Monday, April 25, 2016

Lots of Lovely Painting

What a marvelous weekend - The Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail was on and I was "'in residence" at Jeanette Starr's Little River Artist Studios. Lots of lovely people to talk to, and I hope to have a date or two of coming workshops there in the future.

I have had some successes, at the Hawkesbury Agricultural Show I recieved a 1st Prize for Drawing, and a Third and 2 Highly Commendeds for other sections. I also found out I am shortlisted in the Fleurieu Food & Wine Art Prize for ''Repast''.

Term 2 started again at The Royal Art Society Art School, where I am teaching acrylic painting. If you are quick you can still enrol (For more info on coming classes and workshops click HERE).

I gave a demonstration for the St.George Art Society, which apart from being a great night with great people, gave me the opportunity to start another couple of paintings! (My favourite stage of a work).

What I am most excited about is my coming show at Purple Noon Art Gallery. Less than two weeks to go until the opening, and I still have a possible 5 more paintings I would like to finish for possible inclusion. We shall see...

And here is the invitation! If you are in Sydney in May, I do hope you can come visit; apart from the opening, I plan to be at the gallery most Sundays for the duration of the exhibition.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

"Onward and Upward!"

Thought I should start with an inspiring quote - although the rest of it goes: To Narnia and the North! (CS Lewis).

Because I have been lax in keeping this blog updated with my daily trials and tribulations (lucky for you readers!), I will just let you know of a few things coming up in April.

15 - 17 April, 
My local Agricultural Show. Come and check out the Arts Pavillion

23 & 25 April
I will be demonstrating both acrylic painting and wood engraving on the Saturday at Little River Art Studios, and I will have work available both there and Purple Noon Gallery

15 - 24th April

Winmalee High School
29 April - 1 May

 Art in Action, Merroo Conference Centre, Kurrajong NSW
13, 14, 15 May
Here is a flyer I made for the Saturday, but there are still places available for 
Friday - Still Life
Sunday - Landscape

I will leave you with a painting I started as a demonstration at the Sydney Royal Easter Show at the Derivan stand, and it will now be available at my coming solo exhibition at Purple Noon Gallery

Opens Saturday 7th May!

Monday, March 07, 2016

Painting with Friends

Just had a fabulous workshop with the Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society on the weekend. It is amazing how exhausting and energising a workshop can be at the same time. I caught up with old friends and made new ones, and I was more than pleased with everyone's paintings in creation that day.

Workshop with Ku Ring Gai Art Society
 I have managed to start and yes, finish several works this month!

The unfinished..

One of the finished - "Swamphen" Oils on Canvas, 30cm square

In case you have not had a chance - please go onto my website and let me know your favourite pieces from 2015. I am about to have some cards printed and your choices may influence me for the better.

There is a few things happening in March....

Lindfield Art Show, 12 & 13 March. I will be a guest demonstrator on the Saturday afternoon.

Royal Art Society Autumn Exhibition opens March 11

Sydney Royal Easter Show - Arts Preview Tuesday 15 March, and I will be there demonstrating at the Derivan stand in the Arts Pavillion Saturday 19 & Monday 28th
Art in the Hills, Oakhill College 18 - 20 March

Florabundance, Ferry Artists Gallery opens 19 March

And a special mention - fellow artist Julie Simmons' exhibition opening this Saturday 12 March at Purple Noon Gallery, Freemans Reach (where I will have my own solo exhibition this coming May)

Sunday, February 07, 2016

The Year Starts....Now. No Wait,......Now.

I have decided to start the new year from February. January is pretty much a loss planning & production wise right? School started after 26th January (Australia Day), so.. holidays are basically just finished surely?

Ok enough procrastinating.

I have started teaching on Wednesdays at the Art School at The Royal Art Society NSW - 

“Exploring Acrylics”
This class will teach the basics of painting with acrylics to beginners, and encourage intermediate students to explore their own techniques and creativity.
Subjects will be varied, elements of composition will be explored, colour & brushstroke will be encouraged! The class will cover many aspects of the medium and techniques, including the addition of mixed media & acrylic mediums.

Wednesdays     9.30am – 12.30pm
                                6.30 – 8.30pm
Late enrolments are still being taken if you are interested - call or email Royal Art Society 02 9955 5572 

I have been painting! So much to do - I have my galleries needing new work and I have a solo show coming up in May, so I really need to cut down on the non essential activities like bookkeeping for the family business and housework.

Some 9x5" acrylic on canvas birds

These 2 were school demos that I finished recently
"Rubiconde" Acrylic 101 x 76cm   
"The Diary" Reworked painting in Oils, 30x30cm
Coming up:

There is a drawing and teacher's exhibition on at Lavender Bay Gallery

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Beginning and The End

Actually I write this at the beginning of 2016 when I meant to write it at the end of 2015. But the years meld so well together these days, its not going matter!

"Cicada Landscape" 61 x 152 cm acrylic, January 2015

2015 for me was a memorable year. It held for me the death of a friend, the birth of a niece and the wedding of a daughter. I thank God for His unending grace and His myriad blessings.

I have been very fortunate & successful in continuing my arts practice, with many group shows, sales & teaching gigs. Although I told myself to take a rest and have no solo shows, I took on no less than 3 duet shows, which are probably just as busy as solos! I also had works travel to Italy for a group show in Rome. Seventy-two assorted paintings drawings and prints created

As well as a continued great relationship with my galleries, I joined with 2 more. - Paper Pear gallery in Wagga Wagga, and Manyung Gallery in Melbourne. And all the galleries I am involved with have blessed me with sales. It is interesting to note that in a time when many galleries have closed down, and artists haved needed to move on to use self promoting websites, I have come to rely on the "bricks & mortar" businesses that have endured.

I took on a temporary title - President of the Ferry Artists Gallery. This is a community run gallery in Wisemans Ferry - a great and talented group of people. I personally think that the rest of the committee does the real work, and I just swan in and make the occasional speech, but I am honored that they want me to help out.

Another honor - and this is a personal milestone - was to be elevated to Associate at the Royal Art Society of NSW. I even get to put letters at the end of my name!

In 2016 I am available as a tutor in Acrylics at The Art School, Royal Art Society, Lavender Bay - Wednesdays. Term 1 starts 25 January for 10 weeks.
To book a place please call or email, 9955 5752. During the holiday break you can contact me for details if you like.

So, here's to a brilliant year ahead! I wish you health, good fortune and joy.

Mellissa Read-Devine ARAS

"Breathing Space" 92 x 167cm acrylic,  December 2015

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

A Change is as Good as a Holiday

October was a long month for me, so in direct contrast, November whizzed by and is now gone!

I also feel like I finally succumbed to the post exhibition fugue that Ive been avoiding for sometime. But its been recuperative of sorts, the unfinished paintings and prints have been waiting patiently for me as I played with clay, gardened and started to clean out several years worth of household detritus.

 Here is a glimpse into a fab weekend I had at the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop. - Clay sculpture with esteemed artist Alan Somerville.

We started with coil rolling in order to build up a structure that could be manipulated into our desired piece. There were a couple of Jack Russell terriers, naked torsos, the head of a bull, an eagle, a scottie dog - a wonderful eclectic mix .

I decided to embark upon a childlike statue that embodied an emotion like joy or bliss, you know, that thing you feel as you put your hand on your chest and sigh-smile to yourself.

I really enjoy clay sculpture - yet another artform that I wish to pursue, but one has to be wise....I suppose.....but I do have nearly a full bag of clay left....


 I avidly checked out Facebook last weekend looking for glimpses of an exhibition that I was not able to attend, it being in Rome Italy.

 I sent 3 paintings over for "The Kangaroos Visit" at the Palazzo Velli Expo. Looks like a great show, and I am very thankful for the organisers whose vision and hard work caused it to happen.

The 3 unframed paintings having a great time without me in Rome.

Portrait Day at the workshop last week with the lovely Kate. I am planning to work on the portrait some more (acrylic) in the future.

Visited an exhibition at Purple Noon Gallery  "Tjirntu tjarrpanguru tjirntu pakalakuta: from sunset to sunrise (from us to you)'. A collection of contemporary pieces from the art community of Papulankutja in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in WA. I got carried away with the glorious colour and design and I treated myself to a small piece (pictured to the left of me).
Here I am with fellow artist Judy Brownlie.

 This weekend the Ferry Artists Gallery opens with it's Christmas Exhibition. All visitors at the opening will receive 10% off all purchases on the night.

 There is also an exhibition opening at the Royal Art Society " Deck The Walls" at Lavender Bay, opening on the Friday.

So December is now upon us, and I hope it brings everything wonderful to end your year well. I for one, look forward to finishing some paintings before I feel compelled to put up a Christmas Tree!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Can't Be Everywhere... But I Try

I must write that title on the fridge... Much better to think of what I am achieving that what I am unable to get round to.

Actually Ive had a great couple of weeks. Out of 3 events the other Friday night, I chose to go to the Opening of the Fisher's Ghost Art Award. What a great turn out - there wasnt enough room to hear the actual announcements so a PA system was set up - unfortunately the noise of the crowd was such I wasn't able to hear who won (obviously not me ;). A really good show and I recommend a visit to Campbelltown to see it. Click the link to see the list of winners.

While you are on the computer - have a look at another show that opened that night - The Eutick Memorial Still Life Award at The Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. Here is a link to the finalists. I missed the Balmain Art & Craft Show, the pictures I saw looked pretty fabulous.

The garden of sculptor Ulric Steiner

I went on the Arcadian Artists trail and enjoyed visiting every venue. I also managed to meet up with many artists who either were on the trail or in it.

I presided over a meeting for the Ferry Artists, and on the weekend I tutored a workshop on fabric printing with linoleum blocks. I'd forgotten how much fun that is and I would really like to get printing in earnest again.

Things I didnt do.. 
Unable to attend North Shore Craft Group's Meeting and will not be able to exhibit with them in a couple of weeks due to no time and no work available. I didnt get to Greg Hansell's Open Studio in Windsor , also wouldnt have minded going to an opening in Katoomba Gallery ONE88. Missed an opening at Breathing Colours with Peter Griffen and Denise Lithgow. Ajewellry party was had without me at Mette Haulrik's and I wont be able to attend every service with a visiting evangelist Pr Patrick Johnson at my beloved church Potters House Parramatta

Still managing to be super busy as usual - but I have finished some projects and worked on others as well.

Some works on the go

Also, there is one more week to see mine and Taryn Malzards Show at Sassafras Creek Kurrajong.
Hope you get to be creative this week!

Digital work, soon to be painted

Reworked portrait of artist Jenny Lloyd, Acrylic & Oil Pastel

Reworked plein air sketch. "Secret Nasturtiums" Mixed Media 17 x 22cm