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Painting

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Endless inspiration in the waters of the island

6 October 2013

Mark Waller is above all a lover of water, and in Fiji he found endless excitement and inspiration in the waters of the island – the shapes and shadows of the coral reefs below the surface of the ocean, the abundant fish life and towering coral heads that he saw when snorkeling, the sweeping views [...]

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Water is for washing brushes only!

27 October 2012

Kerrie Lester’s third painting retreat at Daku was her busiest to date.  There was a difference this year in that much of the painting took place on the deck of the villa where Kerrie was staying, and it became a great meeting point for everyone and a useful storage for their work during the week. [...]

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Kerrie Lester - Art Holiday Retreat

The Joy of Painting

8 December 2011

In September, Kerrie Lester was at Daku for her second workshop. One of her students, Christine Leaming, writes about the week and what she learnt. It was a week was filled with painting, new experiences, laughter and relaxation. Each day began with a relaxing stroll along the waterfront, followed by breakfast around the pool. We [...]

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Art Workshop - Elena Parashko

Ever Changing Times

8 November 2011

“A picture tells a thousand words”, but which words do they speak? Elena Parashko’s haunting painting of a marooned ship in a drought-devastated landscape was recently selected as a finalist in ANL Maritime Art Prize in Melbourne and then snapped up on the opening night. Elena, who leads a week at Daku next September, describes [...]

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Flowering Talent : Botanical Art Retreat

Flowering Talent : Botanical Artists

15 September 2011

The delicacy and detail of botanical paintings is astonishing. With six days at their disposal, the artists still claimed they were pressed to finish by the end of the week – but their artwork was of a very high standard. Delicate heliconia, robust ginger, and the intricate lacy petals of a hibiscus were all on [...]

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Watercolour Painting Holiday - Malcolm Carver

All-Weather Watercolours

14 July 2011

It was a definite irony that the watercolour painting group (24 June – 1 July) spent their first two days surrounded by more rain than we had seen for a month. However, they hardly seemed to notice; instead, they applied themselves vigorously to their palettes and spent long laughter-filled days sketching, sloshing water onto paper, [...]

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Art Workshop - Elena Parashko

Being Kind to Yourself

6 June 2011

Elena Parashko, who comes to Daku to teach a week of Seascape painting in August, is a regular contributor to a number of art magazines. In this article she reflects on the need to sometimes step back and give yourself a break. Being Kind to Yourself In every artist’s life there are times when it [...]

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Artists in the News

Flower Power and Snail Trails

9 May 2011

Time to mark some recent successes for two of our art teachers. Botanical art teacher Leonie Norton has just seen her marvellous book Women of Flowers: Botanical Art in Australia from the 1830s to the 1960s go into its second printing barely 18 months after being published – a considerable achievement. Leonie Norton herself, who [...]

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Botanical Art Workshop

Botanical Art Workshop

13 September 2010

Last week artist Leonie Norton led a group of artists in a botanical art and holiday sketching retreat. The week was spent at a slow and leisurely pace, painting, sketching and drawing in various locations around Daku Resort and Savusavu in general. The yoga shala again proved its impressive versatility providing a fabulously cool and [...]

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Art Retreat at Daku Resort with Elena Parashko

Painting with Elena Parashko

25 August 2010

Last week Elena Parashko lead a group of artists at Daku Resort. Karen (attending her second art and painting retreat at Daku) writes below: “This is my second time to Daku Resort to combine some learning with pleasure. I left with some concern as to whether the memories I had retained so vividly from last [...]

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