She leans towards painting old, rusty, interesting farm vehicles and the like. Rather than beginning with the subject matter, she drops, pours and spatters a few puddles of colour onto raw best quality (600gm cold pressed) paper. Once near dry or dry she then begins to paint the previously roughly and lightly drawn outline of the subject, knowing when to wet in wet or wet on dry, creating rusty old car, tractor, tap, horse float. The results are rustic, creative and realistic. A convincing old vehicle emerged in this live demo.
Haley showed some of her many examples of art, demonstrating her versatility with minimalism for backgrounds too, where sometimes less is best.
Following a creamy, calorie enhancing morning tea, Haley stunned the enthusiastic group with a youthful portrait, begun by splattering, spraying and running together, a combination of burnt sienna, permanent rose and Australian red gold for skin tones, drying and adding painted and watercolour pencil detail, showing us how not to be precious and still create a convincing likeness.
With sincere thanks to Haley for an enlightening and very entertaining demonstration and Colleen for setting up and the yummy cakes!