Sarah Harper is an expressionist painter who paints the life around her. She is inspired by her surroundings; the landscape, precious objects, animals, people; the beauty and ugliness of life. Harper traverses the fine lines of brutal honesty, her painting practice providing a platform for her to express and explore issues important to her. Harper’s subject matter and separate bodies of work can be incredibly varied. Most recently self portraiture work has been a recurring and strong theme in her paintings.
The workshop will be drawing and painting based, with plenty of discussion. Sarah works in oils, however, she is happy for people to work in any medium they choose; watercolour, acrylic, pastel, charcoal etc.
Sarah would like to encourage true, authentic art making. A perfectionist by nature, Harper has embraced trying the opposite. She would like people to experiment and enjoy their chosen medium. “There is no wrong or bad work, it is all just learning as you go.”
As far as subject matter goes, Sarah is happy to set up a still life, provide a large mirror or two for self portrait enthusiast, or encourages people to embrace the view from the window. (No plein air painting due to wanting to keep the group together.)
Sarah will bring some of her favourite art books along to have a look at and to discuss. There will also be discussions on why some paintings ‘work’ as a finished piece and why some do not.
$140pp includes delicious 2 course lunch and refreshments.