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.
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.
I took my daughters, Willow and Gemima, to have a look at the Picasso exhibition at the art gallery while in Adelaide.
There are some very interesting prints and one bright blue sculpture that deviates from his usual style.
Both girls had a go at sketching their toys after looking at the artworks.
The official opening of ‘A Love Affair of all things Fowl’ had a great turnout and the food and drinks were amazing.
This is an exhibition featuring chickens, chooks and roosters in memory of Nancy Barry, a sweet old chook and local icon.
The artworks have been created by members of The Journey Studio Art Group.
A huge thanks to Wild Saffron for hosting the exhibition and supplying the delicious food.
What a wonderful evening we had at the opening event of the Birds and Beasts exhibition.
Wild Saffron provided the best platter I have ever seen and Good Catholic Girl Wines provided their delicious wine.
I hope everybody enjoyed my artwork.
Thank you to everyone who came along making it such a fun night. Thanks to Stu from Blue Goanna Digital for the wonderful photos. Also, a huge thank you to Rob, my amazing husband and biggest supporter for giving the opening speech.
The Clare Valley Portrait prize exhibition is open with art from the Clare Valley and surrounding regions at the Clare Valley Wine Food and Tourism Centre.
This year I have two portraits entered – “Miho” and “Willow and Gemima”. The medium is Derivan Mattise acrylic ink on Fabriano watercolour paper.
Originally from Japan, Miho is a good friend from Clare who agreed to model in her Japanese kimono. The artwork portrays her in a traditional sense, contrasting the modern lifestyle that she lives in Clare.
The second portrait entered is of my two girls Willow and Gemima at home in Spring Gully. They love playing together in the open spaces of home!
When: 28th June to 30th July 2018
Where: Clare Valley Wine Food and Tourism Centre, 8 Spring Gully Road, Clare South Australia
Derivan Mattise acrylic inks and Fabriano watercolour paper are available from The Journey Studio shop – shop.thejourneystudio.com.au.
The Journey Studio is proud to continue our support of the Clare Valley Portrait Prize in 2018.
The Clare Valley Portrait Prize is open to artists in the Clare Valley and surrounding districts painting portraits from life with the subject known to the artist. Prize money exceeds $1500.
The opening of the exhibition will be on Wednesday 27th of June at the Clare Valley Wine Food and Tourism Centre, 8 Spring Gully Road, Clare from 5pm.
Portraits are available for sale.
The Linhay Gallery in Auburn had a great idea for an exhibition ‘Galah Gala for SALA’. The galah theme proved to be a lot of fun with galah curtains to walk through at the entrance, galah noises within the gallery with galah cupcakes, a live galah to chat to while looking at all of the galah inspired artworks. I’m sure you get the idea…
Two of my artworks were on display during the month with the larger one, ‘What the…?’, selling before the opening event. It was very exciting to walk into the opening and see a red dot beneath my painting.
The Journey Studio’s art group are holding an exhibition for SALA titled ‘Mini to Massive’ which will run for the whole of August.
The official opening will be held on Saturday 1st August at 2pm at Vine Art Studio and Gallery at Leasingham. There will be nibbles and some fantastic local wine generously donated by Claymore Wines.
The art group have worked together dividing up images into smaller (mini) sections to make some interesting artworks made up of various styles and interpretations to recreate the original picture. Along with these three collaborations there will also be individual pieces of various styles and subject including jewellery from two of our talented members.
My current favourite medium is Matisse artist quality acrylic ink. The colours are vibrant, can be used as a wash to slowly build up colours or, for intense colour, can be used undiluted from the bottle. Here is my current work in progress – ‘Edmund’.
As a rule the eye is always painted first in my paintings of birds or animals as they have the most detail in the painting.
The rest is then lightly painted in with a wash with the colour slowly getting added as the layers build up. At this stage of the painting Edmund looks a bit messy and unrefined.
More layering is needed which is best to do slowly so not to overdo it. When I’m happy with the overall shape I start adding some darker colours in my sketchy style to suggest detail. This is the really fun part as I get to just let go and splash the ink around.
Here is the completed Edmund on the right. All ready to go in a nice white frame.
He is off to the Clare Rotary Art Exhibition where he will be available for sale.
The exhibition will run from 15-21 May.