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!)


Monday, February 16, 2015

A Cluttered Hard Drive

This is actually not about computers - I can only describe my state of being at the moment in terms of one.
We all know how frustrating it is to have a slow computer - one that is so full of information - useful or not, that its memory and processing capacity is sluggish at best. Well that is my brain right now. I never knew how much head space this wedding was going to take up. Even though I'm not running the show (thank God!), there still seems to be an awful lot of detail that appears to need my attention - like todays last minute thought of "does my husband still fit into his suit"?"and "how much should I be worried about the large mud wasp nest suspended 3 metres above where the bridal table will be..."



I have still managed to think about art. I have entered shows, gone to the framers, hung out at art galleries and artists, and even booked an exhibition for 2016. The show must go on!

Macquarie Towns Arts Society invited me to give a painting demonstration. I have one photo - more can be seen on my Facebook Page.

Works in progress at the demonstration
At this month's meeting of the Australian Society for Miniature Art (NSW), we put together our collection of floral squares to plan a future display at Gosford Regional Art Gallery later this year.

Sneak peak of ASMA members collaborative work

This coming week I will be giving a printmaking demonstration for Liverpool Art Society. 10am, Thursday 19 Feb.  I am looking forward to getting inky fingers again.


Work in progress

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Painting with Black

Normally I don't paint with black. I may use a little Paynes Grey, but usually I will mix the transparent red, blue and purple that are already in my palette, and perhaps add a touch of Cadmium Red.

But I have misled you, because this week the painting consisted of making blackboards for the impending wedding of #1 Daughter.

I also sewed some of the decorations - they look a little patriotic don't they?

Back to the studio! I continued with a long format landscape.

Went to the first portrait day for the year. This is the painting of Kate after a couple of hours.

and I had the opportunity for a quick plein air in oils. I plan to adjust it later.

Next week I will be giving a demonstration in my acrylic painting at Richmond NSW for Macquarie Towns Arts Society. All are welcome.