Painting transparent Water in Oils - Robyn Collier

Sunday, 18 August 2019 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM AEST

6 / 4 - 14, Hunter Street, Parramatta, New South Wales, 2150, Australia

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM AEST

CPAS Studio, 6 / 4 - 14, Hunter Street, Parramatta, New South Wales, 2150, Australia.



This is a full day oil painting workshop during which Robyn will demonstrate in steps how to execute a painting focusing on painting clear water and under water elements. 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.

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 retarder is used to keep the acrylic from drying quickly, and the person is experienced with blending. Acrylic painters should also realise 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

About the tutor: 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).

Catering: Morning tea/coffee and afternoon refreshments. BYO Light Lunch.

Accommodation: N/A

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation more than 60 days prior 75% refund, 30 - 60 days prior 50% refund 
No refund on the fee for cancellations within 7 days of the workshop unless your place can be filled by another participant. Ticket is transferable, so you can give (or sell) your ticket to someone else you know.

Terms & Conditions 
By taking part in a workshop you will be agreeing to the following conditions.

Liability Waiver 
Any damage, loss or theft incurred to personal property brought into class premises.

Any physical injuries sustained as a result of participating in any class.

I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events.

Photo & Video 
Photos or videos are allowed ONLY after asking the artist whether it is allowed to do so.

I agree to give Christopher Vidal unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken during classes and events. Photos will only be used through social media, newsletters, blogs, website and general promo material.



Materials List AUGUST 2019


CANVAS BOARDS 1 x 12”x 16” – (31 x 41cm) canvas on board or stretched canvas.

Use good quality canvas. Cheap boards 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 holes. If not sure about your board coat with one coat of primer.


  • BRUSHES – A good selection of reasonable quality long, FLAT SQUARE bristle brushes – say some small, medium and large. A round bristle - 0 and 2 and also a fine sable or synthetic sable for detail 0 or 00. (Art Basics are mostly what I use). PLEASE DO NOT BRING WORN-OUT BRUSHES OR ONES GUNKED UP ATTHE FERRULE!


  • COLOURS - Artist quality please. I don’t mind which brand you use but I use Art Spectrum for most unless stated otherwise.


  • REDS Pilbara red. A/S
  • BLUES Cobalt Blue, Blue Black (W/N), Pthalo Blue
  • GREENS Viridian
  • YELLOWS Yellow Ochre - Australian Red Gold A/S
  • BROWNS Burnt Sienna
  • WHITE Titanium White.




  • Standing or table Easel.
  • Baby Oil for WASHING BRUSHES ONLY– in a sealed jar – preferably with a grid to aid in the cleaning process. You could also use baby wipes for casual cleaning of brushes.
  • GAMSOL (I am now using this product as it is one of the safest solvents to use with no smell. Only a small amount is needed.)
  • PLEASE DO NOT BRING MINERAL TURPS OR ANY OTHER PRODUCT. A Good-sized palette. You will need plenty of room for mixing colours.
  • Double Dipper or Single Dipper
  • Palette knife for mixing colours. (diamond shaped flexible one – medium sized)
  • Your normal painting kit including plenty of rags and paper towel, baby wipes.
  • Kneadable Putty rubber – thin willow charcoal if you would like to try my method of drawing in.
  • BLUE TAC to secure your board.



  • I will provide colour reproductions to work.

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