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.
With support from Judi, Dan completed a contour drawing of a cup and saucer.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
Widening the Social Circle
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