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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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