Painting the iconic gum tree - Robyn Collier

Sunday, 16 February 2020 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM AEST

6 / 4 - 14, Hunter Street, Parramatta, New South Wales, 2150, Australia

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Sunday, 16 February 2020 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM AEST

CPAS Studio, 6 / 4 - 14, Hunter Street, Parramatta, New South Wales, 2150, Australia.





This is a full day oil painting workshop during which Robyn will demonstrate in steps how to execute a painting focusing on painting the iconic gum tree. The approach used by Robyn is an “Alla Prima” or wet-on-wet.

At around 12:30 we will stop for a 30 minute break during which you can have lunch. Please note that lunch is not provided although there will be some light food.


Please note that this is an oil painting workshop however no turps is allowed. Only Gamsol or any other similar odourless free mineral spirits are allowed. By the end of the day, you will have your own finished painting to take home with you.


From time to time requests are done by participants to paint in acrylics. Robyn’s technique is wet-on-wet and hence due to acrylics fast drying time it is very difficult to achieve the effects that can be achieved by oils using acrylics. Robyn has indicated that will be OK as long as retarder is used to keep the acrylic from drying quickly, and the person is experienced with blending. Acrylic painters should also realise that colours and outcomes will vary, and they will need to rely on their own experience to translate the demonstrated techniques to acrylic.

Level: Suitable for intermediates and advanced and beginners with some experience in oil painting 

Supplied: Standing / seated easels

About the tutor: Robyn is well known as a prominent Australian wilderness landscape and seascape painter of contemporary realism who started painting in the early 70’s – when traditional art was really taking off and Sydney Galleries were frequent and successful. Most of what she has learned has been learned from the observation of nature and constant hard work – being a self-realized artist. Having spent many years painting en Plein-air she then graduated to studio work and subjects requiring more time and reference while still retaining the Alla-Prima technique. (Direct painting, wet-in-wet).


Catering: Morning tea/coffee and afternoon refreshments. BYO Lunch, however, there will be light finger food included in the price.


Accommodation: N/A


Cancellation Policy: Cancellation more than 60 days prior 75% refund, 30 - 60 days prior 50% refund 
No refund on the fee for cancellations within 7 days of the workshop unless your place can be filled by another participant. Ticket is transferable, so you can give (or sell) your ticket to someone else you know.

Terms & Conditions 
By taking part in a workshop you will be agreeing to the following conditions.

Liability Waiver 
Any damage, loss or theft incurred to personal property brought into class premises.

Any physical injuries sustained as a result of participating in any class.

I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events.

Photo & Video 
Photos or videos are allowed ONLY after asking the artist whether it is allowed to do so.

I agree to give Christopher Vidal unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken during classes and events. Photos will only be used through social media, newsletters, blogs, website and general promo material.



Materials List


  • 1 x 12”x16” - ( 31 x 41cm) canvas board. You can use larger if you think you can get through the painting in the time. Use good quality canvas or give your board a single coat with a good primer.  Cheap boards make the job of painting a lot harder as the paint does not flow on very well and you will find yourself filling in a lot of little holes.


  • BRUSHES – A good selection of reasonable quality long, FLAT SQUARE bristle brushes – say some small, medium and large. A stiff synthetic round 0 and 2. (Art Basics are good).  PLEASE DO NOT BRING WORN-OUT BRUSHES OR ONES GUNKED UP AT THE FERRULE! Make sure they have been cleaned well.


  • COLOURS - Artist quality where possible. I don’t mind which brand you use.            Personally, I use Art Spectrum.


  • REDS               Pilbara Red. (A/S
  • BLUES            Blue Black (W/N) – Cobalt Blue             
  • YELLOWS     Yellow Ochre - Australian Red Gold -Cadmium Yellow or Similar.
  • BROWNS       Burnt Sienna
  • WHITE           Titanium White. (Make sure it is not old and stiff.)



  • Standing or table Easel.
  • Baby Oil for washing brushes ONLY– in a sealed jar.
  • GAMSOL solvent for medium (thinning paint) (This is the most environmentally safe solvent to use as a painting medium). You will only need a small amount depending on your canvas. Or you may bring GAMBLIN SOLVENT FREE GEL.


  • A Good-sized palette. You will need plenty of room for mixing colours. Perspex is good.

·         Double Dipper or Single Dipper for medium.

·         Palette knife for mixing colours. (triangle shaped flexible one – medium sized)

·         Your normal painting kit including plenty of soft rags and paper towel.

·         Kneadable Putty rubber – thin willow charcoal if you would like to try my method of drawing in.

·         Baby wipes are useful.



                                 I WILL PROVIDE SUBJECT PHOTOSAND HANDOUTS.

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