Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Opal and the Axe

Had a wedding anniversary this week. We both chose our presents - apart from being very pleased with mine! - how lovely that they are both handcrafted pieces from Sydney craftsmen.
An opal and silver ring from jeweller Rachelle Juter, and a tomahawk made from a railway spike from blacksmith Wayne Wagstaff.

Picked up unsold paintings from Balmain Art & Craft Fair (sold one!). I hear they were pretty happy with the show. Also had more works framed at The Art Scene for some coming shows.

Delivered work to Blacktown Art Prize in Friday's 43 C degree heat. Will have to wait and see if they are accepted. I also delivered finalist work to the Hornsby Art Prize on the Sunday.

Patricia Devine with her work (on wall)

I was an official person of importance on Saturday night. Was very honoured to be asked to open the exhibition of lovely artist friends (including my mother). I hope my speech wasnt too vague. I go into performance mode and end up  not remembering a word that I said. It is a great show and is currently on at Purple Noon Gallery.

I managed to get a little painting done - most dissatisfied that I havent finished one for a couple of weeks. I suppose I have had a visitor from Overseas, so thats some sort of excuse.

Works currently in progress

Coming up:

Demonstration of painting at Drummoyne Art Society Wednesday 19 November, 7.30pm

Hornsby Art Prize Opens

Ku-Ring-Gai Wildflower Gardens Visitors Centre Opens

North Shore Craft Group Christmas Show (I dont have work there this year, but always great show!)

ASMA Miniature Exhibition opens at Salerno Gallery, (again, I dont have work here, but I AM the publicity officer so I'd best mention it! Im looking forward to visiting,)

Just to remind you of the coming season!
Centrepiece made by one of  my classes at Community Arts Workshop

Monday, November 10, 2014

Inspired and Being Inspiring

Do you find it hard to be inspired? Don't know what to paint? Just look around you and force yourself to SEE something of interest in your immediate "landscape". Be it the pile of unfolded washing (it'll get done eventually), or the messy corner of your garden. I have been watching a friend's daily "Plein Air Challenge" - see Julie Simmons, and you really can get some great subjects by not trying too hard for the '''perfect one"

I myself keep a huge list of ideas. And an even huger collection of photos on my computer. And so many unstarted series in my head! Maybe that is why I can appear so vague at times.

I have managed to paint - actually finished another piece. - Back into my "Hillside" series - this one is Number 29! I am working very hard to try and get some fresh new works into my galleries in Queensland (19 Karen Contemporary Artspace) and Melbourne (Tusk). The problem (and it certainly isn't a problem!) is that Ive been selling very well - I will try and not offer for sale the new pieces until they get delivered!
Unfinished canvasses
Hillside 29

Suzanne Curtis

I popped into Breathing Colours, Balmain during the week - love the new show they have on at the moment! "Heading South" with Suzanne Curtis.

The Balmain Art & Craft Show was also held this week - happy to have sold work there again.

Had a HUGE weekend at Little River Art Studios, Grose Wold. (this is where I got to be inspiring). Took a dozen artists/students on a colourful journey of brush strokes and vivid colour. I loved so many of the works that were produced. Was a great time catching up with friends and making new ones. EXHAUSTED on the Sunday night (and all of Monday if truth be told).

Fabulous work by everyone
 Coming up,

 I am proud to say my mother Patricia Devine and some other lovely artist friends are having an exhibition at Purple Noon Gallery - opens this Saturday.

Monday, November 03, 2014

The pitfalls of "Last Minute"

A dire heading I know, but it seems I had spend all of the week trying to catch up to things, and getting things wrong probably due to haste. A good lesson to have from time to time.

It was mainly the stress of getting my paperwork in order to send to the accountant for the end of financial year deadline, PLUS the quarterly GST that was due early in the week. I had a program that wasnt working for me too well - I need to change back to one I am more familiar with. I also lost my passwords etc which was a bit of a hindrance!

The other last minute vexation was in not reading an entry form correctly and getting my framing wrong. Printed, hand coloured, framed and posted the works during a heatwave in time for deadline, only to find out my mistake later.

Anyway, most of the week was rather brilliant regardless. I had a visitor to the studio who bought a framed wood engraving for a special gift. I played art judge & critic for the Hawkesbury Camera Club, and I found out I am a finalist in the Hornsby Art Awards.

Hawkesbury Camera Club

I also managed to paint, pick up and deliver works from various events, and did a days duty at the Ferry Artists Gallery.
Ferry Artists Gallery

Macquarie Towns Arts Society at Pitt Town Sporting Club

Coming up is a weekend workshop in Grose Wold NSW and the Balmain Art & Craft Show. My motherinlaw is also visiting from the USA, so I look forward to some social time.

Wonderful clay creations from my disability class

Works in Progress - Watch this space!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Smiling Faces

Delivery day to Ryde Art Society Exhibition on Monday. I had only just finished varnishing and edging one of the paintings the night before - not something I recommend making a habit of! Luckily the stress paid off because it sold before the opening and I also won 1st prize in the Acrylic section.

Another last minute painting - "Magnolia" was finished in time to deliver to St.Thomas Art & Craft Fair, fortunate indeed because I also sold this one!

"Magnolia" Acrylic on Canvas 60cm sq
One evening was spent planning the next dozen paintings - I went through my collection of bush walking & bird photos, making thumbnail sketches of composition, tone and canvas format. Excited to get started!

After Thursday's clay workshop I visited Purple Noon to pick up some framed works for the coming Balmain show. I also revisited the current show and had a better look at the work of one of my favourite artists - Carl Stringfellow.

Friday saw me at The Art Scene picking up yet more framed work. I also picked up some smaller canvasses for some future projects. Then onto Balmain to deliver for the coming Balmain Art & Craft Show. Met up with fellow artist Elaine Foulsham.
Elaine with one of her works

Whilst in Balmain, I couldnt resist popping in and saying hallo to Petrea at Breathing Colours and seeing what was new on the wall. Robin has just told me there is a sale on some lovely indigenous art. Here is the link. Also checked out potential space in Birchgrove for me to hold some painting / printmaking workshops.

Painting by Minnie Pwerle

Opening night at Ryde Art Awards
Friday night time to refresh the lipstick and go to the the Art Awards at Cox's Community Centre for Ryde Art Society. Picked up my award and enjoyed the company of artists and art lovers. Its a great show which I recommend a visit to. (finishes this Friday afternoon).
Another unfinished portrait for the collection

Kristine Ballard & Peter Griffen
Kristine Ballard's "Cangiante"
Saturday was the monthly portrait day at the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop. The lovely Donna was our model. A quick lunch with Mum and we then went into Newtown to see Kristine Ballard's exhibition "Cangiante"  Rich luscious colour from an accomplished artist!

Sunday was sedate in comparison: my imagination filled with visions of Heaven after a rousing church morning sermon; reading my daughter's comic books - "Saga" capturing my attention, and eventually having to get back into the car to pick up unsold works from St.Thomas in Willoughby,

Ok, next up?

Shows still on:

Ryde Art Show

Fairfield Art Show

and next week

Balmain Art & Craft Show

and my weekend workshop - I think there are still a couple of places - give them a call/email.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mariachi & Rock n Roll

Looking back, I believe I fitted in quite a lot this week. Its amazing how you lose track of whats been happening - I have to write notes to myself in order to remember what I did at the start of the week!

On Monday I had a lovely visit from a bus full of Ryde Art Society Members, come to enjoy the area and visit my studio. I am very fortunate to be able to work from an old fruit packing shed - LOTS of room, and therefore more mess to clean up when I have visitors. Now I will be able to find things until the clutter builds up again.

I also had a meeting about promotion - a very important aspect of the professional artist's life.

Then a quick drive over the river to visit Purple Noon Gallery for some framing.

I finished a painting this week - I actually started this painting early 2013 when plein air painting in the wetlands down on my property. I'll be delivering this to a show in the coming week.

"The Hide"
Acrylic on Canvas, 40"x30"
Wednesday night saw me at the Paddington Art Prize. (Click on the link to see the winners).It was such a buzz to be a part of it. Saw old friends and new, and there is some great work to see if you are in Sydney for the next few days. Congratulations to all winners and finalists.

Me with "Pillars of the Earth", Paddington Art Prize
On delivery day to Macquarie Towns Arts Society, I don't know what happened to my brain. Couldn't find 2 of the works that I had set aside for the exhibition, so had to deliver what I had. I missed the opening for this one as I had other commitments, but its always a good show of local works.

At the workshop, it was glazing day, and then a drive to Art Scene to fix a damaged frame for a show next week.

Friday night was my time out with my husband. We were also fortunate to attend a cocktail party held by Accor Hotels for the Aztec Exhibition at the Sydney Museum. Accompanied by a mariachi band, we learnt a bit about Mexican/Aztec history and I enjoyed very much seeing the pottery & stone sculptures.

Sculpture of Xiuhtecuhtli (God of Fire and Guardian of Merchants). On loan from Museo del Templo Mayor.    Photographer:Michel Zabe Rights:© The Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH)]


Saturday was a huge day out at the Derivan Open Day. I did not have time to take photos of the day as I very busy teaching a workshop on colour mixing and linocuts etc, but I have some of the party afterwards. Being Derivan's 50th birthday, it was very fitting to have a fifties theme.

Some of the students work from my workshop

Friends, Cake and Dancing. A great night.
Did I rest on Sunday? NO, but after church I visited a photographer friend to look through her files for some future artworks, getting back to Richmond just in time to take down the paintings at the MTAS show.

I think Im ready for the next week now.

Paddington Art Prize still on

Fairfield Art Exhibition opens Friday

Ryde Art Exhibition opens Friday

St Thomas Art & Craft Show opens Friday


Monday, October 13, 2014

Friends on the Wall

A short but busy week - due to the long weekend. So hard to get back to real life after a break!

"Garden of Memories", Acrylic on Canvas, 60cm square

finished a painting for a coming show (Balmain Art & Craft), and delivered my painting for the Paddington Art Prize. Met a couple of artists there at the coffee shop - Jane Canfield & Marie Larraine Weir. I look forward to seeing all of our works on the wall in the coming week.

On the way to a North Shore Craft Group Meeting I took a small detour into town and attended the opening of Gabby Malpas' exhibition "Where Are You From" at Platform 72. Fantastic show - Gabby is such a talented artist and I adore her vision and humour.

Gabby Malpas at Platform 72

Saturday I spent time at the Parramatta Town Hall at the Parramatta Art Society Annual Show. How lovely to have won a Commended, a Highly Commended and a sale there.

That night I attended yet another opening, this time at Purple Noon Gallery for "Tryptich" a group show with Ros Goody, Carl Stringfellow and Phillip Nolan. Beautiful covetable work, every piece.

Deidre Morrison, Myself and Patricia Devine
(thanks Julie Simmons for photo!)

Carl Stringfellow, Phillip Nolan, Ros Goody
Clr.Paul Rasmussen, Robin Williams

So a very social week I must say.

Whats coming up this week?  I do believe more socialising.

The Opening of the Paddington Art Prize opens Wednesday

Macquarie Arts Society Spring Affair Exhibition opens Friday

Derivan Open Day Saturday

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Artists Diary - my week

Driving, Hiking, Painting

Just come back from a very relaxing long weekend in Southern Queensland. Stayed at Girraween Environmental Lodge - amidst the lovely Girraween National Park. The main reason for the trip was a family (Devine) celebration and I took the opportunity to go painting outdoors - something I have had very little opportunity to do.

I thought acrylics might be the best to pack as that is the medium I am most familiar with, and I want to make sure the paintings dried quickly so as not to inconvenience the rest of the family in transit. I also took my daughter's back pack - bought for school hiking but never used. Backpack on my back I climbed the hills to a couple of beautiful spots and settled in to paint (praying I would not see any snakes). I could only manage a couple of hours at a time, so I wasnt really aiming to finish anything, but I am very happy with the experience. Sipping tea from a thermos, watching the little birds and lizards amongst the wildflowers prevalent at this time of year, I was already promising myself more Plein Air excursions in the near future - hopefully regular ones!

Hopefully I can finish some of these soon!

Other things achieved in the week - took a big painting to the framers, sold a commissioned painting and managed to receive a commended and a highly commended at the Parramatta Art Awards.

Nothing new coming up this week - but I will recommend a visit to Parramatta Town Hall for their exhibition still on (Finishes Sunday 12). Also opening is a new show at Purple Noon Gallery, featuring works by Ros Goody, Carl Stringfellow and Phillip Nolan.