Local Artist – Local Content Exhibition Opens

Detail – Spent Banksia

Congratulations to the winners at the Local Artist – Local Content Art Prize Exhibition announced at the opening. I was so thrilled be be a finalist in this beautiful collection of works about our Sunshine Coast. Over 150 entries from local artists, and 40 finalists selected, all with varied interpretations of subjects about our area. Click the links to view the Winners and the Finalists

My Artist’s Statement reads:

Spent Banksia

The Australian Banksia symbolizes to me endurance and the ability to change. From the glowing flowers on the β€˜cones’ to the spikes, follicles and seeds remaining in the dry dusty state, the Banksia continues to delight at different stages of decay.

Varieties of Banksia trees and shrubs are scattered throughout the Sunshine Coast in parklands, roadsides and private gardens. The moment I saw these spent flowers in my friend’s garden I knew I had to paint them! Rather than arranging the Still Life traditionally, I chose a floating ethereal composition to emphasize the everlasting resilience of the stoic Banksia.

The exhibition continues until Sunday 2nd May at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, and definitely worth a visit.

A Bluethumb Gallery Pick

How exciting!! 😊

My artwork ‘Garden Party in the Grevillea‘ has been selected by Bluethumb Online Art Gallery as a Daily Pick by Staff last Friday (19th) – thank you Bluethumb Team πŸ’

All the details are here: https://bluethumb.com.au/…/garden-party-in-the-grevillea

Painting Spent Banksia

So thrilled to be a Finalist in the ‘Local Artist – Local Content’ Art Prize 2021. My painting Spent Banksia is one of 40 Finalists from the Sunshine Coast region.

Spent Banksia
Mixed Media – graphite, charcoal, acrylic paint on stretched canvas 50.7×50.7cms

It is such an honor to be exhibiting Spent Banksia with so many amazing works by local artists. You can view all the Final Entries at the Caloundra Regional Gallery website. Exhibition dates: 19 March to 2 May 2021

I’m especially thrilled at being selected as this painting is part of my new mixed media style that I have worked on since giving up oil paints for health reasons. More information is in my first Blog post New Directions

This method can be a bit tedious as the graphite bleeds easily into the wet acrylic washes. That’s great, and effective, when one wants that reaction, but I don’t for some works. So to avoid that bleeding I seal every line with Binder medium by using a fine brush. I must say the tedium turns to relaxation very quickly.

The charcoal scrapings/dust were sealed with washes of Binder medium. The acrylic paint was applied using traditional watercolour methods. The branch was from friends’ garden at Mapleton, just across the Sunshine Coast hinterland range from us. I used it for reference as I chose to omit the vase and position of a traditional still life arrangement.

A New Series

Today I ‘released’ the first butterfly painting from my new series – Butterflies and Flowers.

Beyond the Cocoon – Pen and Wash on 300gsm Arches Hot Press Cotton Paper, 42 x 30 cms. More detailed images and information are available at BlueThumb Online Gallery .

I am so thoroughly enjoying working on this series. The paintings will be available online at Bluethumb. As it will not be hung as a complete series in an exhibition or gallery I have taken the liberty of creating the works in a variety of sizes and mediums, but maintaining the theme of butterflies and flowers. I hope you enjoy viewing them as the come online.

Over the years I have created quite a few Series of artworks. The first one was in the early 80’s and was part of my first solo exhibition. They were uniform in size, frame, and style; Pen and Wash paintings under the themed title, Life Wasn’t Meant to be Easy – famous words partly quoted from PM Malcom Fraser’s comments. They were all from my personal experiences and observations. I had my first three children under three years, so this little painting was definitely a personal one.

The last series I did was in 2015 – Whispers From My Soul. A Solo Exhibition, Window Installation, at the Pine Rivers Regional Gallery.

The complete series of eight oil paintings on canvas/board (Individual sizes: 25.5W x 30.5W cms) is available here at my website, unframed. More information about my Art for Alzheimer’s visit Share-Time Pictures.

A Peek at My New Studio

Visitors have always been welcome to my studio either by appointment or on published Open Studio Days.Β  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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

Living on the escarpment provides amazing views but the narrow road means no street parking nearby and we have limited parking on our property. It is a smaller work space, so while we have the COVID-19 factor I have decided not to have publicized open days for the public as safe spacing, and waiting, 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