I recently was faced with a dilemma. What gift do I get a recently engaged couple, who already live together and have everything that they need? They have a dog they love as a child and I thought to myself…a painting may be a good idea. It’s unique, one of a kind and there is NO risk of anyone else getting the same gift 🙂 Instead of searching the shops, all I need to do is spend some time in my studio painting this little guy.
So here he is. This is Ziggy. And yes, the idea worked and they loved it!
I have enjoyed my painting experiences of late and have made a new pact with myself – When I visit a new location, I must paint the scene (that I am so excited about!!) the following week. This way, I still have a good memory of how I felt there, before Mr Time makes me forget all about it!
I have been running my brushes across landscapes of late and hope to do some more. I am a great lover of the Blue Mountains (and who wouldn’t be!)
Jamison Valley Sunrise, Blue Mountains
I have had some great conversations with buyers of my work – such as my buyer from the Royal Easter Show this year. It is great to hear why they connected with the story of the painting and in fact, gives the painting one half of its meaning.
I was also fortunate to be merited a VERY HIGHLY COMMENDED award at the Drummoyne Open Art Awards, that are currently running in inner city. The award was for my painting of the Canada Bay district, titled ‘Lyons Rd, Drummoyne’.
Lyons Road, Drummoyne
Next up, is my delivery for the Hunters Hill show. Cross your fingers that I get in this year!
Last week I had the pleasure of demonstrating my watercolour technique to the Southern Cross Art Society. What a friendly group of people!
For the demo I painted a rainy day street scene of Sydney. I was very pleased with the results! I hope that everyone who attended learnt a thing or two.
I am busy getting ready for my upcoming shows which include the Royal Easter Show and the Drummoyne Art Awards. Please also check my website for new paintings I have available for sale, which I am updated now more frequently.
I recently was commissioned to do a raw piece of work, which would be donated for a fundraising event for ‘Paradise for Kids’. I was happy to see the painting go to live auction at the event, with the winning bid of $5000 raising much needed funds for P4K (Paradise 4 Kids) and their missionary work in Africa.
I had come down from the Springwood Art Show, where it was a treat to see 3 red dots beside my collection of work there. It’s a great feeling as an artist, to think that someone has really liked my work and will have my painting hanging on their walls.:)
I walked in to collect my Penrith Show paintings and a surprise to me – I had won first place in the watercolour section! While talking about the lovely ribbon that you receive, someone pointed out that behind me, was another one of my works, with another prize on it (‘Council Overall Winner of Painting and Drawing’).
That equals 5 surprises in a matter of hours, and therefore resulting in some very happy (and sore) cheeks for the drive home.
‘Wet Suits’, First in Watercolour at the Penrith Show
‘By The Window’, Overall Council Winner
August saw the close of the hospital exhibition, ‘Celebrating Life with Watercolours’. Had a couple of sales and took the work down last Friday.
Since my last post, I have completed a number of works. Here are some of them!
Wymston Parade, Canada Bay
My next show, will be at the Nepean Spring Exhibit www.nepeanartsociety.org on the 12th – 13th September. Oh, how nice it is Spring at last!