February art is upon us already! So lets have a look at what is in store this month and in the year ahead on my and other’s art calendars. Usually February Art is unbearably hot – weather wise that is – but it is surprisingly cool this year (or at least this week) and lots of rain – makes for very comfortable painting and thinking and musing. In my mind ‘musing’ on subjects and colours and art that you like is VERY important for an artist. In fact, in class and elsewhere we’ve been talking about taking it slow and stepping back for constant review. So often we change our minds about artwork we’ve done and rework it for the better after a time of reflection.

We were talking about this at the Ballina Art Society where I have been asked to tutor this term. I did my first ‘gig’ last Thursday and very enjoyable it was and such a lively and keen bunch of people. I’m looking forward to what will happen over the next six weeks…

Interesting how a creative gene works its way through a family – my son, Owen Trevor, is a film director and about to make his first feature film in West Australia (proud mum) you can read about that here!  My niece, Madeleine is staying with us for a week’s holiday from Sydney – she is a terrific artist but with a one year old, has not had time to pick up a paint brush but in my studio she suddenly felt the call to create and so we a had a little session together – hopefully there will be more!

At Lennox Arts Collective I have started back on Wednesday mornings 9.30 – 12.30 – there is space for you to come and join us if you wish. The next Saturday workshop (24th February) I am running is all about brush strokes in painting – something that many people find surprisingly difficult. The workshop is almost full and it is important that you book in with me for the Saturday workshops please!

Weekend painting in March includes a workshop on Mixed Media on 10th March and a weekend (2 day workshop) at my home studio in Lennox Head on the weekend of 24/25 March – this will include en plein air painting and drawing, a demonstration on composing and painting still life, botanical drawing and more. I do need a $30.00 deposit for this workshop and the full cost is $220.00. Workshop timetable here.

The Art Retreats in England and France are coming up very soon and we are getting quite excited about the coming adventures. There is still space in the French retreat, so contact me if you are interested.

I posted last December that I had a work in the Art Piece Gallery at Mullumbimby and I have since been informed by the owner, Nadine, that the gallery is for sale, so If you are a person or know a person who may be interested in this fine art gallery I can give you contact details.

February Art – What is on around us?

Northern Rivers Community Gallery – a group exhibition ‘Saturday Morning’ 7 February – 4 March.

Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre – ‘Duxford Street Interiors’ Margaret Olley  Centre. 22 September 2017 – 18 March 2018

Lismore Regional Gallery – among the current showings the website comments;

‘EuroVisions: Contemporary Art from the Goldberg Collection features some of the world’s most important and influential contemporary artists, drawn from the personal collection of Lisa and Danny Goldberg. This exhibition was initially conceived by the National Art School, Sydney, and curated by Judith Blackall. The exhibition in Lismore has been repurposed for our facility and has been supported by Linnaeus Estate’.

Art Gallery NSW Sydney

‘Art Express 2018’ – always worth a visit.

Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age – see my visit here

Brisbane – QAGOMA

GOMA – Yayoi Kusama ‘Life is the Heart of a Rainbow’ until 11 February

QAG – Picasso ‘The Vollard Suite’ until 15 April

Lennox Arts Collective is now taking enquiries about holding exhibitions in the gallery and the hire of the featured artist wall. Make enquiries at lennoxartscollective@gmail.com or through our Facebook page

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