Painting Still Water in Oils - Robyn Collier

Sunday, 17 February 2019 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM AEST

6 / 4 - 14, Hunter Street, Parramatta, New South Wales, 2150, Australia

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM AEST

CPAS Studio, 6 / 4 - 14, Hunter Street, Parramatta, New South Wales, 2150, Australia.


Workshop Description:

This is a full day oil painting workshop during which Robyn will demonstrate in steps how to execute a painting focusing on water reflections in still water. 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.


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 retarder is used to keep the acrylic from drying quickly, and the person is experienced with blending.  Acrylic painters should also realise 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


What to Bring:           

·         CANVAS BOARD  or stretched canvas–1 x 12”x16” ( 31 x 41cm) board

  • Use good quality canvas or give your board one coat with a white primer (acrylic house paint works OK) or a VERY LIGHT spray of re-touch varnish. Cheap boards make the job of painting a lot harder as the paint does not flow on 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 –  some small, medium and large. A stiff synthetic round 0 and 2 and also a fine synthetic sable for detail  0 or 00. (Art Basics 101 Flat bristle are good).  PLEASE DO NOT BRING WORN-OUT BRUSHES OR ONES GUNKED UP AT THE FERRULE!  Make sure they are in good condition. A rigger if you have one or a cheap rake brush. (Monte Marte)
  • COLOURS  - Artist quality where possible. I don’t mind which brand you use.
  • REDS             Alizarin Crimson, (if you have it) Pilbara Red.
  • GREENS        Viridian
  • BLUES           Blue Black(W/N) – Cobalt Blue                
  • YELLOWS     Cadmium Yellow, Australian Red Gold
  • BROWNS       Burnt Sienna
  • WHITE           Titanium White

·         Standing or table Easel. Although the easels are available at the studio, if you prefer to sit (or stand) and you have own easel then please bring it with you as availability of our easels is on a first come first served basis.

  • Baby Oil - for washing brushes only– in a sealed jar – preferably with a grid to aid in the cleaning process.
  • PLEASE DO NOT BRING MINERAL TURPS OR ANY PRODUCT other than GAMSOL. Gamsol is a very safe solvent and doesn’t evaporate into the air as much as other similar products. You will not need much.
  • Gamsol solvent as a medium for thinning paint.
  • A GOOD-sized palette. You will need plenty of room for mixing colours.

·         Double Dipper or Single Dipper

·         Palette knife for mixing colours. (wedge shaped one – medium sized)

·         Your normal painting kit including plenty of rags and paper towel.

·         Kneadable Putty rubber – thin willow charcoal if you would like to try my method of drawing in.

·         Baby wipes can be handy.



Please bring with you an apron or come wearing clothes that you do not mind if stained. You can easily be stained with oil paints.


About the tutor: 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. Having spent many years painting en plein-air she then graduated to studio work and subjects requiring more time and reference while still retaining the Alla-Prima technique. (Direct painting, wet-in-wet).

To see and read more about Robyn please visit her website at


Catering: Morning tea/coffee and afternoon refreshments. BYO Light Lunch. 


Accommodation: N/A


Bookings: Online booking   (booking will only be confirmed after payment is received and it’s a first come first served policy)


Direct Deposit: Vidal Arts and Photography BSB: 302162 AC No: 0874796  Please write your name in the reference section. 


Cancellation Policy: Cancellation more than 60 days prior 75% refund, 30 - 60 days prior 50% refund

No refund on the fee for cancellations within 7 days of the workshop unless your place can be filled by another participant. Ticket is transferable, so you can give (or sell) your ticket to someone else you know.

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Liability Waiver

Any damage, loss or theft incurred to personal property brought into class premises.


Any physical injuries sustained as a result of participating in any class.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events.


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Photos or videos are allowed ONLY after asking the artist whether it is allowed to do so.



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