Trevelyan Clay Oil Painting Demo: The importance of good art materials

February 27th Trevelyan Clay Oil Painting Demonstration  This demo provided a fascinating view into the development of Trev’s painting practice over the ten years  since he graduated from the Australian National University. He told us about how, as a student,  he painted on really cheap boards, with maybe one coat of gesso, and used cheap…

Paint Marker Demo with Masato Takasaka : Make lightfast artwork in a really immediate and direct way

February 20th Masato Takasaka Paint Marker Demonstration  Masato is one of Melbourne’s most productive artists, and he seemed to really inspire people to have a go in this demo, without second guessing the result or being tentative. He’s not scared of putting his work out there, and this generous spirit helped to create a fantastic open…

R&F Pigment Sticks: Some Frequently Asked Questions & Useful Info

R&F Pigment Sticks : Frequently asked Questions & Some Useful Info Some great info and facts gathered from the R&F website What are Pigment Sticks®? R&F Pigment Sticks® are oil paint manufactured with enough wax for the paint to be molded into stick form.  They allow the painter to draw or paint directly onto a…

R&F Encaustic Paints: Some Frequently Asked Questions & Useful Info

R&F Encaustic Paints : Frequently asked Questions & Some Useful Info What is Encaustic Paint Encaustic is a wax based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment), which is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint.  The word ‘encaustic’ comes…

New! Michael Harding (UK) Demonstrating Michael Harding Paints in February

A Special opportunity   Meet Michael Harding, founder of Michael Harding Handmade Artists Oil Colours (UK). Michael will be demonstrating his beautiful handmade oil paints and mediums 2pm – 5pm Wednesday 19th February at Chapman & Bailey Artshop, Melbourne.  FREE 3hr demonstration. Click here to book. Book early as it is sure to fill quickly!…

Happy Holidays from all at C&B. Double happiness for 2014

Seasons Greetings & Happy Holidays from all at C&B Thankyou for all the support in 2013 Double Happiness for 2014   Watch our little C&B 2013 photo review above   Closing 2013 Melbourne 23/12 4pm, Brisbane 21/12 @ 4pm, Alice Springs 21/12 @ 5pm Re-Opening 2014 Melbourne 23/12 @ 4pm, Brisbane 21/1/2014 Brisbane Monday 6/1/2014,…

In the cut – Collage Demo with Ry Haskings

November 28th, In the cut – Collage Demo with Ry Haskings Ry developed this workshop with the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, where he was recently included in the contemporary collage show, ‘In The Cut’. Participants used a simple mathematical code, devised by Ry, to create a set of vertical lines based on a random…

New retail shop and gallery for Tangentyere Artists – A challenging commission

It was quite a challenge when Tangentyere Artists commissioned Chapman & Bailey to design and fabricate the furnishings for a new retail shop and gallery in Alice Springs. The original design featured winter sky Marblo resin desk tops and benches, floating limed ply box shelves and slim floating wall cabinets that could be moved to…

Fluid Acrylic Painting with Bryan Spier

Bryan Spier creates luminescent abstract paintings with an irresistible quality of spontaneity in their composition and lightness of touch in the way he uses colour. He gave us really interesting insights into his working practice, which is very considered and specific. He demonstrated his tricks for getting a really sharp edge with masking tape. He…

Katharine Hattam Demo – Gouache and Fred Williams

Last Thursday we were lucky enough to have total legend Katharine Hattam demonstrate some of her massive range of techniques with gouache. Like all the artists Chapman and Bailey hosts for our free Thursday demos, Katharine was incredibly generous, sharing techniques that she has developed over years of experimentation within her own practice Katharine started…

Preparation Counts – Tony Lloyd on Oil Painting

This demonstration was a great example of how spending time on preparation, not cutting corners, and working slowly, step by step,  allows you to achieve very complex results. Tony showed how he creates his meticulous and moody oil paintings from photographic source material. I felt like my understanding of painting had really deepened. That may…