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Burpengary, Queensland, Australia
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved art... I often get asked 'what inspires me?' When I was growing up...we made our own fun. We didn't go on expensive holidays or theme parks, our holidays were spent camping or we would rent an old 'beach' house and play on the muddy tidal flats, pumping yabbies for fishing. As a family we would go for Sunday drives....we might go for a bush walk, search under logs for 'critters', picnic in the middle of 'no where', or go for a cool swim in a rock pool in the mountains. When I first started painting, I mainly painted the beautiful places that my husband and I tavelled to on our many camping journerys. Now that I have my 2 beautiful girls...I am sharing the beauty of the outdoors with them, and they now feature quite often in my artwork. I have been told by many people, that my artwork brings back childhood memories for them, and I hope that my artwork reminds you of a special memory too.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

'Childscapes' Opening Night

'Myself' & artist 'Michelle Caitens'(left)
Here's a few photos from my 'opening' night for 'Childscapes'. It was a great night...there would have been over 100 people attending...great support!! For some reason...everyone kept on saying 'that I was younger than what they were expecting'...and 'that they were very surprised that this was my 1st Solo Art Exhibition'. I suppose it must seem like I've been around for sometime, but with having a young family, it takes a while to put together a new body of artwork for a solo exhibition. Preparing for this exhibition has been a busy 2 years, especially the last 12 months...I have either had a paint brush in my hand or I've been stuck at the computer, doing 'promo' stuff. I think I need a manager!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Delivery Day 'Childscapes' Exhibition-Pine Rivers Art Gallery

Well, the day has finally arrived for delivery for my 'solo exhibition'. I was rather nervous this morning and felt a 'wee' bit sick in the stomach. You always wonder if you've got enough work...but when we started to unload the van, and I could see all the work in the gallery, I realised that 'all was fine'....it's going to look great! Now, it's just preparing for the opening night (Friday 28th August) and the 'artist talk' and 'afternoon tea' (Saturday 5th September)....and then I'm going to take a well earned break. It's been a busy 2 years preparing for this exhibition, myself and my family are going to take a week off to the beach.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Bubble-wrapped and Ready to Go!

Well tomorrow's the big day....delivery day for 'Childscapes'....38 'artworks' bubble-wrapped and ready to go! How exciting!!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

People's Choice -Crows Nest Acquisitive Art Prize

My family and I travelled to Crows Nest to collect my artwork from the 'Acquisitive Painting Prize Competition'. We had a lovely weekend...Saturday we visited 'Crestbrook' dam and tried our luck at fishing. Sunday morning we went bushwalking through 'Crows Nest National Park'. Beautifull place....looking forward to visiting during the summer months for a cool swim.

Today (Monday 3/8) I received a phone call from 'Crows Nest Regional Gallery. I was awarded the 'People's Choice' for my entry...'What's on the Other Side'. Unbelieveable! Thank you so much...it certainly is a very special award to receive. What a fantastic weekend it was!
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