UNFOLDING THE LANDSCAPE WITH DEBBIE MACKINNON
Join artist Debbie Mackinnon at Sea Eagle Point, a beautiful waterfront property overlooking pristine Wallis Lake for a 4-day Artist’s Retreat (May 6 - 9, 2020)
SEA EAGLE POINT
Sea Eagle Point is an elevated promontory on Wallis Lake with lakefront and ocean views. The Point is 100 acres of largely natural bush in the Great Lakes region in northern NSW, 3 hours drive from Sydney CBD. This consists of 3 large lakes, the Myall Lakes, Smiths and Wallis Lakes, stunning beaches, national park and wonderful natural beauty.
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. Debbie trained as an illustrator and followed a profession 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 22 years ago, she was inspired by the light, texture and colour of our rugged coastlines 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. Debbie’s work is in private collections around the world.
THE UNFOLDING LANDSCAPE | ART WORKSHOP
“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.”
Join us for a sketching and painting workshop overlooking the idyllic and secluded Wallis Lake, in the Great Lakes district of Northern NSW. Using a mix of watercolour, gouache and ink, Debbie will demonstrate a range of creative art-making techniques. Explore experimental mark making with Debbie, picking up sticks and natural materials to make 'natures brushes'. Debbie will demonstrate ideas for keeping your work loose and fresh. She will demonstrate some of her techniques and continually inspire participants to create their own innovative landscape works on paper and concertina sketchbooks. We will be painting and drawing en plein air using a limited palette for maximum effects. Debbie can help and inspire participants at all levels of experience, and can encourage returning guests to push their craft further. Partners are welcome.
ACCOMMODATION AT SEA EAGLE POINT
The Cabin is a charming two bedroom cottage overlooking Wallis lake. The kitchen has everything you could possibly need. Take your coffee and breakfast out to the deck where you will find table, chairs and even a hammock! In the evening sit on the deck with a drink and watch the sun go down on the lake. The cosy living room is made for a lazy evening reading a book or watching a movie.
The Navigator House is a 2 story, 4 bedroom House with breathtaking views. A breezy spacious open plan living and dining area opening onto a large entertaining deck with views of the lake & the native bush. The bedrooms are spacious, comfortable and so peaceful you won’t want to leave! Set amidst the subtropical foliage of Kentia palms and ferns the comfortable, modern studio units have fully equipped kitchenettes and other home comforts.
Boatman’s Cottage is a charming character cottage with all the creature comforts. There is relaxed open plan living & dining area opening onto an entertaining deck with views over the lake to the ocean & the native bush. The cottage is self contained with a private deck, kitchens, dining & lounge areas with an efficient wood burner heater.
Get your shoes on and go for a hike! There are abundant views from every vista. Head down to the private Jetty with a bottle of wine. The lake front is magic especially at sunset. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, a deck and BBQ, all with fabulous views of the lake.
Our chef David, is a dynamic and creative private caterer with over 20 year’s experience. Adaptable to all types of hospitality, he enjoys cooking with the freshest seasonal ingredients and developing exceptional flavours across a variety of world cuisines. Specialties include Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking. Special dietary requirements are included.
4 DAY PAINTING RETREAT AT SEA EAGLE POINT, WALLIS LAKE, NORTHERN NSW (MAY 6 - 9, 2020)
DAY 1 - WEDNESDAY MAY 6 - ARRIVE SEA EAGLE POINT
Workshop guests will meet for lunch at 1pm at Sea Eagle Point, 3 hours drive north of Sydney After settling into your cottages, Debbie Mackinnon will outline what the next few days will involve, followed by a walk around the property looking at suitable painting and drawing locations. At 6pm we will all meet for a Welcome Drink, followed by dinner at 7pm.
DAY 2 - SEA EAGLE POINT - THURSDAY MAY 7
After a leisurely breakfast, Debbie will spend the morning demonstrating how to to start a plein air painting using a limited colour palette. 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 4 - SEA EAGLE POINT - FRIDAY SATURDAY MAY 9
Today, after breakfast Debbie will demonstrate how to include collage into your work. The emphasis will be on experimentation and guests will continue to explore in their sketchbooks, boards or canvases, inspired by the stunning local landscape. Debbie will assist workshop members individually throughout the day. Lunch will be provided on location. Relax in the evenings over sunset drinks and dinner.
DAY 4 - SEA EAGLE POINT - FRIDAY SATURDAY MAY 9
On the last day, our guests will have to opportunity to continue and complete their painting and sketches on location as Debbie assists participants individually. Just before lunch we will all get together with the work produced over the past 3 days, for a group critique with Debbie. After lunch there will be a showing of everyone’s work and a group discussion. The workshop finishes after lunch at 2pm.
Cost based on a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 12
Fully supported tour, with one-on-one tuition
· 4 DAYS PAINTING TUITION & DEMONSTRATIONS WITH ARTIST/EDUCATOR DEBBIE MACKINNON
· ONE-ON-ONE MENTORING
· 3 X NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION AT SEA EAGLE POINT, WALLIS LAKE
· ALL MEALS INCLUDED
· EN PLEIN AIR PAINTING EACH DAY ON THE PROPERTY
· INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS IN THE EVENING ON ART WITH DEBBIE
· WORKSHOP HOSTED BY KERRI AINSWORTH (ART TRAVEL ADVENTURES FOUNDER)
· TRANSPORT TO THE RETREAT
· ART MATERIALS
· BEVERAGES INCLUDING ALCOHOL
· SERVICES NOT MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY
· EXPENDITURE OF A PERSONAL NATURE
A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $250 IS REQUIRED TO CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING
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