Friday, 11 May 2012

Donna Downey Workshops

I've been away....again!  Have been down in Perth with a friend doing a couple of workshops tutored by Donna Downey.  What an absolute blast!  I'm still on a high and can't believe I finally got to meet her.

Before we even got started we all got a bit of a spiel on the difference between craft and fine art.....her work is classed as fine art apparently.  I have a LOT of difficulty with the constant discussions other people have with this topic and the differentiation between the two.  I doesn't matter to me.  As artists, we have an opportunity to make a statement....just do what you do and make a statement if you want to......or not......for goodness sakes!

The workshops were very hands on and even more full on, and I finally got to learn about and experiment with pan pastels which I've been wanting to do for what seems like forever.

We were each supplied with a journal for experimentation and to document the 40 various techniques Donna led us through.

A blurry shot (what's new) of my partially finished pan pastel canvas.

How embarrassing is the apron?  But I'll probably never wash it again because the guru Donna has touched it.

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