Under the spotlight

Artists Carmen Beezley-Drake and Joanne Kerr in front of Carmen's work 'Beach Frolic'imageFreya Cronin , Aaron Miller and Edward Kerr enjoying art work at 'Perceptions of Place' opening night.imageCarmen Beezley-Drake and Britha PolkinghorneWith the Opening night behind us we are looking to other art exploits.  The exhibition was a great success with sales and positive comments from our many visitors. The photos from Opening night show the gallery space which was broken into four rooms which worked better than we had anticipated.  We hung the work in groupings that interspersed our work, rather than Carmen’s work in one room and mine in another.  This seemed to work well and is always surprising where we can find connections of subject,style and media.

Joanne

Perceptions of Place an art exhibition

Perceptions of Place invite

 

With our exhibition coming up, both Carmen and I are frantically busy. Cyclone Marcia hitting Rockhampton certainly didn’t help with the stress levels, but Carmen was fortunately organized and had her paintings already delivered to Brisbane. Things are moving at a pace now with only days until we are hanging our work.

Cheers, Joanne

Slow Start but hopefully a good finish!

A Slow start to our blogging year, but good news for 2014 with an exhibition in our future. Carmen and I have booked an exhibition space at Percolator Gallery, Paddington for November this year. This all means we need to get working.

I am still progressing with collages and lino prints around my recurring theme of growth, flowering and decay, ie still on the Spear lily. Since it has finished flowering, now I am looking at the extremely large dead and decaying flower stalk. Also experimenting with prints in collage.

Flower stalk - Collage and drawing

Flower stalk – Collage and drawing


stages of flowering

stages of flowering

Carmen is busy revisiting old paintings and exploring new ideas.

New Landscape  Painting

New Landscape Painting


Butterflies

Butterflies

Cheers, Joanne

Prints can go anywhere!

I have been experimenting with printing on material and wood. Happiest with the prints on wood and I am using these to decorate some old drawers and turning them into wall shelves or shadow boxes. Excited by the finished product.  Lots of room for experimentation, but requires some serious sanding of the drawers first. I … Continue reading

Print Selected

I was very excited to receive an email recently informing me that I had a print/collage selected for the Moreton Bay Region Art Awards held in October at Pine Rivers. The exhibition runs from 12th to 27th October at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery. So a trip to Pine Rivers is in my calendar to … Continue reading

Blooming now!

In its full beauty my Queensland Spear lily has gradually but finally opened all its flowers. Looking magnificent it draws birds to its nectar. I am so delighted with this plant and have done several drawings and a couple of lino prints of it so far. Cheers, Joanne

On the walls in Rockhampton

Sorry we have been so long in posting anything new. It has been a busy June and we are only now getting back to the everyday jobs.

The opening for our exhibition “Different Horizons” on June 7th was all we could have wanted. We had great support and lots of positive responses to our work, plenty of food and drinks and to top off things, we made sales. The Walter Reid Cultural Centre in Rockhampton Gallery 6 is a wonderful space for hanging art and an asset to the arts in Rockhampton. A great night all round. Thank you to all who came along, we hope you enjoyed it is much as we did.
We also had a great article printed in the local Paper, which was wonderful.

Joanne and Carmen

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A blooming long time!

Flowerstalk shows its height.

Gymea Lily Flowerstalk shows its height.

I don’t know if you recall a previous post where I talked about this plant and the inspiration I hoped it would reward me with. Well I am still waiting for it to flower, a good 4 months later…. It is getting taller and has taken on a slight pinkish tinge around the top section, but I have been reduced to using the stalk and leaves for inspiration as I can wait no longer for the flower to open. My only hope is that it will reward me when it does finally open and delight all in its impressiveness.

I have added the prints I am working on, but they are only at the preliminary stage, will keep you posted on their progress. I am going to do some assemblage work with them and try overlaying and repeating the image through the printing.

Joanne

Gymea lily flower stalk growing taller

Gymea lily flower stalk growing taller

Linocut of Flowerstalk

Linocut of Flowerstalk

Gymea lily is a striking plant with its flower stalk upright

Gymea lily is a striking plant with its flower stalk upright

Gymea lily plant in linocut

Gymea lily plant in linocut

Lino etching

I started this lino etch while the frogs were croaking and rain was still falling.  But now we seem to be back to the hot weather, at least for the moment. I have used the frog image to experiment with caustic soda as a means of etching into lino rather than carving.  Quite happy with the results particularly on the branches that he is sitting on.  It does require some time waiting for each etch to bite into the lino, and you are not always sure how deep it is etching, but interesting effects to be gained.

Here are the images as it progressed.

Cheers,  Joanne

Lino after several caustic soda etches.

Lino after several caustic soda etches.

Frog print after 1 colour.  The red print with drawing over it as I work out what I want in final print.

Frog print after 1 colour. The red print with drawing over it as I work out what I want in final print.

Frog print after 3 colours and 3 etches.

Frog print after 3 colours and 3 etches.

Lino print using caustic soda to etch

Final frog print

Impressive plant sure to inspire!

While it’s very hot here, things are growing rapidly, or slowly when you are as tall as this flower spike.  I had this first as a pot plant  and then as it grew too large, eventually I planted it out into garden some 10 years ago. With this, the first time it has flowered, I … Continue reading