Abstract Landscapes with Joan Blond

We are flying Yarra Valley based artist Joan Blond up to the Gold Coast for a weekend of large scale acrylic landscapes. It's time to grab your favourite colours & go big and bold. Perfect for beginners or those with some experience who would like to try working a little more abstract.

It's time to work large and bold using lots of colour and large shapes. Joan will be teaching you the techniques and process around creating her beautiful large-scale abstract artworks. You will spend the first day completing 2 smaller abstracts and then move to a larger canvas on the Sunday.

Over the 2 days you will be learning:

- Colour mixing and how to create colours that work 'together' on the canvas

- Surface Preparation

- Composition and how to make your abstract artwork look balanced on the canvas

- Layering: How to work with the beneficial quick-drying temperament of acrylics to your advantage and layer colours

- Mark Making: How to use a variety of mark-making to your artwork to create texture and interest

- Finishing Touches: What is needed at the end of artwork to finish it off and bring it to life

Materials needed for workshop:

Acrylic paint (my preferred brand is Matisse but any professional quality paint will be fine). At least one large tube of each colour.


Pthalo Blue, Cerulean Blue, Prussian Blue, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium yellow, Naphthol Crimson, Magenta and Titanium White.

(Feel free to bring along any other colours that you already have as well)

1 x Large Stretched canvas (at least 90cm wide - Joan will work on 120x90cm - Eg 70cmx90, or 80cmx100 or 90cmx90cm) AND 2 x smaller canvases (around 70x70cm or close to this size) - Please note that the number of artwork will depend on how quickly we get through content over the 2 days. You may prefer to work solidly on 1 or 2 only. 


soft flat acrylic brushes (approximate size) : 1”, 2” and 4”

Soft round brush (variety of sizes is fine)

Large Paint palette

Water jar + water spray bottle

Plastic cups

Scrap paper A5 x 5 pieces each- we use this to practice colour mixing and brush strokes so it doesn’t need to be expensive, cardstock or plain newsprint will do the job.

Please refer to our terms & conditions at the bottom of our site for changes to your booking.


This workshop is being held in the luxurious surroundings of All Saints High School. You need to take the entry to the school with the large BLUE All Saints sign. Drive to the end of the car park and park there. You will see a building called the Visual Arts Centre.


If you are flying in, we recommend The Village B & B in Mudgeeraba for accommodation.


You are best to BYO lunch or drive out during the break. There is tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge.

Please note that Artable adheres to strict booking conditions as outlined in the link at the bottom of our website.


All Saints High School - Highfield Dr, Merrimac QLD 4226

Book online

$395 per person

Meet the Teach

Joan Blond

After working in the legal profession for 25 years Joan Blond has returned to her first love of painting.

Joan is an abstract expressionist and contemporary artist based in the Yarra Valley, Victoria.

Mostly self taught, Joan’s creative side was nurtured by her Mother who constantly shared her love of drawing & painting.

Joan loves painting generous blocks of colour and her style is vibrantly expressionistic, often incorporating energetic line work.

Joan mostly paints using acrylics with substance which add texture to her work and at times works with oil paint. She also loves experimenting with different mediums & washes.

Joan works from her home studio in Yellingbo in Victoria’s lush Yarra Valley and is creatively motivated by the location and the relaxed atmosphere it offers.

Joan also takes many cues from contemporary design and her love of interior design. She loves working with homeowners and designers looking for paintings with a custom colour scheme.

Joan has had 2 solo exhibitions and had works included in numerous group shows.

Joan’s paintings are held by private collectors throughout Australia, New Zealand, USA, Germany and recently Hong Kong.

Visit https://www.joanblondart.com/joan-blond/

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