King Parrots Gang Gang Cockatoos Branches, leaves and flowers.
This workshop we will concentrate on two different birds as well as creating their entire setting with background leaves, flowers and branches. Our aim is to complete two artworks as well as studies of different elements. Our two birds will be King Parrots and Gang Gang cockatoos. We will learn to draw the male and female of each species, as they are very different colours to each other.
Janet Matthews is a master of her medium of colour pencil and graphite. Her work has been described as “weaving magic” with a pencil. With a signature style of combining colour pencil and graphite, she captures, in detail, the personality of her subjects. She tells her own personal story and shares her experiences through drawing her animals and birds and flowers. Janet works and lives in Narre Warren North, Victoria, with a beautiful studio surrounded by a native garden, where her feathered subjects keep her inspired.
“My art is my passion, especially pencil. I love to show the birds and animals in conversation and in action. There is a story to each of my works, which reflects my own life and experiences, with humour being a strong element. I love detail and realism, but the story I tell is the most important element of my work.
Janet will focus on Fur and Australian animals this workshop. Each day will be a different animal, with a different kind of fur. We will be doing the Curly fur of a Koala, the Spiky fur and spines of an Echidna, the sleek wet fur of a Platypus and the soft fluffy fur of a Sugar Glider. Janet will teach the different colour pencil techniques and colour combinations needed for each fur.
Janet is a Fellow of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists. She has a Diploma and a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts, Monash University.
“It is such an honour to receive this award. This is my third time to have won Wildlife Artist of the Year, and each time it is a surprise and an honour to do so. There are so many aspects to achieve to earn this award. Firstly I needed to consistently enter the exhibitions throughout the year. This is always demanding to have the ‘right’ artworks available for each exhibition, especially if they have a theme or common subject.
Secondly, I needed to have artworks that were of an incredibly high standard, that would hopefully win the awards at each exhibition. It is challenging to compete with all mediums as some are very ‘strong’ styles. My work is in colour pencil and graphite and even though they are often powerful images, they have a gentleness and subtlety that isn’t often on the judges list of criteria.
Finally, being an individual with my work is so important. People can identify the drawings as mine, from both my techniques, style and subject matter.
I like to have some quirky aspect to the work, whether it be the antics of the subjects, their expressions, their interaction in a very human way like how we chat to each other or it may be a different view of the subject – like my over and under water images.
It is such a thrill to receive this award and all the respect it shows for me and my work.”
Janet Matthews Dip and Grad Dip Vis Arts, WASF, AGRAF.
This is a workshop that will explore how to draw wildlife with personality and detail as well as learn many techniques for using Colour Pencil, Graphite, and Watercolour pencil. Graphite – Janet will share her techniques in graphite, drawing a long-haired animal, using resist methods, blenders, erasers and how to use the full range of different pencils.
Janet Matthews is co-exhibiting at the Town and Country Gallery, Yarragon, Victoria from October 8 through October 29, 2017.
Drawing on her recent trips to the Galapagos Islands and South America, the birds and animals she observed in those locations inspired Janet’s pencil drawings in this exhibition. It is obvious from looking at these drawings that patience is a major factor in capturing the essence of these beautiful creatures in their natural habitats.
Janet’s work has been described as “weaving magic” with a pencil.
Janet shares the spotlight with Darren Gilbert who is also passionate about and captivated by creatures and the environment in this world.
Janet Matthews Dip and Grad Dip Vis Arts, WASF, AGRAF.
Janet will show students the techniques needed to fully explore colour pencil and graphite. The subject of this workshop will be Honeyeaters and Flowering Gum. Each student will design their own artwork for completion, giving each student the chance to be simple or complex in their design.
Janet will show students the techniques needed to fully explore colour pencil and graphite. The subject of this workshop will be honeyeaters and Flowering Gum. Each student will design their own artwork for completion, giving each student the chance to be simple or complex in their design.
BOTANICAL: EUCALYTPUS AND/OR BANKSIA. Rita Parkinson. Due to unforeseen circumstances Margaret Muffet who was tutoring the Botanical Art workshop, is unable to honour her commitment to teach in April 2017. Fay is honoured and delighted at short notice to announce that Rita Parkinson has agreed to replace Margaret and conduct the Botanical Art workshop.
Colour pencil – Colour Pencil is a versatile and brilliant medium, and Janet will share her special techniques, then she will show how to do specific textures relevant to wildlife, for instance fur, feathers and eyes. Using all these techniques, you will then draw an animal and a bird in colour pencil.
This is a workshop that will explore how to draw wildlife with personality and detail as well as learn many techniques for using Colour Pencil, Graphite and Watercolour pencil. Graphite – Janet will share her techniques in graphite, drawing a long haired animal, using resist methods, blenders, erasers and how to use the full range of different pencils.