LANDSCAPE PAINTING WITH IDRIS MURPHY & ROSS LAURIE (MARCH 12- 15, 2018)
Join us for a 4 day/3 night landscape painting workshop at the Hunter Valley Retreat set in 200 acres of beautiful Australian bushland.
ROSS LAURIE - LANDSCAPE PAINTER
Artist Ross Laurie and his family live on a farm in Walcha, on the Northern Tablelands of NSW between Tamworth and Armidale. Outback Australia and it’s rugged landscape have inspired his large, chromatically warm and dynamic landscapes. Ross produces an impressive variety of images, from small charcoal sketches to densely worked studies in oil stick, to large oils on canvas.
Ross has been exhibiting in solo and selected group shows since 1981 in commercial and regional galleries around Australia. He was part of the group of 13 high profile Australian Artists who went to Fowlers Gap Research Station in 2012 with Artist Profile Magazine.
Primarily a painter, he has been teaching painting and drawing for twenty five years. His work is a response to the country on and around his farm at Walcha, in northern NSW. Ross Laurie is represented by King Street Gallery, Sydney.
IDRIS MURPHY - LANDSCAPE PAINTER
Contemporary landscape painter, Idris Murphy, is one of the most individual and highly respected artists working in Australia today. Recently, he was one of the featured artists in the SBS documentary Two Thirds Sky Artists in Desert Country.
Murphy is a respected educator and artist who has been the driving force behind the promotion and building of a series of accommodation and studios for both Australian and International artists in the outback of NSW. Idris Murphy’s work is held in the public collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, Federal Parliament House Art Collection and the Art Gallery of NSW, State Library of New South Wales and the State Library of Queensland. Idris is represented by King Street Gallery, Sydney.
LANDSCAPE PAINTING WORKSHOP
The 4 day workshop focuses on painting and sketching directly from nature. Participants will improve their skills under the guidance of artists and experienced educators, Idris Murphy and Ross Laurie. During the workshop, they will expose the students to a variety of ideas and approaches with a mix of teaching, demonstrations and informal discussions on composition, colour, content, influences and the illusion of space, over meals in the evenings. Learn a new skill or develop new ones in a beautiful and relaxed environment. Non painting partners are very welcome.
ACCOMMODATION | THE HUNTER VALLEY RETREAT
The Hunter Valley Retreat is set on 200 acres of beautiful Australian bushland at the foot of the majestic Watagan Mountains just 20 minutes from the Hunter Valley’s wine region. With the rustic charm of a country estate, the Hunter Valley Retreat exquisitely combines nature’s beauty with lovely accommodation designed for comfort and style. The villas give groups the opportunity to enjoy the connection and fun of all staying together. All their rooms have crisp white sheets and fluffy towels and include Queen or Twin beds.
THE RESTAURANT & ACTIVITIES FOR NON-PAINTING PARTNERS
Delicious, mouth watering, country style meals are included at the restaurant. Catering to all tastes and dietary requirements, the resident Chef takes great pride and care in making sure everyone is well sated.
There is so much to see and do in The Hunter Valley and in and around the resort. You can go for a bush walk around the property up to Miracle Mountain where you’ll feel like you are on top of the world, or explore the Watagan NP. There is horse riding, or you can visit a local spa or alternatively, you can just relax in a hammock under a big eucalyptus with your favourite book.
4 DAY LANDSCAPE PAINTING RETREAT IN THE HUNTER VALLEY (MARCH 12-15, 2018)
DAY 1: MONDAY MARCH 12 - ARRIVE HUNTER VALLEY RETREAT
Workshop guests will meet for lunch at 12.30pm at the Hunter Valley Retreat in Quarrobolong, 90 minutes drive north of Sydney and 40 minutes inland from Newcastle. After settling into your villa, you will meet up with Idris and Ross who will outline the workshop content over the next days as well as take you on an orientation walk around the property, looking for suitable painting and sketching locations. The rest of the afternoon will be spent sketching. The guests will split into 2 groups and spend the next 1 ½ days with that artist. At 6pm we will meet for drinks and discussions by the artists on art, followed by dinner.
DAY 2: HUNTER VALLEY RETREAT
After breakfast, each artist will take their group out on a painting expedition. This may be on or around the property or they may drive the group to another location. The artists will walk you through the bush to find suitable painting locations and assist workshop members individually throughout the day. The ruggedly beautiful landscape provides a variety of wonderful subjects to paint. Morning tea and lunch will be taken out on location. Each evening before dinner, guests will meet for informal discussions with Idris and Ross on the Principles of Painting.
DAY 3: HUNTER VALLEY RETREAT
Today workshop members will work with the other artist, painting in outdoor locations. The evening will include a painting demonstration and discussion.
DAY 4: HUNTER VALLEY RETREAT
The morning of our final day will be spent painting in the same group as the previous day. After lunch we will all get together with the work produced over the past 3 days for a group critique with Ross and Idris.
The workshop finishes at 4pm.
· TUITION BY RENOWNED LANDSCAPE ARTISTS & TUTORS IDRIS MURPHY & ROSS LAURIE
· 3 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION AT THE HUNTER VALLEY RETREAT
· ALL MEALS INCLUDED
· EN PLEIN AIR PAINTING EACH DAY IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS WITH THE ARTISTS
· AFTERNOON WALK WITH THE ARTISTS; DISCUSSING THE LANGUAGE OF LANDSCAPE
· INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS IN THE EVENINGS ON COMPOSITION, COLOUR & THE ILLUSION OF SPACE
· PAINTING DEMONSTRATIONS & GROUP CRITIQUE
· WORKSHOP HOSTED BY KERRI AINSWORTH (ART TRAVEL ADVENTURES FOUNDER)
· TRANSPORT TO THE RETREAT
· ALCOHOL & SOFT DRINKS
· ART MATERIALS
A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $250 IS REQUIRED TO CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING
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