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Techniques, tips and tricks for watercolours and acrylics

Getting ready for my trip to Queensland

July 31st, 2008 | Category: Carol's paintings, Family, On the road

As I will be leaving Sydney for my Queensland painting tour on the 19th. of August, I thought I had better let you know how it is all going. In one word: terrible. I am so behind with everything - my poor husband, Linden, has been very ill and is in hospital, but thank God he is now on the way to recovery. Consequentally, I am behind.

It’s not all bad, though.  I am back on track and today I have already achieved quite a lot. It is amazing what you can fit into your life when you have to. My daughter has created a picture gallery of some of my paintings and I hope everyone will have a look and comment on them. Unless I get feedback on my blog I am not sure if you are enjoying it! I thought I would take pictures on my trek to Queensland as I go and post them here - that way you can travel  with me. What do you think?

I must get back to work. Nice talking to you. Regards, Cas

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Free pattern packet

May 26th, 2008 | Category: Carol's paintings, Pattern packets, Watercolours

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It has taken a while, but here is the promised free pattern packet of the gum blossoms watercolour. This is a beginner pattern so it’s a good starting point. There are two parts to the pattern packet:

  • The tracing. Download the file here. It’s currently A4 size, so you will need to enlarge it to A3 and print it out onto tracing paper. If your printer doesn’t do sizes larger than A4, take it to a print and copy centre such as Kinkos - they should be able to enlarge it and print it onto tracing paper.
  • A step-by-step instruction guide.

Both are PDF documents so you will need a reader such as Adobe Reader in order to view them.
Get Adobe Reader

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Pictures of my camel paintings

May 19th, 2008 | Category: Carol's paintings

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Click on any of the thumbnail pictures above to see the paintings. I hope you like them.

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On the road again

May 16th, 2008 | Category: Carol's paintings, On the road, Workshops

Hello all! I am sorry I haven’t updated for a while but I have been very busy painting camels and I haven’t had much time for anything else.

I thought I should let you know that I will be away teaching in Victoria for 12 days. I leave on Wednesday June 4 and return Monday June 16 2008. Originally, I was travelling to Victoria for the Avoca Camel Cup because that is where my camel exhibition was to be held. However, I received a phone call on Saturday saying that the Camel Cup had been cancelled. I was very disappointed at first, of course - disappointed for myself but very disappointed for the people that were involved in the organisation of it all as I know how much work has been put in to it. But I have always been a believer in one door closing and another one opening and by the looks of things that is what has happened.

I won’t say much more about it at until things are definite but, as they say: “watch this space”. In the meantime, I will be displaying a few of the camel paintings here so you can see some of my hard work. They are for sale if anybody is interested.

And here are the dates and locations of my workshops:

  • Saturday: 7/6/2008 “THE SHEEP STATION HOMESTEAD” ROUGHING I will also be teaching, “NOVEMBER LILLIES” with watercolours in the same workshop
    Where? Wardlin Craft and Garden, 344 Kayleys Lane Brewster
    Phone 0353440641
  • Tuesday 10/6/2008 “CHOOKS ON THE RUN” watercolours
    Where: Leony Hoekstra Phone: 0352419866 22 Waurnvale Drive Belmont Geelong
  • Saturday 14/6/2008 “CHOOKS ON THE RUN” watercolours
    Where:Gone Barney, Rosewood, on the way to Tumbarumba.
    Phone 0269488380
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Avoca Camel Cup

March 30th, 2008 | Category: On the road

Source: WikipediaI just thought I had better explain to you why all the “camel paintings”. I have been asked to paint camels for an exhibition that is to be held on the 8th of June 2008 at the Avoca Shire Turf Club, which is at the base of the Pyrenees ranges in Victoria. It is to be held in conjunction with “The Country Wool and Wine Festival”. Some of my work will be for sale, so come along and enjoy. I know you would have a lot of fun with not only the camel races but with the country hospitality.

For more information, check out the official website.

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I’m back

November 08th, 2007 | Category: On the road, Watercolours, Workshops

I have just returned from a very successful painting tour of Victoria. I taught in Bendigo, Brewster, Geelong, Melbourne and Rosewood. It was the perfect time to go as all the spring and summer flowers are in full bloom - whatever did we do before digital cameras? I have posted some pictures on Flickr but I have also pasted them in here so you can find them easily.

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