Our Sunshine Coast – 1st Art Residency – Behind the scenes!

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The weather Gods looked down on us!

Coolum Beach escape the Winter We woke every morning to the promise of a magnificent day and this amazing view from our Resort Motel – Coolum Caprice and, as if the artist in us has worked on our eyes the evening colours are soft and warm!

Evening Colour as we sit on our deck

Though I am tempted to think these same Gods were disappointed on the last day – they spat cool and grey at us as we left!

The Gods were sad we were leaving

However, the essence of the ‘Vision’ was achieved.

The plan for this Art Residency was to open the doors on our beautiful Sunshine Coast to the World, as well as to learn from the amazing talent that we have invited to visit us!

Each 2016 Artist in Residence has been invited for 10 days, though with Yuko’s busy schedule she was only able to visit for 8 days.  The plan being to give them some time to explore and apply their skills how they wish to interpret our Sunny Coast for the first few days of the Residency.

We did ask them to share with us on the last two days of their Residency in the form of a Workshop with any Participants, either from the local area or further afield who felt they would like to join in the fun!

Our two Artists for 2016 – Yuko Nagayama – Japan and Muriel Buthier-Chartrain – France, have never been to Australia and have never seen the local flora and fauna in all of it’s glory, yet strange shapes and colours.

Yuko Nagayama – Japan

Our 1st Artist in Residence, Yuko Nagayama of Japan flew into the Brisbane Airport after having spent the last month or so in Russia and Italy.  I marveled at her energy and strength as we packed her one suitcase into the back of our car.  Later I was to marvel at how much gear/art wise that she managed to pack into that one bag!

  • Paints
  • Paper
  • En plein air folding stool
  • Brushes, to mention just a few
Noosa Heads was her first choice for a Field Day – for Plein Air sketching and exploring!

Nossa Heads

YukoNagayama Noosa Heads packed ready to paint

Fascinated by our Pandanas Trees – Yuko packed ready to paint and she brought home the most beautiful field studies.

Yuko's Beautiful interpretation of Pandanas fruit

Later that evening inspired by the native flora, Yuko actually picked up the Pandanas seeds and proceeded to paint with them later in the Residency!

Yuko's Pandanas Seeds and Painting

This is the amazing creativity that Yuko brings to her work!

Day 2

We head for the Hinterland of the Sunshine Coast – Montville – Maleny – and the Glass House Mountains

Yuko and the Glass Houses

and inspired by her first glimpses of Gum Trees and our Australian bush –

Yuko inspired by our Sunshine Coast hinterland

The freedom of Yuko’s watercolour and her improvisation with scenery she has never seen before shows her skill and why she is sort after for international Workshops!

Our Actual Workshop

1st Morning Workshop Group

Thanks to the Sponsorship of Sekisui House our home for the Workshop was the Yaroomba Design Centre – we can only say thanks to all the Staff of Sekisui House for the care and effort that they all put into organising our Opening Night and helping prepare the Design Centre to convert to an Art Workshop for the weekend!

Blank exhibition panels replaced their displays of  beautifully designed homes – normally the Sales Centre for the Sekisui Shawood Home were gradually filled with the ‘Field Sketches’ and inspiration that Yuko brought us!

1st Art Residency Exhibition Panels

Yuko graceful working in her preferred mode – a challenge to those of us not fit for yoga!


with her Pandanas seed beside her!


Drawing inspiration from our amazing native flowers as well as the Australian bush Bottle Brush – Banksia and the beautiful Protea flowers

Yuko Nagayama

Yuko Nagayam Original

Yuko made friends with our native Fauna – Our Butcher Bird came and sat and watched every day –

Yuko and the ButcherBird

and the Kangaroos …..

Kangaroos 1

these amazing animals came through every afternoon at 4pm so with camera ready we were able to capture their portrait!


We have to say thanks to Yuko for her energy and her wonderful teaching – helping us all with hints and points to consider as the days unfolded and painting progressed!

If you would like to participate in our next Art Residency in September ’16 –

Our special ‘invitation artist’ is Muriel Buthier-Chartrain!

Muriel Buthier-Chartrain works with wide brushes and her control of her colour and water allows her to draw the focus of her work to the luminous light that she creates.








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  1. Muriel Buthier-Chartrain
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    Big congratulations to Yuko for the great paintings she did ! Congratulations to Wyn for the great work she did to be able to organize these art residencies ! You are making a lot for art Wyn ! And you deserves sincere congratulations from artists, but also from hospitals where you very often present your installations ! Big hugs Wyn ! And see you soon !

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      Hi Muriel – this 8 days really worked well – we were able to give Yuko time to explore and experiment applying her techniques to the Australian landscape, and our unique flora and fauna.

      This was very exciting as she discovered the seeds of the Pandanas tree and experimented with these as her brushes!! She has done some wonderful field sketches and her demonstrations were amazing as well – so I will blog some of these inside demos shortly.

      We are now looking forward to your visit in September and we have already had 5 Participants book for your Workshop!! 😀

      You will be able to style the way you do things to suit your techniques as the people that have booked are really excited about the way to manage your water and colour to let the ‘luminosity’ of your light show through on your paper! So, these Participants are looking forward to exploring your different techniques – very exciting!

      Cheers – we will Skype next week x Wyn

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