Botanica Exhibition

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.

I’m feeling very honored that Arts Connect Inc chose one of my cyanotypes for the BOTANICA Exhibition promotions 🙂 Thank you ACI!
‘Gossamer Dancing on a Summer Breeze’ – cyanotype on Arches 300gsm Hot Press Cotton Paper, 59 x 48 cms. The exhibition opens next Friday at Mary Cairncross Reserve, Maleny. I’ll be on duty, with my hubby Greg, on Tuesday, November 17 between 9:30am – 3:30pm. I’ll have smaller works and greeting cards available for sale also on that day. Hope to see you there 🙂
Have a beaut weekend,
Cheers,
Judi

OPENING TIMES:

Weekends – 10am–3:30pm
Monday-Friday – 10am–2:00pm

Step-by-Step

I’ve been working on this painting for nearly three weeks now. The layering of colours takes time as some layers need to cure for days before the next layers are added. It is from my walk last month through the beautiful Mary Cairncross Rainforest at Maleny.  I have started off very lightly with graphite and then pale colours, building coloured layers separately to avoid the colours bleeding into each other. It’s time consuming but I am enjoying it.

The Palm Grove was just so exciting and bursting with life, it has been challenging to capture that feeling. In the early stages of the painting I felt I was loosing that feeling, so I’ve added a Tip that I use for checking tonal values. I’m using Atelier acrylic paints, binder, glazes and varnishes on a W&N stretched cotton canvas 51x51cm (20x20in). It is curing again now before I add isolation layers and varnishes.

Looking back at some of my acrylic works using layers and glazes. I’m enjoying my return to acrylic paints. Safe Harbour – 1994 – shown at PELICAN PERSPECTIVE, a solo exhibition on the Gold Coast the following year. I started experimenting with this technique in 1993 as part of my BFA, VA at Queensdsland College of Art Griffith University. Mixed Media on stretched canvas 4 x 3 ft ( pastel, acrylic, impasto, glazes, varnishes)