A dedicated artist traveller and preferring to paint en plein air John reflects in his work a pursuit of artistic integrity from his drawing skills, due to his early academic training in industrial design, to his meticulous compositional ability and his unique approach in capturing light, air and space. “It is the challenge of capturing the changing moods that light creates across the day and its subsequent effects on the surroundings such as buildings the countryside and water” John says “Painting on location ensures that the essence of the subject remains the first priority, especially the subtleties, nuances and tempo of that particular region. John has held 27 solo exhibitions, 3 in Venice, Italy at a prestigious Gallery in San Marco, and when in Venice he has been invited to lecture at the University of Architecture on drawing and perspective. John’s paintings are featured in many collections in Europe, the USA and Japan.
DAY 1: Saturday 1 July 2023
Workshop members will be met at Darwin airport at midday and transferred by private coach to our first class hotel. Darwin is a modern city with every amenity. It has a young, transient population and enjoys an easy-going atmosphere. On arrival, the group will enjoy a short sightseeing tour of Darwin before we get together for an included welcome drinks and dinner.
DAY 2: Sunday 2 July 2023
A full day of painting in Darwin. John will commence the day with a demonstration and then assist workshop members individually.
DAY 3: Monday 3 July 2023
Litchfield National Park
Today we travel to Batchelor the town closest to Litchfield National Park. Litchfield National Park is home to several stunning waterfalls that cascade into crystal clear pools, iconic magnetic termite mounds and clusters of weathered sandstone pillars at the Lost City. John will commence his first painting session. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner
DAY 4: Tuesday 4 July 2023
Litchfield National Park
Today we enjoy a full day of painting in Litchfield National Park. This evening we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 5: Wednesday 5 July 2023
Kakadu National Park
Today we will cross the Marakai Plains to Kakadu National Park. Kakadu National Park is one of the natural marvels of Australia. It encompasses a variety of superb landscapes, swarms with wildlife and has some of Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art. In the afternoon John will find a great painting location close to the hotel and show you how to tackle it. Dinner will be included each evening during our stay in Kakadu.
DAY 6: Thursday 6 July 2023
Kakadu National Park
Today we travel to Nourlangie Rock to view Aboriginal art followed by a visit to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre for an insight into the cultural and historical significance of the park for its traditional owners. This evening we will then enjoy a sunset cruise on Kakadu’s Yellow Water billabong giving us a unique opportunity to experience this diverse and sublimely beautiful area and it’s associated wildlife. This evening we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 7: Friday 7 July 2023
Today we will leave Kakadu to travel to Katherine. Katherine is where the outback meets the tropics and a region full of gorges and misty waterfalls, thermal springs and ancient cultures. In the afternoon John will paint a demonstration and then provide each workshop member individual attention. This evening we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 8: Saturday 8 July 2023
After breakfast, we will have a sightseeing tour of the spectacular Katherine Gorge. The group will travel by boat along a part of the gorge. There will be some spectacular views to photograph and you will have time for sketching and painting. This evening we will enjoy an included dinner
DAY 9: Sunday 9 July 2023
Today we will cross the border into Western Australia and travel to Kununurra, the Kimberley’s eastern gateway. Kununurra is a lively and pleasant modern town that is the centre of the ambitious Ord River irrigation scheme. Dinner is included each night of our stay in Kununurra.
DAY 10: Monday 10 July 2023
After breakfast, John will demonstrate at the nearby Mirima National Park and then help individuals with their work. This hidden valley is often referred to as the ‘mini Bungles’ for its 350-million-year-old sandstone cliffs, amphitheatres, gullies and ridges, which are similar in appearance to the Bungle Bungle Range.
DAY 11: Tuesday 11 July 2023
Today we will have an optional scenic flight to Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) National Park. Departing Kununurra, we head south over Lake Kununurra, the Packsaddle Irrigation area, and the upper Ord River on to Lake Argyle, flying over some of our vast cattle stations, the Osmond Ranges, and onto the imposing sight of Bungle Bungle Range. The orange and black ribbons across the beehive-like mounds are clearly visible as you approach from the north. We sweep further over the range and its hidden world of gorges and billabongs is revealed to further showcase Picanniny Gorge and the western escarpment, before setting course for the Argyle Diamond Mine; the birthplace of the spectacular Argyle pink diamond. The western shoreline of Lake Argyle and the Carr Boyd Ranges lead us back to Kununurra where, as a special bonus, we over-fly the Lower Ord, Ivanhoe Crossing and the northern irrigated farmlands. In the afternoon, there will be a painting session in Kununurra.
DAY 12: Wednesday 12 July 2023
Today we enjoy a day of painting around Kununurra. Tonight we will enjoy an included farewell dinner to celebrate our time in the Northern Territory.
DAY 13: Thursday 13 July 2023
After breakfast, workshop members will be transferred to Kununurra airport to join flights to their home cities.
|TWIN FARE PER PERSON||SINGLE FARE|
|NON PAINTER DISCOUNT||$ 250|
Optional 2 hour sightseeing flight to Purnululu (Bungle Bungles) National Park $420 per person
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“It was so well organized. We got to see all the best places, but without feeling we were being herded around like cattle, like you do on some tours. There was plenty of time to paint, and the instructor told me more about how to improve my painting style in weeks than I have learned all year back home. I really did get individual attention.”
“I particularly enjoyed meeting people with similar interests and having a working reason for being in a location.”