Archive for April, 2012

A Beautiful Red Dog


In Total Control – Kelpie (Acrylic)

This is Flash.  One of life’s most beautiful animals.  Following major surgery my amazing nephew picked Falsh from a litter of beautiful Kelpies.  It was an instantaneous connection.  Flash was instrumental in Duncan’s recovery.  Flash became such a part of the family that all of us all over the country connected with him whenever we were visiting.

Flash did not make a noise and had the most intelligent ways.  The instincts of the classic kelpie were strong within him and one could not miss the ‘eye’ which is, I believe, a sign of very good breeding.

He was without doubt one of the best.  His coat was thick and of many complex colours.  He was strong and agile and always up for a run and chat with other dogs.  He was quietly protective and unobtrusively loyal.

When it was discovered that he had a tumour on his spine the heartache in all who knew Flash was palpable.  He was in pain, deteriorating quickly and would not get better.  It was to say the least, devastating!  He is now in other more blessed hands and is sorely missed.


Gouache Workshop for Oatley 101 Society of Artists

Sunday 25th March turned out to be a magic Autumn day.  The artists arrived to set up for the workshop.  They had all wanted to learn how to paint a possum in gouache.  I selected a photograph of a glorious female possum from the Atherton Tablelands.  These beautiful animals have a rich almost red orange under colour in their fur.

The focus of the workshop was twofold –

1. to paint a possum with character and a thick fur coat.

2. to learn about gouache and some of the techniques of application.

Once the picture was sketched in we masked the areas we wanted to keep clear of wash.  Choosing whatever colours each wanted we put in a loose wash and dropped in other colours.  It was allowed to flow and dry.  The next step was to peel off the masking and get onto the undercoats of colour.  Darks on the branch and red orange on large areas of the possum.  Initially it is very bright however with the careful layering of burnt umber and yellow ochre the shape begins to happen.

We laughed and chatted and painted and by the end of the day had covered a great deal. The participants went away wanting more workshops and determined to get into painting with gouache in a big way. Each of the participants painted a very different painting and it was wonderful to see the range of styles as we went through the process.  We will do this again!





My Workshop Possum

13 Women Artists Opening Night

Friday and the opening night of this brilliant exhibition went off without a hitch.  Over 100 people came through the doors.  All enjoyed a feast of food, drinks and art. I was asked to  open the show, speaking on behalf of the 13 Women Artists.  I like to think it is because I am a great orator but I believe it is because I am tall and can’project my voice’ ……….. all those wonderful teaching years.  Apparently I did a good job.  Some works sold on the night and a number of enquiries have resulted.  All in all it was a great success.

Andre Khalil (owner of the Artists’ Exhibition Centre) has been very supportive of our exhibition and is on deck from Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am to 4.00pm, until the end of this exhibition on 29th April.

I believve he has already had a number of investment buyers in discussing a range of purchases.

I am so pleased to be a part of the exhibition as it has shown me what I am able to achieve if I just give it a go.

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