Yes indeed, goodbye 2017 art, what a year! Some of the highlights for me  have been;

Exciting travels to England and especially France where I held my inaugural art retreat to Paris and Provence with some intrepid and fun women – read about that here. And later in the year to Ubud in Bali to attend the Readers and Writer’s Festival and experience an introduction to some modern Indonesian art.

Running weekly art classes and monthly workshops on specific topics – I really enjoyed running the ones on ‘botanical art’ and ‘water’ and being a guest tutor at a workshop on ‘seascapes’ for Tweed Unlimited Arts. Many of the workshops have been full and all have been great fun!’

The art retreat near Nimbin at Two Figs Resort which resulted in a new departure for me – I held a class on deconstructing a landscape photograph and have become fascinated with the concept and have been developing the idea even more over my Christmas holidays in South Australia (saying goodbye to 2017 art and hello to 2018….)

A thrill to have four of my students hold their first ever exhibitions and all of their work was well received and had good sales. One student was a finalist in the inaugural 30 x 30 Art Piece Gallery prize and I was excited to also be a finalist. One of my landscapes has also been accepted by the gallery on consignment.

Two of my students have decided to study art seriously and have been accepted into art schools – one very proud teacher here! I also love working with my fellow Lennox Arts Collective people!

I have had a number of commissions this year – something I love is to enhance interior design in people’s home or business and the commissions have been for specific placement in interiors – always interesting to aim to get that just right.

Over the Christmas break I visited a beautiful home where I found more inspiration for interior design using textured wallpaper, still life and artwork. I have also been lucky enough to be invited to join with a new homewares design studio, Canvas, Cloth and Bowl and to visit the studio where the artist, Jo, makes beautiful moulded porcelain pieces.

Took part in a workshop with one of my favourite artists, Jo Bertini

My Christmas holiday trip was to South Australia where my husband’s family live and spent time exploring, sketching and painting around Victor Harbor, Middleton and Port Elliot. I have been playing with pure colour and gloss medium on paper and finding that I really like the marks made. At home I am working on some really large pieces with really large brushes….

And lets say hello 2018 and what’s new this coming year?

First, I have a timetable for classes and workshops for the beginning months of the year – January to April. You can access that on my workshop page. The first art class is 17th January 2018 and the first Saturday Workshop is 20th January – The Fundamentals of Colour – please contact me to book christinereadart@hotmail.com or 0415230470. More details on the link above.

There are two local art retreats in 2018 – one at my home studio and one at Two Figs Resort near Nimbin

The international art retreats will be very exciting in 2018 – you can read about them here. The English adventure is full but there is still space for one or two to visit Paris and Provence with me.

Excited to have been asked to be a guest tutor for both the Ballina Art Society for seven sessions in February/March on Thursdays and a ‘one off’ for Lismore Art Club in October. I do enjoy these sessions as I meet a whole new group of artists each time and always learn something new.

So, goodbye 2017 art and hello to art in 2018!

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