Loose Landscapes in Oil - 2 Days OCT with Jenie Fawckner

We could not be more thrilled to be bringing Jenie Fawkner to the Gold Coast for a 2 day workshop in oils. Jenie's paintings are full of texture, colour & movement and will benefit any artist regardless of what medium you work in.

Hi Students - Just a quick note to touch base before our Art Workshop in October.

Homework before the weekend – Please gather reference material including photos of a landscape/still life you would like to tackle for the workshop. I would suggest taking a little trip and spending time with the area/landscape you are interested in. Do brief sketches and take many photos. Think of composition and perspective when you take the photos. Think of light and dark when you sketch. It does not have to be in any way a breathtaking landscape. I often paint the most ordinary of scenes which probably look uninteresting to most people but it is the way you learn to paint them and translate them and give them relevance.

If you could print out the photo/photos you have collected for your landscape just onto A4 paper in colour is fine as we will be drawing over them with lead pencil. Don’t forget to bring any drawings and sketches of your chosen landscape as well – no matter how small or minimal they are all helpful.

I will help you with identifying a good subject to paint so don’t worry if you have a few different ideas and photos at this point as we can narrow it down and discuss at the workshop.

I am looking forward to meeting you all soon. Please feel free to call me on 0428265433 or email on [email protected] if you have any questions before the weekend.

Outline for the weekend

  • Introduction
  • Discussion on all the reference material gathered with a demonstration on preparing your reference material to paint.
  • Underpainting with the use of acrylic paints and oil sticks. Talk on texture and mark making.
  • Pallet and colour mixing.
  • Use of mediums and impasto
  • First layers of the oil painting
  • Paint Paint Paint
  • Finishing touches
  • Finishing discussion and tip sharing

Materials List for Workshop

  • Stretched primed canvas or linen ready to go. Primed means the surface is painted with gesso and ready to paint (most shop bought stretched canvas frames are primed and ready to go). Sizes are your choice however I think a good size to take from start to finish in the 2 days would be up to around 50cm or 60cm. Working large is fine as well but maybe a challenge to finish in 2 days. Primed ply board is also a great surface to work on.
  • Some drawing material for making quick composition and idea sketches out in the field – sketchbook and pencils. Also a camera (we may be able to share a few of these) to take photos out in the field for reference material to print out and take back in to the studio.
  • A good range of colours in your oil paint. I use Art Spectrum oil paint and love this brand (but any brand is fine). Some colours to make sure you include would be Olive Green, Yellow Ochre, Flesh tint, Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue,Titanium White (I use a lot of white), Cadmium Yellow, Payne’s Grey, Burnt Umber and Alizarin Crimson. In the Art Spectrum range there are a few colours that I find invaluable for the Australian landscape. These are Australian Grey, Australian Green gold, Australian leaf green light, Australian leaf green blue, Lilac and Quin Magenta.
  • We will need some acrylic paint for the underpainting. Blue, White, Red, Yellow and Green will be enough.
  • I also use Oil sticks in my underpainting so feel free to bring Oil sticks as this is an excellent way to loosen up and get texture into your work. Just some basic colours of ochre, green, blue, grey and pink would be great.
  • Mediums – Art Spectrum medium No. 1 (This is mixed with oil paint and speeds the drying process. It is very good for your first coat of paint). 500ml bottle is economical but you will get away with a smaller bottle for the weekend.
  • Langridge Impasto Medium – thick medium IMPORTANT to bring (any size is fine but I would recommend at least 300m
  • A small bottle of linseed oil
  • Archival Odourless turps 1 litre
  • A good range of brushes and palette knives big and small.
  • A palette to mix oil paints on.
  • Disposable small plastic containers or palette to mix acrylic paint in or on.
  • Jars to put water and turps in
  • Cut up rags
  • Box of plastic gloves for painting
  • Bottle of brush cleaner to wash the oil out of your brushes.
  • An apron
  • Easel

Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions regarding the materials list.

I find THE SYDNEY ART STORE excellent to purchase art supplies online with. They have a flat postage rate of around $12 ( I think ) for anywhere in Australia and a huge range of products. I also like to shop at THE ART SHED in Brisbane on Montague Road.


A two day workshop that aims to give any person at any level of painting the skills to tackle their own personal translation of the Australian Landscape using textured oils with confidence and clarity.


RQAS 25 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach 4218 QLD

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$395 per person

Meet the Teach

Jenie Fawckner

artist statement

A creative and rural upbringing has created an ongoing fixation with the colour, composition and natural beauty of the Australian Landscape.

This has proved to be a very strong base for the subject treatment in all of my work. I am consistently drawn to the freedom of mark making and love of texture and use this as an approach to form a large part of the artistic process in both my printmaking and painting. To take a simple or insignificant scene from my natural surroundings and present it artistically in a way that gives it relevance and appeal teaches me to stop and appreciate every little aspect of nature. My joy is in the creativity.....my endeavour is to share it.

"God made the country Man made the town" - William Cowper

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