One blink and it was over! I can’t believe that my art trip to the Goldfields has been and gone and now all that’s left is the memories. 17 dedicated artists and nature lovers joined me last week, travelling around parts of the Goldfields of WA, painting and exploring a variety of places like Coolgardie, Lake Lefroy, Gwalia, Kookynie, Niagara Dam, Menzies and Lake Ballard. Each spot had its own beauty and it was hard to decide what to paint first! The weather was perfect – no rain, not too hot, not too cold and although the flies were a bit “friendly” we fought back with fly nets and lots of furious swatting! At Lake Ballard we were able to walk out to most of the statues and some of us walked to the top of the hill to view the amazing 360 degree view; at Kookynie we were treated to a lovely morning tea and lunch by Kookynie Hotel owners Margaret and Kevin Pusey; and each stop included classic Goldfields countryside with red dirt, blue skies, and a challenging amount of “greens” to tackle in our paintings.
The trip also included 4 evening tutorials (accompanied by the odd joke or two from attendees), visits to the Super Pit and bush two-up in Kalgoorlie, and the opportunity to attend the ANZAC Day dawn service in Kalgoorlie on our final day. And as a little treat, I also arranged for a side visit to the Da Vinci Machines exhibition at the Goldfields Museum, we had a very informative visit from Leonora artist Roderick Sprigg after one of the tutorials, and a few of us went to the Goldfields Repertory Club’s play – “The One Day of the Year”.
I’m sure everyone learnt a lot during the trip, and I’m hoping that everyone has been inspired to produce some lovely artwork from sketches, paintings, and photographs taken during the trip. Many thanks to our driver, Sharon, and to Casey Australia Tours for putting the trip together.
Following are some more photos that were taken last week: