Next Monthly Meeting & Demonstration

is online via Zoom 7 September 2020 at 7:30pm

Craig Penny will be demonstrating a landscape painting in Acrylic

Born in Mildura in 1961, Craig showed an interest in art and drawing at a very young age. In 1970, his family moved to the Western District of Victoria. His love of art saw him enrol in the art course at Hamilton Technical School in 1976. At the age of 16 his artistic interests extended into ceramics and sculpture, and he constructed several wood fired kilns in his parents’ backyard.

Craig studied art at Federation University in Ballarat, where painting and graphic design attracted most of his attention. Craig pursued a successful career as an illustrator in the advertising industry and became a member of the Illustrators Association of Australia.

Craig’s career has progressed into a range of mediums including skills in computer graphics. As a result Craig has also undertaken a successful career in teaching both traditional drawing and illustration and digital drawing and illustration at both Victoria University and Swinburne University. Throughout this time, he never lost his love of using traditional methods and subsequently specialized in watercolour and acrylic painting. This has lead to an extremely successful solo career.

In 2001, Craig had his first major solo exhibition at Manyung Gallery in Mt Eliza, Victoria. In 2007, his work was accepted by Gallery Diamante in Carmel California. Craig has lead painting and sketching trips to Cambodia, Vietnam, Greek Islands, France and Japan.


I like to think that to paint a successful painting is not so much to have tamed the beast,  rather to have been taken along for the ride and still be there at the end of the experience.

For me painting is like life … giving yourself enough skill, knowledge and integrity and then letting yourself free to take what is thrown your way.

You don’t need to tame and control it for magic to happen… you just need to be there at the end.



This Month’s Meeting & Demonstration

is online via Zoom 3 August 2020 at 7:30pm

Stephie Clarke will be demonstrating a floral painting in Pastel

Stephie Clark is based in Armidale, NSW. She is a passionate pastel artist who is best known for her free and flowing florals and fruit – her style is uninhibited by rules and boundaries. She normally divides her time between painting in her studio and teaching workshops in Australia and in France. Pre Covid-19, Stephie was going to present at our Art-In-Action event and conduct a workshop for us in April. These events were cancelled, so we are delighted that she is able to demonstrate for us via Zoom in August. For more information about Stephie, go to her website


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August Paint Out

we have had to cancel due to COVID-19

Our Paint Out planned for 20 August 2020 at Warrandyte has had to be postponed. We will plan at this point in time to run it on 15 October 2020 instead

Thank you to Louise Corke

for a great demonstration on Monday night 6 July 2020

Louise is a professional artist from Queensland, focusing on pulse and meaning in her art to express a conversation of respect between her and the subject matter. She painted a shoreline scene ‘Splash and Crash’ with plenty of great advice and commentary. This is her finished painting.

Louise teaches regularly in her Studio, around Australia and overseas. She has been awarded over 75 prizes and has been published numerous times in Australian, French and USA publications and showcased on the Colour in Your Life TV Series. Her work is found in both public and private collections around the world. Caroline Lewallen will announce the winners of the monthly online Eckersley’s Members’ Encouragement Award early in the meeting and then Louise will commence her demonstration. For more information on Louise, go to her website at

Click on the photo above to go to Louise’s episode on Colour in Your Life

Thank you to Penelope Gilbert Ng!

who demonstrated on Monday night 1 June 2020 at 7:30pm

It was a great opportunity to see this highly talented and experienced artist at work and to be able to ask her questions.

A big thank you to Penelope for her generosity in waiving her fee. Her finished portrait in Pastel is entitled ‘Man from Rotorua’

A big thank you to Ben Winspear!

Ben sold the painting from our May demonstration

and has donated half of the proceeds to our Society. Ben was also instrumental in helping us to set up our first online demonstration and we  appreciate his assistance very much.

Ben’s demo was held on Monday 4 May 2020.

Our Eckersley’s Members’ Encouragement (EME) Awards are back

Peter Fielding won 2nd place in the Advanced section on 4 May 2020

We are now conducting them online

Basically, the format remains the same. Here’s what you do :

  1. Take a hi-resolution photo of your painting
  2. Take a photo of yourself and your painting together (or if you can’t do that, then one of yourself)
  3. Identify the category you want to enter
  4. Then email your 2 hi-resolution pics and your category to

The paintings will be uploaded to our EME Awards Entries webpage and members will be asked to vote via email.

Details on how to enter & vote are available on the EME Awards webpage and further instructions will be sent to members each month via email, on when to submit paintings and when to vote.

We are monitoring the current situation

The PSVA Committee has decided to continue with our online Monthly Meetings & Demonstrations as well as our online EME Awards for the time being. We will continue to review the situation on a month -to-month basis.

So for now,  all PSVA ‘face-to face’ events are still on hold. This includes Art-In-Action, Workshops, and Paint-Outs. We are hoping that we are able to conduct our next Paint Out in September. We believe the well-being and safety of our members & the community is our top priority and that this decision is in everyone’s best interest.

We will continue to monitor this evolving health situation and will keep you informed of any further developments or changes to our Program via email.

Members can still look forward to your VicPastel News magazine sent out bi-monthly as well as demonstrations online via Zoom and our monthly EME Awards being held online.  You may also like to stay in touch through our Facebook Group and PSVA on Instagram @pastelsocietyvictoria

Refunds will be arranged for payments already made for Art-In-Action and Stephic Clark’s Workshop. In order to receive your refund, please contact Kerryn on email at and ensure that you include your Bank details : Account Name, BSB and Account Number, so that Kerryn can transmit the funds direct to your account.

Calendar for Artists

While we all have more time in our studios, perhaps you may find this a good resource for shows that are available to enter

Calendar for Artists | Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia

An artist’s resource where you can find information about upcoming Art Competitions, Art Awards and Art Prizes.

Their website is at