Sorry this has been a very neglected blog as of late. The only painting I've been doing is on the house!
I have resigned as editor of the PCAC newsletter due to my move to Canberra, which happens next week, but the job has been taken up by talented SA artist Emerson Ward.
Emerson is a talented artist who recently published his first art book and is a new member of the PCAC board.
His first newsletter , Edition 37 for April 2013 can be viewed on the Newsletter Archives. I am very grateful to Emerson for stepping in and volunteering to be the editor. I enjoyed being editor and am sorry to be leaving. Hopefully I will find a new art society to join when I get to Canberra.
If you are in South Australia, check out the National Railway Museum Art Show if you get the chance. - they have received entries (including a small one from me) from all around Australia - a must if you love art and trains.
I will be unplugging the faithful old Mac this Sunday and be offline for at least a week, so may not be able to reply to emails etc. Keep enjoying your art and cheers from Adelaide (for the last 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.
Just spent the morning helping to hand the Port Community
Arts Centre's SALA Festival (South Australian Living Artists) Exhibition entitled SALA'd Days and it is looking great. Our Chairman and Secretary are still at it adding the finishing touches and the independent guest judges will arrive tomorrow to decide on the winners. I've got two lino prints entered instead of the usual watercolours and I'm hoping they will attract some intereset. The opening is this Saturday, 18th August and Peter Jamieson, Councillor for the Outer Harbour Ward of Port Adelaide Enfield Council will be opening it at 2.00pm. There are well over 100 entries that I know of including paintings, 3D works and some installations. Looks like it is going to be a great success, so hopefully the horrid chilly weather won't keep visitors away. For those who missed my earlier post, the location is:
The Black Diamond Gallery,
66 Commercial Road,
It is situated right next to the Tourist Information Centre and the exhibition closes on September 2nd. Gallery hours each day are 11.00 to 4.00. Look forward to seeing you there and if you are looking for something to hang on your wall, dare I mention that there's a couple of nice prints for sale, hem hem. Cheers.
Welcome to my second post. I just thought, as I have used part of it as the logo picture for my website, that I would place this image in full onto the blog and tell everyone a little bit about it. It's title is "As Time Goes by in the Aroona Valley" and it was one of my first watercolour paintings (it is for sale if any one is interested). The Aroona Valley is a beautiful valley in the Flinders Ranges in the South Australian outback. At certain times of the year after it rains, it is full of wildflowers, usually purple, red and yellow. The ranges themselves vary in colour from purple in the distance but quite red rock up close. This painting was done from a photograph I took through and old and collapsing window in a ruined settler's cottage nestled inside the valley near a natural spring. It was made of the white ant resistant native pine, had no roof, but was still standing after over 150 years. The other image here is one of the flinders - it shows the wild hops flowers (red) in bloom. Anyway, hope you liked the Aroona Valley. Cheers.
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