Monday, 5 June 2017

Abundance at the Lethbridge 10,000

I'm really happy that a painting of mine will be on show for the Lethbridge 10,000. It's my fifth successful entry to the annual show. This exhibition of small scale paintings, now in its eighth year, is on from 8th - 18th June at the Gallery, 136 Latrobe Terrace. The work of all the finalists is up on the website - here is a link: Lethbridge 10,000 Exhibition


Abundance, painted in watercolour on Saunders Waterford paper, is a bouquet of some of my favourite flowers. I've enjoyed working in watercolour, losing myself in the gentle colours and details of these blooms. 


 
Abundance - watercolour on Saunders Waterford  Framed 535 mm x 535 mm 

Friday, 2 June 2017

I love my job...


 I love my job - working as a full time artist and art teacher has been a dream for many years, and now is a reality. One of the special perks of being an artist is that I get do many different things so life is interesting and challenging. 

Deja Bru Cafe, a favourite local coffee shop, has been a staunch supporter. Soon after the Cafe opened I was commissioned to paint the large Parisian mural. 

 

Then I painted these collections of the delicious treats. 



Sitting in the sun with a coffee provided the opportunity to sketch the interior on more than one occasion. 
  



Recently I was asked to give a favourite inspirational sign a face lift. The hot Brisbane sun had bleached the text to a shadow of its former self. 

So here it is restored once more.


Now for the sad news - Jess has sold Deja Bru. I would like to thank her and her family for the tremendous support and friendship they have given me over the years. Jess is certainly one of the beautiful people...
My best wishes to the new owner, Peter. I wish him every success in the future.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Story of a Painting

This week two paintings went to new homes. The first, a triptych, Sinister Pools, is set in a beautiful part of the Southern Drakensberg just off the Underberg Road. When I re-read the post, I realised just how much I loved being near the mountains. During my last few years in South Africa, the mountains were the theme of several paintings. A deep connection to place, to country, remains.

When I arrived in Brisbane, I needed to acclimatise myself to Australia. I needed to find motifs that would speak to me in a personal way. I felt I had to move forward and discover the special places in my new country. In some ways, I was too emotional to keep painting South Africa. A clean break was necessary. Now I feel ready to revisit my history and paint the landscape of my birth once more.


I will be visiting my family in December and hopefully I will be able to include a visit to the mountains. 

Sinister Pools Triptych 3 x 910 mm x 610 mm

Here is the original post:

Sinister Pools - The story of a painting


High in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa near Garden Castle, the Umzimkulu River spills out of the mountains and starts its journey to the sea. The river twists and turns its way through fertile farmland. As one turns off the main road from the village of Underberg to drive into the mountains, the river is alongside the road. The water tumbling over rocky cascades thrills adrenalin junkies on canoes.
In between there are deep dark pools that are part of the lore of the local trout fishermen. The mist rises off the river in winter at dawn and I imagine the atmosphere is dark, cold and sinister, hence the name. 

The triptych is a gentler version of the scene. I was not up at dawn to photograph the river and I haven’t battled with elusive trout. The day I was there it was sunny and clear. In the distance, the mountains were a soft lilac contrasting with the sharp green of the fields.