March 21st Workshop – with Christine Raj

March 21st Workshop – with Christine Raj


Hi friends….our workshop next Wednesday at Gosford Regional Gallery will be about using texture, form and colour to create an artwork. The aim will be to loosen up, splash out and just create without worrying about failure, making a mess, or not being anatomically correct! Last week we had lots of fun with acrylic pouring techniques, and next week we’ll be adding an extra dimension to our artwork by including any kind of texture, using anything you’d like to bring to use in your piece.

Here’s a list of basics to bring:

A couple of canvasses or gesso’ed wood panels to paint on; some brushes; acrylic paints, or inks; a palette and water jar.  Tissues; LOTS OF GLUE; ; some plaster bandage; moulding paste, scissors, plastic wrap, a sponge, spray bottle.  PLEASE WEAR DAGGY OLD PAINTING CLOTHES J

List of suggestions for collage:

Magazines, newspaper, handmade paper, tissue paper, serviettes, foil,  text, found objects, leaves, seedpods, twigs or ferns, sand, pebbles, eggshells, stencils, stamps, gold or silver leaf +sizing glue, gesso, white or black…..or anything else you like to include in a collage.

* The above painting….”Bunny’s Garden” was a commission, using plaster filler, eggshells and embedded grasses and seeds.

 Looking forward to getting creatively messy with you,

Chris Raj



Entries are open for the 24th MARGARET SMITH MEMORIAL ART PRIZE – Central Coast Regional Show

14 & 15th April 2018

ENTRY FEE: $10.00 per adult entry. $5.00 per Youth entry.
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: Friday 30th March 2018

DELIVERY: to the Old Tote Trust Rooms, Gosford Showground, Showground Rd, Gosford 9.30am – 11.00am, Fri 13 April 2018

Please read the all the conditions on the entry form for further details. 




> Download the entry form 

March 7 & 21 Workshop with Christine Raj

March 7 & 21 Workshop with Christine Raj

Acrylic Pouring and Texture Workshop with Christine Raj

About Workshops in general:
Start at 9.30-12.30pm 1st & 3rd Wed. each month in Studio
2, Gosford Arts Centre. Cost: $25.00 per week includes
guest tutor and morning tea. Visitors are welcome.

Hi everybody – it’s time to dive into beautiful textured backgrounds again, using everything and anything at your disposal. I use everything from a potato masher for mark making, to bits of string, leaves and bark, fabric, plaster bandage and gyprock mixture. And I love to see my groups experiencing the joy of experimenting and playing around with different materials and textures….the results of these experiments can be translated into beautiful artworks.

So start getting your little treasure trove together, including texture paste, glue, tissue paper, pictures to rip up, seed pods, leaves, sticks & straw etc. You will also need some medium to seal your textured surface, and your normal acrylic paints, brushes and palette knife…..and of course, a couple of canvasses, or gessoed boards.

For acrylic pouring technique, you will need some plastic cups & sticks for stirring, a water container, and if desired, some “Poly Easy Flow” or “Floetrol”, which is an acrylic paint additive which you can buy at Bunnings. It extends your acrylic paint without diluting the pigment, as water does. It also produces beautiful “cells” in your poured acrylic. Include either a sheet of plastic or newspaper to catch drips. I’m looking forward to seeing you all again, and sharing the joy of textured painting with you.

Christine is a local artist living on the Central Coast. Born in Wagga Wagga on the Riverina, she also lived for many years in the Blue Mountains and on the Gold Coast of Queensland, absorbing the beauty of our Country’s different landscapes and climates. The rich, visceral colourful nature of our landscapes, flora and fauna have had an effect on her artwork, whether textural acrylics, or ink and multimedia, on a myriad of different surfaces.

CCAS Summer Exhibition – January 19-24

CCAS Summer Exhibition – January 19-24

Central Coast Art Society would like to invite you to our Summer Exhibition & Awards 2018

Our exhibition will run from 19-24 January 2018 and will be Open Daily 10am – 4pm at the Community Gallery, Gosford Regional Gallery.


The Official Opening is Friday 19th January 6pm -8pm, Member for Gosford , Leisl Tesch will open exhibition.  Light refreshments will be served.

Sam BlanksOn our invitation we feature artworks by artist and CCAS member Sam Blanks – The Lady Finger Orchid is also being donated for a raffle.


Sam is a local artist who has completed a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration with Honours at University of Newcastle. Sam favours carbon dust, pen and ink, pencil, digital illustration, and alternative photography techniques. Sam’s work has been shown locally and regionally, including Gosford Regional
Art Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Royal Easter Show, and in exhibitions with Central Coast Art Society, Tuggerah Lakes Art Society, and Wildlife and Botanical Artists, Inc.

Sam’s passion is nature but her obsession is paleontology and she also enjoys entomology and botany. The intricate detail of each piece is reflective of the hoursof research put in by the artist. Being part of the Art Society for the past three years has opened many opportunities to Sam, including exhibitions, workshops,paint out days, and informative talks. This has allowed her own techniques and ideas to evolve and grow.

The raffle prize is a botanical illustration of a Lady Fingers Orchid or White Fingers Orchid, which is a terrestrial orchid found locally. It flowers between
April and October with a small 3cm white flower. You can find this orchid in shady areas of coastal bush land. Sam drew this artwork after finding this native orchid during one of her many bush walks on the Central Coast and Newcastle. Sam will be submitting an artwork in each category because she favours different techniques. Peacock Feathers is a cyanotype photogram, which is an alternative photography technique which uses the sun to expose the image. Creating a beautiful blue image of the items placed on the calico. Gum Leaves is a miniature watercolour exploring the movement of the leaves at the tips of the branches of Eucalypt trees. The third artwork for the ‘Works on Paper’ category is being completed but will feature a natural subject.

In addition to original artworks, Sam has a range of greeting cards, gift tags, cyanotype, photographic and art prints available for sale at markets locally. Formore details, please find her on Facebook at @SamBlanksArt or Instagram at @Sam_Blanks_Art

The Summer Exhibition showcases members of the Central Coast Art Society, both professional and amateur and are well recognised for the high quality and standard of their exhibitions.
You are sure to be delighted with original paintings ranging from traditional to abstract and miniature across various mediums with additional works in jewellery and cards.


Workshops 2018

Workshops 2018

(No workshops/meetings December & January)

About Workshops in general:

Start at 9.30-12.30pm 1st & 3rd Wed. each month in Studio 2, Gosford Arts Centre. Cost: $25.00 per week includes guest tutor and morning tea. Visitors are welcome.

Our next workshop is

7th & 21st of February Landscapes in Watercolour with Marlene Palagyi

We will discover how to paint mood and atmosphere in Watercolour Landscapes.

I will supply some source pictures but bring your own if you wish.

I will be using:

  • Arches 300gsm w/c paper (1/4 sheets )
  • W/C paints (ultra blue, cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, cad red, raw sienna, cad yellow, burnt sienna and white gouache).
  • Bring whatever paints and paper you have.
  • Backing board, Masking tape, Spray bottle, W/C brushes (small, medium and large).
  • And bring your sense of adventure.