Plein air workshops at Glenbrook Lagoon

 Outeniqua Mountains, Cape Province: Detail of work with pencil, watercolour and pastel.
Outeniqua Mountains, Cape Province: Detail of work with pencil, watercolour and pastel.

Local artist Corinne Loxton has recently returned from a sketching trip in South Africa, with a renewed passion for painting plein air. 

: Photo by Max Handley

: Photo by Max Handley

“The landscape of the Cape moved me deeply. I felt a sense of wonder and exhilaration at the dramatic rise of the mountains from the sea.

“Although I had previously understood the influence of my childhood relationship with nature on my art making, being there again prompted a more profound knowing of this truth. 

“I sketched and painted almost every day – sometimes three or four works in a sitting – and I returned to my studio with a portfolio filled with images, sensations and ideas to explore.”

Loxton immigrated to Australia 31 years ago and has been painting landscapes since graduating from Canberra School of Art in the early 90s. She understands the importance of working directly from nature.

“Drawing outdoors invites a sensitivity of touch and perception that can be lost in the studio. The subtle vibrations of the place, the shifting weather, the time of day … all these factors affect the process and the result.”

On February 24 and 25, Loxton will teach a plein air workshop at Glenbrook Lagoon where she will share her skills, enthusiasm and knowledge with a small group of participants. There are still places available in the workshop, entitled Painting the Sky and Atmospheric Landscapes. Book at www.corinneloxton.com.au or on 0432 922 653.

Loxton regularly teaches workshops, has exhibited her work across Australia, is represented by Rex-Livingston Art + Object Gallery in Katoomba and was a finalist in the 2014 Parliament House Plein Air Art Prize.