Painting a Waterfall with Robyn Collier

Sunday, 21 August 2022 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM AEST

201, Great Western Highway, Hazelbrook, NSW, 2779, Australia

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Sunday, 21 August 2022 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM AEST

Nauti Studio, 201, Hazelbrook, NSW, 2779, Australia.



This is a full-day oil painting workshop during which Robyn will demonstrate in steps how to execute a painting focusing on painting and waterfall. The approach used by Robyn is an “Alla Prima” or wet-on-wet.

At around 12:30 we will stop for a 30-minute break during which you can have lunch. Please note that lunch is not provided although there will be some light food.


Please note that this is an oil painting workshop however no turps is allowed. Only Gamsol or any other similar odourless free mineral spirits are allowed. By the end of the day, you will have your own finished painting to take home with you.


Your teacher is COVID-19 aware


This means that this teacher won't run a class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant state restrictions (e.g. on the maximum number of students per class)


From time to time requests are done by participants to paint in acrylics. Robyn’s technique is wet-on-wet and hence due to acrylics' fast drying time, it is very difficult to achieve the effects that can be achieved by oils using acrylics. Robyn has indicated that will be OK as long as the retarder is used to keep the acrylic from drying quickly, and the person is experienced with blending.  Acrylic painters should also realize that colours and outcomes will vary, and they will need to rely on their own experience to translate the demonstrated techniques to acrylic.


Level: Suitable for intermediates and advanced and beginners with some experience in oil painting


Supplied: Standing / seated easels if needed.


Cancellation more than 60 days prior  75% refund
                                          30 - 60 days prior   50% refund
            A last-minute cancellation is not refunded, however the ticket is transferable so you can give it to someone else.


                           ROBYN COLLIER – PAINTING A WATERFALL

                                     CHRIS VIDAL SUN 21 AUGUST 2022




  • CANVAS  on BOARD  1x 10X16 in. Tape off a 12x16 if you can’t make a board to fit. Or tape loose canvas firmly to a backing board. Use good quality canvas or give your board a coat of primer  Cheap boards can dry out the oils very quickly and make the job of painting a lot harder as the paint does not flow on very well and you will find yourself filling in a lot of little white holes. If you work quickly and feel you can cover the board in our allocated time please feel free to bring something slightly larger but of same dimensuon


  • BRUSHES – A good selection of reasonable quality long, FLAT SQUARE bristle brushes – say some small, medium and large. (Art basics long flat bristle are good). I also find a flat, white nylon oil painting brush useful about ½ inch.. A fine, pointed round bristle for detail and an 0 sable or synthetic. PLEASE DO NOT BRING WORN-OUT BRUSHES OR ONES GUNKED UP AT THE FERRULE! (That is unless you have a favourite ‘hairy’ one for grass.)


  COLOURS - Artist quality please. I don’t mind which brand you use but I use   Art Spectrum except where stated otherwise.


 REDS -            Pilbara red

             BLUES           Ultramarine Blue - Blue Black (a W/N colour) or Paynes Grey

            GREENS         Viridian – Sap Green

YELLOWS      Cad Yellow light – Austrlalian Red Gold if you have it.

      BROWNS        Burnt Sienna

            WHITE            Titanium White (I use Norma – Schminke)




  • OTHER ITEMS - Standing Easel or table easel Baby Oil for washing brushes. In a sealed jar, please. (DO NOT BRING MINERAL TURPS OR GUM TURPS OR OTHER PRODUCT)
  • A good-sized palette. You will need plenty of room for mixing colours. Paper palettes are difficult to use. A Perspex sheet works okay.
  • GAMSOL ONLY for medium. (thinning paint) You will only need a small amount or you can use Gamblin Solvent Free Gel.
  • Double Dipper or Single Dipper
  • Palette knife for mixing colours. (diamond shaped, flexible one – medium sized)
  • Your normal painting kit including plenty of SOFT rags and paper towel – baby wipes.
  • Kneadable Putty rubber – thin willow charcoal if you would like to try my method of drawing in.


  • I will provide a colour reproduction of the subject and handout.




Robyn is well known as a prominent Australian wilderness landscape and seascape painter of contemporary realism who started painting in the early 70’s – when traditional art was really taking off and Sydney Galleries were frequent and successful. Most of what she has learned has been learned from the observation of nature and constant hard work – being a self realised artist. Having spent many years painting en plein-air she then graduated to studio work and subjects requiring more time and reference while still retaining the Alla-Prima technique. (Direct painting, wet-in-wet).

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