Links and Tutorials

Local Art for Sale

Member of the local Ballina Art Society have selected works for sale on their website .

Local artist have regular exhibitions at the Northern River Community Gallery and most artwork is for sale. For more information vis.t the gallery website .



Supplier Websites

Art Spectrum – products stocked include Art Spectrum Soft Pastels, Art Spectrum Water Colour,  Art Spectrum Gouache, Art Spectrum Oil Paint and Mediums, Art Spectrum briuhes and paper. Art Spectrum is dedicated to creating the finest possible artists’ colours, manufacturing oils, water colours, gouache, pastels and inks and associated mediums and primers.

Chroma – products stocked include Atelier Interactive, Atelier Mediums, Atelier Free Flow, A2 Acrylics. Chroma is dedicated to providing high quality paint for artists, teachers and students. Founded in 1965 by artist and educator, Jim Cobb, Chroma’s focus is, and has always been, on the development of innovative new products.

Our extensive range of products includes oil paints and mediums, artists’ acrylics and mediums, and paints for educational use, as well as paints and mediums for decorative art.
As an Australian family company founded in 1966, we take pride in our continued development of colours of unsurpassed brilliance and intensity and the use of only permanent, light-fast pigments at maximum working strength.

Derivan – products stocked include Matisee Structure and Mediums, Face and Body Paint, Block Ink. Since 1964 Derivan has been committed to providing the arts community with the world’s finest-quality artist acrylic colours and mediums. The founders of the company had a vision “to make available to artists worldwide a premium paint, whilst remaining environmentally and socially responsible”. This was to be achieved while still maintaining the quality and personal touch that only a family company can provide. We have succeeded in just that, and Derivan has consequently grown from a tiny affair (operating out of stables in Sydney’s inner city) to the multinational operation that it is today. With manufacturing sites spanning 3 continents, we have not lost sight of the fact that at the end of the day, we are here to provide the finest products that can be made, guided by the requirements of our customers. This is our promise to you, the artist, and is realised in our Matisse range of premium acrylics and mediums, all made to the highest standards to ensure not only the most brilliant and pure results, but a safety in the knowledge that your work will not crack, fade, or change over time in any way.

Derwent – we have a range of products in stock including a selection of Derwent pencils sets as well as Artbar and Inktense . We have a long and distinguished history, and we’re naturally very proud of it. At the same time, however, we have a reputation for innovative products that excite and inspire artists worldwide.


Tutorials and Projects

Derivan Projects and Derivan Techniques

Derwent Video Tutorials and Derwent Water Soluble Media

How to stretch water colour paper by Bob Davies



Ace Photoshop – photo restoration

Atelier Paint Talk



All Posters – Our selection of posters and prints includes entertainment and specialty posters, decorative prints, and art reproductions. Whether you are looking for a Monet reproduction, a print of the Eiffel Tower, or a poster of Michael Jordan, you will find it at AllPosters.

Picture Store – PictureStore is Australia’s first and largest online poster, print and framing retailer where you will find over 150,000 art and photographic prints and posters, many of which are not available anywhere else in Australia. PictureStore’s web site contains a range of Australian art prints, posters and photographs which are provided exclusively to their online customers. Grab one of PictureStore’s prints or posters to improve your home, or send as a gift. A new piece of art will enhance whatever space you add it to.

New Millennium Images – has a range of premium fine art poster and print images by Dr John Xiong from across Australia, Europe, and the world. All images are available as on-demand prints in a wide range of sizes, on high-quality photo paper or Giclee canvas. Many images are also available as posters.



Love: A Collaborative Memoir

Local writing course proves fruitful for promising young writer.

Candace Davis always wanted to write a book. At 30-years-old, she’d spent most of her life writing short stories, feature articles and early chapters in never-to-be-completed novels before she finally decided to commit to a project.

As many of us know, deciding to do something life changing is just the beginning. We often need a lot of help and encouragement along the way. After securing crowd funding for her first 200 copies earlier this year Candace enrolled in Ballina Region Community College’s Plateau Writing Project run by Kathleen Steele.

”I was hoping to meet some other like-minded people and practice my craft,” she said.

”The experience was transformative. I made some wonderful friends; perfected my art guided by an experienced, encouraging and professional mentor; and came out feeling more prepared than ever to write my book.”

After graduating in April Candace lived in Paris for a month to pen her memoir in just 30 days. Her debut work, Love: A Collaborative Memoir, was released in September.

”I decided to work to my strengths while trying something new … the result was a new genre called a collaborative memoir,” she said.

”The book itself focuses on the realities of love in our modern society from a variety of perspectives, including a tattooist, florist, divorcee and high school sweethearts.”

Candace puts her heart on the line too, using her own love story to weave it all together.

“I tried to find a range of stories to highlight the complexities of love in our modern world,” she said.

“I hope it will encourage people to talk about love more and understand it’s a common condition that we all share.”

The Plateau Writing Project includes a series of workshops, beginning with the nuts and bolts of writing and progressing to areas such as experimental writing, researching markets, building a portfolio and genre. Australian writer and creative writing lecturer Kathleen Steele facilitates the course and mentors the writers.

Budding writers leave the course with a toolkit of writing strategies’ a sound knowledge of the expectations of publishers, strong critical reading and editing skills, and the ability to produce polished, professional work to a deadline.

Paperback copies of Love: A Collaborative Memoir can be purchased for $19 at Ballina Art & Framing or online at