Thursday, 23 March 2017

Twillight Graze


Another one from the exhibition, the photo of this one is a bit darker than the actual painting. This piece is about 1m square. For the show I tried to have some paintings that related in some way to the sculptures. Also I love painting kangaroos :) Cheers!


Friday, 10 March 2017

Owl Totem


This is my little Owl Totem, doing these small sculptural pieces was a helpful exercise to get some ideas on how to put larger pieces together. I'm feeling quite excited about the next few months creatively...going up to Zig Zag Gallery tomorrow to paint, drop in if your in the area :) Cheers!



Sunday, 5 March 2017

Sunbather




This is one of my Kangaroo sculptures, on opening night he was in just the right spot to catch the sunset! This chap is made from Apoxie clay, plaster bandage, a piece of rusted barbed wire and his armature is a rock from my garden. I was looking for a way to pose him that had the feeling of him reclining and I was walking around my garden posing him on branches, scrap metal etc. When I placed him on the rock he just sat there perfectly :) Opening night at Zig Zag was wonderful with lots of visitors, smiles and champers (and also a few sales which always helps)...cheers!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Zig Zag All Delivered!





Yay, dropped off 29 pieces to Zig Zag Gallery yesterday. It was a hot and slightly stressful job getting everything there safely but I think it was worth it! Marilyn Keys is the lovely curator and I know they are all in safe hands :) Included in the work are 5 small sculptures. I don't normally exhibit sculptures but I've always enjoyed 3d work and I think my practice may branch out a little in this direction. This little Kangaroo is made from clay, plaster and rusty nails on a scrap of rusted iron. I think I'll make a large version of this one...cheers!


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Another Birdwatcher


Birdwatcher (painting version) 1m x 1.2m Mixed Media

This one was so much fun to do, it's based on the drawing I posted yesterday. Acrylic, collage, glass beads, posca pens and ink. The photo doesn't show all the texture in this one. Cheers!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Where Have I been?


Birdwatcher - Micron Pen



It's been a while - true. In November we lost our old girl Diesel to liver failure so it wasn't really a very Happy New Year. She was a great big, lovable Ridgeback/Staffy/unknown cross and she was my shadow for 11 years.  Going out to the studio has been so strange without her snoring on the couch. I haven't really been looking at anyone else's blogs for that time either and I have a lot of catching up to do! Anyway, artwise I ended the year really well. The drawing above was given the Works on Paper prize at Kondinin and I also was lucky enough to pick up First Prize and People's choice at our club's annual exhibition for Frankenfish and Nocturne 2. Also, exciting news! I was all booked for a solo exhibition at the Zig Zag Gallery in 2018, then someone cancelled and I said yes, why not! So I have been madly painting (and a little sculpting) hoping to get some new work done in time. It opens on the 3rd March and runs for two weeks, so not much time to get ready :) If you are local please drop in and have a look. I am actually really excited about seeing all my work hanging together and the space is really lovely. Anyway, I have new work to post so hopefully you haven't all given up on me! Cheers :)

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Another Nocturne :)




Another piece in my Nocturne series. I tried something really different this time. I used Canson Printmaking paper which I have never tried before. I'm not sure if I like it or not, it's very smooth, but once I got used to it, it started to grow on me :)I then fooled around with my Liquitex inks and Pitt pens with a little white Gelly Roll thrown in, oh and some micron of course. Then I felt like it really need something else so I went to town with my wood burning tool. I've been wanting to play with this tool for ages but I didn't really know what to do with it. Well now I know it's really good at burning paper...that's opened up Pandora's box for me! I then mounted it on a starry background, I really like how all the little holes make shadows on the under layer. Any way, I'm so excited as this piece won 3 prizes at the Newdegate Field Day Exhibition last week - First prize in the Drawing section, the Rural Bank Prize and the Lake Grace Shire Acquisitive Prize! I couldn't believe it, this has been a really exciting year art wise. I've really enjoyed trying new things and playing with new materials...I LOVE Mixed Media :)...cheers for now!