With 20 years’ experience working with pastels, Lyn has developed a unique approach to her art. She sees light and colour in everything including numbers, music and days of the week! Her art has evolved from realist paintings into expressing stories, memories, and feelings.


For Lyn, abstract expressionism has made her a technically stronger artist, and gives her freedom to explore the ‘what if’ of pushing ideas through texture, the layering of colour, and having fun! She is Vice President of PANZ, lives in the beautiful south of New Zealand, and tutors and mentors pastellists in the southern region. She is delighted to share her ideas at Expo!

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Abstracts are easy, right?


Student Experience Level:
All students

For many people, abstracts are simply splashes of random colour thrown onto a canvas, given a pretentious name, and called art. A good abstract painting should follow the same rules of any other genre –composition, tonal value, colour harmony etc. We will begin with a quick look at some artists’ work to help understand what makes a good abstract.

In this demonstration I will show how I capture story, emotion, and meaning within an abstract, applying good elements of design. From a mixed media underpainting, through mark making and the layering of colour, I will make an abstract tell a story.

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Seeing Small Paintings in Big Things - telling stories in Abstract


Student Experience Level:

Some Experience Prefered

In this workshop I will help participants to discover abstracts in their own work, and to turn them into unique and wonderful paintings. We will explore artists’ own sketchbooks, and talk about what makes a good abstract.


A large part of abstract impressionism is expressing ideas and mood; by exploring composition, storytelling, values, colour choices, texture and underpainting we will produce a painting (or two!) to be proud of. So bring your best non-self-critical brain and enjoy!