SALA is here!

SALA (the South Australian Living Artist’s Festival) is a little different this year with COVID-19 restrictions but it hasn’t stopped artists from around the state preparing artworks for exhibitions. With the uncertainty in these times, there are a lot less exhibition openings although there is more of an opportunity to view works online.

This year I have put together an exhibition called ‘Vintage Glamour‘ which is currently on display at The Beautique Beauty and Massage Therapy, Clare. The theme fits in perfectly with the beauty business. There are paintings from the 1920s through to the 1980s. Which beauty decade is your favourite?

This exhibition will be on display until the end of August and works can be purchased from here.

A New Look for The Journey Studio

Today we released our new look store which is cleaner and easier to navigate. Our brand new logo has also been released!

To celebrate we are offering 20% off everything in store until the end of July.

Meg with Computer

Online Workshop

Due to the cancellation of all events due to COVID-19, and the many requests I have had about returning, I decided to do an online version of my ‘Acrylic Ink Workshop’.

Once purchased you have lifetime access so you can do it at your own pace and in your own home.

Available here

Here is the introduction

Clare Valley Portrait Prize Delivery

My helpers and I dropped my paintings into the Clare Valley Wine, Food & Tourism Centre today for the Clare Valley Portrait Prize, a small local competition where you are encouraged to paint someone that you know.

Featuring Willow and Gemima of course painted in Derivan Matisse acrylic ink plus my amazing sensei Richard from International Sessendo painted in Derivan Matisse Fluid Acrylic.

Willow and Gemima with their portraits

Richard

Art Sale at Rotary Art Show

It’s always nice to make a sale of an artwork so I was really pleased when ‘Cottonhead’ sold, especially as he went to friends.

The sale was even sweeter as the Rotary Art Show in Clare raises money for the community with the money from entries and the commission from sales.

Rotary Sale

Leafy Sea Dragon Paintings

Another day of having fun with kids from the local primary school. This time I was with a younger class creating leafy sea dragon paintings.

The kids loved using ‘grown up’ brushes, pens and paints. Here are some photos of their fantastic works in progress.

Leafy Seadragon 1

Leafy Seadragon 2

Leafy Seadragon 3

Pop-up Kitchen Garden Painting

I was asked to visit the local primary school to join one of the classes in a painting activity.

This term they have been learning about kitchen gardens which was a fun theme to work with.

The kids loved using the vibrant acrylic inks to bring their drawings to life. After cutting out their completed paintings a stand was added which created a really beautiful pop-up effect.

Kitchen Garden Paintings

Lilium Painting

Sometimes inspiration for a painting can come from the nicest places.

My mother-in-law grew this beautiful lilium then my 9 year old daughter took a stunning photo of it.

Lilium Photo

Using Derivan sepia with just a touch of magenta and burnt sienna I started to build up the layers.

Lilium in Progress

After a few sittings the painting is finally complete.

Lilium

Visiting the Picasso Exhibition in Adelaide

I took my daughters, Willow and Gemima, to have a look at the Picasso exhibition at the art gallery while in Adelaide.

Picasso Artwork

There are some very interesting prints and one bright blue sculpture that deviates from his usual style.

Grover Display

Both girls had a go at sketching their toys after looking at the artworks.

Creating Artworks

Derivan Open Day

We’ve had a fantastic time travelling to Sydney so I could be a part of the Derivan Open Day as one of the demonstrating artists. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet the staff, other artists and visitors.PaintingMeg and Eliza

It’s nice to know that the products I love so much are not only Australian made and owned but use environmentally friendly practices when making their products

I even had a little bit of time to catch up with Picasso!Hanging with Picasso