Ordinary Love 12 – 26 August

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This month I am organising a group painting exhibition at The Field, Artist run space at M-arts in Murwillumbah. This is an exhibition of fabulous observational painters from the region, focusing on Still life, interiors, yard scenes and local views. The exhibition celebrated the way painting can elevate the ordinary with relevance to lockdown experiences and the ordinariness of home.

Participating painters are Tamsin Ainslie, Phil Barron, Narelle Bretherton, Sharon Mcillwain, Andrew Hmelnitsky, Trish Tait, Jenny Sayer and myself.

The Field is at Studio 4 in the M|Arts Precinct. Crn Proudfoots lane and Brisbane St Murwillumbah.

Exhibition hours are Weds – Fri 10 – 5 and Sat & Sun 10 – 1.

 

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I will be exhibiting some oil paintings of gumnuts found on the footpath outside my house.

 

Banksia Hunting – South West WA

As Banksias become a major feature in my painting, I realised a trip to South Western WA would be required. Of 122 species of Banksias and Dyandras, WA has all but 14. I looked at airfares to Perth a lot, but never went through with a purchase. Having never been to WA before, I had mythologised the landscape and the flora in my mind and getting the plane didn’t quite seem to cut it in my imagination. There was also the expense of accommodation to consider and the challenge of making artwork on the road.

In the end a 1996 Diesel VW tranporter was the answer, and with my trusty little terrier companion I set off into the outback. There was fear. There was caution being thrown to wind. There were a few hiccups at the start, but all up, the road journey to WA was as fabulous as I thought it would be. I loved the changing climate from the East coast the West. I loved driving via Wilcania and Broken Hill in NSW in spring through incredible light rain with wildflowers lining the sides of the highway. I loved getting in the ‘zone’ driving on the Nullabor, after a few hours of driving where it became quite mediative and dreamy. I loved the openness and the expanse. I loved the strong orange red soil colour contrasted with the green grey tones of saltbush. I loved the eucalypts of the Great Western Woodland, after passing the WA border. And I loved that thrill of each movement forward being into a relative unknown, travelling relatively slowly to a places I had never been before.

The Van and the Dog.

The road trip

Some amazing Banksias from Kings Park, Perth

And from the South West.

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An exhibition of four local artists at the M-arts Upstairs gallery in Murwillumbah.

Exhibiting alongside local artists Phil Barron, Belinda Smith and Scott McDougal

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M-Arts

From August 2018 to August 2019 I rented a funky container studio at the M-arts Precinct in Murwillumbah. It was great to part of such a vibrant arts community for a year.

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Botanical Bazaar – Exhibition Sept. 16 2018

Botanical Bazaar Image collage.jpgThis September I will be putting together an exhibition of Contemporary Botanical Art for the Botanical Bazaar Event on the Gold Coast. You can read more about the exhibition and the Artists involved here.

Contemporary botanical art, for this exhibition, is defined as art that responds to the botanical and natural world or peoples interactions with it.

It may be inspired by and respond to traditional botanical art, but may also include more Contemporary artistic techniques and concepts.

It may or may not be interested in traditional concerns of botanical artists . A scientific representational approach may be taken, but other approaches may also be embraced. Contemporary art or conceptual approaches may be explored. Modern art may be admired and extended upon (especially the Still Life tradition). Ecological perpectives may underline some of the work. Nature may just be represented or it could be considered as co-artist.

Postcard Show – Case Mullumbimby

I was really happy with these small works I did for the Postcard Show in Mullum. I did these quite quickly after a week or so of painting more detailed Grevilleas. It was actually at the end of an 8 hour painting session, where I was was able to ‘let go’ entirely. Though I know I would not have had nearly the same result without having painted the Grevilleas more realistically beforehand.

Sow @ Mat 18

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For the Murwillumbah Art Trail this year, we put together a group show called SOW. Other local exhibiting artists were Jo Biles, Rebecca O’Connell, Tara Dyson-Holland and Robin Saunders.

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My section of the exhibition

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Work on wall by Robin Sanders. Weaving by Rebecca O’Connell