Brown cardboard and packaging tape.

Winter seems to be a popular time for art competitions and exhibitions in Queensland, with quite a few in June and July.  Perhaps it is directly related to the beautiful winter skies and tourists visiting the regional areas.   At any rate, I seem to be in a whirl of packaging tape and cardboard at present. … Continue reading

Spectacular art!

The 2018 Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular is held this year in the iconic Central Plaza One building in Queen Street in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. This will be the 39th annual Rotary Art Spectacular, and to quote their website, “it is Queensland’s largest and most prestigious annual art exhibition. It has raised almost $2 million for Brisbane … Continue reading

October was to be Commended!

A highly commended may not come with a monetary prize but it does mean that the judge has thought your work was worthy of remembering.  So with that thought, Carmen and I were both delighted to receive Highly Commended’s last month. Carmen’s work Morning at Dry Dam and oil on canvas was given this award at … Continue reading

New Exhibition in January 2018

Our exhibition titled ‘Fragmented Images’ at the Rockhampton Art Gallery in Central Queensland has been confirmed for January 2018.  While we are thrilled, after the long wait we have had, now the real work begins. We have deadlines that are a bit scary – all art work to be delivered by mid- November. So we … Continue reading

Westerly wins bring good fortune!

  Carmen and I have both been fortunate enough to have been awarded prizes at the 25th Barcaldine Art Show. If you are interested, it is worth checking out their Facebook page, where they have some great photos of the night and the town itself.  Carmen was awarded 1st prize in section 1- Painting oil … Continue reading

Drawn from the Territory!

I have recently had lovely time with collage, watercolours and pencil among other media working up larger more complete drawings from the quick sketches done in the Northern Territory. This drawing is of Ubirr Rock escarpment, looking towards it from the road as you drive into the site. Some of the most amazing rock art … Continue reading

Winning news!

Exciting wins for Carmen and I at the Emerald Art Gallery.  The Central Highlands Regional Art Awards had their opening night on this past Saturday 15th July and the lovely Glenda from the Gallery was kind enough to ring me on Sunday morning with wonderful news. My painting ‘Mt Morgan Dam No 7’ (featured in … Continue reading

Sketches from the North

Carmen and I have had 6 wonderful days travelling with family around Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks with a wonderful cruise down Katherine Gorge the highlight for me. We have tried to sketch as we travel but with time restraints it was mainly from the car. So brief and sketchy was the go.

Art work in photography 

For the last few days I have struggled to get a decent photo of two pieces of art work. Even though I have a reasonably good camera and a phone camera, I never seem to be able to get a high quality image of my work.  With most art competitions relying on online entries and … Continue reading

Watercolour win for Carmen!

'Mapping the Colours'-watercolour

‘Mapping the Colours’-watercolour

Carmen entered the above painting into The Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA) for 2016.  This is an annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland. In Flying Arts’ 45th year, the QRAA theme was ‘Colours of Queensland’. Artists were asked to consider what brings colour, vibrancy and life to their local community or region, drawing on personal experiences and observations.

After celebrating a major birthday, Carmen was delighted to hear that her painting ‘Mapping the Colours’ was awarded The Annie Tan Memorial Watercolour Award and will be on tour throughout Queensland from Nov 2016 to Jan 2018.