Sunday, August 21, 2016

AIY- MIxed Media Art Retreat

It's been a while since I returned from the AIY mixed media retreat at Noosa.  While I don't generally do my best work in workshops, the opportunity to try new techniques, and materials, is not to be missed.
Brick By Brick

The above is a collage from Seth Apter's workshop 'Brick By Brick'.  I pulled the original (on 12" x 12" canvas") to bits and started again on 10" x 10" board.  The canvas made it difficult to glue the bricks evenly due to its flexibility.  I was happier with this version.  Don't know why I chose seems to be coming up a lot lately.

I had two days painting with Kecia Deveney, a full-on experimental mark-making experience. Of course I'm not all that happy with the result, but it's a work in progress and will change dramatically before it's done.

A multitude of techniques here, on 36" x 36" canvas.  I now know why the workshop was called 'Art Brut'.  It's raw, rough, aggressive, and totally unrefined.  Perhaps I was channelling Basquiat.

By the last day I was quite unwell, having caught a 'bug' on the first day and despite masses of cold/flu medication.  I was glad I'd chosen a wind-down class with the lovely Linda Lucas.  I sat down to make some greeting cards using all sorts of techniques and tools that I'm not usually familiar with.

Making cards is fiddly at the best of times, but it's certainly made easier with an assortment of cut-outs, and stamps. FUN!

The whole four days was full of the wonderful enthusiasm engendered by large groups of creative people.  Definitely not to be missed.  Wonder woman Sallianne McClelland , who is the driving force behind AIY retreats here, and in the USA, has ensured that each AIY retreat is absolutely full of experiences, excitement, and the opportunity to make lasting friendships.

Remember I said I totally dismantled my original 'Brick By Brick' on canvas?  Well, after tearing off the bricks, I had such a great surface for another kind of work, that I added some rust-dyed muslin, ink, and porcupine quills.  Now I have a piece that is more 'me'.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This....and that

I seem to be running from project to project lately. The most recent being painting an apron for a charity auction:

The 2015 Apron Project was designed to unite Artists across Australia and the rest of the world to highlight the need to care for women in crisis. 

From 25 – 31 August 2016 The Apron Project returns to St Ives Shopping Village.
Artists from across Australia and overseas unite to create works of art on aprons to support organisations serving women in crisis.

Last year 40 artists presented 50 aprons and raised $10,000 which was part of $85,000 raised in one night for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter.  Importantly they also raised awareness of the growing epidemic of Domestic Violence.
The aprons will be displayed at St Ives Shopping Village and you will be able to place bids on your favourites.
If you would like to help out at this event, please sign up here:

For the next few days I'll be at Noosa for the ART IS YOU mixed media retreat.

The car is packed, and I'm ready to go.

(You can never take too much)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How time flies.....

....but only because I've been doing this!

An assortment of collage papers that were the beginning of a 'monoprint collage' workshop with Jane Davies

It's a six week full-on course that I can highly recommend.  I've found it challenging, frustrating, but ultimately satisfying.

We are only at week five, and I can't wait to see what the final week has in store.  Here are a few of my images from this week.


There's always more to learn.

That said, I have again had a painting accepted as a finalist in the Lethbridge 10,000, and one in the online gallery for the duration.  SIXTH year in a row.  I certainly get a gold star for trying.

acrylics on wide-edged, gallery-wrapped, stretched canvas, unframed  56CM X 60 CM
(in the gallery)

acrylics on wide-edged, gallery- wrapped, stretched canvas, unframed  45cm x 45 cm
(in the online gallery)

Seems like the blog is last on the to-do list when paint and paper are calling.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Tiny collages

One of my international swap groups (Paper Traders) has set a cut and paste collage challenge.  Just my cup of tea, or so I thought, but the size was set at 3" x 5".  SO small.

The images used were to be cut from magazines.  That's fine, tho' I'm concerned about copyright of anything recognisable. I tried to make sure that wasn't a problem.





Fussy cutting small images is not as easy as it used to be.  I think I need glasses for this.....but the process is such fun.  I love choosing odd pictures to go together.

Monday, February 15, 2016

On Show at Noosa

Am honoured to  be part of the Taste Of Art exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery, with my painting "Noosa River Mouth"

How my palette has changed since moving from Sydney! My work now reflects the colours of the coast.

Still hobbling around in a moonboot, with a walking stick, but soon I'll be free!

Saturday, February 6, 2016


GET REAL is the title of a new online exhibition at Virtual Tart NZ, in which I have three works. It is a collaboration of 30 artists from around the world.

My slant on the title is "Get Real.....why?  From my point of view, art is more interesting the less real it is.  I like to stretch the interpretation of my subject just a little"

For instance:

TWO KOOKAS - acrylics 10" x 10" on wide-edge stretched canvas

There is such a diversity of work in this show, it is DEFINITELY worth a look....AND many are for sale.

Click  HERE.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


It's that time again...ICE time.  I've sent my collages to NZ already, but perhaps will give you a preview of some.





 It's been a little difficult to get stuff done.  A week before Xmas I tripped and, presumably, sprained my ankle.  Had an Xray at the local hospital which was inconclusive.  After walking around (painfully) for a month an ultrasound and MRI revealed that I had a fracture.  Silly me.

Am now in a moonboot....clumsy, but safe.  Still not too good at being on my feet for long, but getting there....AND am painting again....hoo-bloody-ray!