A Peek at My New Studio
Visitors have always been welcome to my studio either by appointment or on published Open Studio Days. Everyone loved the great she-shed I used to have in the back yard! It was beautifully nestled under towering trees and just behind the cottage garden that my husband had created. There was enough room for me to make quite a lot of mess, and to do the artist thing of hoarding, because we all know that we might just need ‘that’ for an artwork one day. Not to mention sketches, paintings, and assignments that were still hanging around from QCA Griffith Uni days! It was only a short stroll past the rose gardens but in later years it became harder for me getting uphill (plus carrying water for brushes), and in all extremes of weather.
My old studio at Avocado Lane in Maleny.
Last July we moved to the Bald Knob side of Maleny. My new studio is on the lower level of our home, so no more carrying pots, brushes, umbrella and water in the rain. There is a separate study for my digital work. It looks out to a rain forest, just divine, with happy birds singing. The painting area has fresh running water 🙂 Woohoo! Plus a kettle etc., air con, a covered veranda, and even a loo, LOL! I am feeling very blessed and loving it. Spending many, many hours here, creating, working, enjoying, daydreaming, and relaxing with the amazing views across the hinterland to the Sunshine Coast.
Two views of my new studio – a little pano-stretch to fit it all in 🙂
It is smaller work spaces, so while we have the COVID-19 factor I have decided not to have publicized open days for the public as safe spacing may be problematic. Private viewing is still Okay, COVID safe protocols are in place, just contact me to make a time. I look forward to seeing you. Cheers, Judi
A Day at the Botanica Exhibition
Yesterday was my duty day at the Arts Connect Inc members’ exhibition at Mary Cairncross Reserve in Maleny. My husband Greg shared the responsibilities with me. We met so many lovely visitors, some locals, others were travelers, and some were re-visiting with different friends which is a great compliment to the quality of the exhibition. There were many comments on the high standard of artwork presented. People were genuinely interested and spent a lot of time viewing works, and there was a keen interest and inquiry in to the techniques and materials that our members had used.
I took along just a few leaves and feathers, from my collections of found flora, wings, insects, and feathers etc., with the intention of sketching some. There wasn’t much sketching completed which was all good 🙂 as many visitors were interested in the cyanotype processes I use, and as I mentioned other artists’ media. So the box of samples ended up being the perfect support for describing some of the techniques for my cyanotypes that were on display. I was also asked to do a workshop for an art group, and others asked if I teach drawing, which I might get back to doing in the future. Please let me know if you are interested in a workshop in 2021 and I’ll keep you in the loop. Happy to say that I sold three small cyanotypes, and several printed cards.
The show closes Sunday, so if you haven’t been along then do try and pop in. Beautiful paintings in various media, prints, wood carving, ceramics, to name a few. Lunch or coffee at the Mountain View Cafe is a perfect addition to your visit, or BYO picnic to the gardens 🙂
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
(first floor exhibition space)
148 Mountain View Road
Maleny Qld 4552
Exhibition Dates and Times
Friday 6 November–Sunday 22 November 2020
Only a few days left – ending 11:59pm AEST 9 Nov.
Botanica Exhibition at The Mary Cairncross Reserve, Maleny (details below).
I’m one of nineteen ACI artists exhibiting at the beautiful gallery space at Mary Cairncross. We have all been inspired by the natural rain forest environment and I’m looking forward to exhibiting with these talented artists. I’m entering two paintings.
Since ‘giving-up’ my oil paints I’ve been working with watercolours, inks, and acrylics, and often I add dry media. Combining dry and water-based mediums in a semi-abstract style allows me to explore concepts, composition, and my response to the environment or subject in a new way, instead of the traditional technique I was taught for oil painting. One feels very insignificant in the rain forest world. Spending time in the majestic Mary Cairncross rain forest with its ebb and flow of nature suggests to me an endless theatre. On a pleasant day the stage is set with dappled sunlight, with silent players towering, gently whispering with shimmering hula skirts dancing high. As an artist my challenge was to portray that feeling.
Centre Stage – Mixed Media on stretched canvas 50.7cm (W) x 50.7cm (H) x 4.2cm (D) Artist’s quality acrylic paint, graphite, pastel, binders, layered varnishes, and cotton canvas. Finished with semi-gloss varnish.
Dance of the Picabeen Trees – Acrylic Paint, 50.7cm (W) x 50.7cm (H) x 4.2cm (D) Artist’s quality acrylic paint, graphite, binders, layered varnishes, and cotton canvas. Finished with semi-gloss varnish. My step-by-step image for this painting is in a previous post.
Weekends – 10am–3:30pm
Monday-Friday – 10am–2:00pm
Welcome to my new 2020 BLOG – signaling New Directions for my art, but maybe a little of returning to a favourite style and medium.
Twilight Calling – Oil Paint, Ready to hang – Stretched Canvas 91.5cm (W) x 68.8cm (H) x 3.5cm (D) More Info
If you have followed me on Facebook or Instagram you may remember that a few months ago I admitted that I had stopped using oil paints (and solvents) after fifty years, for health reasons. Well it’s one year and twenty-two days since I actually ‘quit’. I added a couple of cloud changes to the image above of The Glass House Mountains at sunset. I think giving up oil paints is like quitting smoking – they say if you’re still counting the days then you still miss them 😊
I am focusing my art practice on healthier water-based paints, and of course digital photography. I’ll be exploring acrylics, mixed media, and watercolours; and building on my abstract concepts and paintings from the early 1990’s to mid-2000’s. Abstract and semi-abstract requires, at least for me, a different mindset to my traditional style of oil painting that I was taught in the early 1970’s. But I found that the traditional oil style was very easy and beneficial to me while doing post-graduate studies and research for my Dementia Activities, and then building the Share-Time Pictures portfolio. It was a familiar and relaxing painting style.
I’ll be posting How-to-Do-Its, Studio Updates of what’s on my easel, and sharing some painting Tips and Hints that I’ve accumulated over that half century.
I look forward to you following and hearing from you
Please feel free to comment below, or contact me directly re any of my artworks.
Then and Now
A Breakfast Stroll with a View 2019 – Oil Paint, Ready to hang – Stretched Canvas 91.5cm (W) x 46cm (H) x 3.7cm (D) More Info
Above my old worn brushes – Aberfeldie Park, Melbourne 1969, first oil, en plien air, untrained.