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.
This gallery contains 6 photos.
I have always been a big fan of charcoal and messy though it is, its feel and sound as you drag it across the paper is rewarding. So after attending a drawing workshop with charcoal, I have been doing some works using it with collage. Still obsessed with the Gymea Lily, these drawings explore charcoal … Continue reading
Central Queensland Contemporary Artists, long time residents of The Walter Reid Cultural Centre in Rockhampton have just been relocated from their room of 30 years on the top floor into a smaller. but well appointed space on the second level of the building.
Huge ceilings and great light on the top floor!
Space for lots of workshops.
It was a mammoth task to clear out all our years of accumulation. Probably a good move as we are now happily settled into a tidier,cleaner area and planning several projects for coming year.
See how vast our previous space was and the amount of stuff we accumulated, much as we do at home.
Next will be pics of the new space.
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
stages of flowering
Carmen is busy revisiting old paintings and exploring new ideas.
New Landscape Painting