Last week I found myself driving 2 and 1/2 hrs south of Perth through Donnybrook and onto the beautiful Bio-Dynamic farm of Brett Kirkpatrick and Leonie Inger called Dugite Farm.
As I drove through the farm, past the golden fields of hay and green acres of vegetables, dams full of cool dark water and paddocks of white and black inquisitive cows, sheds of machinery and an aeroplane hanger on the hill, I came to the newly built workshop room we were to paint in. Not a single snake had I seen or did I!
I was there to give a workshop of wet on wet painting to a wonderfully rich group of amazing people. All of them were locals and we had 3 generations of the same family painting.
Brett hung the door of the new dunny just in time as people began to arrived. We began early, some participants had experience and some didn’t, all where just happy to be there, taking a day out of their schedule for something different. Some people didn’t even know what they were there to do. I spoke about colour: its impact on our soul and its characteristics and we quickly sunk into painting. ‘Fire in the Landscape’ was our first painting and the felt experience of weighing and balancing the colours everybody developed quickly.
We breathed out with a cuppa, lovely homemade baking and a big conversation of what had just happened for everyone. Keen to move onto the next painting, ‘Standing on the Precipice’, we painted again. Most enjoyed the challenges this new painting brought, a different kind of weighing colour and developing variation between and within the colours. More of a challenge but still with the result of lovely artworks showing a beautiful range of individuality and character.
A shared lunch saw us nourish our bodies and the afternoon rolled into more painting and even some drawing. Participants were able to experience repainting one of the artworks. This often sounds boring however the first time we paint a painting we are mapping out what is to be done and how to possibly do it. The second time we paint a painting we sink deeply into the colours, feeling their effects on each other and enjoying the process with more control and direction. We breath differently this time around coming from a different perspective.
We finished far later than we had expected as we just couldn’t stop talking and an invite to come down again in March was warmly accepted.