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 http://www.redcross.org.au/cyclone-pam-vanuatu-2015-appeal.aspx)

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.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Picture Diary

Portrait Day at Community Arts Workshop

New Garden Painting
Acrylic 92cm x 51cm

Ikebana at Breathing Colours Gallery
My painting "Cicada Landscape" in background

Welcome to the world! Indigo Harper.
My niece.

Acrylic 76cm square

Patricia Devine & Lyndal Campbell at Lyndal's solo show opening
Purple Noon Gallery



Friday, February 27, 2015


The Devine family recently achieved a significant milestone last weekend - the marriage of Daughter #1.  We have been honored to share/observe the birth/schooling/employment of our A_, not to mention all the growing up and personal achievements in between. Looking forward to whatever the next milestone will be in her and her husband's life!

I have included a glimpse of the day in pictures - the family hosted the reception and I feel like I've worked on a particularly large and prestigious exhibition - except this is much more important.

Now I can say 2015 can start anew for me. I have missed the entry deadlines for several art prizes due to not having a lot of new work, so I'd better get cracking!

Finished "Out to Dry"on Tuesday and it is currently hanging at Oatley 101s Waterbrook Exhibition this weekend.

Have since worked on a couple more and even dragged out a piece of Lino that I started maybe 6 years ago at least. (The little boy who is the subject matter is now in high school!)