I dropped my art work in to the group exhibition for works on paper to Red Gallery today. I have not exhibited very much lately and this exhibition really appealed to me so I was very happy to be asked to be in it by Gallery Director Kim. Kim has an enormous task ahead of her with the amount and the diverse work that I saw being dropped off. She was still smiling and happy, so far so good. I’m really looking forward to Wednesday night’s opening. I will have three framed works and four unframed works exhibited. I would love it if you came to see the exhibition.
I have put some analogue collage cards in the shop for the first time. Often I play with collage late into the evening and if you are on instagram you would have seen these posts often referred to as ephemeral. I have decided that I would keep some of them and make them cards. I use either Fabriano or Arches 300gsm smooth paper, sign them on the back and provide a brown Kraft envelope. These are original hybrids, great fun to make and are a bit dadaesque.
I always make cards for the Alphington Open Studios and have been told that they are sometimes collected and then framed by the purchaser.
The artwork in the shop can be posted Australia wide for free.
On a different subject I would like to tell you about Gertrude & Smith, a new venture by my son. He commissioned me to make some gift cards to include in his new on-line gift box (hamper) business. I have also been styling for his photographer and have had several of my paintings featured in his pictures.
Please have a look at his site and keep him in mind for that very special person you need a gift for. He is curating gifts from all over Australia, working with people that care about sustainability and are artisan small batch makers.
https://www.gertrudeandsmith.com.au/ and instagram: gertrudeandsmith
I have a place available on Thursday for anyone that contacts me. Only two others here that day so you can do collage or still-life painting. If you are a regular I am sure you will know what to bring, if a newbie I can advise you when you contact me.
This image is from a new series I am making, hope you like it.
It has been wonderful going through my life drawing folio and finding some treasures and some trash. This image I would consider a treasure but I can assure you some of them and now in the trash. These were probably warm up drawings of maybe five minutes or so each. I used a pencil on pretty ordinary butchers paper.
I’ve been searching for some drawn images from my life drawing folios from 10 years ago. My plan is to combine it with some new media, possibly digital or analogue collage. This was charcoal on heavy watercolour paper and black ink. I miss charcoal and the freedom of working large.
In my heart I didn’t miss it, with my work sadly I didn’t exhibit specifically for 2019 International Women’s Day however I have recently had some strong ideas regarding new work to do with women. In the new work I would like to show the different ages, careers, ethnicities and histories. Yet to formulate exactly how that will appear on paper but am thinking about it alot and have taken up life drawing again.
I hope in the future work I make to show women with quirks that are unexpected hybrids of what you might expect. I hope in the future that I too will be called a quirky unexpected hybrid, maybe I am one now.
Just came back from beautiful Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia. Please look it up if you are from overseas. It’s so beautiful and loved by hippies of all ages. Yesterday they had a nude bike ride through the main street. The night before I saw whole families dressed and painted like Frida Kahlo (men too). Anything goes in Byron.
Here are the works of three of the artists that come to workshops with me here in Alphington.
First is Helen Meikle. Helen did workshops with me in painting still-life and then she spent a fabulous year at the wonderful NCAT to study all types of Visual Art. Ask me and I will tell you more about this 12 month course that several people from my studio have gone on to. Helen’s work is an abstract acrylic and pastel painting on canvas in warm colours.
Jan Wright has been a regular over a number of years. Jan has painted this abstract as a commission for a woman she recently met. Jan is well known for her still life with lemons and jug (I think she has had about 6 requests for it).
Galia Hardy is another regular that has participated in Februllage on Instagram with this witty strong hybrid machine and body creature. Galia is also a painter but does like to make collage/mixed media work and is up for making surreal images (just my thing). Have a look at her last two postings on instagram hardygalia (I don’t think it is private).