I really threw myself into it this year, after going overseas last year I came home inspired and determined to put myself out there and began painting again. Before the end of 2016 I had painted three paintings for a Christmas Exhibition at Red Poles, another two paintings for the annual Surf Art Exhibition in Pt Noarlunga and registered myself to take part in the Adelaide Fringe and the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival for 2017. (two solo exhibitions, an open studio/workshops and a group exhibition) Life; once again became crazy, busy and every minute between working in an art supplies store, teaching art classes and looking after grand kids and running a household was spent in the studio ... minus a few winery visits, a few social events here & there and oh, manged to fit in a girls weekend in Melbourne too ( only just)
The SALA event at the Barn "Off the Block" was absolutely exhausting but well worth doing and so much fun. Thank you to all those that popped by to chat, to look and buy some work and to those that took part in learning & experimenting with making collagraphs. It was really nice to meet and see you all, I appreciate all your comments, feed back and company...thank you xxxx
My paper and large lino squares have just arrived from Melbourne and I’m eager to get on with drawing and printing some new designs. The bigger lino is something new as I’ve always just worked in 15 x 15cm or 30 x30cm squares so lookout for something new, hopefully not too far away.
I’ve got my first market stall coming up at the end of August. It’s at the St Dympna’s School Fair in Aspley so for those that can …Come on down! Or come on up, depends where you are … it's North of Brisbane anyway. Have been printing and colouring lots of linocuts and still have to make up more cards. Packaging takes time too but I’m looking forward to this event. Have also done some bright little canvases inspired by my new Queensland environment.
St Dympna’s School Fair
Sunday 31st August from 10.30am – 3.30pm
The Primary School, Robinson Road, Aspley
Steve’s made me a print stand and I think I’ll ask him to make another. Aside from brewing beer he’s managed to find his creative side and other than my stand he’s made a table and some chairs from old pallets and some of the drums that get used for the malt at the brewery. The Brewing Hub will also set up their first market stall too.
Today however I am about to go and post off my collagraphs- The Dog & Beach series. Art Images at Norwood in Adelaide have sold some more of my works so I’m working on topping up their stock. I recently sent them linocuts from the series “Lovers’ and “Home Sweet Home” so for those in SA you can always find my work there as well. www.artimagesgallery.com.au
After living in Adelaide for almost my entire life moving to Brisbane was a sudden and unexpected change of plans. It's been 6 months now and it's been a very exciting and challenging time. Not that I was ever short of inspiration in Adelaide but as I find myself surrounded by a whole new world, the new inspiration is overwhelming and I can't get the ideas out quick enough. Meanwhile as I'm caught up in all of this having left the familiarity of home, family, friends and a network of people within an arts culture I have been an active part of for so many years, I find myself having to start all over again. Therefore I am excited to announce that my monoprint, " Greetings from Australia" was accepted into The Inkmasters Print Exhibition in Cairns and 'my first step' into the arts culture of Queensland.