Monday, 1 July 2013

It's all black and white for July ...

Firstly I'd like to bid a fond farewell to a member of our creative team, Sarah Rogers, who has been with ARTastic from almost the beginning and has now decided to move on. All the best Sarah, we will miss you.

We do have a new member to our team but you will need to come back on the 15th of the month to be introduced to her and her delightful work.

And now onto July.

Introducing Rock n Roll Party (charcoal and pastel) by Lorraine Lewitzka.

Criteria - Black and White and predominantly one other colour

A little about  Lorraine Lewitzka
Lorraine and her husband Terry have been teaching oil painting and watercolours in Victor Harbour, South Australia, for many years.  Both multi-award winners, Terry specializes in oil and watercolour landscape. He also teaches creative drawing techniques for life drawing and other subjects.  Lorraine teaches watercolour, mixed media portraits and figurative subjects.

Lorraine Lewitzka was born in South Australia in 1952, into a family of artists and worked as a fashion and illustrative artist in the late '60's, beginning watercolour painting with Marjorie Hann in 1985. In 1988, Lorraine was accepted as a Fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts and began exhibiting in private and mixed exhibitions.

A significant highlight and turning point of Lorraine's career was the inaugural study award at the Victor Harbor Rotary Art Show. As a result, she was tutored by four distinguished watercolourists in the U.S.A. being Robert Wade, Betty Lou Schlemm, Christopher Schink and Alex Powers, after which she attended a summer school at the Slade School of Art, London, discovering the new medium of oils in life painting. Adding to her traditional drawing and watercolour skills, was valuable time spent with Leonid Vasin, Professor of Fine Art from China. Over the years, Lorraine has always endeavoured to produce works of substance, giving the viewer opportunity to grow with and into the painting. At present she concentrates on figurative landscapes, portraiture and interiors in watercolour and mixed media with her intimate oil interiors finding much popularity also. With good, underlying draughtmanship Lorraine enjoys capturing the moments and snapshots of everyday life, playing with the light or solitary moods in which the subject lives.

Lorraine has continued to participate in many exhibitions and consistently wins prizes in both watercolour and oil competitions. Her articles have been published in Australian Artist Magazine. She has demonstrated at the prestigious Camberwell Art Show and worked as guest tutor on several occasions for the Australian Guild of Realist Artists (also a member), and invited as judge for their final 2006 exhibition. Having tutored regularly in South Australia , Lorraine has also been called to teach in Queensland, N.S.W., Vic, Tasmania and W.A.. She has entered the Doug Moran and Portia Geach Portrait Prizes and was a finalist in the Alice Bale Travelling Award of 2008 and The Cricket Art Prize, 2012.

You can learn more about their work by visiting their blog.

Now some gorgeous inspiration from the first of our talented creative team.  Please come back on the 15th when we will announce the winners for June and reveal the layouts from the remainder of our team.

who after many years of boy layouts is rejoicing in dabbling with pink
 one proud Grandma using lemon
 celebrating the outdoors in hot pink
 mixing it with teal
 loving that ruby feeling
Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on July 31st, 2013. We'd love to see your paper, digital, card or off the page submissions but please remember we appreciate original entries (you may combine with a sketch).


Looking forward to seeing what you all create this month. 


Our first Guest Designer for July, Billie-Jean Beveridge will be joining us next week.  Please call back to see her lovely take on the challenge for this month. 


  1. Lovely choice of colours with everyones pages...I love this inspiration!

  2. Oh they are all great and the colours and I love the Rock and Roll. Oh fab.