A Bluethumb Gallery Pick
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
All the details are here: https://bluethumb.com.au/…/garden-party-in-the-grevillea
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. 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 🙂
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
Happy New Year – NEW BEGINNINGS
The past weeks since I last blogged seemed to have sped by. Time with family and friends over the Christmas and New Year have been wonderful. I love the whole season, the shopping, the gift giving, the food preparations, the partying and celebrations, and just being together. I hope your Christmas holidays were special too. It is lovely to be back in my studio this past week
In early December I started a series of new paintings on the the theme of butterflies and flowers. As you’d know butterflies symbolize so many things, such as, hope, happiness, new life, to mention a few. This is an unusual subject for me, I know, but it has been on my “Gonna Paint It’ list for a decade of so, LOL (better late than never). These are all from my own photographs over the years. Some are on my iStock/Getty portfolio, others appear in my DVD movies and Picture Books for the Care Industry. Some I’m using artistic license and repeating some of the butterflies onto other photos of flowers in my garden over the years. Today I signed off on the second finished painting. I’ll be releasing (pardon the pun) the Butterflies series when several are completed.
Having given up oils a year ago for my health I’m surprised to say that I am no longer missing them! Oh joy – and I’m really embracing the freedom and variety of water-based media 🙂 With this new series I’m working with acrylics on canvas, and on Arches 300gsm cotton papers just watercolours, and also Mixed Media that includes watercolours, gouache and inks. All works will be available at my Bluethumb Portfolio – if you ‘Follow’ me there you’ll receive a note regarding new works when they’re added. Cheers, Judi
SNEAK PEEKS: A few phone-snaps of works in progress …
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.
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