It’s April, time for your autumn art newsletter! By the way, I am interested to know if people like to get the art newsletter I put out each month and whether you have any suggestions for improvements?
Its been a busy time for me this past few weeks with the ‘Raw Essence’ exhibition at Lennox Arts Collective – thanks so much for all of you who showed up at our opening! I have also just delivered a commission to a lovely lady – a reprise of an older work of mine with changes to colouration and quite a bit larger to fit the space on her wall.
There was a workshop on painting ‘water’ with a record attendance of fourteen people (our workspace just managed to accommodate them all!) and a weekend at my home studio for six very enthusiastic artists.
I also popped down to Adelaide on a road trip with Richard to celebrate a special father-in law’s 90th birthday. We really enjoy our road trips and take our time, visiting rural towns listening to audio books – this time an Ian Rankin murder with hero John Rebus. Richard drives while I paint and sketch in the front seat…..I had a lovely catch up with sister in law, Jo, also an artist so we could talk creativity and art supplies!
I have just finished tutoring for a term at the Ballina Art Society – such a terrific group of artists and I was very pleased to be asked back. At the moment I am doing a couple of sessions with the Alstonville art group as well as my usual art classes at Lennox Arts Collective. Last Saturday we had a ‘Botanical Art Workshop’ which was great fun – a couple of people who had not painted before came along and really produced some amazing work – do have a look at the pictures in the gallery below.
In talking about workshops, I have now produced my new timetable to take us up to December 2019. You can find it at the link here…Christine’s Art Workshops May to December 2019
Not long now until I am off to England (14th May) again to visit children and grandchildren and then the great adventure of France 2019! Many of you are aware that I am a confirmed Francophile and try to visit annually. This year I have a friend studying in France and we’ll meet up in Lyon and spend some time on the farm where she has been working for her keep – I’ll stroll in to a few days of that (which includes helping the owners manage an ‘OpenDay’ – should really test my French!!). Then some days in Lyon and up to Paris to meet the group of six brave travellers who are coming on the Art Retreat to Paris and the Loire Valley with me. I will be blogging the adventures, so be sure to subscribe to my website so you get the updates.
It is Paris for three days and the wonderful Loire Valley for a week, staying in our villa near Tours and visiting chateaux and villages as well as painting and absorbing the culture – and tasting the food and wine! After that it’s off to Belle Île for me with two friends – it is where Claude Monet and John Russell painted the rocky cliffs. Then back to England and finally back to Australia on the 30th June.
So what is happening locally? At LAC we have a current exhibition of Bonnie Larden’s gorgeous works with animals in odd settings and coming up is an exhibition by Neil Matterson ‘Coastal Bodies’ – opening night 26th April 5.30pm. In May our very own Narelle Brotherton has a solo exhibition, ‘Small Moments’ at Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina opens 8 May and runs to 30 June.
Last but not least, one of my paintings has been selected as a finalist in the Calleen Art Award at Cowra Regional Gallery – such a thrill and totally unexpected – art prizes are a complete lottery – but extra pleased to see that one of my fave artists, Wendy Sharpe, is also a finalist. The work in question is ‘Heroic Survivor’ below…..