Monday, August 18, 2014

Artists Diary week ending 17 August

Art Times & Art Crimes

Writing this on the Monday after the week just gone, I cant remember a thing. It was a blur of getting the last few paintings ready for my show in Balmain and generally just getting through the week.

I finished 3 paintings:

"Humoresque" Acrylic 12"square

"Spring is Coming"
Acrylic, 20" square

Acrylic 24"x20"

My class's mosaic table nearly done!
Printmaking with Plasticine

Saturday I had a great afternoon attending the first of Purple Noon Gallery's Lecture series. Art Crime with Vicki Oliveri. Very interesting and entertaining. I hope I can make the other lectures - next one with Patrick Shirvington who is a fascinating speaker as well as a great artist.

No room for passengers

Sunday was delivery day to Breathing Colours Gallery. It was a miracle I managed to fit all 25 paintings into my hatchback. Come and see the exhibition and be amazed with me! The paintings will be available for public viewing and sale from Tuesday 19th August, with the official opening on Saturday 4pm.

So coming up is "Springsong", running from 19 August to 31 August, Breathing Colours Balmain

Also the Hawkesbury Artists & Artisans Trail is running its Open Studio weekend. I will be at Taryn Malzard's studio with a painting or 10 and some linos and wood engravings available. I may even find the time for a demonstration or 2 over the weekend.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Artist's Week ending 10 August 2014

Tulips & Canapes

A busy week (as usual!). My 2nd last week before I have to deliver works for my coming exhibition, so lots of painting happening. I finished 3 works, one of which in oils which I do not normally do - but I wanted to butter on some luscious oil paints on canvas and with impasto gel medium I was able to indulge my whim. Here is the finished painting "Floriade" which will be in the coming show.

Oils on canvas, 40"x54"
Acrylic on Canvas, 24"x20"
Acrylic on Canvas, 24"x24"

Works as yet unfinished!

Later in the week, played around with a new haircolour (dark red & platinum) - hairdressers can be artists too right? And then clay totem heads and windchimes for the disabled classes at the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop.

Saturday I was at not one but two exhibition openings. The Ferry Artists Gallery at Wisemans Ferry, opened "Wall to Wall", a great mix of works by the members, all under $360.

Speeches at The Ferry Artists Gallery
Julie Simmons and fellow artist Kristine Ballard
Julie's Neville perusing the works in comfort
Then off to Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain for "'scapes". A solo exhibition by Julie Simmons. A great show, which I hope will be well attended over the next week.

My show will be the next one at Breathing Colours. So I will be busy varnishing and readying the works for delivery this Sunday. The work will be on display from Tuesday 19 August.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Artist's Diary week ending 3rd August

Big Brushes & New Brushstrokes

Check out these lovely brushes at
Glamourpuss Vintage, Wisemans Ferry

I spent the first day at the week manning The Ferry Artists Gallery. Always a pleasure, I get to see the new works, try on jewelry and catch up with visitors to Wisemans Ferry.

Here is a picture I just had to take one evening, I was walking the dogs over at my father in law's property and stood stunned and delighted at the sight- this is Creation. What we do as artists is only a muddy impression, and if you want to believe that this beauty (or our ability to perceive and appreciate it), is a random coincidence, thats fine too. 

Clay faces and glazing were the order of the day on Thursday. I went on to visit The Art Scene for some framing and then on to Gallery Lane Cove to deliver works for their upcoming exhibition for the Lane Cove Art Society.

I had a brilliant weekend. Needing a break from my gruelling exhibition schedule, I booked myself into a workshop with Peter Griffen via the Art Gallery NSW. Friday was spent at the Art Gallery checking out the Archibald/Sulman/Wynne prizes. This is what most artists aspire to be in at least once in their career. I think I have entered the Wynne for landscape about 3 times, so I'm only really a newbie according to a dear friend of mine who has been entering for many years and is yet to be accepted.

Click on the links to see online this years finalists. Archibald. Sulman. Wynne.

A little piece of textile art by Denise Lithgow
The 'other' model

At Peter and Denise's wonderful studio home in Leichardt I was treated to gourmet lunches and lots of paint! I wanted to step outside of what I naturally do, and experiment. Saturday we had a lovely model  and on Sunday we were tutored by Paul Macklin as Peter was unable to be there.

Here is a hint of the madness that took hold of my brushes. No finished work, but that was the whole idea - just to paint with no agenda and no pressure to be 'good'.

I popped into Breathing Colours on my drive home Saturday and attended the opening Pearl Moon's lovely wearable art exhibition. And although I was in a derelict state (old clothes, and little makeup), I tried on some clothes and and may possibly have bought a dress.

Coming up this week:

Lane Cove Art Awards - Friday 8 August

Wall to Wall - Ferry Artists Gallery, Saturday 9 August

Julie Simmon's exhibition 'scapes, Breathing Colours Balmain, Saturday 9 August

Just in case you are worried that my painting style has totally changed I did finish a couple more little gardens for my coming show at the end of the month

Garden Study 30cm sq

Garden Study 30cm sq

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Artists Diary Week Ending 27 July 2014

Dave Thurston's "Wom-Man"
along the Putty Road
No! The last weekend of July? Gadzooks.

I have completed 10 works this month so far.

Started the week zombie-like staring at computer screen and entering my financials for the quarter. I like to pay my tax quarterly, because I wouldnt be able to cope otherwise. However, the financial year is also ended and I need to get my info to the accountant. And I think my program is weird and will not print what I require, so....more work.....later.

Had a lovely drive with my dearest to Singleton and back (ok, probably better places to go, but it was nice all the same). Had to pick up my work and other artists' - I managed to put 12 paintings in my hatchback, and most of them a fair size. Glad I quite like jigsaws.

Thursday's Clay classes

Went to Mosman the next day with my mother, and we picked up (rejected) works for 3 artists, myself included. Shame we couldn't see the exhibition - it hadn't yet opened. Lovely lunch and wandering through a few shops instead.

Pastel study of Laura

Portrait Day on Saturday. Daughter #2 kindly agreed to sit for us. I actually found it quite challenging, maybe because I know her face so well, but not well enough to portray, if that makes sense.

Worked on MANY paintings this week (about 11 I think), and I finished 3. I have picked up another commission and I have another show coming up - a 'little sister' to the one I had at Purple Noon Gallery, and although some of the same works will be in the show, I would rather have new ones. The show is called "Springsong" and will be at Breathing Colours Gallery in Balmain end of August.
Some works in progress

Coming up - part of a group show at Ferry Artists Gallery August 9 "Wall to Wall" - all works under $360

Garden Study
Acrylic, 30cm sq 

The Year of Release
Acrylic, 60cm sq

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Artist Diary week ending 20 July 2014

Garden Study 30cm sq

Managed to actually get painting again this week - 3 little garden paint sketches, and I have started on a couple of larger pieces.

Visited an artist friend Julie Simmons to  give her some works to deliver to Singleton. Julie is an accomplished watercolourist (as well as other media), she also keeps a blog.

Borrowing a ute to pick up from Art Gallery NSW
Not one, but 2 rejections! Ah well, that's how it rolls. These were prestigious shows with hundreds of entries so I'm not too fussed, I have been progressing in my art journey of 17 years very well so far - Have been a finalist in many big shows and have won a few prizes, so onward and upward!

 My advice to any artist out there who want to stay in the business for the long haul, 
is to develop a thick skin (I know, its a hard ask), and keep putting yourself out there. If your work is of a good standard, you have as much chance as many others. Treat it like a lottery ;)

Clay tiles and Glazing at the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop - wished I remembered to take some pics. Lovely work happening with my students.

Friday night went to the opening of the Australian Miniature Art Association's annual awards. I had 3 wood engravings selected to be hung, so had all the more reason to go. It is a wonderful show. Remember your reading glasses (I didn't!), and you will have a greater appreciation of artwork in miniature. The show is still on this week and until 2 August.

Great attendance at the Opening Night of ASMA (NSW), Willoughby Art Centre
Saturday was the Hawkesbury Artists & Artisans Trail Art Market held in Richmond. Lots of lovely stalls of beautiful creations, and a good opportunity to catch up with trail members. The Open Studio weekend is a coming soon - end of August.

Standing with Deidre Morrison, artist and proprietor of Richmond Art Supplies

Garden Study 30cm sq
Garden Study 30cm sq

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Art diary week ending 13 July 2014

I don't think I finished a single art project this week - Im still in rest mode I think.

I have done quite a few sketches for new paintings and have planned what canvasses Im going to use for what, so I can just go into mad paint mode... when I eventually find the restart button.

My highlight for the week was a quick trip to Melbourne. We just had to go see Les Miserables now that it has come back to Australia after a very long break. So a marvellous weekend was had, eating fabulous food, drinking very good coffee, revelling in the architecture, revisiting the laneways and quirky shops, and, always high on my priorities no matter where I go - relaxing in a quality hotel, this time the Mercure, Treasury Gardens which I will give a plug because the staff were so welcoming.


My favourite mural - mosaic by Mirka Mora at Flinders Street Station
Amy & Zeke with Cosette

Quirky acquisition at the Makers Markets by Hanna Mancini
I also bought locally made clothing at The Cats Meow, (Kylie Jane & Berserk)
New shop at Cathedral Arcade, "Limedrop"

So back to work this week! Coming up is the Hawkesbury Artists & Artisans Trail Art Market at Magnolia Mall, Richmond NSW - website


Sunday, July 06, 2014

Art Diary Week Ending 6 July 2014

I survived the week! Always a good thing to celebrate.

Started with Monday visiting the gallery (Purple Noon) and meeting up with a beloved friend, who introduced me to another artist Andy "Greedy" Smith from the band Mental as Anything.

Tuesday drove to Drummoyne and delivered works for their Art Awards -  and I heard from a visitor to the awards night on the Friday that I had won a 2nd prize for one of them!

I had planned on visiting a friend's show that night, but I needed to finish some pieces before Thursday. So I had to stay home and work.

Painting completed "Orchids"

Posted my work to the Australian Minature Art Awards, bought clay for the coming class at HCAW, Varnished, Backed and Wrapped work for the delivery of work to the North Shore Craft Group Show.

2 more paintings completed, as yet unnamed.

Thursday a big day. Early morning trip to Thornleigh (an hours drive) to deliver work to for the North Show Craft Group Exhibition. Drive to Richmond to the Community Arts Workshop where students glazed their finished work ready for firing. Then a visit to Purple Noon Gallery to pack down the show and take some work home. I did end up selling over half the exhibited works, so very happy with that!
Quick change at home then back to Thornleigh to take part in the opening night. Despite the cold, a good turn out of regular and new visitors.

Colour of the Year display at NSCG Opening
NSCG pretty much took up the rest of the week - worked both the Friday and the Saturday. The days were long, but spent catching up with talented artisans and seeing a lot of beautiful work. I bought a couple of pottery pieces by Leigh Bampton  and Gillian Dodds.
Rachelle Juter, Jeweller

Nicky Coady, Potter
Show was packed up on the Sunday, and yes I did sell a couple of pieces so it was a worthwhile investment of time.

Coming up - a weekend away!
and after that the opening of Australian Miniature Art Awards at Willoughby, Friday 18th July 6.30pm
Hawkesbury Artists & Artisans Trail Art Market Saturday 19 July

As an end note, I would like to recommend a couple of companies to you:

McClains Printmaking Supplies - brilliant service and very quick postage, and where I buy Resingrave, synthetic wood engraving blocks.

The Sydney Canvas Company - very quick to make up custom sized canvas, and I really appreciate the careful delivery - my driveway and shed can be a bit daunting for some.