Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Twas the Week before Christmas...

Breathing  Colours Gallery
Ok, now its the day before Christmas and I have just finished a breakfast of jelly and custard - couldnt waste it - it was left over from the trifle I needed to make.

Its been a very social week - you must forgive me for no new works to show you. I have shed a tear after visiting my lovely students at their centres, as I am not taking the clay disability classes next year. I will miss them.

Breathing Colours Gallery had an opening that I simply had to attend on my way to a friend's birthday party. Pictured are Julie Simmons, Patricia Devine and Robin Hill.

19 Karen Contemporary Art Space
My paintings & glass sculpture by Andrea Fiebig
Also had work newly hung at 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace. Unfortunately I wont be able to visit the Gold Coast anytime soon, so my paintings will have to do.
19 Karen Contemporary Artspace
sculpture 'Signs of Life' by Amanda Shelsher

 Wishing you and yours a wonderful end to the year. I will wish you a Merry Christmas - no matter your belief, I wish to bless you from my own traditions and faith.

Looking forward to what 2015 has to offer!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Its Beginning to Look A Lot Like.. The Middle of December

 Yes I know Christmas is around the corner, and I actually enjoyed an afternoon in the shops on Tuesday afternoon - went to Westfields in Hornsby and wandered about trying on perfume and hand creme (for no other reason than I wanted to) and picked up a few gifts for loved ones. But, there are daughters who are moving house / planning overseas trips & or weddings, dogs and cats that need to be fed and paintings in my soul that wish to be created!

Had an exciting delivery on Monday. Yes I know it looks like a pile of boxes but inside are 30 canvasses! Art Scene is one of my suppliers and as it was their sale week - what an opportunity not to miss. I adore the thrill of new projects.

Still had to battle summer storms whilst driving to and fro. On Thursday, artist-friend Julie Simmons and I braved the elements to attend "Into The Light" a joint exhibition featuring the luscious paintings of Richard Claremont and the peaceful clarity of Jane Canfield. Held at 2 Danks Street Waterloo, I recommend a visit!

Richard Claremont, Kristine Ballard & Julie Simmons

I was SO inspired after that night, I just wanted to PAINT. But life still needed attending to and I went to the office instead. On my gallery duty day at Ferry Artists Gallery I did paint a coffee cup, .... because I could. And later that day finished "Flying Home" 

"Flying Home" Acrylic 24" x 60"

I have also started new works that I cant wait to get back to

Underpaintings and a coffee cup!

This coming week sees an Opening at Breathing Colours Gallery

and there is also the under $600 show on at Purple Noon Gallery as well as new works arriving at 19Karen Contemporary Artspace.

Links to the galleries on THISPAGE

Have a good week!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Out & About in the Rain

It has been a very wet week. My empty wetlands have filled up and my little dog is a nervous wreck from all the thunderstorms. I quite like storms - they are a respite from the heat. But they aren't much fun when you have to drive in them, and when you want to hold an exhibition, it will definitely put a dampener on the festivities.
"Sturt's Desert Pea", Acrylic on Canvas 12" sq
I delivered some paintings to the framers to be made ready for delivery to 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace on theGold Coast.  Hopefully by next week! I also managed to finish 3 more works.

"Haredenbergia" Acrylic on Canvas, 12" square

 The Blacktown Art Prize opened on Friday. The Arts Centre looked fabulous, and there are some very good works there. I recommend a visit. It was lovely to catch up with a few artist friends also.

Julie Simmons, who had her work acquired by Blacktown City Countil
Mum and I in front of my painting "Sanctuary"

There is a lovely 150 year old church (St.James) in Pitt Town, not far from where I live. When I heard they were putting on an art show, I wanted to be part of it as a ''local artist" The show was just on for the Saturday and the church looked marvelous. I had both prints and paintings exhibited, it was beautiful to see my colours mirrored in the stained glass windows of the church. 

Printmaker Sheila Sharp and I setting up a display

Sandstone & Stained Glass.. and my paintings

Purple Noon Gallery also opened a show on the Saturday. All works under $600 and I made quite a wishlist in my head of cushions, jewelery and exquisite little etchings. But boy did it RAIN. Never a good thing to happen during an opening, tends to keep people away, but it was a very nice evening nonetheless. Go check out the show!
Purple Noon Gallery, Paintings and Cushions

And here are some very nice pieces of jewelry, with some little canvasses by Yours Truly.
 Have a good week everyone. I wonder if we will get rain every day like last week...The watertank must be nearly full by now!

"Domicile" Acrylic on Canvas, 40"x30"

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Paintings & Parties

Delivered work to Lavender Bay Gallery for the Christmas 9x5 Show. I was planning a linocut amongst the paintings, but time got the best of me.
Should be a good show. Here is one of my works: "On Solid Ground"

The Hawkesbury Artists & Artisans Trail held their Annual General Meeting, at which I was very pleased that all positions were filled quickly and by most competent folk.

And although I missed attending the opening of the Royal Art Society's show on Friday, I managed to attend The Ferry Artist's Christmas show as well as popping into Penelope Oates' first solo show that is being shown at Sassafras Creek, Kurrajong. All great shows and well worth a visit!

Artist Penelope Oates

I also managed to finish SEVEN paintings! After bellyaching about not being able to finish work the last few weeks, the unfinished managed to be completed after a few extra early mornings in the studio. I am so fulfilled right now!

Some are going to 19Karen Contemporary Artspace on the Goldcoast - click on link to see the works. A couple have gone to Breathing Colours Gallery in Balmain, and the two birds are off to Purple Noon Gallery for the Christmas Show that opens Saturday 6th. Oh and one is a possible commission - just need to paint the 2nd version.

 So the coming week (that we are already into!) promises a couple more exhibition openings:

The Blacktown Art Prize, opening Friday 5th

Purple Noon Gallery Christmas Show, opening Saturday 6th

Have a lovely week!

Artist Ulla Abildgaard & myself at Ferry Artists Gallery