Paint making workshop at the Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland

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During the current exhibitions Colour of Distance and What’s on Your Plate at the Papakura Art Gallery, I had the marvellous opportunity to hold a workshop on paint making from locally found pigments.  Three different colours were made during the workshop, and I brought many colour swatches made from Canterbury mineral and organic pigments for attendees to see and touch.

In the photo above, the What’s on Your Plate artwork just to the right and behind me on the wall, caught my attention because it shows a tin can label that lists many of the items that are produced from by-products of the petroleum industry.  I read through them all, hoping to see ‘pigments’ listed – but it wasn’t  –  probably round the back of the can!  One of the reasons that started my interest in making paint was that so many colours are derived from oil.

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Many thanks to Tracey Williams and Kate Hart of the gallery for the use of these photos taken during the workshop.

Colour of Distance is the latest group show by Cristina Silaghi, Helga Goran, Jocelyn Mills, Kim Lowe and myself, and it closes on the 7th April.

For more information and photos of these two exhibitions at the gallery,  visit their Facebook page via this link:  Papakura Art Gallery .