Creating atmosphere and distance - Blue Mountains with Robyn Collier

Sunday, 30 May 2021 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM AEST

Cnr Hare and Moore Str, Glenbrook, NSW, 2773, Australia

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Sunday, 30 May 2021 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM AEST

Creative Arts Centre Glenbrook Inc Blue Mountains, Cnr Hare and Moore Str, Glenbrook, NSW, 2773, Australia.


This is a full-day oil painting workshop during which Robyn will demonstrate in steps how to execute a painting focusing on painting and creating atmosphere and distance in a Blue Mountains Scenery. The approach used by Robyn is an “Alla Prima” or wet-on-wet.

At around 12:30 we will stop for a 30-minute break during which you can have lunch. Please note that lunch is not provided although there will be some light food.


Please note that this is an oil painting workshop however no turps is allowed. Only Gamsol or any other similar odourless free mineral spirits are allowed. By the end of the day, you will have your own finished painting to take home with you.


Your teacher is COVID-19 aware


This means that this teacher won't run a class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant state restrictions (e.g. on the maximum number of students per class)

Due to distancing restrictions, the maximum number of students is 8


From time to time requests are done by participants to paint in acrylics. Robyn’s technique is wet-on-wet and hence due to acrylics' fast drying time, it is very difficult to achieve the effects that can be achieved by oils using acrylics. Robyn has indicated that will be OK as long as the retarder is used to keep the acrylic from drying quickly, and the person is experienced with blending.  Acrylic painters should also realize that colours and outcomes will vary, and they will need to rely on their own experience to translate the demonstrated techniques to acrylic.


Level: Suitable for intermediates and advanced and beginners with some experience in oil painting


Supplied: Standing / seated easels if needed.


Cancellation more than 60 days prior  75% refund
                                          30 - 60 days prior   50% refund
            A last-minute cancellation is not refunded, however the ticket is transferable so you can give it to someone else.



Material List

CANVAS BOARD 12”x16” – (31 x 41cm)

? Use good quality canvas or give your board one light coat with white acrylic paint or a

VERY light spray of Retouch Varnish. Cheap boards make the job of painting a lot harder as

the paint does not flow very well and you will find yourself filling in a lot of little holes).

? BRUSHES – A good selection of reasonable quality long, FLAT SQUARE bristle brushes –

small, medium and large. (Art Basics are good). PLEASE DO NOT BRING WORN-


favourite one for grass/foliage)

? COLOURS - Artist quality where possible. I don’t mind which brand you use.

? REDS Pilbara Red

? GREENS Sap Green

? BLUES Manganese or Pthalo Blue – Ultramarine Blue- Blue Black (W/N)

? YELLOWS Yellow Ochre – Cadmium Yellow

? BROWNS Burnt Sienna

? WHITE Titanium White (or other white if you only have that.)

? MAUVE Mauve Red Shade or similar.


? Standing or Table Easel.

? Cheap Baby Oil for WASHING BRUSHES ONLY– in a sealed jar – preferably

with a grid to aid in the cleaning process.


? Gamsol for MEDIUM. Gamsol is the safest solvent to use and it is all I use now. You

will only need a tiny amount. OR a small tube of Gamblin solvent-free gel.


A good-sized palette. You will need plenty of room for mixing colours.

? Double Dipper or Single Dipper

? Palette knife for mixing colours. (diamond-shaped one with flex– medium-sized)

? Your normal painting kit including plenty of soft rags and paper towel – baby wipes.

? Kneadable Putty rubber – thin willow charcoal if you would like to try my method of

drawing in.


I will provide a colour reproduction of the subject for those who don’t want to work


from a phone or i-pad.



Robyn is well known as a prominent Australian wilderness landscape and seascape painter of contemporary realism who started painting in the early 70’s – when traditional art was really taking off and Sydney Galleries were frequent and successful. Most of what she has learned has been learned from the observation of nature and constant hard work – being a self realised artist.

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