Discover the Art of Face Painting
by Kate Matthews
IT WAS an art of body experience for Tasmania’s professional face painting community as they converged on Hobart earlier this week to brush up on their technical skills.
Hobart face painter Tennessee Gibson was one of several students eager to learn from visiting artist and instructor Olga Meleca, who traveled more than 15,000km to teach in Australia from her home in Moldova, Eastern Europe.
Tennessee, owner of Hobart’s mobile service Face the Paints, said belly painting was one of the highlights of the two day workshop, which she described as ‘awesome’.
“I’ve already painted two pregnant bellies, the first one was about six months ago,” she said.
“I loved the experience… it was so relaxing for both me and the mum-to-be.”
Tennessee said the face and belly painting workshop had given her a better understanding of technique and she couldn’t wait to paint another belly.
Fellow face painter and belly painting student Alison Butterworth, aka The Hedgehog Fairy, said she had never tried belly painting before but after the workshop she was ‘itching to give it a go.’
“After watching how it’s done I can see it’s a very, very relaxing and fun way to spend the afternoon and I can’t wait to try it myself,” Alison said.
For pregnant model Adrianne Mundy, who lives in Strahan (on Tasmania’s west coast) and is staying in Hobart with her mother-in-law until the birth of her first baby in mid August, the experience was uplifting and more than a little surprising.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Adrianne, clearly blown away by the results.
“It’s a brilliant and relaxing experience and a great way to express yourself,” Adrianne said.
“I would definitely recommend it to my friends and I can’t wait to show it off to my antenatal class tonight.
“I don’t want to wash it off – it’s amazing!”
International artist Olga Meleca is currently touring Australia teaching the art of face and belly painting in five cities, including Hobart, with the Face Painting School.
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