Monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, except January, at which visiting, well-known artists give demonstrations. Members and visitors are welcome to these demonstrations, for a small entry fee of $5 members, $7 non-members. They are held at Castle Glen Community Centre, 157 Ridgecrop Drive, Castle Hill ( at the rear of the carpark at Knightsbridge shopping centre).
2019 Demonstrations - Wednesday 7.30pm
Wayne Harrison “Airbrushing – Fine Art”
Wayne has been airbrushing over 35 years and his artworks have won awards in both USA and Australia. He says airbrushing is something everyone can learn to do - learn how to use the Airbrush, maintain it and do your own special effects and “trade” tricks.
John Haycraft “Watercolour Painting”
John is an Artist, Architectural Illustrator, Teacher and Author who studied with Lloyd Rees, American Watercolourist Charles Reid, Joseph Zbukvic and Eugen Chisnicean. Trained as a perspective artist he has over the years developed his interest in watercolour as a medium for expressive painting particularly well adapted for plein-air work. He is a master in his medium and is a principal of the architectural illustration firm Haycraft Duloy.
Chris Seale “Painting the Bush”
Chris paints beautiful bush scenes mostly in acrylics inspired by the Hawkesbury where she lives. She won the Traditional Acrylic Section of our own Orange Blossom Festival as well as other prizes including first prize at the Royal Easter Show. She will share with us her unique style and insights which she has developed during a lifetime of drawing and painting.
This will be an opportunity to see a little of what we can be learned at her workshop which will be held on 2 June.
May – No demonstration due to roof replacement at Castle Glen
Jan Cristaudo “Abstraction”
Jan hails from the Northern Beaches where she draws inspiration from the environment. She is an abstract artist who is driven in the first instance by colour. Jan has exhibited extensively and teaches at the School of Colour and Design, Willoughby Art Centre and Julian Ashton Art School. Let Jan inspire you towards abstraction or just get an insight into another painting genre.
We will be holding a workshop with Jan “An Introduction to Abstract Art” on 4 August.
Dianne Delandro “Techniques with Coloured Pencils”
Dianne is a local artist who, after many years of being an acrylic abstract artist, is now specialising in colour pencil work. She will explain what art supplies she uses and why, the dos and don'ts of working with colour pencils, as well as short cuts and handy hints.
Dianne's art can be seen on www.bluethumb.com.au, where she is a featured artist. She is also a member of "Colour in Your Life" and "The Australian Art Movement".
Tricia Taylor “Pastel Portrait or Figures”
Master Pastellist Tricia Taylor is from Sydney and has had 20 years of experience with pastels. Her work is recognised for capturing light in her impressionistic style of realism.Although painting portraits and figures in pastel can be daunting Tricia will show simple methods of layering to achieve amazing colour control. She will focus on how to mix colour in pastel including skin colour and colours in warm light.
Tricia will be teaching for us at our first workshop for 2020 on the 24 February.
David El-Melky “Hyper-Realism”
David has been drawing and painting since childhood, in fact he drew his first portrait at 7 years of age. No wonder that he won first prize at the 2018 OBF for traditional oils with his beautiful portrait of his grandchild. He studied a fine
arts degree and worked as a graphic artist, fashion designer, photography and painting at night.
Painting has been his life’s passion and he challenges himself with Hyper-realism and surrealist paintings. For the last 10 years he has been a tutor and loves every bit of it. We are lucky to have the opportunity to be given an insight into David’s process.
Sharon Moroney “Charcoal & Watercolour”
Sharon began work with Hanna Barbara Aust. And Burbank Studios on animated feature films, and freelanced for Disney. Her work has been chosen from hundreds of artists worldwide to appear in several prestige books and magazine, and she is featured artist in Australian Artist Magazine, May 2019.
Sharon likes to cross boundaries between realism and impressionism working in any media, but more recently combining graphite, charcoal, watercolour and pastel. At present she is working on a series of endangered animals but also loves to paint and draw people – to try and capture the essence of the subject.
November - TBA