Friday, May 22, 2015

Where Did That Week Go? And That One?

In short, I Collected, Visited, Watched, Delivered, Delivered, Watched, PAINTED, Varnished, Framed, Collected, Framed, Delivered, Delivered and FORGOT. Nearly a typical couple of weeks really.

At Breathing Colours I attended John Klein's exhibition at Breathing Colours. Great Show, for the catalogue visit Breathing Colours website.

John Klein's Art Exhibition at Breathing Colours

 Took the opportunity to hang out at Bowral after delivering paintings, had a lovely lunch at The Milk Factory. Enjoyed Gillie and Marc's sculptures there.

My Mother Patricia hanging out with friends at The Milk Factory, Bowral

Was treated by my daughter (birthday and Mothers Day) to see the Musical "Dog Fight" at the Hayes Theatre. Was not a show that I would have gone to myself, but I am so glad Amy took me. Enjoyed it very much, fabulous performances.

I managed a couple of paintings.

"Jubilation" 76cm sq Acrylic

"Where The Heart Is" 76cm sq Acrylic
And lastly, there was I last night, after dinner doing my paperwork, when the horrified realisation came over me. I FORGOT TO GO TO THE OPENING of Macquarie Towns Arts Society. I even achieved a Highly Commended apparently; which my mother graciously accepted on my behalf.
Urgh. The show is on for the rest of the weekend. Go visit! I will be shortly!

 And next week will be the opening of the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery's Annual Art Fair. I have been invited to exhibit several works, which is an honour.
AAAND next weekend I will be teaching painting workshops at Stanwell Tops with the Combined Art Societies of Sydney.
Fancy a day or three in fabulous arty company? (Not just me!) I am sure you can get a place last minute Click the link for details,
AAAAND the week after that "Birdsong", mine and my mother Patricia Devine's show at Breathing Colours will be happening.

No wonder I have been busy!


Friday, May 08, 2015

Time to Paint

I was originally going to call this blog "Crankypants" because that was my mood that day. Luckily for us all, I got over it and settled into getting some work done.

Actually the reason I was in a bad mood was because I felt I had no time to paint. Many other aspects of my life were draining those precious creative windows of good light, energy and motivation. Motivation (or inspiration) can be forced however - deadlines are a great "encouragement"

I have managed to finish 3 works these last couple of weeks. My show is coming up at Breathing Colours Gallery in the first 2 weeks of June, and I also need to have some work for the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery's Art Fair at the same time. Ultimately I would like at least 4 more works finished (I have several in varying stages of completion). Watch this space!

"A New Career"
Acrylic 76x76cm

Acrylic 30x40cm

"Rise Above"
Acrylic 76x76cm
This Week:

Camden Art Prize opens, 8 - 15 May

Next Week:

Bowral Wingecarribe Art Prize 15 - 24 May

Happy Mothers Day for those eligible and for everyone Have a Fabulous Week!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Hard to pick a title for the week that was. Quite serious really. Other's experiences are far graver than mine especially for poor Nepal and those affected by floods etc in NSW.

Anyway, mine was marred by flooding caused by incredible rainfall and then by a small landslide next to my house. And THEN by lowlife thieves that stole wallets and other items from us  while we were staying at my father in law's property whilst waiting to move back to our home.

Living in our part of the countryside seemed so safe and idyllic..
There's my husband in the distance wading along our driveway
Very upsetting how close the landslide was to the house.
Only damage is to our clothesline...and to my peace of mind

That has pretty much taken up most of my week. I did manage to get out and about and spend time at the Hawkesbury Show. I was blessed with a first prize in printmaking for "Boy" and a commended for an abstract painting.

 And I did manage to finish a painting

Owls of The Granite Belt
51cm x 76cm
There is quite a lot coming up - hopefully the forecast rain will not be like last week.

Please see my website for information on whats coming up this weekend.

Fundraiser - Art For Heart
Winmalee High School Artfest
Hunter Valley Grammar Inspired
Bowen Mountain Arts Festival
The Lakes Christian School Autumn Fair

Sunday, April 19, 2015

My Feet Hurt

Just had a busy but enjoyable weekend teaching a class at Little River Art Studios. A lovely venue set in the rolling green of Grose Wold and the participants delighted me with their colourful creations. I hope I managed to burn off some the calories incurred from the morning teas.

Little River Art Studios
Although I missed the opening of Drummoyne Art Society show, it was lovely to hear of a Highly Commended going to my linocut entry "Boy".

Ulla Abildgaard and Mellissa Read-Devine
at Ferry Artists Gallery

The Ferry Artist's Gallery at Wisemans Ferry opened a new exhibition with the "Secret River" as its inspiration. Here is a picture of myself with fellow artist Ulla Abildgaard - one of my paintings "Landscape on Linen" is in the background.

Works by Lara Cross
Breathing Colours gallery also opened an exhibition that day. I attended and caught up with fellow artists and guests. I succumbed to temptation and came home with some eyewateringly bright jewelry by Lara Cross of Glory Box Designs

Melamine Plate, Gabby Malpas

For something different, I managed to go the the Collectors Plant Fair. I purchased a bromeliad to replace the one our dog chewed up the previous year. And also managed to catch up with artist Gabby Malpas who creates beautiful watercolours and has them available as wonderful homewares.

Hopefully the coming week may be a little quieter. I really need to spend more time in the studio. Paintings dont paint themselves!

"We testify about what we have Seen"
Mixed Media

"Landscape on Linen"

The Hawkesbury Show is coming up. If the huge Sydney Agricultural Show was too much for you, then this one is the perfect size for a family day out. And there are some pretty good paintings in the arts pavillion :)

Be blessed!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Best of 2014

I held a poll not so long ago of peoples favourites from most of my works created in 2014 
(Link to the Poll page HERE).

Thought you might want to see the results.

#10 Flying Home (Sold)

Cards Available 

#9 Angel's Trumpets (Available from 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace)

#8 Looking for Mistletoe (Sold)

Cards Available

#7 Tawny Crowned Honeyeater (Sold)

Cards, Cushions & Bags available

#6 Magnolia (Sold)

Cards, Prints etc. available

#5 Floriade (Sold)

Cards, Prints etc available

#4 Garden of Memory (Sold)

Available as cards etc.

#3 Japanese Garden (Available from 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace

#2 Blossom (Sold)

Prints etc. available

#1 The Hide (Sold)

Cards etc. available

Thankyou so much for playing!  Looking forward to what 2015 has in store.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Exhibitions, Demonstrations and a Musical

Been a busy bee this last couple of weeks. I think I need another holiday!

Checking out the paintings

Exhibition Opening

The Arts Preview at The Sydney Royal Easter Show was as usual a great night out. How lovely to recieve a Highly Commended for a Still Life and then sell one of my paintings the next day. You will still be able to see the wonderful array of arts and crafts at the Show until next week.


Met up with the lovely students and Elaine at Fun Time Art, Baulkham Hills. I am looking forward to finishing the two pieces I worked on.
Musical Theatre
Gorgeous daughters improving the Cosette poster

Les Miserables opened last week at the Capitol Theatre. I did see the show years ago and again last year in Melbourne. But I very much enjoyed this production. I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat for the emotional bits. Well done to all involved. One of the highlights was discovering the paintings of Victor Hugo
being the inspiration for the set design.

Victor Hugo:Le Rocher de l'Ermitage dans un paysage imaginaire ("Ermitage Rock in an imaginary landscape")
Exhibiton #2
"The History Keepers" set up and opened at Sassafras Creek, Kurrajong. A great array of paintings, prints, woodwork, & textile art from the members of Hawkesbury Artists & Artisans Trail. I recommend a visit, and you can have a very nice meal there too.
Setting up and details of my 2 works on show
All Day Demonstration

Wen t back to the Easter Show on Monday and hung out at the Derivan Matisse stand with artist Phillipa Thomas who was demonstrating the dry mediums. I started a couple of large works, hope to work more on them when I am back next week.
Phillipa Thomas at Derivan Matisse Stand


paintings in progress this week

Coming Up

Drummoyne Art Society  Exhibition Opens April 10

Ferry Artists Gallery Exhibition Opens April 11

My 2 day workshop at Little River Art Studios, Grose Wold. April 18 & 19

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Holiday Mode

I have been very blessed and have had the time and the resources to go on a small overseas holiday. Spending 5 days and 4 nights in Fiji was a welcome break - despite the weather brought on by the nearby cyclone. (Vanuatu was sorely hit, and I encourage you to donate funds for the relief effort

Some souvenir craftwork - wood carving & tapa cloth
 I had planned to paint or sketch whilst on holiday, but the wind and rain we had most days made it quite impossible. The last day cleared up beautifully however. Here is the view and a 5x7 inch pastel sketch.

I was most depressed coming home! I think I felt the holiday wasnt really long enough, but I have got over it and recently finished work in the studio - including a couple of linocuts. Inky fingers after a printmaking session is a most satisfying sign of a productive day.

Merlin overseeing the printing of "Boy"

"Watching William"

"Fertile Soil" Acrylic 60cm x 50cm
A busy week ahead!

The Sydney Royal Easter Show starts and Preview night is on Tuesday. Always a highlight in a Sydney Artist's Calendar.

I am giving a painting demonstration for Fun Time Art - run by Elaine Butler

I'm off to see the stage production of the musical "Les Miserables". Ive seen it a couple of times before, and this is a birthday present for a family member.

The Hawkesbury Artists & Artisans Trail of which I am a member, will be holding an exhibition "The History Keepers" at Sassafras Creek Gallery, Kurrajong, Opens Sunday 29th March.

And wait there's more!

I have a poll on my website of my 2014 paintings (most of them). I would love it if you could vote for your favourites. It comes in very handy to know what people like when I get round to printing greeting cards etc.