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2020 – a memorable year

    Dreams ?

It has been good to say goodbye to 2019,
to leave behind sadness, regrets and the sense of  helplessness
… to rejoin the world… but what a world…

Dreams? A two plate solar plate etching on oils with chiné collé on  arches.

I’ve been thinking a lot today about dreams and how they are often shattered by reality,

and how our loved ones and communities are often left to pick up the pieces.

Today its about lives in lines of desperation – what will tomorrow bring?

2020-03-25T12:45:25+10:0025 March 2020|Blog|

Visiting Granny

 

 

 

This is the first of some planned mixed media works focussing on linocut which will celebrate Grannys as the keepers of our collective memory.

“Granny’s vase” is my first of the series.

This project continues to combine my cultural heritage interests with printmaking of various forms.

It is also an example of my current experimentation with adding stencil work by hand to the single linocut pull in oils. A big saving on the time it takes to prepare and use masks.

This gives a more painterly effect but moves the work into the realm of “Unique State” as far as printmaking is concerned in much the same way as hand-painting linocuts does, because the works are not completely accurate replications and therefore not editioned.

U/S is conventionally marked 1/1 these days.

2018-05-27T17:29:52+10:0027 May 2018|Blog|

Congratulations Peace of Green Gallery 25th Anniversary.

See the Silver Celebration Window at Peace of Green Gallery Maleny for April

Some of my contributions are:

             -“Bryozoan” 1 and 2 in black and silver oil linocut prints –

depicting small, precious sea creatures that are currently in danger through their exposure in

our rapidly diminishing local reef environments in coastal Queensland, Australia.

 

Also look out for my “Forest Armour” – silver leaf assemblage on display nearby.

 

2018-04-03T11:00:15+10:003 April 2018|Blog|

I Love to Stitch in Red at Maleny Library for Christmas

Keep an eye out my my mini exhibition at the Maleny Library in December.

I Love to Stitch in Red 2017
hand dyed silk organza, thread

The title can be loosely translated as “I love to live life”, and this body of work embraces the parallel worlds of women internationally. By using textile techniques, stitches and materials common to many places, and some not so well known, it embraces the diverse aspects of women’s existence. In doing so it explores the red in our lives: passion, strength, romance, excitement, speed, heat, ambition, leadership, danger, blood, war, anger, respect – but most of all a love of humanity.

I’m adding to that Christmas feeling with these fragile red translucent  pieces that allude to the human venous system – so essential to life.

I Love to Stitch in Red 2017
Hand dyed silk organza, thread

2017-10-26T14:03:48+10:0026 October 2017|Blog|

Plein Air Printmaking

Printmaking in our North Maleny Garden on a beautiful July day.

This is a practise for the Arts Connect Artist Markets to be held during Art Street Maleny:

part of the HORIZON festival of arts and culture

9am to 4pm Friday 1 Sept to Sunday 3 Sept on “The Green”, Maple Street (next to Peace of Green)

I will be conducting “Have A Go” printmaking opportunities with my portable printmakers press.Participants will be able to print their own personalised Art Card using the collagraph method.

Haven’t you always wanted to be a printmaker????

See you there!!!

2017-07-27T21:19:40+10:0027 July 2017|Blog|

Quilt Boxes : memories of a quilting obsession

These works were inspired by the very cute 8″ x 8″ freestanding MDF “canvasses”.
Acrylic overlaid stencil prints, enjoyable to create while holed up in my cosy studio waiting out the Cyclone Debbie weather.

2017-03-30T14:25:41+10:0030 March 2017|Blog, Uncategorized|

It’s beginning to feel like Autumn

Not so many autumn coloured leaves to fall here in Maleny where its green all year around. I miss the distinct seasons of the southern Darling Downs but I’m compensated by having fun this week creating collagraph prints on small cards and also on lovely Fabriano paper – destined for Peace of Green, Maleny.

 

2017-03-24T10:39:56+10:0024 March 2017|Blog|

Homage to Herculaneum

Homage to Herculaneum Exhibition 

I had a lot of fun experimenting with printmaking techniques to achieve the Fresco “look” I wanted. Most pieces are a combination of processes. The Artist Statement follows:

Homage to Herculaneum is inspired by a recent visit to the frescos of Herculaneum, some of which remain intact.

For Roman architect, Vitruvius, the only way to appreciate artistic excellence in his day was ‘by the use of colours and the brave show they make.’ The fresco artists of Roman days were inspired by nature and the world in which they lived in the same way that artists today respond to their environment. They explored and represented their world using materials at hand and techniques developed to represent their ideas.

This work responds to and represents the “brave show” that artists of the time made with the pigments and techniques available to them.

The above works and more are available framed or unframed at Peace of Green Gallery Maple Street Maleny or by contacting Dorothy.

2017-07-27T20:39:07+10:0016 February 2017|Blog|