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Artists Workshop, Peregian Beach

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by Loni Joy (subscribe)
Love travelling n writing...
Published April 7th 2013
Learn to connect with your arty side
Ever felt like donning an apron and grabbing some acrylic paints?
If you have ever had the urge to paint but you're not sure where to start perhaps a weekend workshop with artist Mark Waller is the perfect opportunity.

Mark Waller
Mark with a sample of his work...

My sister attended Mark's weekend workshop recently and excitedly told me all the techniques she was learning. So, in the name of writing and research, I decided to take a closer look and tag along on day 2. Mark did a brief sample of how a painting takes shape.

He works speedily. "Look at the way he does that,' my sis whispered as I watched, perplexed at his feather light strokes that flew across the canvas. I was in awe of his brilliance and my sister's not half bad either. Artists, they're in a league of their own.

My sister Trudi!
Learning a few tips ...

Mark hails from Lennox Heads and visits the Peregian Beach Community Centre to put on these art weekend workshops. His down to earth approach and relaxed attitude (he looks like he belongs on the beach with a surfboard under one arm) and he teaches by doing. A blank cavass slowly begins to take shape into something quite different. He even has a website, which can be viewed here. It's called acrylic anonymous with a free tutorial in which to help inspire you to get started.

OK so this is Mark in Action.

mark waller
The Magic of Mark Waller

What is it?' I whispered to my sister... 'Wait and see.'
We had different conjectures. It could be a wave, could be a ravine, could be shallow waters... Hmmm...

Mark will then let it dry for a few hours before putting the final touches together and suddenly it all comes magically apparent.

Mark's won several awards and has been involved in dozens of exhibitions. For those interested you can view his bio and works of art here.

Mark is putting on another workshop in June 2013 if you would like to attend. View his website for further details.
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Hi There - thanks so much for your article Loni!

Just a couple of corrections - Mark's tutorial website is called You can subscribe (it's all free!) to our monthly online ezine Acrylics Anonymous via the Explore site and score yourself a free 25 minute video tutorial with Mark, and heaps of other cool stuff only for subscribers.

Our next workshop on the Sunshine Coast is the 25th and 26th May, and there are still a couple of spots left! We won't be back again at Peregian until 2014! If you would like more information, please contact me through the site.

Thanks so much! Frankie :)
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