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Discovery Inspiration and Technique with Mark Waller 9 – 16 August

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This course has been confirmed to go ahead.

Mark returns to Fiji for a second painting retreat when he will once again immerse himself and his class into the inspiration and opportunities of the local environment. During his first visit he found endless excitement and inspiration in the waters of the island – the shapes and shadows of the coral reefs below the water, the abundant fish life and towering coral heads that could be seen when snorkeling, the sweeping views across the bay. He took his students on an exhilarating adventure of exploring this environment, encouraging them to spend as much time as they wanted up in the studio overlooking the bay. Read an account of the week at the blog here.

Mornings are the time for the workshop, when Mark works with the class, providing individual attention and tips, and giving class demonstrations. He teaches you how to create the illusion of luminous, bright, tropical water, and helps you discover how that affects coral, sand, sea creatures, rocks and waves.  He shows you how to break down the appearance of water and waves – turbulent murky water, crystal clear tropical water, and everything in between. He demonstrates how to break down an image into manageable pieces, and at the same time begin to take control of the brushes.

Mark will teach you to ask the right questions, and why you should.

Discover & develop simple processes to create powerful illusions, including how to:

  • Utilise nature’s perfect imperfections and give your paintings life.
  • Understand the magic of refraction.
  • Discover the patterns in the most chaotic images.

Mark will teach you to look deeply at the world, and revel in the magic that often goes unnoticed. You’ll take these discoveries and use them to add vitality to your paintings. Developing a deeper understanding of the capabilities of your paintbrushes will allow you to translate that magic powerfully onto your canvas.

Kate tackles a large canvas

Kate tackles a large canvas

Mark’s infectious enthusiasm for discovery, for paint and the painting process will light you up! Learning how to look at the world as a celebration, is where the juice in life is. (Why do chicken’s have those funny red combs on their heads??) You will find yourself inspired, motivated and ready to take on your new painting projects with gusto! Suitable for painters of all skill levels 16 years and over, join Mark in this unique workshop, as you discover how mastering some basic brush skills will transform your painting techniques, and fill your paintings with movement, light and life.


Mark shows the class how to paint a wave

Mark shows the class how to paint a wave

Mark Waller grew up on the north coast of NSW, Australia and went to art college in Melbourne in 1988. He has spent his life fascinated and inspired by nature – its light, shade, tone, colour and texture – and its sheer joy. He went to art college and has been painting professionally for 20 years. In between the canvases he still finds time to pass on his knowledge of and love for painting.

Mark is an inspirational teacher whose many students love him for his dynamic engagement. He sets out his own credo as follows:

The process of creating art should lift us up – inspire us; improve our lives, even enlighten us. And this, in a nutshell, is the focus of this website. Inspiring you to explore new techniques. To improve your acrylic painting processes, tools and workspace. To fill your images with light and life! And, most importantly, to have fun while you’re at it.

Take some time out for yourself and really explore your love of acrylic painting. Your curiosity about the world will be refreshed.

So let’s get into it! It’s a contact sport after all; let’s chuck some paint around.

Working with Bronwyn on her canvas

Working with Bronwyn on her canvas

There is no pressure on participants to complete a finished piece. There is however, pressure on Mark, to fill your head with information that will make your paintings better! A participant’s job is to have fun. If you’re caught up in numbers though, depending on your pace of work you could expect to finish between 2-5 pieces. If you want to paint angst, you’ve come to the wrong teacher. Mark instructs intuitively. Students will make discoveries, and Mark will respond to the direction the students take. This makes the experience fun, and follows the same process as making a painting. It will guide you.


AUD $1850.00 twin share
Single room supplement: $350
Non-painting partners: $950

If you have any queries, please email us with the Contact us form. If you would like to make a booking, please fill in our booking form.

Program Includes
7 nights twin share accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided.
Course fees
Lectures and excursions as indicated.

Return airport transfers from Savusavu to Daku Resort.

Program Excludes
Travel to Savusavu. We are happy to quote on these and book them for you if requested. Flight prices fluctuate according to demand.

Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
Optional activities not listed on the program.
Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips.
Meals taken in transit at the airport.


The programme is structured around morning workshops with afternoons for activities and free time to enjoy a massage, snorkelling, relaxing by the pool or continuing to paint.
Saturday 9 August
Domestic flight to Daku Resort in Savusavu.
6.00 pm Welcome ceremony
7.00 pm Dinner

Sunday 10 August
9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop 1.00 pm Lunch

The art studio at Daku (the yoga platform transformed!)

The art studio at Daku (the yoga platform transformed!)

2.00 pm Tapa demonstration
Afternoon: Free time
7.00 pm Dinner

Monday 11 August
9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
Afternoon: Trip to Savusavu Town to see local market and shops
7.00 pm Dinner

Tuesday 12 August
9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
12.30 Picnic lunch at Devodara beach
Return to Daku approx 3.30
7.00 pm Dinner

Wednesday 13 August
Optional schedule reversal: we may run the workshop in the afternoon so that people who want to dive can do so in the morning. We’ll make a decision on this at the start of the week. If so, there will be a free morning. and the workshop will run from
1.00 pm Lunch
2.30 – 5.30 pm
7.00 pm Dinner

Thursday 14 August

Class demonstration

Class demonstration

9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
Afternoon: Free time for optional activities
4.00 pm Visit to local village
7.00 pm Dinner

Friday 15 August
9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
7.00 pm Final Fijian dinner

Saturday 16 August
Fly from Savusavu back to Nadi
International flight home