News archive

2017 News archive

Helen's botanical & watercolour art courses for 2017


4-Jan-17:Its a hot start to the new year here in Australia. Helen is having a BIG clean out of her studio. Long overdue. Then some more gardening, catching up with friends before the start of Februrary when another teaching year begins.

2016 News archive

Helen's botanical & watercolour art courses for 2016

Botanical Illustration 5 day workshop 18 - 22 April

Painting Birds in Watercolour 5 day workshop 3 - 7 October

A relaxed approach to Botanical Illustration, Bowral weekend 29 - 30 October

Holiday Sketch book - one day workshop Sunday 27-November. Contact Helen directly

Monthly Botanical and watercolour workshops


22-Jan-16:Helen is also painting forSydney Botanica 2016. You can view some of these paintings in her mostrecent paintings gallery.

12-Jan-16:Its been a very hot summer so far and Helen has been sheltering in her studio during the heat of the day (35C +) only venturing out into the garden very early in the morning and late in theevening. Helen has booked the Bungendore school of Arts for two 5 day painting workshops in April & July this year.

27-Apr-16:Helen’s Botanical illustration 5 day workshop was well attended and everyone enjoyed their 5 days of botanical painting. Helen has also been painting some commissions and topping up her gallery area in theBungendore Woodworks Gallery.

1-Sep-16:Helen’s popular5dayBird painting in watercolour workshopwill be on again this year in October. It is filling fast. So book early for this popular workshop. Helen is also giving aweekend workshop on Botanical Illustration in Bowralin October.

1-Oct-16:Helen’s popular5dayBird painting in watercolour workshopwill be on again this year in October. It is now full. Helen is also giving aweekend workshop on Botanical Illustration in Bowralon 29-30 October in Bowral NSW.

7-Oct-16:Helen is holding a one dayHoliday Sketching workshopin Gundaroo, NSW (40 minutes North of Canberra) on Sunday 27th November. If you’d like to attend contact Helen directly. The workshop fee is A$110.

1-Dec-16:The Holiday sketchbook painting dworkshopin Gundaroo was a great success. Gundaroo has a number of old houses from last century that are a joy to sketch and paint.

22-Dec-16:Merry Christmas & a happy New Year to everyone.

2015 news archive

Helen's botanical & watercolour art courses for 2015

Botanical Illustration, 5 day workshop 13 - 17 April, 2015

Exploring watercolour, weekend workshop 16 - 17 May, 2015

Painting Birds, 5 day workshop 21 - 25 September, 2015


17-Apr-15:Its been a busy 2015 for Helen. Lots of renovations, gardening and building a new Studio. Thus not much painting so far except for Sydney Botanica. Mind you that didn’t stop her students hanging 90 paintings at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome pop up shop for a month till the end of April. Today is the last day of her Botanical Illustration workshop which was very well attended. Also, Helen will be teaching a Painting Birds weekend workshop in September 2015.

12-Jun-15:Helen will be teaching a 5 day Painting Birds weekend workshop in September 2015. Its always a popular course so book in early. She isalso back in her studio painting which pleases her immensley after months of work around the house.

28-Sep-15:Helen has been commissioned to create another wildflowers of the local region painting by a Canberrian. This morning, out in the back paddocks, these wildflowers are having a bumper year.

11-Sep-15:Helen has returned from a long overdue 10 week camping trip around Australia. She has seen loads offantasticscenery, amazing flowers and lots of rare birds. So its back to the studio with her scetch books to create more wonderful paintings. She has also started teaching hermonthly workshopsagain and theBird workshopis approaching.




2014 news archive

Helen's botanical & watercolour art courses for 2014 - completed

Botanical Illustration 12 - 15 April

Painting Birds 10 - 11 May

Portrait painting 17 - 18 May

Holiday sketchbook 24 - 25 May

Landscape painting 31 May - 1 Jun

Watercolour techniques 7 - 11 July

Exploring watercolour - weekend workshop11-12 Oct

Painting Birds - weekend workshop15 - 16 Nov


13-Jan-14:Helen has justreleased anew painting DVD,Landscape painting volume 1in watercolours. Helen paints the Australian outback in 5 different locations. Three of the painting demonstrations are located in and around iconic Birdsville in Australia’s red drycentre. Watch thepromo videofor this new DVD.

6-Mar-14:The years teaching program has begun with Helen’s regular monthly master classes at the Bungendore School of Arts. Helen has begun painting in ernest for Sydney Botanica 2014,WABA exhibitionandCanberra Botanical. Full steam ahead.

14-Apr-14:The four day Botanical workshop has just started and everyone is working away on wonderful autumn colours from the surrounding trees and parks in Bungendore. Everyone painted enthusiastically and enjoyed themselves immensely.

5-Jun-14:The group exhibition“Feathery things”at theBungendore Woodworks Galleryis doing well. Helen has nearly finished all her May teaching and is back at her easel.

4-Jul-14:DVD orders from Helen’s website are temporaily disabled as our e-commerce gateway is not functional. We will implement a new e-commerce gateway and be back ready for online orders in two weeks (18-July). Thankyou for your patience.

12-Jul-14:DVD orders from Helen’s website are now back online with our new Australian e-commerce gateway EziMerchant. Thankyou for your patience.

25-Jul-14:Helen is painting again and planning some more teaching weekends for the Spring. Also note ourEND of JULY DVDs sale - 20% off all DVDs till the end of July 2014.

2-Sep-14:Helen is painting again and has 2 more more teaching weekends ready for Spring.

22-Sep-14:Good news, Helen’s DVDs are now available for sale from her website using Credit cards via Paypal.

18-Nov-14:Helen has finished teaching for the year. Time for some painting in the studio and time in the garden.

2013 news archive

Helen's botanical & watercolour art courses for 2013 - completed

Watercolour 5 day workshop 7 - 11 Jan

Botanical Illustration 5 day workshop 14 - 18 Jan

Watercolour 5 day workshop 8 - 12 July

Portrait painting 27 - 28 July

Painting Birds in watercolour 26 - 27 October

Holiday sketchbook via ANU CCE 16 - 17 November

6-Feb-13: Helen’s is now madly painting for her 7th solo exhibition at the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, 4-May till 9-June 2013.

13-Feb-13: Keep up with Helen’s exhibition painting via her Twitter feed.

6-Mar-13: The Hon. Steve Whan MLC has enthusiastically accepted Helen’s invitation to open her 7th solo Bungendore exhibition on Sunday 5th May at 11am. All are welcome so come along to the opening.

4-Apr-13: Helen is in the final few weeks of painting. So far 55 paintings are ready and she is heading towards 70 for the opening.

12-Apr-13: Helen has a new Pinterest board containing a selection of paintings from her exhibitions. Helen has today completed 67 paintings. Maybe its time to stop.

15-Apr-13: At last Helen has stopped painting (for the moment). 67 paintings are ready for the exhibition. View a preview.

3-May-13: Hooray we have delivered the 67 carefully rapped paintings to the Bungendore Wood works gallery. Stan the gallery man is hanging them all today. Nearly there.

5-May-13: Helen’s 7th solo exhibition at the Bungendore Woodworks gallery opened on Sunday 5th May at 11am (view a preview). It was opened enthusiastically by local member Steve Whan MLC. A very good crowd enjoyed a great opening and Helen sold a third of her paintings on the opening. The exhibition continues until 9-June.

6-Jun-13:Helen's 7th solo exhibition at theBungendore Wood Works galleryhas sold well with more than half sold. The exhibition has been extended by two weeks until23-Jun-13.

2-Jul-13:Here is Helen's new website. We hope you'll enjoy it.

23-Aug-13:There are still some places available in Helen'sOctober Bird Painting weekend workshop. Contact Helen to secure your place.

21-Aug-13:For Sale cataloguesof Bird, Landscape and Flora paintings are now available. Contact Helen directly to acquire any of these excellent paintings.

10-Jul-13:Volume 4of Helen's Botanical Illustration DVD series beenreleased.

17-Oct-13:Helen'sOctober Bird Painting weekend workshopis fully subscribed. Helen now has a waiting list for a second Bird painting workshop to be held in autumn 2014. Watch this page later in the year for details.

Exhibitions:Helen has submitted paintings to theMelbourne Botanic Gardens Exhibition, Oct 2013 andCanberra Botanical, Sep 2013.

29-Oct-13:Helen'sOctober Bird Painting weekend workshopwas fully subscribed. Helen now has a waiting list for a second Bird painting workshop to be held in autumn 2014. Next week Helen will be attending a workshop as a student for a change withLyn Dieffenbach in Jindabyne.Following this will be her annual Botanical field trip to Lockhart with her students to paint eucalypts from the Lockhart arboretum.

28-Nov-13:Helen'sannual Botanical field trip to Lockhart NSW with her students to paint eucalypts from the Galore Hill arboretum was enjoyable as usual.TheE. macrocarpa were all blooming wonderfully.

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