Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Artist as Optimist

If you manage to get over crippling self doubt and enter art prizes, congratulations! You have earned the Finalist Rank of Optimist. It doesnt matter what happens afterwards, you are already a winner. Of sorts.

I love the heady atmosphere of the Art Gallery of NSW as the artists make their annual pilgrimage to the loading dock and present their assorted art works - some painstakingly laboured over, some splashed together with perhaps sarcastic yet hopeful bravado.

I was there, with my Wynne prize entry (landscape). The thoughts - is it too small, too bright, too pretty, too realistic, not loose enough, will it get looked at (for more than 3 seconds). It doesnt matter, its the entering that counts here, and one year I may start entering works for the Archibald as well - once I get over my self consciousness about requesting to paint someones portrait. There's the Sulman as well - genre or mural painting - I didnt have anything big enough for that one.

Let me show you my painting for the week (no not my Wynne entry - I would prefer to show you once it is a finalist! LOL)

"Emu Wren" Acrylic on board, 30x30cm

I had a busy day at the Deerubbin Centre for their birthday celebrations recently. I was representing the Ferry Artists Inc. along with marvelous potter Nicky Coady. Lots of local groups involved - including Hawkesbury Printmakers, The Piggery Lane Studios, The Hawkesbury Camera Club, & many more that I cant recall just now.

Last week was Portrait Day at Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop. I think I was trying too hard to capture the likeness of our pretty Indian Princess to actually paint properly, if that makes sense to you.

Some exhibitions coming up - check out the link on my exhibitions page HERE.

Stay warm (if its cold where you are). Cheers.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Superheroes, diamonds and velociraptors, oh my!

 Had to recover a little after a successful show at Breathing Colours. Haven't quite allowed myself ''post-exhibition blues" but one has to be careful and rest. I did this by visiting a couple of other exhibitions last week.

Actually, I have managed to finish these landscapes, 3 of which will be off to Italy at the end of the year.

Art2Muse Gallery is showing a lovely exhibition by artist photographer Edmond Thommen - a marvellous collection of texture & nudes.

Patricia showing off one of the displays

Metalmorphasis at Ku-Ring-Gai Art Centre. Rachelle Juter, talented jeweller and wonderful friend is having her first solo exhibition

Myself, Rachelle Juter, Patricia Devine

Went to an outreach/concert/performance at my church - it was a superhero theme, so of course I had to fit in. My daughter Amy and her husband performed brilliantly, you may think I am biased!, but I tell the truth. And God was glorified, which is the most important thing.

Amy, me & Laura OR Harley Quinn, Victoria Hand & Mystique

Saw the latest Jurassic Park movie "Jurassic World" Yes, I thought it was rather brilliant. Sorry that is the total of my review, but how can I rhapsodise over genetically modified monsters, a great cast and, most important, a good story!

Coming up are a couple of shows that are always good to visit. 
Due to my exhibition, I was not able to take part in these, but I urge you to come have a look.

Patrica & I delivering "Kangaroo Paw"

One show I DO have work in is at Breathing Colours - "Desert Heart" 16 June - 5 July.

Hope your week is marvelous!

Monday, June 08, 2015


I thought Id just write about the current show I have on at Breathing Colours - even though there's lots more happening in my art life. (For other shows and galleries please look on my web page)

Patricia and I are SO glad that the exhibition is hung and all we have to do now is smile

Feeling very pleased with the show now that it's hanging and has officially opened (finishes 14 June to there is still time!). Over 30 paintings, large scale acrylics and tiny mixed media miniatures, there is something for everyone who loves a bird on the wall.

"It Figures" Patricia Devine

The opening was marvellous, a BIG thankyou to all who came and supported us. Thankyou also to the team at Breathing Colours. I believe artists still need galleries; it is so nice (for artist and collector alike) to see the works on the wall and I love any excuse to go visit Balmain.
"Sheryl Crow" Patricia Devine

Laura & Patricia Devine
If you cannot come and see the show, go and see the Breathing Colours site and have a look at the catalogue. It does not do justice however to the smaller works by Patricia Devine, there is so much detail and texture in them. Patricia has a background in miniatures & botanical art, and her current works are a reflection of this.You will see hand dyed papers, ephemera, teabags, feathers, sewing and even paint!
Its funny, I never wanted to be a painter when I was in my 20s as that was "something Mum did". But there must be something in genes and/or upbringing huh? My paintings now tend to be a bit louder and splashier than Mums, but the quiet elegance I grew up with may come out in my wood engravings. - None of them made it to the show, because as usual, I was pressed for time.

"A New Career" Mellissa Read-Devine

"Ephemera III" Patricia Devine

"The Inheritance" Mellissa Read-Devine

"Pageant" Mellissa Read-Devine

Thankyou all, and now its time to get painting again...

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!