Tuesday, 7 July 2015


Dear Painting Friends,

Please note that this site is no longer being updated, as we have moved our digital presence to Facebook.  Further information on https://www.facebook.com/pages/Decorative-Folk-Artists-of-Queensland/261684367218168 

Our next workshop will be a rose with Tracey Sims on Saturday 1st August at the Arthur Scurr Rooms, Mt Gravatt Showground.  Look out for further information on the facebook site.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

July meeting and Annual General Meeting - Saturday 4th July, 2015.

The next meeting of the Decorative Folk Artists of Queensland will be held over lunch at the Southern Cross Sports Club, Cnr Logan and Klumpp Roads, Upper Mt Gravatt (entry via Klumpp road).  Arrival time, 11.30am to 12 noon.

Monday, 13 April 2015


Workshop with Margaret Kirman - Saturday 6th June 2015.

Margaret Kirman will be teaching an Art Deco Lady on a canvas.  This projects uses a limited palette to achieve an older, sepia look.

The workshop will be held in the Arthur Scurr Rooms, Mt Gravatt Showground, from 9 - 2.30pm on Saturday 6th June.  For any questions, or if you would like to attend, please email the DFAQ at dfaqinc@gmail.com to register.  Please note - this is the ONLY way to register for this workshop and be sent the preparation instructions and requirements list.

The DFAQ will supply its usual scrumptions morning tea, and tea and coffee will be available before the workshop and throughout the day.

The cost is $20 for non-members and free for DFAQ members.

All welcome.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Vale Penny Morgan

It is with deepest sorrow that we advise that our beloved president, Penny Morgan, lost her battle with cancer on 29th March, 2015.  Whether you knew her in person by attending DFAQ meetings or workshops, or through her Penny's Pen and the Newsletter, I am sure you knew what a wonderful and creative person Penny was, and how strongly she felt about the continuation of our association.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

I am sure you will join with us in sending your condolances to Penny's family.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Workshops with Karen Brouwer, 11th and 12th April, 2015

18 people enjoyed the Seadragon workshop with Karen on Saturday. Below is a photo of the participants with their finished works. Trish Harris (extreme left) was very adventurous and did it on an extremely large canvas!
We have been very fortunate to secure renown Melbourne artist Karen Brouwer who will be teaching two workshops in April, the first workshop on Saturday 11th will be a sea dragon (there is a choice of projects with one sea dragon or two), and a beautiful tulip on Sunday 12th.  Workshops commence at 9am at the Arthur Scurr Room, Mt Gravatt Showground, Mt Gravatt Central and will conclude around 3.30pm.  

Both projects incorporate mother of pearl which Karen will supply for a cost of between $5 and $10 depending on the project.  Paints will be supplied, but participants should bring their own canvas - 12" x 24" canvas for the two sea dragons and the tulip and 12" x 16" if you wish to complete Saturday's project with one sea dragon.  Tea, coffee and morning tea will be provided, but please bring you own lunch.  Cost is $20/workshop for non members, and free for DFAQ members.

If you are interested in completing one or both workshops or require further information, please contact dfaqinc@gmail.com

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Step Sheets for Lindy Clarkson Workshop

"Autumn Road" project taught by Lindy Clarkson at the February workshop.  The first photo is the finished piece, and the other photos are Steps 1 - 4.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Arum Lily Workshop with Pauline Gard

Our next workshop will be on Saturday 1st November when we will paint an Arum Lily with talented teacher Pauline Gard.  Pauline uses 4 colours in this painting and will teach us how to mix and use colours to create effect.  It is painted on a 12" x 24" canvas which should be pre-geossed prior to the workshop.

The workshop will commence at 10.00am in our meeting room on the ground level of the Arthur Scurr Building at the Mt Gravatt Showground.  Please bring your lunch (morning and afternoon tea supplied) and enjoy lots of laughs with other painters. 

The cost is $20 for non-DFAQ members, and free for members.  

Monday, 18 August 2014



The DFAQ has invited Tracey Sims to conduct a workshop on Saturday 6th September, 2014 at Mt Gravatt Showgrounds (Arthur Scurr Room), commencing at 9am, and ending around 3pm.  The cost will be $20 for non-members (free for members).  If you are interested in participating, please email dfaqinc@gmail.com no later than Monday 1st September to register your name and receive the list of requirements.  Morning and afternoon tea will be provided, but please bring your lunch and join a very talented teacher and a group of happy and creative painters for the day. 

Tracey Simms Folk Art Workshop

Tuesday, 29 April 2014



This workshop ‘Just on Dusk’ will be taught on Saturday 7th June, in the Arthur Scurr Room at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, beginning at 9.00 am.  We will finish around 3.00 - 4.00 pm.  Its size is approximately A3 on 300gsm watercolour paper.


This delightful scene ‘Paris Street CafĂ©’ will be taught on Sunday 8th June, at the Southern Cross Football Club, corner of Logan and Klump Road.  Entrance via Klump Road.  Again the class will begin at 9.00 am and finish around 3.00 - 4.00 pm and is approximately A3 in size

1 day     $40
2 days   $70

1 day     $60
2 days   $110
A non-refundable deposit of $15/day ($30 if attending both days) must be deposited and cleared into the DFAQ bank by Thursday 22nd May to secure a place.  Either send a cheque or make a direct deposit – details below.  The balance can be paid at the class or forwarded by cheque.

For full details please email dfaqinc@gmail.com or write to
Workshop Details,
G.P.O. Box 943,
Mt Gravatt,Q.,
and a brochure detailing requirements list and banking details will be forwarded to you.


Monday, 7 April 2014


We had a great time at the show and were kept busy all the time.  The photos below show some of our merry crew and the size of the stand that we had.  It was a long stand with Judy Minter and Paula Whippy on the lower end selling, the teaching tables in the middle and the sign on and enquiry table on the upper end.  Thanks to our sponsors, Expertise and Chroma who provided us with this space and our paints, aprons and books.
Deirdre manning our sign in table.
Classes in progress.  Thanks to our many helpers who assisted the students to complete their project.  Without them the classes would have been very hard to handle.  They watched for mistakes, gave advice and picked up the mess after, cleaned brushes and sponges, re-laid the tables for the next class and essentially made the classes run smoothly and helped but happy smiles on faces.

The chook pattern was drawn on the bag and blocked in with colour.  Wings, crops, wattles etc. were added and then they had lots of fun painting long curling strokes in all colours in paint and Kindy Glitz to make a very flamboyant tail on the rooster.

Happy smiles with the finished project and some won books (given by Chroma) in lucky draws.

Bags were left to hang on the wall between classes to dry.  Students came back to pick them up before going home.

The butterfly was a stencil in negative and positive.  Very easy to do and everyone's came out a success and very pretty.

More happy faces with their projects.

A time to pause for a laugh.

Wendy D. came from Grafton to help at the show.  Thanks Wendy, your company added to the fun and laughter at the show.

Gail teaching her Rooster.

Brushes cleaned for the next class.
Oh! the bucket brigade!!  To acquire water to clean brushes and sponges etc.  we had to walk down to the storage room way at the back of the centre and navigate around open, spilling boxes to the sink.  Of course it was a small sink and we couldn't get the bucket under the tap????  O.K. so a little invention was needed.  We used this curved ag. pipe to funnel water through while holding the bucket at the edge of the sink.  Worked a treat but had to be careful to tip it up before putting down the bucket to turn off the tap or we got rather wet feet. 
We are now gearing up for the October show.  We don't teach at this show but we do have a nice guild stand and sell painted Christmas items.  So if you are in the area then, come and see us and say hello.