Wednesday, October 21, 2015

No More Teenagers

Princess #2 turned 20 the other day. No more teenagers in the house. Just a husband, the usual dogs cats and visiting wildlife, and some young woman that I can lend money to on a regular basis..

I dont think I feel older. Probably in denial.

Anyway, a marvelous couple of weeks. Won a First Prize in the acrylic section at Parramatta Art Awards. The first art society (CPAS) I joined, when I arrived in Sydney in 1999, and the 2nd oldest Art Society in Australia apparently.

"Territory" with that artist Mellissa Read-Devine

Taught a workshop for Castle Hill Art Society. Enjoyed the students and their work immensely. And they want me back, which tells me I must have done something right.

A couple of deliveries to coming shows:

St.Thomas Art & Craft Fair - on this weekend.


Ryde Art Show - opens this Friday.

"Brighter Memories"

And of course, madly working away in order to hang finished works at Sassafras Creek Restaurant Gallery on Friday. Opens this Sunday!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Dancing About

Went to see The Russian Ballet at Panthers, Penrith the other night. I had a lovely time, sometimes transfixed by the glorious dance, interspersed by moments of painful memory (blisters, the acid tongue of the ballet teacher), and the amusing dialogue I had in my head on the story that is Swan Lake. At the end of the show (and interval) it was wonderful to see inspired little girls spinning around and showing everyone their steps. I still remember some - maybe I should have joined them!
I think this is me right now..

With Steph at Paper Pear, Wagga Wagga
Just for a change, I'll tell you that I've been busy....

Went to Melbourne and visited a few galleries.
Picked up old work from TUSK, visited MANYUNG (all 3 galleries), met Steph at PAPERPEAR and had an impromptu visit to Bridget McDonnell Gallery.
I delivered mine and other peoples paintings.
I drove to Portsea and tried to remember what it looked like when my beloved was at Officer Cadet School.
A very full but very nice 5 days.

Outside The Schaller Studio, Art Series Hotel, Bendigo

Back to Sydney and there was an exhibition - "Identify" which was a very nice show, but I was too weary to stay for the opening.
Penelope Oates and I took down our show from GAFFA. Not a success monetarily, but brilliant nonetheless.
Found out I am finalist both in EMSLA and FISHERS GHOST ART PRIZE. I look forward to seeing the rest of the finalists - having the opening night on the same night will be a bit tricky. - Coffs Harbour to Campbelltown is a little far (about 6.5 hours drive).
Took my painting to Club Marconi for the Kangaroos show (we are a group of artists that will be exhibiting in Rome next month).
Demonstrated for Kur-Ring-Gai Art Society
Visited an exhibition at Breathing Colours - the latest works of the vibrant Kristine Ballard
Setup, worked at and packed down the North Shore Craft Group show at the Wildflower Gardens.
Thats not bad for 3 weeks huh.

NSCG Contemporary Craft, and look! one of my paintings

Coming up is a joint show with Taryn Malzard "The Knife's EdgeSassafras Creek Restaurant & Gallery, Kurrajong. Opening is on Sunday 25 October 3-5pm. Im not quite ready....

Scraperboard Etching