To Tibooburra, Spring 2015

This morning we are about to head off on a trip to paint the desert. We will be leaving Melbourne and travelling north to cross the Murray River and drive West towards Wentworth, on the South Australian border. We will stay somewhere along the way, perhaps Swan Hill.

It feels such a long time since we have spent time in the Australian Desert – though we did make a trip last year to central Queensland and look stay around the opal and sapphire fields of Emerald, Sapphire and Lightning Ridge.

If I have internet availability I will post images along the way.

It takes as much organising for a trip of two or three weeks or six weeks, just a few less canvases. Because I didn’t want to leave my students for four weeks without painting time we had left it to the last minute to organise our own clothes. The camera gear and painting equipment was well thought out and I am reasonably confident I have not forgotten anything. The tip will tell.

Packed are painting materials that include everything I will need for plain air landscape painting. I have; oil, acrylic or underpainting, watercolour and gouache. In my handbag is a small set of watercolours, pen and pencils. At no time will I be without the ability to paint or draw. We have stretched canvas, colourful papers, watercolour papers and sketch blocks. Camera gear includes my 5D camera with lenses, plenty of spare cards and batteries, and the laptop to download images in the evenings, if I can be bothered…

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Petschel House Hamilton is the home of artists Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan. In 2016 Jenni and Mervyn relocated their studios and galleries from Eltham to a beautiful 14 acre heritage Bluestone home with extensive gardens and lake. New studios and galleries have evolved and now support painting classes and open days. Jenni and Mervyn both grew up in the artistic shadow of Eltham's Montsalvat artists colony. Mervyn is from the founding family of Skippers and Jenni first began formal painting classes at the art colony as a 10 year on child. Jenni went on to have her own studio at Montsalvat and run classes from there. Both artists have travelled extensively overseas and into the desert regions of Australia. Jenni Mitchell has exhibited her work around the globe and is held in many public and private collections. Visitors are welcome at Petschel House to wander the gardens, view the studios and purchase works of art or home grown produce from the large productive orchard and gardens. Best to Phone ahead on 0417585102. Petschel House is located at 107 Petschels Lane Hamilton Victoria. 3300

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