When I asked Elena’s group of painters what was the most important thing they had learned from the week, someone said that it was how to use plastic cling film to cover their palette. There was a lot of laughter at this but actually it contained a serious point that went to the heart of plein air painting.
Pam structured her classes to explore the body in the morning, always staying mindful of the purpose behind each asana, moving gently amongst the students to correct, encourage, adjust. Then in the late afternoon as the sun started to move towards the mountains across the bay she took a class in relaxation and meditation.
25 swimmers, three races, four relay teams, fabulous pearl bracelets as prizes, kayakers battling the rain, pearl barges full of swimmers….the first ever Ocean Swim in the northern division of Fiji was an exhilarating event.
A week's visit from an artist from Queensland, Chris Postle, who gave free lessons to guests and locals, some great diving weather, a couple of local conferences, and the fabulous visit of the Melbourne Star of the Sea Stacella Choir in December.
Her main objective is to get her students to choose a subject then re interpret it with their individual slant: “Each student paints in a totally different way and I guide them individually to achieve the results that they desire and teach them ways to do that.”
The landscapes and seascapes that the group painted were explorations of new vistas, experiments with new techniques and exercises in viewing the world with a new perspective. Elena teaches a highly realistic style in which you see the glitter of sand beneath the waves and feel the leaves on the trees.
These were not to be traditional quilts: Gloria teaches landscape art in which the quilter creates a wonderful fabric artwork. Gloria’s own quilts are masterpieces of the genre. The inspiration for the week lay outside right before their eyes.
Quilters are some of the jolliest, best natured and most obliging groups we ever get. The sheer volume of laughter they produce is wonderful. What’s so funny each day? I have no idea, but whenever I walked up to see them and admire their work, I approached on a rising wave of burst of gaiety.