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 across the bay.
Leonie Norton's week of Botanical Art and Holiday Sketching earlier this year was another week of combining the glorious flora of Fiji with the pleasures of leaning to capture the local sights in sketches.
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.
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.”