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After a very successful Art Workshop in July at Cooee Bay, Central Queensland, with tutors Pat Harry and Roy Oorloff, Carmen and I have tried to knuckle down and get some work done. So it was great to find that we have had some success in the 24th Barcaldine Art Festival. Browsing through their facebook page, checking … Continue reading
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A few snap shots of work that Carmen and I are doing at present. We are exploring visual images and memories of our environment and region, and allowing ourselves to respond to the subject matter. The idea is to pursue these works with a view to an exhibition. A long way to go, but it is interesting … Continue reading
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Paintings sent to competitions and exhibitions don’t always return home. If you are lucky it will be because you have won a prize or sold your work. Always a nice feeling when this happens, but sometimes they don’t return for other less joyful reasons. Last year I had two paintings hung in the Ernest Henry … Continue reading
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.
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This is a follow up to a post I did in April this year. I had completed the second half of a dyptich of my Spear Lily in June . You might remember the charcoal collage of the plant above – I have since completed the flower part of the work. Wonderful news, this … Continue reading
‘Silence in the Landscape’ Acrylic on Canvas (122cm x 92cm) by Carmen Beezley-Drake
Great news for Carmen! Her painting entitled ‘Silence in the Landscape’ has been selected for the 2014 Queensland Regional Art Awards ‘Vital Signs’ a project of Flying Arts. The Queensland Regional Art Awards is an annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland.
To view the online gallery and make your People’s Choice Vote, click the link below:
It has been quite a while since my last post. Not sure this is a good thing or bad, Carmen and I have both been busy with our art and life in general tends to rush by. But needed to post about our great 11 days at Cooee Bay Art workshop on the Capricorn Coast. This is an art workshop that has been taking place for 35 years with many of our leading Australian artists tutoring along side Bela Ivani the founding tutor. While Carmen has been in attendance from the beginning, missing only a few over the years, this was my first time. With Bela Ivani unable to attend due to illness, we had David Fairbairn (Sydney artist and Dobell Prize winner) along with Terry O’Donnell (a fellow Sydney artist) in attendance. The workshop centred on portraiture and figure work and working predominately with drawing materials. Four days starting into
Carmen with her work
Joanne with her work.
a mirror as we worked on self portraits certainly was more than I like looking at them. With about 30 other artists from around Australia, it was a great learning experience. The tutors setup great learning experiences, with plenty of feedback and motivating chats discussing artists and art that related to work that was being done.
Was also a lovely time to spend with my mum doing what we both enjoyed. Some of the time it was frustrating but always fun with a very friendly and supportive group of artists. We just have to keep the momentum rolling now.