Monday, November 04, 2019

November is Nifty

Really lame title.

But I am a busy girl, and sitting at the desk staring into space thinking of the perfect heading is not going to happen today.

Culture Crash

Threw myself into November with the opening of "Culture Crash" A joyful and bright exhibition of work by myself, Gabby Malpas, and John Klein. It explores our personal interpretation of new cultures becoming part of the Australian environment.

The show runs until the end of the week.

Catalogues are available online

We have all had a marvellous time with the opening and artist talk being well attended and sponsored by Young Henrys. Also a big thankyou to Claudia Chan Shaw for opening and a great radio interview at Eastside Radio

Back in Balmain

Straight After Culture Crash, it will be time for a Pop Up Show at The Balmain Space, organised by Breathing Colours. Exhibiting a small body of work with my very good friend and very very good artist Julie Simmons; we are delighted to be exhibiting back in Balmain where we have made such a lot of new friends.

"Back To Balmain"

Dates: 18 November - 7 December

At Balmain Space, 79 Beattie Street, Balmain

Hours 9am - 6pm, Monday to Saturday

Opening Night 4-6pm Saturday 23 November

International Group Show

How exciting. I am part of a BIG group show being held by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace featuring a handpicked selection of artists from around the world.


November 30 - January 30

My works are below and are available:

Nasturtium Party 1
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Nasturtium Party 2
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Nasturtium Party 3
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Have a lovely November.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

More Daylight, More Work

One thing I like about the warmer months is that it is lighter later. Mind you, I work best first thing in the morning, so it is just as well it is lighter earlier as well. And much easier to get out of bed!

Term 4 at the Royal Art Society

And another school term has zoomed by. So it is time to think of the coming term for the end of the year. Starts the week of October 7 so if you want to learn about all things acrylic with me or another discipline with the other tutors, contact the Royal Art Society NSW HERE

Exhibitions Still On To Visit

"Artful Alchemy"

Still on until the end of this week (Monday 30 September) at Lithgow's Gang Gang Gallery featuring a group show with Yaja Hadrys, Mellissa Read-Devine, Mark Powell, Ray Harrington, Jane Canfield and Nadege Lamy

"Building Blocks" 105 x 80cm

Royal Art Society "Medal of Distinction Award Spring Exhibition"

I was most honoured to receive a Highly Commended in the award for "Eorthe"

"Hawkesbury Art Fair"

I have a large painting in this showcase of Hawkesbury Community Arts Groups being showcased at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery. 13 September - 13 October

"Lush" (thats the title of the painting)
92 x 168 cm

"Our Wildlife"

Group Show at the Ferry Artists Gallery, Wisemans Ferry.  On until the end of October.

"Blossom" 21 x 21cm


I have been selected as a finalist  in the George River Art Prize - this exhibition will be at the Hurstville Regional Gallery 26 October - 30 January

Next Exhibition Coming Soon

Fellow artists Gabby Malpas, John Klein and myself have been working very hard on this show - gonna be fabulous!


My next workshop will be at Art Est, Leichardt 17 November. Come and paint "Beautiful Birds"!

"Larrikins" 101 x 101 cm

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!