Artists brushing up on skills
TURNING fur coats into paint brushes was just one of the skills Monto’s Joy Bound learnt during a five-day workshop with artist Kevin Oxley earlier this month.
Mrs Bound described how the artist used the individual pieces of sable fur to arrange a high quality brush at the Maryborough Art Week class from July 1-5.
“We have an old fur coat at the art centre here in Monto, I was thinking we should pinch an arm and make some paintbrushes, too,” she said.
But what really struck Mrs Bound about the renowned painter was his lack of concrete rules when it came to being creative.
“He wouldn’t let me say my work was ugly, he said that would have been a put-down to him,” she quipped.
Mixing colours and creating different tones was a foundation skill for Mr Oxley’s style of teaching.
“He said to never use more than five colours in a painting,” Mrs Bound said.
“But by mixing those colours properly he could make it look like an entire rainbow.”
The Monto art-lover said she was full of ideas for new pieces after the workshop.
Sue Ison and Elaine Cook, along with Sandra Clarke and Judy Vander-Have, made up the troop of five Monto Art Group members who made the trek to Maryborough.
DIFFERENT STROKES: Monto's Joy Bound (second from the left) attended an oil painting workshop in Maryborough with renowned artist Kevin Oxley.