Dan and the South West Artists: A Visual Journey

Back in 2013, the Art Partners team was mulling over the ideal mentor for Daniel (Dan) Marinovich.  We zeroed in on Edy Rees who has been with Art Partners since the inception of the program in 2011.

The only setback was that Edy was on holiday, and therefore wasn’t available to begin a mainstream class with Dan.

We brainstormed a bit more, and focused on how we could bridge the gap for Dan while we waited for Edy to touch down in Bunbury.

We decided that it would be wonderful for Dan to meet a few more professional artists in the South West.  This would expand Dan’s social circle, introduce him to a few more techniques and enable him to experience studios of working artists.  We also knew Dan’s experiences would provide great storytelling fodder for the blog.  Therefore, we made sure the camera was never out of reach during the series of artistic encounters.

Imagination in High Gear with Judi McGuigan

First up to host Dan was artist Judi McGuigan.  Her session with Dan focused on line drawing using charcoal.  Tea cups were the launching point, and some time was spent getting the feel for a variety of cups, saucers and how they fit together.

Dan getting the feel for cups and saucers with artist Judi McGuigan

Dan getting the feel for cups and saucers with artist Judi McGuigan

With support from Judi, Dan completed a contour drawing of a cup and saucer. 

Cup and saucer by Dan with support from artist Judi McGuigan

Cup and saucer by Dan with support from artist Judi McGuigan

Dan then moved on to drawing a sailboat, inspired in part by Judi’s love of sailing.  Dan’s a great fan of Doctor Who (the British science fiction television program), thus a tardis (time machine and spacecraft) – pulled from Dan’s vivid imagination – also proved a worthwhile subject.

At Chapman Hill with Marina Troitsky

For session two, Dan ventured to the outskirts of Busselton to spend some time with artist Marina Troitsky.  This workshop took place in Marina’s studio on her beautiful rural property of Chapman Hill. 

Dan with artist Marina Troitsky in her studio at Chapman Hill

Dan with artist Marina Troitsky in her studio at Chapman Hill

Dan sat at an easel where he worked on a contour drawing of a large emu-like bird.  Dan propelled his imagination using a miniature model bird which he initially held in his hand. 

Dan at the easel working on his emu-like bird in Marina Troitsky's studio

Dan at the easel working on his emu-like bird in Marina Troitsky’s studio

The two then moved on to experimenting with mono-prints with Marina concluding that the possibilities to further explore this technique were endless.

Blowing in the Wind with Anastasija Komarnyckyj

Third up was a session with Anastasija Komarnyckyj in her beautiful East Bunbury studio.  Dan sat at a slanted table facing Anna’s garden which overlooks the estuary.  It was decided that a tree would be the subject, and paints would be the medium.  With Anastasija’s encouragement and paint mixing expertise, Dan used brushes, a pallet knife and a sponge to achieve the variety of beautiful colours and effects in Blowing in the Wind.

Dan working on Blowing in the Wind with artist Anastasija Komarnyckyj

Dan working on Blowing in the Wind with artist Anastasija Komarnyckyj

Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the other talented South West artists who’ve been part of Dan’s Art Partners journey.

Adventures with Helen Seiver

Helen Seiver, the Consulting Artist for Art Partners, has worked with Dan in her Capel studio (to experience more visit PlaceStories: To Helen, From Daniel), and travelled with him as far as Melbourne for the 2012 Rob McNamara Exhibition.  The duo visited the Melbourne Art Fair and were photographed with Time Traveller by Troy Emery at the Gould Galleries stand (PlaceStories: The Pompom Creatures).

Dan with artist Helen Seiver at the Gould Galleries stand at the Melbourne Art Fair,  2012

Dan with artist Helen Seiver at the Gould Galleries stand at the Melbourne Art Fair, 2012

Through Irish Eyes with Emma Murphy

Emma Murphy was Dan’s mentor for parts of 2012 and 2013.  Emma was a great match for Dan, and enabled him to indulge his love of all things Irish.  They’re pictured below in the studio of the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries where Dan is telling Emma about Daniel’s Airplane (Place Stories:  Daniel’s Airplane) which had just arrived back from being exhibited at the As We Are Art Award and Exhibition 2012. 

Dan in discussion with mentor Emma Murphy in the studio of the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Dan in discussion with mentor Emma Murphy in the studio of the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Meeting his Match with Edy Rees

Edy Rees did come back to town, and Art Partners got the two linked up.  They’ve been together ever since at The Red Mill Studio Gallery, and are pictured below at the As We Are Art Award and Exhibition 2013 where Dan received a Judges’ High Commendation for Frogs Jumped on the Lily Pads.

Dan with mentor Edy Rees at the As We Are Art Award and Exhibition, 2013

Dan with mentor Edy Rees at the As We Are Art Award and Exhibition, 2013

Home Base at The Red Mill with Rocheen Navarro

The class that Dan and Edy attend at The Red Mill Studio Gallery is led by artist Rocheen Navarro.  Before Edy returned to town, Dan benefitted from a few solo coaching sessions with Rocheen.  He completed The Sky Beneath My Wings which was auctioned at a fundraiser for Edith Cowan University (Daniel Delivers).

Dan with tutor Rocheen Navarro at The Red Mill Studio Gallery

Dan with tutor Rocheen Navarro at The Red Mill Studio Gallery

Widening the Social Circle

Dan’s a super sociable guy, and we know he loves hearing what you have to say.  Why not drop us a line or two?  Select ‘reply’ immediately under the article’s title.

32 thoughts on “Dan and the South West Artists: A Visual Journey

  1. Johanna

    Wow what a talented guy Dan is! I love the contour drawing of the cup and saucer – it jumps out from the page. My favourite is the first painting though – those colours are super and it’s such a joyful vibrant work of art to me. His mentors look to be fabulously talented people too, and so giving of their time. It was interesting to have a peak into the homes of artists and their studios too!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      You’re right Jo! Dan’s got such talent. It was a beautiful experience to see his painting ‘Blowing in the Wind’ from conception to completion. And to know that he painted it in a beautiful studio overlooking the estuary just added to the experience.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Rob. I’ll pass on your message to Dan. He’ll be delighted to hear from you. We hope to frame ‘Blowing in the Wind,’ so you might be seeing it again.

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  2. Renae Hartmann

    Well done Dan, it’s so great to see all that creativity that you have out on canvas for others to enjoy. Love Renae Russo

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Renae for taking the time to check out the blog post. I’ll pass on your kind words to Dan. He’ll be so pleased. We hope to see you again soon.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Maria for stopping by the blog to check out Dan’s journey. Connecting to all the wonderful artists written about in the post has been a super journey for Dan. Many more adventures await. Stay tuned!

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  4. Susie Waller

    What an enjoyable read of your art journey Dan! And what a fantastic opportunity to work with all of those artists, I am very envious! Lovely to meet you on Monday at the opening of the Articulate exhibition, congratulations on creating a beautiful artwork and its sale!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to hear from you Susie, and for all of us to have seen you on Monday at the opening of ARTICULATE in Perth. We wish it could have been a longer event, but we await the next As We Are activity!

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  5. helenseiver

    Wow Dan what a response to this blog! I am not surprised because you are such a fabulous person to be around, to explore new techniques with and just to enjoy life beside!! Looking forward to our next art adventure!! Aunty Hellie

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you so much Helen for stopping by, and for being such a significant contributor to Dan’s artistic process. I remember when we originally chatted about connecting Dan with the SW artists and documenting it with a blog post. It’s great that it’s come to fruition. Thanks for all guidance and support!

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  6. Irene - a Canadian fan!

    It is so touching to see this journey. Not only is Dan’s work heartfelt and creative – the chain of goodwill bred by the remarkable artistic mentors – each with their unique gifts, is a delight to see and share! Thank you so much for such wonderful inspiration … The Art Partners initiatives are always uplifting and a joy to discover and rediscover.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Irene! How wonderful to hear from you via the blog post comments section! You’re right, the chain of goodwill is really something, and the resulting social capital that is generated is standout. Thank you for staying in touch, and for being inspired by our stories!

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  7. Susie Delaporte

    Hi Daniel, What a wonderful blog and a wonderful artist! I love your work and it’s so good seeing so many other people loving it too. You really are so very talented.

    Love your Commandant (Suzette, Susie De Marchi)

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Susie! It’s lovely to hear from you. Dan will be delighted. We printed out the blog post with all the comments earlier today. We’ll print it out again to ensure your comment makes its way to him soonest.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      How super to hear from Harvey Community Radio! Dan talks about you and his radio experience very often. You’re right, the journey over the past two years has been outstanding. Thanks Harvey Community Radio for staying in touch.

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  8. Mariel

    Wow Daniel! You are so talented! I enjoyed reading this post and see your amazing work and how happy you are working with your mentors.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Mariel for checking out the blog post. We look forward to meeting you and to staying in touch about Dan’s artistic journey with Art Partners.

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  9. Anastasija Komarnyckyj

    Daniel, what a pleasure it was sharing time with you in my studio recently. Your enthusiasm for life is uplifting and infectious. The creative energy you exude touches the lives of many and your works speak of a life fully lived.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello Anastasija. Dan really enjoyed his session with you! Thank you so much for hosting him. We’ve chosen ‘Blowing in the Wind’ for the Art in the City exhibition series. So, I’m sure you’ll be seeing it again soon. Thanks again.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dear Judi, Thanks so much for getting Dan’s series with the South West artists off to a great start. It really set the tone for the experience. So, thanks, and we look forward to staying in touch.

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  10. Pauline Sechi

    Your art is wonderful, Dan. So talented! My sister Edy, has taught me a lot and a great inspiration to me. You are lucky to have each other. Pauline, in California USA.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dear Pauline, How lovely to hear from you. This must be our first comment from USA! Yes, Edy is a wonderful member of the Art Partners team. It’s a joy to have her with us, and we feel her absence when she’s away. Thanks again for checking out the post. Please stay in touch.

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  11. Edythe Rees

    I appreciate your kind words, Pauline and Wanda. I find you are both inspiring personalities i yourselves 🙂 Working with Dan is such a pleasure. I look forward to my Monday evenings with him. His infectious humour and witty comments keep the class amused. The line drawings he produces are very striking, along with his innate sense of colour and strong ideas, his art is a rewarding achievement, The input from Rocheen Navarro, tutor of The Red Mill Gallery ( and her homemade delicious suppers! ) is greatly appreciated by both Dan and I. Keep working Dan, your exciting journey in Art is an upward “Spiral” Your friend and mentor, Edy

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