Artists brush­ing up on skills

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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