River Days

Members met in a social distancing friendly get together by the Murray River in Swan Hill. Tuesdays by the river will continue, weather permitting until the group gets back together indoors.

Members rugged up in the wintry weather

Meanwhile here in USA where I am still waiting for flights and money from Qantas…. It is summer, hot and humid!


February NEWS

Hi all 
Just a reminder that Lorri will be away from 28th Feb until 15th April.  Norma is currently looking after Petty Cash & morning tea supplies.Please make sure you book in for these two great workshops!  Call Judy if you have any other questions!!

March 4: Clay heads and objects with Di Giddings. 

$20 per person (members)  Non members $25

10am—4pm @ Woorinen South Community Hall, McCalman Street (behind pre school)

Please contact Helen McKerrow if you are coming.  M: 0422 636 597.  Email:

You will need a base for your sculpted head.  A nice fat piece of dowell screwed into a rectangular or square base works well.  The one in the images is approx 16cm high and on a base of approx 15cm x 20cm.  You can make it smaller.  Once the head is dry you can remove it & reuse your stand.

Alternately you could bring a piece of board and make a mask or something similar.

image of stand for cclay heads


April 1st (nothing arranged for first Wednesday – any volunteers to run a foolish workshop?  

Something really fun or a bit crazy would be great considering its April Fool’s Day!

April fools day image

Paul Oswin : Expressive Watercolour human and animal portraits

Sat 25th & Sun 26th  April 10am—4pm 

Woorinen South Community Hall, McCalman Street (behind pre school)

Please book with Judy Brawn.  M: 0448 918 771 E:

$90 for members $120 for non members (remember membership is just $25 per year!)

Art by Paul Oswin,.  Photo of child in front of large painting.

Paul’s workshops are fun and instructive.  Alternative uses for watercolours are explored in an explosion of colour!With Paul’s workshop you can break from the traditions of painting and develop an expressive skill set that will help develop more visual movement in your wet medium painting.  Paul’s aim in painting is to marry strong compositional methods with expressive qualities. He also develops rich textural elements by re-working finished painting with markers, pens and pencils.

Paul demonstrates his painting methods in a series of simple steps that participants can easily follow along. Participants can also take home an information sheet that outlines these steps for future reference as well.  Gain some new tips and tricks that will help your own artistic journey in a relaxed and creative environment. This workshop is suitable for both the beginner and experienced painter alike.


  • Watercolour paints and/or inks
  • Black drawing ink or ink pens
  • Masking fluid
  • Watercolour paper
  • Masking tape
  • Water containers
  • Pics of Person Bird or Animal for Reference

Optional materials:

  • IPad/ phone
  • White gel pens
  • Paper towel
  • Waterproof fineliners
  • Pipettes
  • Salt
  • Dip pens (often used for calligraphy)
  • Paint markers (these are markers that have paint in them. Ie. Posca)

Lorri Lambert, Secretary MASH


Mothers Day Fundraiser

This will be a “pop up shop” exhibition with sales. It will be held at the Community Tree, Campbell Street Swan Hill on Friday 8th May 10-4 & Sat 9th May 9-1.  If you are submitting works then you must also agree to go on the roster to man the stall for at least 2 hours.  It is suggested that paintings are framed or on canvas with fixtures for hanging.  Smaller unframed works are acceptable if they have a mount and are wrapped in cellophane.  Other quality crafted items are also acceptable for this exhibition.  eg: handpainted cards, ceramics etc. 
10% of all works sold will be paid to the local Cancer support group. Payment for works sold, is made at the conclusion of the exhibition, when all works have been paid for. We will also be having a raffle with all proceeds going to the local cancer support group.  Donations of mother friendly items accepted. 
For more information call Lorri Lambert 0467 879 261 or email

If you cannot afford custom framing, check out ready made frames for works on paper from the Reject Shop, Target and Cheap as Chips in Swan Hill.

Pre cut mounts can sometimes be found at these shops or online:

For unframed works


(this Wiki How shows you how to prepare an unframed canvas for hanging.


2020 Workshops (Feb—June)

Harmony Day Project:  Gratefulness Tree.  Members will decorate leaves with messages to add to the community tree. Tuesday 4 Feb @ Murray River Motel.

First Wednesdays @ Woorinen South Community Hall:

Feb 5: Tantalising textures with Lorri Lambert.  Impasto with acrylics, impasto medium and or modelling paste and gesso.  Members Free, visitors $20

March 4: Clay heads and objects with Di Giddings. $20 per person

April 1st: TBC

May (no workshop due to Mothers’ day pop up shop)

June 3: Glass Art with Cathy Gibson.  #This will be held in Moulamein.  $70 per person (maximum of 8 ppl)

Guest Artists

Paul Oswin : Expressive Watercolour human and animal portraits
Sat 25th & Sun 26th  April 10am—4pm @ Woorinen South Community Hall

Jon Lam: Portraits and landscapes in Acrylics and oils

Sat 27th & Sunday 28th June—10am—4pm @ Woorinen South Community Hall

Please sign up and pay early to secure your place.  Payment must be received at least 2 weeks prior to workshop to enable MASH to confirm the artist and venue.

Payment by cheque to Mallee Artists Swan Hill or Direct Deposit  Bendigo Bank

Mallee Artists BSB:  633-000 Account:  1554 10509

Please use the first 3 letters of the artist surname plus your surname as reference.

PLUS: Have you paid your Annual membership?   Due Now!

Phone Lorri 0467 879 261 or Judy 0448918771



Paul Oswin Workshop

Material essentials-

· Watercolour and/or coloured inks

· Watercolour/ multimedia paper 

· Brushes suitable for watercolour 

· Grey-lead pencil and eraser 

· Waterproof fineliner pen

· Water containers

Non-essential material list-

· Masking fluid 

· Masking tape

· Coloured pencils

· Watercolour pencils

· Chinagraph pencils

· Paint pens

· black drawing ink

· Acrylic paints

· Drawing references

· Drawing/painting boards

· Easel or table easel

· Dip pens

· Calligraphy pens

· White gel pen


November Activities

First Tuesday 5th November:

Melbourne Cup morning tea @ Murray River Motel from 9.30am
Don your finest hat bring something special to share and paint if you feel like it.

Helen McKerrow has also invited MASH members to come back to her home to watch the Cup in the arvo!

First Wednesday 6th November:

Catch up day @ Woorinen South Hall from 9.30am

What workshop did you miss (or re-do) that you would have like to have a go?  Below is a list and materials lists.  Lorri will bring along some copies of the notes for those who need them.  Don’t forget to bring a picture with you for each project.


Collage by Sue

Bring a canvas or board, PVA glue, brushes, magazines, scrap coloured paper, scissors optional. (Some mags will be available)





Miss JJ
Jaina Jean by Lorri

Heavy paper or canvas to draw or paint on plus your choice of pencils, watercolour or acrylics, brushes.



Monochrome by Norma


Heavy paper or canvas to draw or paint on plus your choice of pencils, watercolour or acrylics, brushes


Paint like Paul Klee
Heavy paper or MDF or canvas board is best for this.  (oil pastels and acrylic paint supplied)

Maxine scratch_s
Paint like Paul Klee by Maxine

Pallette Knife
Bring a canvas or board, palette knives, brushes, acrylic paints and either modelling paste or Impasto (can use oil paints)

Pallette Knife by Joy







Plein Air & Light
Heavy paper or canvas to draw or paint on plus your choice of pencils, watercolour or acrylics, brushes

Monet – wheatstacks (one of several studies)





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September News

2019 Workshops Summary

This year we have a wonderful variety of workshops including Water effects with Jon Lam, Paverpol sculptures with Helen & Judy, Watercolour with Ross Paterson and Clay sculpted heads with Di.  Combined with our First Tuesdays it has been a very eventful year!

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Thanks to everyone who attended our AGM this week.  Judy Brawn and Lorri Lambert have been re-elected to President & Secretary.  The position of Treasurer is still open.

Biddy Pierce will be assisting Lorri with media and Maxine Harrop will be coordinating morning tea.

Exciting news!

Due to growth in numbers we will have 2 days of art available!

Tuesdays 9.30am -1.30pm at the Murray River Motel, Campbell St Swan Hill.
(Gold coin donation) AND Wednesdays 9.00am – 1.00pm at Woorinen South Community Hall, starting 2nd October. ($5 per week)

Come to one or come to both!  Art materials can be provided for beginners to come & try!
Cuppa and bikkies included.
Melbourne Cup

Tuesday November 5th @ the Motel
Bring something to share for Cup Day morning Tea & don’t forget your hat!

Christmas Celebration

Lunch will be on Tuesday … December at Java Spice.  Bookings to Norma or Lorri.

Swan Hill Show

Schedule is now out!  We support the show committee each year with a donation towards prizes in the art section.  We also help hang artworks and we will be asking for helpers in show week – please help if you can, dates to be advised.



Wednesday October 2nd – Plein Air (painting outside) Hints and tips for making the most of catching light, making quick sketches and more!

Wednesday November 6th @ Woorinen South Community Hall from 9am.  Workshop starts @ 10am

Upcoming Projects

Business cards: these will be given to members on request to hand out as needed.

Promotional Brochure: Lorri has completed.  This will be placed at Information Centre, The Regional Art Gallery and Library.  Please ask for a bundle to distribute to other suitable locations such as Post Offices/stores in outlying towns.

Red Cross Fundraiser October: MASH will have a stall for this event.  Small artworks would be the most suitable plus any crafty items you make.   Please contact Lorri or Jenny to find out more.

Food & Wine Show March 2020: We will be having a stall in conjunction with the Artisan market.  Details to come.

Mothers Day Fundraiser April 2020: We will be holding an exhibition with art for sale and a % of proceeds to local cancer support group.  More details early next year.

PRESIDENT:  Judy Brawn  M: 0448 918 771   Email:

SECRETARY: Lorri Lambert  M: 0467 879 261  Email:

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The Annual General Meeting of MASH will be held Tuesday 10th September at 12 noon.  For details call Lorri 0467 879 261



Ross Paterson Workshop



June News

“From Paddock to Plate”

Our new exhibition Opened 31 May at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.  It will be on display until 28 July.


Workshops so far….

Collage: some really wonderful results from this one and some just haven’t stopped creating collage since! Di completed her piece and it featured in a recent exhibition in the Regional Art Gallery.


Helen Mac & Judy provided guidance for this 2 day workshop and there were some wonderful results. A big thank you to Sue for allowing the group to make a mess at her house!

Visit the Facebook group to see more!!

Palette Knife This was a fun group activity on the first Tuesday in May and most of us had a go! Here are two examples Joy’s maggie with attitude and Kylie’s landscape, created using bits of cardboard as her palette knife!

Jon Lam 2 day workshop water effects

Day one challenged those of us unfamiliar with watercolours and their delicate possibilities and day 2 was filled with a huge range of work featuring reflections and semi abstracts. The group would love Jon to return next year.

Day 1 Glenys created figures in the rain & Sue , a rainy day at Flinders Street.

(sorry I didn’t take more pics of day 1)  Day 2 semi abstracts and lots of reflections.

Thanks to Jon Lam for sharing his knowledge and for inspiring us to try something new!

Visit Jon’s website 

Upcoming Dates

Ross Paterson Watercolour Workshop

3rd & 4th August

$125 members $150 non members

Pyalong landscape.jpg
Pyalong landscape, Watercolour, 45 x 60 cm 
Painted on site May 2019

Ross is a passionate and dedicated teacher, who is in high demand for his popular and informative workshops. He is constantly requested to travel throughout Australia and overseas to teach and encourage willing artists. Ross has over 220 major awards to his credit including being three times winner of the Australian Landscape Award at Camberwell Art Show.

A full materials list and venue information will be provided when you book and pay a deposit.

Ross Paterson Website


2019 Art days @ the Motel June to December

June 4th First Tuesday: 11am Gallery Visit to see our exhibition & optional lunch at Spoons (self funded)  Painting days: 11, 18, 25

July 2nd First Tuesday: Portraits – bring along a photo with nice sharp features and good contrast.  Painting Days: 9, 16, 23, 30

August 6th First Tuesday: “paint like” your favourite artist. Bring along a favourite image and reinterpret it or try and paint something in the style of your favourite artist.  Painting Days: 13, 20, 27

September 3rd First Tuesday: Clay Heads with Di (there will be a cost and possible change of venue for the clay, details to come later) Painting Days: 10, 17, 24

October 1st First Tuesday: Acrylic Paint pouring with Lorri $10 per person (venue to be confirmed) BYO board/canvas, foil trays and acrylic paints. Pouring mediums, disposable gloves, cups and icypole sticks supplied Painting Days: 8, 15, 22, 29

November 5th First Tuesday: Melbourne Cup Collage – horses, hats & tracks – what is your favourite thing about the cup? Collage it!! Painting Days: 12, 19, 26

December Painting Days: 3, 10 Christmas Lunch 17th

Contact the Secretary:  0467 879 261 to make a booking or find out more.


March News update

Please note, the correct closing date for entries in the Kerang Rotary Easter Art Show 2019  is Friday 5th April.


Paverpol Workshop

FREE to MASH members.

paverpol stages

Tuesday 2nd April

& Saturday 6th April

Bookings essential with Helen Mac 0422 636 597

List and instructions available when you book


MASH Exhibition @ Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery:

“From Paddock to Plate”

Dates: 31 May  – 28 July 2019

One artwork per person will be displayed.

Artworks to be delivered by 26 May (unless prior arrangements have been made with the gallery)

Artworks to be picked up 29 July to 2 August.

2019 Art days @ the motel March to June:

March 5th First Tuesday: Revival and Re-vamp.  Bring along old works that need fixing and we will do a self help/critique session.
Painting days: 12th, 19th, 26th

April 2ndFirst Tuesday: Paverpol sculpture
Day 1: preparation day, materials supplied.
Saturday 6th April Paverpol sculpture Day 2 completion of work.
Painting days: 9, 16, 23, 30

May 7thFirst Tuesday: Pallette knife techniques (TBC)
Painting days: 14, 21, 28

June 4thFirst Tuesday: 11am Gallery Visit to see our exhibition  & optional lunch at Spoons (self funded)
Painting days: 11, 18, 25

thumbnail_447 Sailors Rest 17-08-2018 Acrylic 53x53Jon Lam workshop: Wet Streetscapes plus Boats & Water Effects

Date: Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May
Time: 9.30am to 4pm both days
Cost: $90 for members  $110 non members
Venue: Swan Hill Neighbourhood House

Two days of exploration of water themes under the excellent instruction of Jon Lam.  Jon’s versatility with various media and styles has won him first prize with his Acrylic, Oil and
Watercolour paintings. With more than 30 years of teaching experience, Jon enjoys exploring different styles in his work.

Artists may work in any water based medium.

Please bring your source images of wet streetscapes and water scenes plus materials such as paints, canvas, paper or boards.  brushes, palettes, water containers etc.

 Tea & Coffee, morning & arvo tea provided.  BYO lunch.    or

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