Art Month March 2020 happens here in Lennox Head in my studio and at Lennox Arts Collective Gallery in Lennox Head, where we have a great selection of artworks, jewellery, classes, timber work, ceramics and our featured artist, Rosie Kaplan with her colourful poured acrylic art pieces. In Sydney there is, of course, lots happening ; https://artmonthsydney.com.au/events/ also The Other Art Fair https://sydney.theotherartfair.com and at the Art Gallery of NSW, where one of the most popular March events is Art Express – see what young artists have been doing;  https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/artexpress-2020/ . One of my favourite publications, Country Style Magazine also produces an art month special.

Of course, March 8th is International Women’s Day, so do celebrate as much art created by women as you can! Women are well represented in the creative arts but still are not celebrated in the same fashion as male artists, but I do think there has been positive change. I have noticed the efforts to bring to light women visual artists of the past – Berthe Morisot, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington-Smith come to mind. I also listen while I am painting to ABC Classic FM and they have been presenting many more female composers on their play lists.

Ballina Art Society

In my personal art month, I am currently tutoring at Ballina Art Society and presenting the various facets of colour. We have so far explored the ‘natural’ colours – the Ochres and Blues. This week we will explore Reds and Oranges. One of my ‘go to’ books for fascinating information about colour is ‘Colour’ by Victoria Finlay. She discusses such fascinating things as ‘Indian Yellow’ – originally derived from the urine of cows fed mango leaves! In my garden, March art month has also provided an over abundance of mangos – no cows here though!

March art month will see me running a workshop ‘Exploring Colour’ on 14th March and a weekend 28/29 March (or just one day if you prefer) at my home studio – more information here.

Rather nice for me to have one of my paintings accepted as a finalist in the John Villiers Outback Prize at Winton in Queensland – opening night is 7th March…………

Art Month
‘Finding Fowler’s Gap’ oil on canvas 76 x76 cm

My foray into YouTube videos with colour in your Life has been fun and I now have more subscribers to my website as a result, so welcome to you! I do hope you enjoyed watching me paint a ‘fantasy’ still life. View here……I have been working on a series of these and my latest pays homage to Margaret Olley and the time I spent at the Tweed Regional Gallery Artist in Residence studio. 

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Still Life at the Railway Viaduct, Murwillumbah 76 x 76 cm

At Lennox arts Collective there are now fun evenings with Narelle Bretherton and Sharon McIlwain, ‘Paint and Sip’ – the first was on last weekend and was a great success!

Life Drawing is back at Lennox Arts Collective on Wednesday evenings – book at lennoxartscollective@gmail.com places are limited.

Artist Life Drawing
Life Drawing

A project to come in May is the Open Studios Byron Bay and Beyond, come and visit my studio where Narelle Bretherton and I will have our work and show some of you how it’s done! There will be lots for sale and we can take cash or card. Two weekends – 23/24 and 30/31 May – put it in your diary!

A little update on my French trip in September this year – it is now full. I have seven ladies coming to take part in an adventure with me – stay tuned as I will blog about this as it unfolds.

As a little fun postscript, I was recently sent a photo of my tea towels being dried on the deck of a yacht sailing the ocean blue!!

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