So, I am back in the ‘wide brown land’ just in time to put out a June Art Newsletter – with only a day to go, this should really be one for July as well! Actually, it has been raining so much in my part of the world (Northern Rivers, NSW) that our acre is very, very green and not brown at all right now!
What has happened since I last wrote a blog post? Well, I was in London during the dramas of the latest truck drive attack and stabbing and so close to the Grenfell Tower inferno that we could hear the helicopters buzzing all night and day. I have to say though, that something like that brings out the best in most people – there were collection points for goods all over London and further afield and my daughter, who has a six month old, collected all sorts of things for babies and we delivered them to one of those places. Good people rule!
‘But what about June Art’, I hear you mutter? Well, I did get to see the preview of the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly – there is a great little video on this link that will take you through the amazingly eclectic collection and I was fascinated to count the vast numbers of ‘red dots’ some of the prints were collecting – 50 or more, so a great print series for some artists. I also visited the Pallant Gallery in Chichester which is a beautiful town only an hour and a half from London – worth a visit.
The Gallery had an interesting exhibition on British Neo-Romanticism, with work from the years around and during the second world war. I have to confess that I did not see all because my cousin and I were talking so hard about ‘Life, the Universe and Everything’, that we ran out of time! We were due at her mother’s flat – a marvellous collection of antiques and paintings and prints on every surface from a lifetime (98 years!) of collecting.
Finally, I made it back to Australia and Lennox Head and back to life in reality……paintings to paint, a gallery that needs me to help run it and workshops to run. The LAC had a marvellous turnout for the ‘Small Wonders’ Exhibition – it was judged by local international artist, Angus McDonald and the open section won by Cheryl Crowe. Folks, we will be doing it bigger and better next year!
One of the members of our collective, Narelle Bretherton was interviewed by Byron Arts Magazine (BAM) and she discussed the work of LAC and is one of the artists featured on the front cover! Well done, Narelle.
I started back doing my Wednesday workshops this week, so do come along if you feel like a bit of art, friendship and a creative atmosphere. I cover drawing, painting with acrylics and gouache as well as ink and wash. I am there every Wednesday 9.30 to 12.30 and it is $10 an hour – no need to book but ring me on 0415230470 if you want more information.
Saturday workshops are held once a month and the next one is on Botanical Drawing – i.e. my take on drawing plants – on 15th July, 9.30 to 3.30. We will draw with pencil, pen and other mark making tools, as well as adding some colour with watercolour, ink and gouache paints. You do need to book for this workshop and the cost is $60.
The art retreat I hold at Nimbin is coming up in August and will be held from Friday 18th midday to Monday 21st. The venue is a beautiful 20 acre property just outside Nimbin and I still have two places available. You can see a previous Nimbin retreat at this link. It is possible to book for just one or two days if preferred. Please ring or email me for more information – art cost is $105 per day, accomodation and food extra and depends on your choices. Contact; email@example.com or 0415230470.