Have you ever painted a crappy painting? I've painted heaps! Time to dust off those questionable creations to learn how to use 'old artworks' to create new masterpieces! And NO! I don't mean painting over it with gesso...
If you’re anything like me, you would have been ‘high-key’ unaware that ‘low-key’ isn’t referring to discreet drinks at home during lockdown.
But you learn something everyday... especially if that day is WEDNESDAY and you have registered for DJW’s Isolation Education at 10am.
This week’s webinar is demonstrating working with light sources, high-key to low-key and changing direction. Light is an integral element in every art form (even music!) so this is a lesson not to be missed.
Hi Cathy and Raymond, George is watching with me thoroughly enjoying the gig and wishing he could join in with his drums! Xx🥁
Looks and sounds great!
I can just see a weird and wonky hot air balloon with the kids dangling out of it...of course the air balloon has a propeller gadget thing. Or is that just me lol... too many gins? Probably...
Glad you are back painting to music Don. Jacob and Matt are great entertainers . You painting is looking great. Can’t wait to visit your studio at Jacobs Well after all the COVID restrictions are lifted .
Looking magnificent..... l just love that gorgeous sky!💕
We have our granddaughter Maddison watching with us. Maddison said she loves the music and the painting she is keen to see what it will be
He must be tired, it’s looking so beautiful!❤️
And thank you to you for your time and beautiful arts - music and painting. I was told in grade 8 to not choose art bc I was hopeless at it- literally now I struggle to colour between the lines but music is my thing.
There is so much singing and enjoyment in our lounge room!!! Thank you both
Hello Don & Marg!! We miss your handsome face in Cairns!! From Richard and Janine (from Frame Design days)
He’s amazing with her! Actually obsessed. He’s overly loving at times, so we have to watch him haha
Great job guys thank you! This is a great concept and great fun!
Take care all of you I’ve loved this xx ❣️
Yes thank you!! What a wonderful night for three amazing artists!!
Thank you all, it’s fabulous!
Thank's for trying Emma, I think your Dad might need some Metallica to finish off with 😈
Yes Cathy definitely puts you in your happy place during these trying times 😘
Good evening guys! Looking forward to tonight and seeing what happens with that glorious canvas!
Don the boys are doing a great job- that painting looks amazing -
Thank you Don and Emma, it’s been amazing!❤️❤️❤️
Thank you Emma, it’s been great 👏
My 5 year old has been captivated by your work. A book would be truly amazing
Running late, sounds great!♥️
hehehe...didn't mean to -= really love that song! Hi Don!!1
Wow.. I just got a glimpse of where the painting is heading..love it..well don Don
Testing audio/visuals for concept ‘SNL: Studio Night Live’ starting from next Saturday at 7pm AEST. Streaming live, socially distanced and simultaneously from JACOB ‘s music studio and Donald James Waters’ art studio as a treat for your ears and eyes. ... See MoreSee Less
Wishing all a safe and happy Easter spent with your loved ones at home or via technology.
My grandson (pictured) happens to live in a neighbouring property thus I have been blessed to have him accompany me intermittently in the studio during ￼this holiday.
In addition feeling energised by the overwhelming positivity, renewed sense of community and the open practice of gratitude in the face of this health/economic crisis. A metaphorical rebirth of humanity for Easter perhaps? 🤷🏻♂️ ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks Don (and Emma) loved watching the video and I’m excited to get painting again.😊
Thank you Emma. I will buy after the event. I enjoyed the first one with DJW, but I must admit it was inspiration to get my ironing finished. I do not have any charcoal, but I loved watching the process with a great sense of achievement in getting to the bottom of the ironing. Thanks. 🌹🥰
I'd really love those cushions DJW Oam. To match my two prints on the wall.
Lesson 1 is now available here with some extra content, thank you for your patience and don't hesitate to contact us with any further questions on email@example.com - Please note this site is currently in USD.
Live streamed classes are always Wednesday 10am-12:30pm via Zoom Webinar, and the recorded session will be uploaded to the isolationeducation.vhx.tv/ channel ASAP afterwards.
After an immense amount of 'learning experiences' in both hosting and recording a live webinar, it finally looks as though we are successfully uploading the recording for those who missed it live. Details to come. Thank-you all for your continued support and patience during this online video baptism of fire. Perhaps next week Donald may even stand in frame, but no need to fret until he does *spoiler alert* he's been follicley challenged for some time.
I recalling enjoyed our lesson today, thank you all❤️
Thank you Don & Emma for putting this together. I am privileged to be able to be a part of this. Loved it and will be back. Cheers!
Loved it ... thank you Don and Emma.. very inspiring.. have sorted out the charcoals already...yahhh
Yes!! What a true legend!
Ohhh Don I missed it! That picture look so interesting already.. I really hope I can be there at your next class! You get more and more fans here in Cairns and around.. Just that U know! A friend of mine joyned U today @the class.
Hi Donald James Waters Can I download the lesson at a later time? Unfortunately I have a Virtual ZUMBA class the same time.?
I am working business hours. If I register can I watch the video's in a the evening and repeatedly
I am sitting here feeling totally frustrated. I joined and paid, but I do not know the procedure to use Zoom. It is asking for Meeting ID or join with personal link name, and I cannot get either. I hope you are recording this. thanka
Thanks for a wonderful experience. Love your take on life. I will be there next week !!!
I can’t make the webinar time :(. If I register will it be available as a recording?
Hi Don, will these be run regularly? Me and my daughter would love to do one next week ❤️
Firstly thank-you for the response and support to our increased online presence. Donald the Dinosaur 🦖 has finally conceded there may actually be something in this internet caper! 🤪
After extensive reflection and consultation (or yelling-we are a ‘passionate’ household), we have arrived at an initial online lesson plan for Wednesday’s which will uphold Donald’s unique teaching ethos of PROCESS OVER CONTENT THROUGH COLLABORATIVE INPUT 🙌🏻
Now what on earth 🌍 does that mean 🤷🏻♀️?! I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage about teaching a man to fish 🎣 - Donald wants to teach each individual no matter their skill level the approach and technique to confidently pursue art as on ongoing practise opposed to copying a vase of flowers stroke for stroke and never lifting the brush again... And this is how he plans to do it!
*Edit* these will also be recorded and available for those who can not make the live class.
WEDNESDAY 1st APRIL 10am-12:30pm 1. Evolution a blank canvas - starting with black and white sketching. Art as a mindfulness practice. Turning creative writing into shapes and rotating the canvas. Adding white paint to contaminate charcoal and create a tonal range.
WEDNESDAY 8th APRIL 10am-12:30pm 2. PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES! -how far can you distort your reference material. Compositional layout using references. Using thumbnail sketching to plan your final composition. Rule of thirds, golden mean as a guideline. Traditional drawing to distorted impressionist drawing styles.
WEDNESDAY 15th APRIL 10am-12:30pm 3. THE EASY ONE- Preparation to Paint. Insider tricks to sealing the charcoal / black and white drawing ready to add colour! Glazing and Scumbling- impermanence of colour selections (AKA changing your mind).
We will move on from here to the emotion of colour / line, don’t want to get too far ahead so we can take feedback, make adjustments to improve as we go along.
Student critiques will form part of the lesson format as is a valuable teaching tool, if you wish to opt in by sending your artworks to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you do not wish to participate that is ok too! Don will also monitor the email between lessons to offer troubleshooting and advice. Look forward to seeing you in the live class!
Working in the studio on a commissioned artwork to celebrate a milestone birthday.
Beyond grateful for all the continued support whether it be commissioning an artwork, enquiring about prints, registering for an online lesson, liking a post or sending a message. Sending love out to all- stay sanitised, stay safe and stay sane ✌🏼❤️🎨 ... See MoreSee Less
Is Don going to be continuing on the piece from last week or starting afresh for this week - I see he’s doing charcoal and contamination again.
I have been hanging it to see what happened to the canvas from last week! 💕 🐉 🦄 😆😘
I have registered, what comes next? Do I have my computer on and logged into email at 10.00am next Wednesday? And don’t forget to wear those silver runners, Don!
As of today, we are an online only business for the foreseeable future. We will be offering interactive live streams, online classes, tutorials, virtual exhibitions and anything else of value we can think of whilst locked down - the possibilities are endless!
Please give us some time to get our ducks in a row, we have our work cutout for us considering DJW currently thinks ‘online’ means hanging out the washing. It’s a brave new world for us all. Stay safe and stay sane ✌🏼❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
PSA regarding the continuation of business in light of #ScottyFromMarketing ‘s latest press conference....
Our studio space is over 80sqm comfortably allowing us 15 people under the new #socialdistancing guidelines. One of our team has completed #COVID-19 Infection Control Training and I am confident we are exercising / exceeding every recommended precaution. We have high ceilings with adequate natural ventilation, we are thoroughly sanitising the space and all equipment. No equipment (brushes, easels, water vessels) will be shared.
Again, we will ask you if you are suffering from any symptoms, been exposed or have recently travelled to please not physically visit and take advantage of the online content we are working hard to provide. Look forward to seeing some smiling faces in the studio throughout this tough time, please be kind to one another✌🏼 ... See MoreSee Less
DJW is teaming up with Bluethumb to offer 15% OFF. A rare opportunity to buy artworks at sale prices. Use AFTERPAYART15 at checkout for 15% off orders over $1,500. Flash sale ends Friday 20th March at 11.59pm. ... See MoreSee Less
If you are interested in using your quarantined time to explore your artistic abilities, DJW’s studio will be open for small groups and private tuition. Extreme beginners to professional mentoring. Get in contact with us!
PS. Don’t let the fact DJW kinda sounds like Borat here put you off, verrrrry niiiiiiiccceee. ... See MoreSee Less
In the best interests of public safety, the decision has been made to postpone DJW’s upcoming exhibitions and withdraw him from public events until there is a clearer indication the direction this virus will take, the impact on our more compromised members of society and required resources.
As a vigorously active ambassador for The Arts, Donald does not make this decision lightly. Exhibiting, performing, teaching and mentoring has provided the livelihood of his family now for four decades. Donald is adopting the positive viewpoint that more time in the studio is more time to create and an opportunity to connect.
During this unprecedented time, we will endeavour to make best use of the many online capabilities we are fortunate enough to have at our disposal to share and showcase DJW’s gift to brighten the challenging days ahead. He will continue to open his studio to private and small groups including Create, Consume. for viewings, tutelage, take on commissioned artworks etc. and would love your support!
Pictured below, DJW earlier today envisaging where he would like to practice his social distancing. Hope he remembers to paint in some toilet paper!? ... See MoreSee Less
The results of today’s quick 1 hour impressionist demonstration. DJW used a large flat brush to layer acrylic to create a varied light source, implied movement and obvious strokes consistent with the genre. Hope all present were able to take something away from the class. Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less
Two artworks completed exploring the theme ‘Calm & Subdued’. The content (figures in this instance) were decided upon and painted first; the background last.
When the separate artworks are displayed together, it looks as though an older gentleman has stumbled across a nudist beach walking his trusty hound, meanwhile old love is struggling with a jellyfish sting to the left cheek. ... See MoreSee Less
“... let me tell you something, I have the universe inside, I have an untold ocean With a constant changing tide, I'm home to endless mountains, With tips that touch the sky, Flocks of grand migrating birds, And deserts harsh and dry, I house the wildest rivers, And a host of sweeping plains, I feel in waves of sunshine, Or in unrelenting rains, Don't tell me that you know me, That "this right here is what you are", I am the universe in motion, For I was born from the stars.” -e.h ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks for the advice for Ella Baird at the Bell Art Exhibition 2020 Qld .. I have most of her art on my page.. Trying to encourage her (Stepping stones) to get involved in the community with the gift she has, knowing this was her first attempt in the public art gallery of Bell (Western Downs) Queensland, where art is displayed and judged by yourself .. The winners are well deserved and agree with your comment above, where the high standard was displayed throughout the exhibition. Look forward to seeing your work, now that I've located you on Facebook, and the following / like tab is activated ..
Saw DJW’s face smiling at me from a promo poster in a shop at Beenleigh. He’s everywhere!
They couldn’t have asked for a better judge than Don. He’s a fantastic , knowledgeable and compassionate artist 💗