Creating – Throw It to Me! Throw It to Me!

I live in the Maleny area of the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland, Australia. The picturesque hillsides and rain forests make this countryside ideal for weddings and celebrations. I have been exploring the relationships that we have with flowers, especially the familiar tradition of bridal bouquets, and their being forwarded on after the wedding.

In this painting I wanted to capture the anticipation one might experience as the bouquet flies through the air.The majority of these roses and flowers have grown in our country garden, and all resources are my own photographs. Acrylic Paint, Ready to hang100.3cm (W) x 100.3cm (H) x 3cm (D) More Info: https://bluethumb.com.au/…/throw-it-to-me-throw-it-to-me

The first thing I realized after deciding on the design for this painting was that I really don’t know one rose from the other. My husband is the gardener, I just paint and photograph the flowers. Roses have such individual characteristics. After sketching several on to the canvas I discovered I was getting quite lost πŸ™‚ I quickly numbered the photographs and sketched up a legend to keep me on track.

There are ten small Montville Roses (The Duchess of Brabant) to represent our hinterland. These were painted fresh from our new garden. The Cherry Blossom was from a photo taken in the Dandenongs, and it represents the Cherry Tree at One Tree Hill in Maleny. All, but one, of the roses were grown by my husband over the years. Roses symbolize love. Daisies and maiden hair fern symbolize innocence and purity.

Moi, signing off, snapped by my gardener πŸ™‚

Fine Art Gallery

Take a browse – Judi is a Featured Artist at Bluethumb online gallery.

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

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.