Sunday, 27 April 2014

Artists Diary Week 2

It has been another huge week for me this week. Painting has taken a back seat somewhat!
The plan was to get into the studio on Monday but had family staying so that was never going to happen so spent some time in the garden planting garlic and Chinese veggies. Always therapeutic to have ones hands in the soil.

 After an early morning on Tuesday headed out to meet up with my courier to deliver paintings to go to Currububula and collect paintings from finished shows.

 I was fortunate enough to sell four paintings last weekend at Yarram in Victoria. Two of them are below, 'I See Red' and 'Morning, Apollo Bay'. Also received a Highly Commended for 'Morning, Apollo Bay' from the Knox Rotary Art Show in Victoria.


Wednesday I headed out with my painting buddies Gloria and Marcia to Cornwallis on the Lowlands near Richmond. Took the oils out this week, challenging but it was so good to push them around again!
I completed three small studies, all done on10"x8" canvas boards.

Thursday saw me heading off to Bankstown Art Society to do a demonstration Watercolour.
What a wonderful enthusiastic group!

1/2 sheet watercolour 'Martin Place'

Friday I delivered to Hunters Hill for my lovely painting friend Mellissa Read-Devine (check out her blog here and myself then headed into the Royal Art Society to teach a watercolor class. We did a streetscape of Balmain and I must say the students did a mighty fine job of it too!

1/2 sheet watercolour 'Balmain'

Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning was spent with family, always so nice to see them.
After they left to head up the coast for a weeks' holiday I finally managed to nip into the studio to do at least one painting before heading off to Olympic Park to collect unsold works from the Royal Arts Festival.

 'Merriwa Morning'

And the best is left to last, earlier this evening I received a phone call from the Hunters Hill Art Prize to inform me I won Best Watercolour in the upcoming curated exhibition!

So, that's the week that was!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Week One of my Ongoing Artists Diary

Welcome to my new blog. I am new to all of this so here I go!

I thought this would be a good idea because I often feel I am not really achieving very much but by documenting my art practice by way of a diary might help me to understand just where my life disappears to!

This week has been huge. It started with two days of framing paintings to ready for exhibitions. I have them stacked ready to go to seven different shows. On Wednesday I headed off  to Melbourne to meet up with my courier, Do Noble who does all my deliveries in Victoria. I needed to swap some older work for some more recent paintings for upcoming shows in Melbourne. He is a very well organised gentleman and if you need someone I recommend him to you. Noble Couriers can be contacted on 0418175307.

I also visited Hampton Art Supplies at Hampton. They were generous enough to honour a voucher I won at the Bayside Rotary Art Show even though they were new owners and were unaware of the sponsorship of the previous owners. It was very much appreciated!

It was then out to Yarram in Gippsland where I was invited to judge the local Rotary Art Show. This was extremely difficult especially in a couple of categories where all entrants were worthy of an award. I also had a wall of my own work on view and for sale.

'Moored' Sold

After leaving Yarram we headed to Bright where I also have some paintings in the Bright Autumn Exhibiton. I have exhibited here for a number of years and was amazed at the size and quality of this show. Well worth a visit.
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From Bright we headed home to Castlereagh to see family who are visiting from Merriwa. 

Tomorrow I will be heading to the studio to start on some new work.  

'Bridge Hotel, Yackandandah' on view at Yarram