Painting in Paris
May 18-24, 2020
Susan Nethercote started out researching, tutoring and lecturing in Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne immediately after graduating from her BA Hons. After career transitions as the owner and designer of fashion label Manque Design, followed by business coaching for creative professionals and painting, Susan established herself as a full-time professional painter in 2016. Now an abstract floral and botanical painter and creative educator living in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia with her husband and two little girls. She paints in acrylics and mixed media and is deeply inspired by nature and the gardens she encounters both in her local neighborhood and on her regular overseas adventures.
In her Floral Abstract work Susan seeks to capture and communicate the joy, dynamism and magic of nature through fluid, expressionistic and colorful interpretations of nature’s treasures.
In her Botanical Abstract work, Susan seeks out the decorative patterns inherent in the textures and shapes of more structural flowers and plants to create highly stylized paintings where botanical forms are ‘carved out’ of a white mask of paint.
Both of Susan’s stylistic directions are a contemporary, expressionistic takes on the long tradition of Botanical art. Her work is designed to elicit an emotional response from the viewer rather than document nature. Susan sees her painting practice as the way in which she communes with the beauty of the world and the soul of nature.
Susan loves to teach her panting style on immersive retreats that she runs both in Australia and France. She also licenses her work to magazines and décor brands globally. Additionally, Susan is also a passionate art historian and loves to bring alive her painting workshops with stories of artists past and present.
Learn more about Susan at: susannethecote.com
From the moment I met Suse, I felt so welcome and comfortable. The studio space was bright, open and inspiring. Suse shared so much info on technique, materials and business. I walked away with knowledge that will last a life time.
I will be teaching my mixed media acrylic painting process with a focus on my Abstracted Floral and Botanical styles. Since I teach my very accessible style of painting from the beginning, this workshop is completely suitable for both beginners and experienced painters. The techniques that I teach can also apply to any style of work that the painter chooses to make, including abstract work. ~Susan
Overview of Instruction
Day 2- Workshop 1 (½ day 19th May): Intro to mixed media floral acrylic painting- surface preparation and first layers in fluid acrylics.
Day 3-Workshop 2 (full day 20th May): First layers continued moving onto second layers and heavy-bodied acrylics
Day 5- Workshop 3 (1/2 half day 22nd May): Working in Mixed Media. Learning to use oil pastels, wax pastels to accent floral forms and create depth and highlights in their work.
Day 6- Workshop 4 (1/2 to full day May 23rd): Mark Making Techniques. Learn how to make differing marks for background texture using different brush shapes, silicone blades, paint and gel pens.
I’ll teach how I create my more stylized abstracted botanical work where I carve out negative spaces in my canvas to reveal floral forms.
During this art-filled journey, Susan will also bring along her extensive knowledge of art history. She will bring each location we visit alive with facts and stories about the ‘real’ lives of the artist’s whose work we will be discovering on our excursions.
“When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise.” –Henry Miller
The city of lights, the city of love… but we like to refer to it as the city of art, because Paris and Art go together like cafe and croissants, champagne and oysters and beurre and jambon. Travel with us, create with us in this seductive city of the senses!
Group Size|12 Participants
EXPERIENCE | This workshop is open to all levels of experience, from the absolute beginner through the more experienced artist looking to enhance their skills in a fun, relaxed environment.
ACTIVITY LEVEL | Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
INCLUDES | 6 Nights’ Accommodations in Paris; Private Scheduled Shuttle from the Airport; Meals as outlined; Private Guided Excursions: Giverny, Versailles, Musee d’Orsay, Orangerie; Private Parisan artist studio, Full time tour director; Public transport pass throughout; Art Instruction: Susan Nethercote