THE ART OF TRAVEL WITH DEBBIE MACKINNON
Learn to capture the moment and create travel sketchbooks with artist Debbie Mackinnon on this 3 day retreat in secluded Currawong on the shores of Pittwater (April 30 - May 2, 2019)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Debbie Mackinnon is a contemporary artist based in Sydney and the Central Coast of NSW. Her paintings are an exploration of the connection between the natural and constructed worlds. Creating artworks is her passion and she draws and paints every day on location and in her Sydney studio. Debbie has a passion for coastal landscapes but she loves the thrill of travel and exploring new places, sketchbook always firmly in hand……
Debbie trained in the UK as an illustrator and worked professionally as an art director for London publishers Dorling Kindersley and Frances Lincoln and then as an author/designer of a series of award winning children’s books. Moving to Australia 24 years ago, she was inspired by the light, texture and colour of our rugged coastline to take up her easel and paints once more.
Debbie lectured at Billy Blue College of Design for 15 years and now paints full time. She founded ME Artspace, an artist run initiative in North Sydney, where she works and exhibits. She has been selected as a finalist in many prestigious art prizes, including NSW parliamnt Plein Air Painting Prize, Mosman Art Prize and many more. Debbie’s work is in private collections around the world. Two of her paintings were recently acquired by North Sydney Council for their public collection. She also exhibits at Rochfort Gallery. http://debbiemackinnon.com/
THE LANGUAGE OF LIGHT| TEXTURE | SPACE & COLOUR
"The coastal landscape is a kaleidoscope of ever-changing weather, crushed sediments of sand and tides that climb and recede from headland outposts. A photograph may capture a fragment of this process, yet an artist’s observing eye is able to convey multiple moments and the magic of these natural ebbs and flows. In my studio, I translate my deep connection with the coastal landscape into paint. My aim is to create exciting vistas from the Australian coast, each artwork speaking of the potent energy of nature and the freedom to be found within it.”
THE ART OF TRAVEL | ART WORKSHOP
Artist Debbie Mackinnon’s love of travel is recorded in her beautifully executed travel sketchbooks. While travelling, she sketches and paints every day. Whether it’s sitting in a café sipping on her morning coffee, exploring a new city or enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the day, Debbie captures her travel experiences with the immediacy of her artwork. She collects memorabilia in the form of gallery or theatre tickets, drinks coasters and an image torn from a magazine. All are incorporated in her fascinating and eclectic artworks. “Looking back at your travel sketchbooks unleashes a flood of memories that a photo will never do!”
Join us for a sketching and painting workshop in the idyllic and secluded Currawong Beach, on the edge of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Using a mix of watercolour, gouache and ink, Debbie will demonstrate how to create a zigzag Japanese fold sketchbook with connections from one page to the next, as well as a range of creative art-making techniques. Learn a new skill or develop new ones in a beautiful and relaxed environment.
ACCOMMODATION AT CURRAWONG BEACH
Enjoy this absolute waterfront setting in the stunningly beautiful Ku-ring-gai National Park, about an hour and a half from central Sydney. The accommodation includes the heritage homestead built by Dr Bernard Stiles in 1916. Originally called "Africa," it was later renamed "Midholme." You can also stay in iconic Aussie beachside cottages (built in the early 1950s), all with spectacular views of Pittwater. The price of the workshop varies, depending on your choice of accommodation. Midholme is more comfortable and upmarket, than the more rustic cottages, which have an internal shower and outdoor toilet. Currawong was listed on the State Heritage Register in 2009 and is accessible only by ferry from Palm Beach.
Non painting partners are very welcome. There is plenty to do and see in the area from bush walking, tennis, reading or even kayaking. Kayaks can be hired from the office or you can bring your own over by barge.
3 DAY ART WORKSHOP RETREAT AT CURRAWONG BEACH
(APRIL 30 - MAY 2, 2019)
DAY 1 - ARRIVE CURRAWONG BEACH
Workshop guests will catch the 12pm ferry from Palm Beach, arriving for lunch at Currawong at 12.25pm. After lunch artist Debbie Mackinnon will outline what the next few days will involve, followed by a walk around the site looking at suitable painting and sketching locations. At 6pm we will all meet at the homestead for a Welcome Drink, followed by dinner at 7pm.
DAY 2 - CURRAWONG BEACH
After breakfast Debbie will spend the morning demonstrating how to create a visual diary using a variety of techniques and processes. After lunch, workshop participants will choose a location and start sketching and painting in their sketchbooks. Debbie will assist workshop members individually throughout the day. At 6pm we will meet for sunset drinks and an informal discussion with the artist, followed by dinner.
DAY 3 - CURRAWONG BEACH
On our last day, the guests will continue painting and sketching on location as Debbie assists participants individually. After lunch there will be a showing of everyone’s work and a group discussion. The workshop finishes at approximately 3.30pm. There are ferries back to Palm Beach at 3.25pm, 4.15pm and 5.15pm.
· TUITION BY RENOWNED ARTIST/EDUCATOR DEBBIE MACKINNON
· 2 X NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION & 3 DAYS TUITION AT CURRAWONG (PITTWATER)
· ALL MEALS INCLUDED (BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, MORNING & AFTERNOON TEA)
· EN PLEIN AIR PAINTING & SKETCHING EACH DAY WITH ARTIST’S GUIDANCE
· PAINTING DEMONSTRATIONS
· INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS IN THE EVENINGS OVER DRINKS
· GROUP CRITIQUE
· WORKSHOP HOSTED BY KERRI AINSWORTH (ART TRAVEL ADVENTURES FOUNDER)
· EASELS & STOOLS (IF REQUIRED)
· TRANSPORT TO THE RETREAT
· ALCOHOLIC & SOFT DRINKS
· ART MATERIALS
A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $250 IS REQUIRED TO CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING
Art Travel Adventures Pty Ltd
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