Thursday, July 18, 2019

Winter Sunshine

Even though its very dry, I am enjoying the glorious weather here in Sydney.

I met my Royal Art Society class at Balls Head Reserve the other day, and it was so very nice.

Although I am originally a Melbourne Girl, I must say I love Sydney and it's harbour. It is a jewel.

Term 3 will be starting at the Royal Art Society next week, so if you want to learn all things acrylic with me or another discipline with out other tutors. Contact details are HERE

If one day workshops are more your thing - Art Est in Leichardt will be hosting a Large Landscape workshop with me on Sunday 4 August

"This is The Day I Was Given"
101 x 156cm

Next Exhibition coming up

I am still sorting out works for this one - nothing like last minute - my studio is full of colourful trees and rock canvasses and Im thinking I should add a bird or two.

Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail Open Studio Weekend

24 - 25 August
Once again I will be at Little River Art Studios - demonstrating on the Saturday. Come and see the beautiful studio of Jeanette Starr, meet some artists,  look at some great art, have a cuppa and then move on to another local studio in the area

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

June Joy

The Other Side of the World

I have just returned from a marvelous two weeks in Portugal with fellow artist and very good friend Julie Simmons. Travelling from Lisbon to the Algarve to Porto it was an inspiring, busy yet relaxing time.
Fellow Australians Peter Griffen and Denise Lithgow were tutors with and I recommend both tutors and venue highly.


Walk and Talk

This is the last week for "Land Rhythms" at Rochfort Gallery - I will be giving an artist talk on the Sunday at 11am - I'll have a chat about my arts practice and give an insight into my artistic vision.

Walk with an Artist
Mellissa Read-Devine
Sunday 16th June - 11am at Rochfort 

Above: 'Saturday Symphony’ by Mellissa Read-Devine, 185 x 185 cm,

Join Mellissa Read-Devine Sunday 16th June as she takes us on a journey through her exquisite representations of Australia’s backyard.

Illustrating progressive storytelling, Rochfort Gallery's Collection Eleven enables you to explore the evolution of Mellissa Read-Devine's latest native investigations.

Painting with a vision of colour, Mellissa Read-Devine's Australian Landscapes and florals relinquish darkness in favour of light. With her distinctive eclectic palette and layered application of brush strokes, Read-Devine's current collection evokes music from the landscape.

Please join Mellissa Read-Devine Sunday 16th at 11am, as she takes us on her vivid journey


Sunshine in Wisemans Ferry

Coming up, a group show "Winter Sunshine" at the Community Gallery at Wisemans Ferry.


Fabulous Florals Sunday 23 June 10am - 3pm

A Sunday workshop coming up at Art Est, Leichardt. 

Join me for this bold and colourful still life workshop focussing on florals and flowers, immersing yourself in the glorious freedom of colourful bold brushstrokes.

I think I'll need another holiday after this month!

Monday, April 08, 2019

Art in April

I've been very forgetful lately - sending the wrong photos to gallery submissions, confusion over what paintings are available and in what gallery, forgetting to deliver paintings to a show. If I actually looked in my diary every other day - I would not have this problem.

I like to think of myself as organised - I keep a spreadsheet of paintings - where they are, where they've been, where they sold.  I try and keep a photo file of all works and have recently been getting work professionally digitised for future projects. A folder is currently updated with future exhibition and competition information.
But these things fall flat of course if I dont diligently check, update and look at the diary regularly!

There are a few things happening this month.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show 12 - 24 April is a highlight in my year - the inner child loves an agricultural show - and this one has a brilliant arts and crafts display. Preview night is always fun to catch up with other artist friends.

This year I will again be demonstrating my painting style at the Derivan Stand (Saturday 13 & 20 April) so if you are about come say hi.

"I Meditate Upon The Mountain Trail"
Acrylic on canvas 65 x 65cm

"Seeing/Being - 6 Hawkesbury Artists" is a show at my local gallery Purple Noon Gallery - it is showcasing six Hawkesbury Artists and opening on Thursday 18th April (viewing from the 13th)... and opened by the very excellent Dan Kyle. Featuring  Greg Hansell! ,Matilda Julian, Judy Brownlie, Julie Simmons, Russell Smith and myself.

Acrylic on Canvas 65 x 65cm

For a special Mother's Day Promotion I will be demonstrating painting flowers at Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre. To get a seat, I suggest you book (free) through their system.

And to keep you posted - I am once again honoured to be included in the next group exhibition at Rochfort Gallery, North Sydney
"Land Rhythms, Collection 11"
From the 8th May 2019

"Flow'ry Charms"
Acrylic on Canvas 95 x 95cm

There,  I remembered everything so far!

Enjoy the rest of April as will I.  🌸

Monday, February 04, 2019

Best of 2018 - Results are in!

Thankyou to those who took part in my poll where I was interested to know YOUR favourite works that I created in 2018.

Here they are  - in order of popularity:

"Hillside 32"





125 x 125cm
Available from
19 Karen Contemporary Artspace

"Chasing The Winter Sun"


"Where I Saw Pardalotes"

80 x 80cm
Available from Thom Gallery


95 x 95 cm
Available from Purple Noon Gallery


66 x 66 cm
Available from Rochfort Gallery

"I Meditate upon the Mountain Trail"


"Beyond The Blue Hills"


"The Afternoon Slipped Away"


Most interesting that they were all landscapes - many florals were painting in 2018 also, and popular with sales; but my love of local Hawkesbury landscape must show through.