Thursday, August 22, 2013

Australian Art Show

5pm - 9The Australain Art Show is on again in Melbourne this weekend - Friday 5pm- 9pm then Sat 10 - 5pm and Sunday 10-4pm
Entry is free.
More information here

These are some of the works I have entered - they are all small works  as hey are part of the 69 Smith St Galllery stand. Mostly mised media

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ink drawing with Anna Hoyle

On Sunday I did a CAE class with Anna Hoyle

She took us through several exercises using pens, brushes, different strengths of ink and different styles of drawing.

I was very pleased with what I learnt.

The first (below) is where we wet the page in bits and let ink run

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This second is where we attempted a portrait ‘wet in wet’ in the style of Marlene Dumas

The first image is a Dumas – the second is my attempt


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Then drawing glassware aaarghhh!

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These were the warm up scribbles (below)

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This is a copy of a Henry Moore sketch – I did it with a STICK and ink.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Exhibition at Tacit Contemporary Art

The result of collaboration with  5 fellow travellers from the photography course at NMIT - a group exhibition at Tacit Contemporary Art in Johnston Street Abbotsford. The theme is Folded and each of us has interpreted it in our own way.

Opening next Wednesday 21st August- hoping that friends and family can come along.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Federation Square Paving

Just a little rain adds interest to this paving - which I have always loved.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale - The Fringe

How exciting to have 2 of my works in the fringe part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.
It is part of the 69 Smith St Gallery Focus Group show called "Focus Time".
here is the invitation with one of my images on it.
The BIFB is on from 17th August until Sept 19th and is well worth visiting as there are some wonderful works on show at  the main exhibitions... as well as the fringe.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Melbourne CBD in winter

It is winter - and it is still pretty drab and today was overcast - but there were some bright spots in the centre of the city nevertheless

Why would a jeweller chose grass covered rabbits and a massive diamond ring display to attract customers?

Friday, August 2, 2013

Visual Feast - Shirley Visions of Reality

The Melbourne International Film Festival brought a real treat - a film by Gustav Deutsch called
Shirley Visions of Reality.
The synopsis is:
13 of Edward Hopper’s paintings are brought alive by the film, telling the story of a woman, whose thoughts, emotions and contemplations lets us observe an era in American history.

It was a joy to sit for an hour and more looking intensely at the Hopper images brought to life. The promotional picture of a woman on a bed looking out of a window is an indication of the mood of the film.

The re-creation of the other  12 paintings, with real actors who bear a very close resemblance to the figures in the original paintings is mesmerising. The narrative moves from the 1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s to the early ‘60s.
In the images below, he top image is from the film - the bottom is the Hopper painiting

Hopper's work  was influenced by film noir –  as the director says in his statement  - in his choice of lighting, subject and framing as seen in paintings such as Night Windows (1938), Office at Night (1940), Room in New York (1932) and his irect references to cinema such as in New York Movie (1939) and Intermission (1963) – and on the other hand influenced filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock, Jim Jarmusch, Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders.

It is really worth looking at the website for the film - and keeping a look out for the film - if you get a chance to see it, do!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Arum lilies

Back to chilly Melbourne and  off to class with Lazar Krum.
Today I chose to draw the lilies that Lazar had brought in - using a charcoal drawing, then an acrylic wash.
A study and a more worked up piece. The time flies especially when there are conversations to catch up on and information to share with a friendly group. It is such a terrific, relaxed place to be.