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).