tricia Reust!

What a wonderful day with Tricia yesterday! Members learned how to pull various types of prints from our collagraph plates, stamping with made stamps, and positive and negative stamps from our images, glazing and softening the initial colours, and the importance of soft edges and blending of colours. More to come!

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Collagraphs, Design, Printing and Fabulous Fun with Tricia Reust!!!

Coochie Art Group Members had a fantastic time yesterday with one of our favourite tutors, Tricia Reust. Tricia demonstrated construction of collagraph plates, and carving stencils from various materials including corrugated cardboard and foam board. Tricia then demonstrated how to ink our plates and pull different types of prints using various papers. The effects achieved were wonderful! Tricia emphasised the importance of design informing the placement of the collage elements and demonstrated using some unusual materials including snake skin! We now know which parts of the skin to use and which parts to avoid!!!! Who knew there was so much to learn about collaging snake skin? The pattern on the skin was just beautiful – this from one who doesn’t have any time for snakes!!!!! Tricia always sets a cracking pace for us, as there is so much to learn, and we do appreciate her generous tuition and extensive handouts. Thanks Tricia for a truly fabulous, informative day!

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Hanging the Show!

Members were fine-tuning the hanging today, while others took photos!!!! The Show looks great, with a wide variety of genre and media. CAG’s beautiful hand-painted cards will be for sale. The First Prize for our raffle will be a choice between 2 wonderful paintings by Master Pastellist Penny Gilbert-Ng and local, prizewinning wild life artist Louise Saunders. The hardest part will be which painting to choose!

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Coochie Group’s Annual Art Show and Sale

Coochie Art Group members are eagerly awaiting the Opening Night festivities of our Annual Art Show. Councillor Wendy Boglary will declare the Show open at 7.00pm on Saturday 10th August at Redland’s Performing Art Centre in Middle Street, Cleveland, opposite the Police Station. The Show has been hung and is looking fabulous! All are welcome, entry is free and refreshments will be served after the Opening.

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Tricia Reust’s Materials List for Classes with Coochie Group!!

We’re delighted that Tricia Reust will be back Tutoring Coochie Group with more of her special magic, including exploring Collagraphs. Below is her Materials List – quite extensive, but first lesson is not until 27th August, so we have time to assemble it all. Can’t wait!
19 Tricia Reust requirements.docx
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Transformation!

Master Pastellist Penny Gilbert-Ng continued the transformation of the underwash horror subject! into a captivating portrait of a handsome, compassionate young man. This process was handled so deftly, with such a light touch, that it was a revelation to see his image emerge. Thank you Penny, for a magic day, where we learned so much and had so much enjoyment. What a great day, thank you!

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More Magic with Master Pastellist Penny

Penny continued with the watercolour underwashes, strengthening the tones and providing the bones for the portrait, pun intended! The “monster” of underwashes was tamed by Penny’s remarkable touches with pastels. So light, so delicately applied! It was a revelation to this avowed non-Pastellist! More images to follow.

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Pastel Perfection with Penny!

Penny continued her magic classes with The Coochie Group today, starting with her drawing, followed by the watercolour background. The subject appeared scarily appropriate to a horror movie, until Penny started her pastel magic. Amazing how the subject was pulled out of the watercolour undercoat! Fabulous stuff and such an enjoyable, fun day.

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Hot Times on a Cold, Cold Day!

A few hardy members of the Coochie Art Group braved the cold at a tutor-free day on Coochie today. Led by well-known trend setter Gilly, we painted up a storm and had a ball!

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More Magic with Penny!

Here, Penny’s painting continues the journey to fabulous! Thanks Penny for a wonderful class.

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