Much to my amazement, my monoprint of a male Corroborree Frog guarding its precious eggs made it to the major newspaper here in Canberra last week - "The Canberra Times". It was one of my entries into a local art competition which focuses on the river catchment areas of the region. The two species of tiny little Corroborree Frogs are seriously endangered and one can now be found only in a 10 square kilometre area. They lay their eggs in moss and the male guards them. Loss of habitat, bushfires, drought and global warming have caused a rapid decline in their numbers. I wanted to highlight their plight so I did a series of monoprints and paintings featuring them, of which this is one. It is a hand pulled monoprint only about A4 in size.
Welcome once again to my very neglect blog! With all the moving from SA to the ACT I just don't seem to have had time to do much blogging and I am ashamed to say that I haven't yet visited the National Gallery (tsk tsk!).
I have finally taken paintbrush in hand and produced a piece of artwork here in Canberra, as shown above. I found out just in time about the Strathnairn Squares Exhibition which is an apparently well supported annual event held at the Strathnairn Gallery, which as it turns out is just a short drive down the road from where I am living.
This is my rather hurriedly painted entry into the exhibition which starts today in Canberra at Strathnairn Gallery. The exhibition runs from 9th August to 1st September and is a people's choice award prize. It is run each year and every artist produces their work on the same size canvas board, purchased from Strathnairn, and they can do absolutely anything they want on that canvas. No framing is allowed and the public is invited to view them and vote for the work of art they like the best. Some people paint, some print, some sculpt, do textiles, collage - anything goes as long as it fits on the canvas. I rather like the idea myself, everyone starts on a level playing field and has the same amount of space and opportunity within the exhibition. They do a closing ceremony, where the winner is announced, rather than an opening ceremony.
So, if you live in or are passing through Canberra between those dates, why not check it out, and if you should happen to like my Gazania above all else, please give me your people's choice vote. Artists are encouraged to send their friends along to vote, but as I have no friends yet in Canberra to send along, this is a problem. I'm therefore taking this shameless opportunity for self promotion and sending a plea to the masses out there in blog land, in the hopes that someone will go along and give me a vote, maybe.
In case you can't recognize it (always a possibility as I'm not a floral artist!) it is a painting of a Gazania. I photographed it and a number of others on the roadside at Morgan in South Australia, where they were just growing wild in all their colourful splendor. I love Gazanias and they are one of my favourite flowers as they are so bright and cheery - you can't help but be happy when you see them blooming along the roadside. Yes, I know they are introduced and not native and probably even a pest plant in some areas, but I'm sorry - I still love them!
My painting is only 30cm x 30cm in size and was done in acrylic (it is for sale and if you would like to purchase it during the exhibitiob - contact Strathnairn Gallery at (02) 6254 2134), otherwise if it turns out that there were no Gazania lovers at the exhibition, watch for it to appear for sale on my websites after the exhibition.
It seems there is a little cafe at the gallery and they tell me that on Sundays they serve wood fired pizza, so I think I will check out the exhibition on a Sunday (yum!).
The Gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week at
90 Stockdill Drive, Holt ACT 2615
PO Box 4746, Higgins ACT 2615
F (02) 6254 6924
Now that the Gazania is out of the way, I have a lot of other art stuff I must get finished. I'm working on a watercolour of some violets at the moment, and have just joined the Megalo Printmaking group and the Art Society of Canberra. Have so many ideas and projects that I don't know what to do first, although I probably should do some assignments for my rather neglected online TAFE Diploma course in management (boring, boring, yuk, yuk and definitely not as much fun as doing art!).
This week I reluctantly handed in my SA registration plates and registered my car here in Canberra - a bit depressing actually - my final ties with SA were gone and I'm now a Canberra citizen. Got my new ACT driver's licence too. Think I better make a sign for the back window of the car that says "I may have ACT plates now, but I'm still lost". Thank goodness I have a GPS or I'd be forever going around in circles here.
I haven't seen any interesting mosaics here yet to photograph, which is disappointing, but I'm sure there are some around somewhere that I will come across sooner or later. I attended a Textile and Quilting art show yesterday, but I'll do a separate blog about that if I get time. Can't believe what some of those people can do with their sewing machines though - they are very talented artists using a tool that I have never and probably will never be able to master. Of course I couldn't go to something like that and no spend anything could I - can't wait to decorate some blank t-shirts with one off monoprints using my new Gelli Art Anyway, cheers all until next time.
Sorry this blog has been a bit neglected of late - been too busy with Uni and other stuff to do much social networking. Anyway, have taken a break from Uni to pack up and renovate house prior to moving interstate, so thought I'd take time out to mention a couple of things.
Firstly, artist friend Mandi Glynn-Jones has had a successful exhibition running at the Black Diamond Gallery for the past two weeks and due to public interest, the exhibition has been extended a further week. So if you think you missed out on seeing it, this is your second chance to take a look at some wonderful artwork by a very talented artist. Mandi regularly wins art prizes and is also the winner of the Port Community Art Centre's People's Choice Award. Although Mandi has had lots of sales and received plenty of commissions during the exhibition, it is still not too late to find a great Xmas present from amongst her selection of works, or to place an order for something special in 2013. The Black Diamond Gallery is at 66 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide. South Australia, right next to the Tourist Information Centre and is open 7 days a week between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm.
Secondly, thanks to donations by fans of his work, talented fantasy artist Emerson Ward has just published his first book. Emerson does great fantasy art and the absolute best dragons. If you would like to see some of his work or find out a little more about Emerson, here is the link to his website http://emersonward.com/ and the link to the site where donations can be made http://www.pozible.com/index.php/archive/index/12152/description/0/0. The Dragon Art book is being printed right now and Emerson hopes to post them to those who have ordered copies either Friday or Monday. They will also soon be available in some stores around Adelaide including Adelaide Comics Centre, Miss Pixi and Quirky Stylin. Well done Emerson, congratulations on producing your first book - can't wait to get my copy!
On a completely different note, if you like painting trains, don't forget that the National Rail Museum Exhibition is coming up in May 2013 (applications close 31st January, 2013). The museum is at Port Adelaide and the exhibition would be an excellent opportunity to have your paintings viewed by people who love trains! For more information contact John Ford on 0400593987 or Mick Freeborn on 0466942937.
The 4th Solar Art Prize is also coming up, the closing date being February 15, 2013. More information about that Prize can be obtained at http://www.rsasarts.com.au or email email@example.com.
After listing all of the above activities by such clever artists, I will add that I am finally (after about 15 years of procrastinating) trying to tackle the task of perspective. I generally avoid painting anything that requires much perspective drawing but I have decided that in order to progress I must proceed down perspective's path. Of course being me, did I choose to try and draw something simple like a box shaped house - oh no - that would have been smart. I chose an old fashioned railway station platform with pillars and lattice work and arches that go on forever (daahhhhh!). It has taken me weeks to draw it (and all I can see are errors) and it is not finished yet. There has been much swearing and muttering and rubbing out, not to mention tension headaches and a rise in my blood pressure each time I realize I've stuffed up again. It is way too much like doing maths for me and I now have an ever increasing respect for anyone who paints streets full of buildings, gothic churches or any other brick and mortar constructions (oh the stress of it all....)! If I ever finish it and it looks OK (not likely at this stage) I might enter it in the Railway Museum Exhibition (without naming the station it is meant to be - I can just see some railway buff coming up and pointing it out with "....... railway station doesn't look anything like that....").
Well that is probably it for now. Think I will try and find a hairdresser who can make my head look like a work of art rather than a dish mop. Have a great Xmas and New Year everyone. Cheers.
I have wanted to set up another website for a long time, especially one where I could showcase the artwork of some of my family and friends, especially those like my brother Chris, who are are not even connected to the internet yet, which is one reason I decided to do Web Communications 101.
At last, after a solid week of sitting at this computer getting bum rot, eye strain, stiff necks and going nuts and eating way through too much corn chips and Nutella (as we were out of chocolate - there goes the diet again!), I have finally completed setting up this blog and the Heatherian Glimpses website.
I hope some more of the amateur artists I know who do not have their own sites will choose to place their work onto "Heatherian's Glimpses." As soon as I receive images and a profile from them Rosemary and Natsky will be fully up and running, and possibly Dianna as well.
I have also linked the website and the blog, in whatever fashion my limited knowledge would allow, to Delicious, Twitter, Flickr, and Pictify,
not to mention every other one of my existing sites that I could think of, most of which are listed in this blog's sidebar. I've even figured out how to put in here and there, the odd button and widget or two (yes, I now know what a widget is - yaaayyyy!)
My only regret is that the website formatting only supported one facebook "Like" formitting option, which no matter what I tried refused to work correctly even though I religiously followed every step in the website and facebook help menus. In the end after wasting way, way to much time on it, I had a total hissy fit over the whole thing and "unliked" the lot by deleting the malfunctioning "Like" buttons from every page (mutter, mutter, snarl, snarl). I cannot believe how long it has taken me to do it all - way longer than it probably took some young person who still has a mostly complete set of fully functioning brain cells.
This blog and website and the above mentioned 4 connecting sites, were created as a necessary part of my Web Communications 101 unit at uni, and as Facebook was not one of my chosen nodes, I will leave that little battle until another day. I have learnt a heck of a lot in a short time and although I have placed links to my old existing sites, I still have to go to the older sites and link them back to the newer ones - but that a task for a later date when I have chocolate on hand.
Whilst creating this site the house has deteriorated into something resembling a rubbish tip on a bad day and it is not over yet. I still have 2 weeks of work to catch up on and have been frantically attempting to create pages for my Printmaking unit as well. The ol' blood pressure is through the roof as a result, the cats are neglected and numerous drying art prints litter the lounge.
Anyway, I hope you like the site and will share it with all your friends. Cheers for now.
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