As most will know our station leader at Casey is Allan C — aka George Clooney. Allan is a man of many talents and one of these is his artwork. He has a portfolio of interesting, inspiring and eclectic pieces which range from charcoal sketching to large, abstract canvasses. Allan offered to teach anyone who was interested and give us insight into the world of art. He runs weekly classes that half the station attends religiously to take time out and get inspired.
Below is a picture of Scott B, our station chef, with his latest works. Scott is great with colour and to me has a 60s pop art feel with richly saturated colours — already a distinctive style emerging. Scott has a cleaver at his side during art classes which ensures that his paint is not stolen. He is quite protective over his favourite colours!
Next in the talent bag is young Ben M — aka Patrick Swayze. Ben’s first few pieces have been great. He has a great eye for detail and works in a medium he enjoys or a subject he is passionate about. This is seen with his choice to recreate the famous great wave of Kanagawa. Ben also enjoys wearing tea towels at art lessons as he believes it helps his mind release creativity — a little different but like Allan has always said ‘whatever works for you’.
Third person on show for all you station news readers is Leon H who is our tech from the Bureau of Meteorology. Leon again has a great talent base and also works with subjects he is passionate about. He did an exceptional recreation of Vincent van Gogh ‘Starry Night’ and this is where Leon excelled as he has a good eye for smaller detail. Leon also likes to draw trees which is a pity as we are a little short on trees at Casey, but he is getting by with some interesting photos and other pieces of art. Below is Leon’s oriental piece from last week which is looking red hot! It is worth getting Leon’s signature now on some of his early pieces as he could quite possibly be the next van Gogh. There have been reports on station that Leon has been spotted painting in his frock, a sight not to be missed apparently.
Doug is another quiet achiever. He hardly speaks a word at art but this man is clever as he is soaking in all Allan’s wise words and this shows at the end of the evening. Doug produced a great pencil landscape last week, which everyone had eyes on! Doug also has a remarkable talent of being able to draw left handed and still take VNJ calls on the radio.
Allan has always said that truly becoming a good artist takes more than just raw skill and talent — developing an individual style is at the heart of being a good artist. Mark J has a great individual style that we have all seen from his very first piece of work. Below is one of Mark’s early pieces which is my favourite. He does this amazing colour shading that is really effective. Again Jono is another signature worth getting early.
Jukka has certainly shown the class he can rise to the top! His last piece of work, which is a zebra recreation from a famous artist, had all our eyes boggling out of their sockets at the end of the evening — great use of colour and sharp lines. Jukka is also our ‘brew master’ so he is often found painting in the brewery as the smell of fermenting hops releases his creativity. Again different, but it’s also important to be comfortable in your environment to produce world class pieces.
Next in our talent bag is Matty. I reckon Matt has a pencil or a pen in his hand as often as he has a spoon in the milo tin. Matt has a real street art style. Matt truly does have a exceptional artistic flare and will continue to improve as he puts in the time. Pictured below is Matt with his painting of a Hägglunds and Allan’s portrait of Matty. Matt sometimes resembles a viking.
Second last for today is our mighty doctor. Chad is producing quality artwork. Below is his latest piece which shows good use of shading and an unusual combination of a woman with a male head. Chad is one for experimenting with wild styles. His charcoal artwork is proudly sitting on the easel I made him for his birthday.
Last on the list is a few of my own charcoal pieces. Not really sure where my style is heading but I sure do look forward to Thursday art classes to unwind, have a laugh and experiment.
Until next time!