Marion Hughes is Teaching a Workshop for Camp Creative in Jan 2018

Hi everyone.

I am honored to be one of of Camp Creative’s Tutors this coming January. Dates are 8-12 January 2018.

Please visit there website or facebook page to see what courses there are on offer.

My course is Beginners Watercolour.

In this course I will be teaching anything and everything I know on how to paint in watercolour and then some more on top of that. It will be a fun course and I promise you that you will come away from the course with lots of knowledge and skills on how to paint in watercolour and have fun doing it.

I will cover everything from the very basics to lots of tricks and fun things you can add to your work without the stress. JOIN ME IN JANUARY

Please visit their site to book


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Art Workshops for 2017

I am proposing to do a series of workshops in 2017.

I have listed 4 outlines so far.

If there is anyone interested in having me come and do a workshop in your area, please read through the following proposals and contact me with dates etc. I am willing to travel and my fees are $350 per day, plus travel and accomodation should I need it. Materials are an extra but have art supplies which can be purchased for your requirements if needed.

Workshop Out line No. 1
Realistic Wildlife – Beginners to intermediate
The object is to draw, compose and paint a wildlife subject in a realistic representation with or without a background. Backgrounds will be covered in the workshop in various forms to enhance the overall subject.
The tutor will demonstrate all aspects of the procedure and then guide participants where needed to complete the painting.
Subject matter will be provided by the tutor with the idea that the participants can then use their own reference using the technique demonstrated to paint at a later date.
A Materials list will be provided with all the materials needed to complete the painting.
The finished painting will result in a realistic representation of the subject and ready to frame.
This can be done as a 1 day workshop or longer using a different subject each day or the participants can do one subject given by the tutor and the following day (s) they can use their own reference using the technique taught.
Learning outcome: watercolour wet in wet techniques, dry brush, composition of subject, background ideas, drawing
Workshop Outline No. 2
Watercolour, gouache and AirBrush with Ink
Wildlife Realism
Using watercolour, gouache and airbrush we will paint a wildlife subject to semi realism.
Participants will be taught how to lay on a simple but effective background as a backdrop to the wildlife subject to be painted.
The painting is done on gessoed matt board which is a delightful experience especially for the beginner as it is very forgiving in that paint can be ‘moved’ if a mistake is made in the process and redone until the desired result is achieved. It also lets the participant create effects which can not normally be made using watercolour on paper.
The subject is drawn and composed correctly on the board and masked to protect it from the airbrushing which is used to create a background as found in a photo with depth of field. The background is primarily to enhance the subject with out overpowering it.
The subject is then painted in in watercolour and gouache medium to create a very realistic representation but using simple techniques to create the illusion of lots of detail
Air brush and ink can be provided by the tutor and a small cost added to the program to cover ink usage.
The end result is a very detailed and realistic subject but using little effort to obtain these amazing results.
Reference provided by tutor for a 1 day workshop. Participants can provide their own reference for further studies.
This workshop is done step by step via demos by the tutor and guidance throughout the process to produce a painting ready to frame.
Learning outcome: Airbrushing, lift of method to create detail, composition, drawing
Material list will be provided
Workshop Outline No. 3
Watercolour Pen & Wash – Beginners to intermediate
Tutor to demonstrate subject using watercolour technique and then pen is used to enhance the subject and using the ink to shadow, highlight etc bringing out the essence of the subject.
Participants are then given reference to draw up and paint and use the technique to compose their own painting.
This method or technique can be used in reverse – draw with the ink and then add colour. Both will be demonstrated and participants can then go on to do their own painting.
These methods can be used for a variety of subjects and suit students who want to improve drawing techniques and use colour to add to the drawing.
Subject matter will include wildlife, landscapes, floral and figurative.
Participants will be encouraged to try all subjects.
Learning outcome: Drawing, composition, confidence in drawing freely and loosely to represent a subject, use of colour
Material List will be provided
Workshop outline No. 4
Face in Watercolour – Portraiture -Beginners to Intermediate
Tutor to demonstrate how to use watercolour to paint a face/portrait. Please note there is no pressure to get a perfect likeness in this workshop.
Participants will draw a face off their own reference or that provided by tutor.
We will learn how to draw a face in the proper proportions and how to use certain rules to get those proportions
We will explore how to get a flesh colour and using shadows etc to create a face with contours and shadows giving a 3d impression.
Participants will learn hair techniques, the use of shadows to contour the face.
How to paint realistic eyes.
Learning Outcome:
To draw a face
Proportions and planes of the face.
How to mix the correct flesh colour
Hair techniques
Material list will be provided

Art Classes and Workshops

Emu - watercolour and gouache on gesso'd board


Seagull in Flight - Watercolour

Seagull in Flight

Those Eyes - faces, figurative

Those Eyes

I am available to do art classes and workshops for 2017.

Art classes will continue to be Tuesday Mornings 10am to 12pm  and Wednesday Evenings 6pm to 8pm with materials etc supplied and at a cost of $35 per class. 4 week paid in advance. New students can attend a casual class for $35 to see if they like it and then pay the advance cost.

Classes cover different subjects and vary from week to week. Questions and problems to solve in your artwork is encouraged as the whole class learns from that.

If you would like a workshop in your area, I am prepared to travel. Subjects I do as workshops vary but the main topics are Birds & Wildlife done in a technique I have adapted for myself using watercolour and gouache on a treated surface. This technique can also be adapted to painting landscape and floral subjects.

Another workshop is based on faces and figurative subjects in watercolour and painting in larger than life formats.

For costs regarding workshops, please contact me direct on 0403520422 or email: [email protected]

Mixed media is also an option, using pen and ink, collage and other mediums to produce a contemporary painting.

More merit awards

The painting ‘ Im Over This Rain’ won a Special Merit Award from Light Space & Time Online gallery for the month of October.

The painting ‘Kookaburra Portrait’ won a Honourable Mention in the painting catagory of the same exhibition

Kookaburra portrait

Kookaburra Portrait


I’m Over This Rain

A Small World – A postcard Exhibition @Magpie Springs Gallery SA

I am part of a fantastic exhibition to be held at Magpie Springs Gallery Cellar Door Vineyard in South Australia kicking off in November this year with a good percentage of proceeds going to Cancer Research.

There is to be an online auction so if you want to be part of it or to purchase a small piece of work from one of the over 200 artists contributing work from Australia and overseas. There are some big names in amongst these artists so there is a chance to ‘OWN’ a small sample of their work. All paintings are postcard size 4×6 inches.

It is an honour to have an opportunity to hang beside some of these great artists.

Visit the Magpie Springs page on FaceBook to get all the details on how you can join in

My entry for the A Small World Postcard exhibition

My entry for the A Small World Postcard exhibition


Marion wins 2nd Special Merit Award


This is the latest of my paintings to win a Special Merit Award from online gallery Light Space &Time.

Choosen from 612 entries from throughout the world.

This is the 2nd month in a row that I entered and to receive this award for this painting titled ‘My Dad’ is quite special as he passed away a few years ago. He would have been so proud!

Marion recieves Special Merit Award

Follow the links to see information on the Special Merit AwardIMG_20160522_143023


gallery67 has now been open for nearly 9 weeks. With us heading up to Christmas, it is a good time to come and visit. Apart from Marion’s work, there is a good selection of local Gladstone talent exhibited also. We have works by national and international artists.

Classes and workshops are being conducted in house with the opportunity to join in a workshop to be conducted by Marion on 22nd November on painting Big Faces. This workshop will guide you through the process of plotting a larger than life face onto a full sheet of w/colour paper and using a free style to construct the face and catching the light to create dramatic effects.Big faces workshop

Register your spot now. Contact Marion via this page or email [email protected] or 0403520422.

cost is $65 for the day 10am to 4pm Paper will be extra at $7.50 per sheet and you may use up to 3.

Watercolour knowledge is a requirement as this is not a beginners class.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Monday Morning Class



We had a great morning painting seascapes. Both my students, Amanda And Christi did exceptionally well tackling the task at hand.

Results speak  for themselves!



What’s Happening!

Classes are well underway now.  Monday morning class has a few new faces as well as my Wednesday evening class. I am thinking it is time to start another class just for beginners.  This would give all my new people an in depth lesson on how this magical medium of watercolour actually works.  Every one is doing so well.

I have 2 girls for my Thursday afternoon Children’s class and hope to attract a few more to that.

I am embarking on a big learning curve myself in the middle of the month and partaking in a Workshop in Cairns ( Artescape ) my tutor will be Cherry Hood, an Archibald winner (2002) The only recipient to have won this prestigious art prize using watercolour. The workshop will of course be on painting the face in the watercolour medium.  I hope to then pass on my knowledge to my students.  I received a grant from  RADF via Gladstone Art Gallery and museum and the Queensland Government for which I am truly grateful.  This will take place from 21st July to 25th so I will be away that week.  One of my students is attending the McGregor Art School in Toowoomba this coming week.  It will be great to see what she will have learnt.  Workshops are a fantastic way of learning and improving skills in making art. I have attended many  over the years but not for the last 5 years so it will be a great experience.  I have never been to Cairns either so that to will be an adventure.

I hope to post my efforts when I am back.