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.
It's been sometime since I've attended a workshop, then I heard that Pauline Adair was conducting a class with the Samford Art Group....so I jumped at the chance!! I've been a fan of Paulines since I started painting, it was such a thrill for me to meet her in person & watch her paint.
....this was how much I completed from the days class.
....I then continued with the piece at home. Still a bit to do, but I'm really pleased how it's progressing.
This is one of my first paintings from our June/July Holiday road trip of Central West Queensland.
I was a very brave girl, driving this trip all on my own, with the company of my 2 daughters.
For my 'overseas friends', this road trip can be very lonely. You're looking at 100 to 300 kilometres (sometimes more!) from town to town, and not much in between. Sometimes not even passing another vehicle....except the odd road train, semi-trailers with upto 5 trailers...now they're a challenge to overtake. And then there's the wildlife to watch out for....kangaroos, emus, camels, flocks of birds, and then there is the crows & eagles, picking at the poor dead animals on the road....it certainly was an experience. It might not be everyone's idea of a holiday, but we thoroughly enoyed it. The colours are amazing, there's some beautiful places, it's just you gotta drive so far to find them. lol
I've been invited to exhibit in the Tattersall's Club, 'Country to Coast' Exhibition. This Exhibition runs in conjunction with their 'Landscape Art Prize'. Both exhibits will be on display to the public at Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane, weekdays 7am - 6pm, from September 12th to 23rd.
I'm exhibiting 2 oil paintings, one is a scene of the Glasshouse Mountains, and the other is a figurative scene of the various market stalls in the main street of Dayboro, on 'Dayboro Day'.
I so loved Life Drawing this month. We had the most gorgeous model, with beautiful curves, and this amazing peacock tattoo running up her outer thigh, on her left hip....though, as the drawings were quick, I didn't have time to draw the tattoo...would really love a longer session with this model.
I didn't have a really productive 'Life Drawing' session this month....I just wasn't 'with it'. I'm not really sure what was my problem...the model was very interesting, but there was just so much going on.....she had braids with beads, bright pieces of material in her hair, a bongo drum...and to top it off, a live parrot on her shoulder!
...anyway, I know we all have these days, it was still lots of fun though.