I had no idea that I had won second prize at the Blackheath Rhododendron Art Show, until I got there after a 1.5 hour drive. A nice surprise indeed!! The tiredness of the drive definitely disappeared…especially when even better news was given: that I sold 2/3 paintings exhibited! “YAY!”, became my favourite phrase of the day 🙂
Second prize in Watercolour/Pastel section
Surprised me with winning and sold painting
My sold painting – YAY!
The week has been a week of experimenting with new subjects, disasters that I will have to learn from and organising new workshops, websites, pages and learning a lot of new web jargon!
My friend Joe Cartwright dropped off my paintings at the Blue Mountains Artfest at Wentworth Falls that is on this weekend. Balmain Art and Craft show is on at the same time and are the last shows for me for this year – PHEW! Hope you can check them out!
Last week when I posted, I had an idea of how busy my weekend would be – but it was a very exciting one as well!
Thursday night I received a call to tell me that I was the Winner in the ‘Small Works’ section at the Drummoyne Art Members Show! I was thrilled, as it is my first win. To make it better, I also had received a High Commendation for another work.
Friday night, I received my prize and awards from the Deputy Major of Canada Bay.
‘Rush Hour’ – Highly Commended “Excellent contrast, lovely use of granulating pigments and great plein air feel”
‘Sydney Harbour Bridge’ – Winner of Small works section
Receiving my award on opening night
I sold three of my works on opening weekend, so was I was very pleased!
Between houses in Assisi Italy
Leaning tower of San Giorgio Dei Greci, Venice
I have gotten back into my painting this week, which I’m glad.
This is a piece I completed of one of my favourite subjects – yep – Venice!
I have been itching to do another animal painting and I have started with some ideas. I always do a pencil tonal sketch before I begin a work. It helps you understand your subject and where the highlights and shadows will be – and also what you can improve on with the magic of the medium. I also will do a watercolour sketch before I begin, so I know I am happy with my colours palette.
Preliminary tonal sketch
Finally, I also delivered 5 works to Sth Hurstville for the Annual Art Show at St Mark’s Anglican Church. It is on all long weekend, so drop down and have a look if you live in the area. Drummoyne closes this weekend also – so I will be a busy bee picking up my work! No holidays for me 🙂