I just came home from the most amazing art session with Naomi Pettenuzzo at her Ocean Art Studios in Maroochydore .Every year Arts Connect a cooperative which represents and supports artists throughout the Sunshine Coast hosts an Art Trail wherein Sunshine Coast artists open up their homes and studios for people to come through and watch them at work with a chance to peruse their collections and purchase art direct from the artists themesleves . There are also other events and workshops that happen as part of Open Studios week . This year there are two art trails One on the Sunshine Coast and one in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland .
Naomi’s participation in Art Trails also coincided with her regular Saturday workshops and I was thrilled to be able to do one of her Paint and Sip classes .Naomis Paint ‘n’ Sips differ from the usual Paint’n’Sips in that each participant gets to choose their own subject to paint all related to an ocean theme . I have long been looking for a teacher to show me a few different techniques for painting and capturing ocean scenes and themes . I was torn between doing a turtle and a whale but have wanted to paint a whale for ages so I opted for the whale and was pretty pleased with how he turned out
Naomis story in a few words is that she came from Victoria and a graphic design background and earlier in her career and married life as well as being mum to two daughters worked alongside builders and interior designers in the home construction industry .The death of her much beloved husband to Leukemia in 2014 saw Naomi do some serious soul searching and redefine what was most important to her and followed her souls calling to relocate to the Sunshine Coast and after a 30 year absence returned to painting and illustrative work
Naomi is an amazing artist and teacher with fantastic sunny bright beautiful energy . I watched very impressed as she facilitated 11 poeple each working on different pieces to come up with something quite special they clearly were very happy with …..She is not only a fantastic artist in her own right but a wonderful facilitator with a very open ended approach who effortlessly gently guides people to stretch themselves towards their next level with their creations
I was very pleased with my whale my own paint and sip creations thus far have rarely made it to adorning my walls but I will find a spot for this one .