Incentive Prize awarded for ‘Liz and her Singer’

At the Clare Valley Portrait Prize, held annually at the Clare Valley Wine, Food & Tourism Centre, I was fortunate enough to receive the Incentive Prize for my portrait of Elizabeth Haywood, author of ‘The Dressmaker’s Companion’ and ‘Zero Waste Sewing’.

I chose to paint Liz as she is not only a very interesting person but she has a great smile and I liked the challenge of painting her with her trusty Singer sewing machine as well as some different fabrics.

Meg and Liz

Liz and her Singer

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