Painting a Waterfall with Robyn Collier

Sunday, 15 August 2021 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM AEST

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

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Sunday, 15 August 2021 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM AEST

CPAS Studio, Shop 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 and waterfall. 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.


Your teacher is COVID-19 aware


This means that this teacher won't run a class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant state restrictions (e.g. on the maximum number of students per class)


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


Cancellation more than 60 days prior  75% refund
                                          30 - 60 days prior   50% refund
            A last-minute cancellation is not refunded, however the ticket is transferable so you can give it to someone else.




                                                      Parramatta 15th August 2021




  • CANVAS BOARD – 12”x16” – (31 x 41cm).
  • Use good quality canvas or give your board a coat with a white primer (acrylic house paint works OK) 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) Don’t overdo the primer or you could end up with a board too slippery!!


  • BRUSHES – A good selection of reasonable quality long, FLAT SQUARE bristle brushes – say some small, medium and large. A stiff synthetic round 0 and 2 and also a fine synthetic sable for detail 0 or 00. (Art Basics are good).  PLEASE DO NOT BRING WORN-OUT BRUSHES OR ONES GUNKED UP AT THE FERRULE! (That is unless you have a favourite ‘hairy’ one for grass.)


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


  • REDS              Pilbara Red.
  • GREENS         Viridian – Sap Green
  • BLUES            Blue Black (W/N) – Cobalt Blue or Ultramarine if that is all you have.              
  • YELLOWS     Cadmium Yellow Pale, Australian Red Gold
  • BROWNS       Burnt Sienna
  • WHITE           Titanium White. (I use Norma/Schminke)



  • Standing or table Easel.
  • Baby Oil for washing brushes only– in a sealed jar – preferably with a grid to aid in the cleaning process.
  • GAMSOL for painting medium. This is the safest to use or Gamblin Solvent Free Gel.


  • 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 one – medium sized)

·         Your normal painting kit including plenty of soft rags and paper towel.

·         Kneadable Putty rubber – thin willow charcoal if you would like to try my method of drawing in.

·         Baby wipes.


        I will provide a colour reproduction for those people who want it. Otherwise please download a copy of the photo to use on your IPad/lap top.


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).

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