I’m super excited about a lovely contemporary spring watercolour workshop that I’ll be leading at one of my favourite local shops Azure’s Den right here in Concord, Sydney. It’s a beautiful space with such a great energy & I’m believing that the lovely group that comes together will find it inspiring and soul enriching.
Watercolour is still one of my main artistic expressions and I’m really looking forward to enabling others to find freedom and beauty in the fluidity of this medium. I still find such joy in watching the colours magically blend before my eyes and with the magnificent spring flowers surrounding us, what a perfect subject matter to bring us into a seasonal mindfulness. Taryn at Azure’s Den is a special lady and has been a supporter of my art since we moved here 5 years ago. This is really the only place that has showcased my original work during that time.
I do believe in synchronicity and the timing of this workshop was amazing. I was in the shop (well it’s more than a shop….it’s a wellness centre/ cafe/ gallery space) when Taryn was mentioning my art on the walls to a lovely customer who then asked if I taught art. Taryn & I looked at each other and she immediately responded ‘why yes and Sancha is going to be taking a watercolour workshop here’ ……at that very moment it was like a part of my soul woke up. I have been painting in watercolours since my early teen years when I begged my parents to let me do a term’s worth of classes at a beautiful historic house ‘Willandra House’ in Ryde whilst still at high school. That was the start of a love affair with this translucent and flexible medium.
Over the years, I have attended many workshops with watercolour artists and have loved experimenting with layering of gouache, pastels and ink.
The result ~ a contemporary approach that is more of a soul expression than a traditional representation. I am working more intuitively these days…letting go and letting the paint create the story so I can embellish with mark making to bring out the essence of the work.
It is a source of meditation and mindfulness and I often create more than one work of the same story. Quite often my larger acrylic paintings have started from loose watercolour sketches.
There is nothing more rewarding for me than to see people come alive with creativity. I’ve had the joy of experiencing this in my singing teaching over the past 20 years. A new chapter has begun….and I’m so excited to share my insights and encouragement with some new souls.
I’ll post some of the wonderful creations :)