On August 28-29, I held my first workshop at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. This was held to compliment the "Joseph Banks and the flora of the Australian east coast" exhibition. Great venue and it was a full house of 15 participants. Quite a few families this time, including some of my own.
Taking inspiration from the exhibition, everyone headed out into the lovely gallery grounds to choose a drawing specimen. There was loads in flower including the Pink flowering ironbark, Hardenbergia violacea, Kennedia rubicunda, Tallowwood and the Port Jackson Figs and Grevilleas were a hit. One of the ladies also brought in a selection from her obviously amazing garden on Sunday. This included a rather huge Pink flowering gum and a range of hakea and grevillea.
The group was a real blend of plant lovers and artists at various stages of growth. It was a pleasure to introduce them to the inner workings of the plants and watch their worlds open up. Unknowingly one of the group was Gina Cranson, assistant editor of the Weekender magazine in the Herald. Gina decided to write about the workshop and botanical art in her Backyard column this weekend. Looking forward to seeing the finished article. Glad you enjoyed yourself Gina.
The Gallery have asked me back to do another workshop early next year, can't wait.