Julia Wakefield

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I’m Drawing a Line a Day for the Reef

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Sea Dragons, silk painting

Sea Dragons, silk painting

I’ve been meaning to start a series of pictures of marine life, a) because I love snorkelling and diving and would love to share the feelings I get when I’m underwater (no I’ve never seen a leafy sea dragon except in an aquarium, so this picture is purely imaginary) and b) because I feel we need to raise everyone’s awareness of how precious our oceans are, in order to finally turn around the disastrous effects of our unthinking pollution and predation of this vital resource.

Today I watched this video and decided enough is enough. We all have to do something to stop this madness, and show we support our most iconic marine treasure. Rather than sit back and watch the Reef crumble into oblivion at the whim of greedy commercial exploiters and irresponsible politicians, I am going to take the action I am most inclined and suited to: I am going to Draw for the Reef’s sake. Rather than sit hunched over the computer every day, signing petitions and posting worthy messages on Facebook, I am going to walk into my studio and draw one endangered marine creature every day from tomorrow until the solstice, which is June 21. That makes 30 creatures. 

Every creature I draw will be posted on this website and turned into a postcard.  The postcards will be available to buy direct from my Redbubble pages for $1.99 each (30% discount if you buy 16 or more), or if you order them direct from me I can send you up to 7 of each design for $12, postage free (up to 15 for $20, postage free). You’ll also be able to buy them as prints, tote bags, phone skins, cushions etc. etc. from Redbubble, and I will donate 20% of every sale (that’s all I receive from Redbubble) to the Fight for the Reef fund, and I urge you all to sign this petition as well as this one! and this one!

If you love drawing, painting or photographing marine creatures, why don’t you join me? You can post your pictures on this Facebook page, Postcards for the Reef, with a link to your website, so long as you pledge with me that any profit you make from the sale of your postcards or other merchandise goes to the Fight for the Reef fund. Let’s all help to save the Reef and protect all our Global Oceans! I’m serious! Enough is Enough is Enough!!

Come and join a Retreat in April 2015 – and get your creative juices flowing

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Homage to Bruges, by Judith Brown, 2014 Waterhouse Prizewinner

Homage to Bruges, by Judith Brown, 2014 Waterhouse Prizewinner and one of the teachers at the Evocative Art Retreat

At the last SALA festival I had the pleasure of meeting Moira Simpson, a very talented and dynamic lady who is organising the first ever Artists’ Retreat in Adelaide, from 19 to 23 April 2015.  We hear about plenty of these kinds of retreats happening over in the Eastern States, but finally we have our very own annual event – a chance to get totally absorbed in art and craft for a whole 5 days, with all our lunches provided!

I did something similar to this back in August when I did a 4 day workshop with the Printmaking Sisters – more about that on my printmaking blog – but I will be one of the teachers at Moira’s retreat, which means lots of hard work preparing for it!  I am looking forward to seeing how much everyone develops in 5 intensive days, so I’m sure the hard graft will be well worth it.

The venue, St. John’s Grammar, is just perfect: it happens to be the school where my two boys went after we arrived in SA from the UK in 2001. As soon as we saw the school we decided our boys would love the atmosphere – and it turned out to have some very good teachers as well. The art department has excellent facilities so I have no doubt we will be very comfortable there.  It’s also 5 minutes away from Belair National Park, so we are likely to be entertained with the sight of koalas dozing in the gum trees a few metres from the classrooms.

Several of the artists are from interstate and overseas, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have quite a number of students trooping over from other parts of Australia. It’s the most marvellous excuse to take in a proper SA holiday, at a time of year when the Festival frenzy is over, the weather is balmy, and gourmet feast festivals are all around you – from the Barossa Vintage Festival to the Adelaide Food and Wine Festival (dates yet to be advised) .  St. John’s is a short drive from the City where there is plenty of accommodation to choose from, but why not try a B&B in Belair or the nearby Adelaide Hills, or for the truly adventurous there is a very sophisticated caravan park in the National Park itself.

I will be teaching a super-intensive Drawing for the Terrified course in the mornings, and in the afternoons we’ll be relaxing in a different way, with Water Colour for the Terrified. But my classes are just two of the many courses on offer, ranging from quilting to jewellery; from oil painting through digital art to sculpture – to name just a few.

The early bird offer is over, but this retreat is still very reasonably priced and promises to be wildly popular – so don’t delay too long before you book!