I have just returned from Queensland, where I taught a weekend workshop "Looking at Leaves", at Mt Tamborine, which is in the Gold Coast Hinterland. This is an important workshop as it teaches not only colour identification and mixing skills, but of course colour matching. I think one of the most difficult things to do in botanical art is highlights, so there were plenty of demonstrations and skills taught about brush control and the importance of how much water to pigment to use.
|The view from Margot's house, which is situated on the Coomera River.|
It was coolish on the mountain, so I was pleased I packed some warm clothes. I am not good with cold, and going away is the bane of my life - ensuring I have clothes for all seasons. Mt Tamborine is a beautiful spot with spectacular views over valleys and distant mountain ranges.
|Some of the delicious food the ladies provided at the workshop. Margot is on the left.|
|Deep wine red of the hollyhocks from Pat's English garden|
|The view from Jenny's house and garden on Tamborine mountain|
|The setting western sun|
|An iridescent beetle on the Brachychiton (Kurrajong) trees, which were in full bloom.|