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.
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