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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.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Life Drawing - November


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Art for Health's Sake Exhibition

Join us for the opening night of Art for Health's Sake - an exhibition of fine art, textiles, ceramics and glass by artist Liz Heber and friends, to raise funds for the Wesley Hospital's Palliative Care Service.

Opening night:  Thursday 18 November, 2010
Time:  6.00pm - 7.30pm
Venue:  Evan and Mary Thomson Auditorium
Level 1, Main Building
The Wesley Hospital - 451 Coronation Drive, Auchenflower
Tickets:  $50-00 per person (includes complimentary beer, wine and canapes)
RSVP:  To Shamela Perera on 3232 7776 or shamela.perera@uchealth.com.au

Pieces by local artists will be on display and available for purchase:

Liz Heber***Jenni Jelly***Sue Gardner***Chris Clark*** Bev Porter***Ivan Medew
Amanda Russian***Daphne McKennon***Elli Nielsen***Lyn Edwards***Sandra Robertson
Natasha Hodgsen***Peter and Carol Williams

The exhibition will be open to the public on Friday 19 November from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Amanda Russian Awarded '2nd Place tie' in Oils for '2011 Art Buzz Collection'

Woo hoo!!  I just found out I was awarded '2nd place tie' in oils for the 2011 'Art Buzz' Collection.  (to view all winning artists go to http://www.artbuzz.org/2011winners.html )
I receive 1.5 pages of fine quality, full colour exposure in their 10" x 10" hard covered publication.
I should receive my copy early next year....I can't wait!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Still Life Workshop

I recently joined the Samford Art Group for a Still Life workshop with Louise Thomas as the tutor.  Louise has just had a successfull exhibition at Graydon Gallery. 

oil on canvas board - 45 x 45cm

Still Life is something I really don't paint too often, so it was very enjoyable....a really fun morning.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

'Life Drawing' - October

.....a few sketches from October's 'Life Drawing'.

Friday, October 1, 2010

'Dayboro Day Colours' - Figurative Oil Painting by Amanda Russian

Finally!....I've finished this one!  There was so much happening in this painting...it just seemed to take forever...but I'm pretty pleased how it has turned out...just 'loving' all the colours.
This artwork will be going to Redcliffe City Art Gallery for their '15 Artists' Exhibition to be held from 20th October until 12th November.
'Dayboro Day Colours'
oil on stretched canvas
80 x 54cm

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September-Life Drawing

I attended a Life Drawing session with the Samford Art Group yesterday.  Gosh it's been years since I've done any life drawing.  I thoroughly enjoyed it....not too sure I'm entirely happy with the drawings, but I'm certainly looking forward to next months session.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Chaise and Drew

This painting is of my nephew and neice.....it was a wedding gift to their parents.
'Chaise and Drew'
oil on stetched canvas
36 x 43cm

Monday, August 30, 2010

Samford Art Group - Workshop

These are some images of a workshop that I tutored for the Samford Art Group.
They all worked off the same reference photo of 2 children going for a walk on a bush track.
'reference photo'
.....some of the artists, busy with their creations.
....everyone's artwork was amazing...they did such a great job.
....it was very interesting to walk around and view all of the paintings.  Everyone had the same reference photo, but they were all so different.  Each artist, viewed and interpreted the scene in their own way....there's no right or wrong...they were all fantastic!
I really enjoyed myself, and I hope all the ladies did too.  I'm looking forward to returning in early October....we're going to 'tackle' a 'figurative street scene'.

Friday, August 27, 2010

'Dayboro Day Colours' - Work In Progress

It's been a bit busy lately....I haven't been able to paint as much as I'd like, so I'm posting a 'Work in Progress'.  It's a scene from 'Dayboro Day'.  It depicts the coloured tents and the families enjoying the 'market stalls' in the main street of Dayboro, on a beautiful sunny 'May' day. 
I intend to enter it into the '15 Artists Exhibition' at the Redcliffe Art Gallery.  I can enter 3 works, and one of them must be of a local scene from the region.
'Dayboro Day Colours'
Work in Progress
oil on canvas
76 x 51cm

Monday, August 16, 2010

'On the Banks of the Brissie' - 4th and final artwork for the 'Brisbane Landmark Exhibition'

Finally!  The last painting is completed for the 'Tattersals' 'Brisbane Landmark Exhibition'.  I'm so bored with buildings...I don't want to paint another skyscraper for a while, that's for sure!  I'm not totally happy....it's dam hard to get the perspective right and the buildings straight.
'On the Banks of the Brissie'
oil on stretched canvas
40 x 51cm
.....my other 3 paintings for the exhibit.

Well...onto the next project now.  I need to complete 4 artworks again.... all with a local theme from the Moreton Bay Region.  These will be for the '15 Artists' Exhibiton at the Redcliffe Regional Art Gallery.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Figurative Artists Directory

I've been lucky to have my artwork featured on 'Figurative Artists'.    Figurativeartist.org, is a directory of fine artists and fine craftsmen with a focus on the human in art. Paula O'Brien has done such a terrific job of setting up this site of talented international artists.
Please check out the 'youtube' slideshow that Paula has created for 'Figurative Artists'.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d31StZYwT9Y

Friday, August 6, 2010

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