Beckler’s Botanical Bounty: The flora of Menindee

This is the very elegant hero image for our exhibition Beckler’s Botanical Bounty: The flora of Menindee. The Art Gallery of Ballarat Saturday 24th February to Sunday May 27th Yes, it opens in just over a week……I am so excited! I can promise you photos galore. ************************************************************************************* On a different note, my newsletter goes out…

A workshop and a nest

Way back in May I did a workshop at Bendigo Art Gallery with Mark Dober. Bendigo is a regional Victorian town, with a very good gallery. I had only been up there for special exhibitions, so I was pleased to have time to wander. I thought I had taken more photos, however, this one shows how…

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook

The Sketchbook has left the States and arrived in Greece. Now it is not only international, but global! How cool is that?! It is a while since I have written about it, but I have just updated my Sisterhood page. It gives you an overview of the contributions all the Sisters have made, as well…

In my studio, December 2016

What’s happening in my studio? Well, not much painting-wise. Like you, I have been busy with other interesting things that this time of the year throws up, including a very interesting talk by Dr. Tom May, who spoke about “From mushrooms to the mycobiome”. But that’s not what this post is about….. My Cullen painting…

More Senna painting

A couple of posts ago I showed you the plant that I am going to paint from my time in Menindee. It is Senna artemisioides subspecies filifolia. While I haven’t begun to paint it yet, I thought I would show you a little more of the preparation process, and some of the information I needed…

You and me

Lots of things have been bubbling away in my mind lately. You know some of my creative thoughts, but  also I have been pondering about the rhythm of my blog ~ what I want to post and how often. I think I have come up with a sustainable rhythm. It involves posting twice a week, with posts…

In My Studio

So much for making this a monthly post! It is well over a month since the first one…but that’s okay. It’s been a busy time. If you would like to show us what has been happening in your creative space over the last little while, write a post about it and then link to it…

My sketchbook — Yarraville, North Melbourne and the Incinerator

Some pages from my sketchbook…. The first are of the Incinerator Gallery in Moonee Ponds. You can tell by the name that originally it was an incinerator. It is a special because it was designed by Walter Burley Griffin. Many will know that he designed Canberra, the capital city of Australia, so it is always…

Beckler’s Botanical Bounty

It is a while since I have posted about a project I am involved with — Beckler’s Botanical Bounty. I will be letting you know more about it soon, I promise. But as a taster  I am giving you a link to our blog, Beckler’s Botanical Bounty. It is an interview with Evelyn, one of…

Almost Just Joey ~ Workshop Day 3

Last days of a class that you have enjoyed is often tinged of regret. This last day of the workshop was no different, and I was determined to make the most of my time. Just to recap, on Day 1 Helen Burrows worked us through tone, grey scale and mixing neutral tints, while Day 2…

Tone and colour, Day 1

I am a botanic artist. Watercolour is the medium that most botanic artists use because it translucent. It allows the light to bounce through the paint, giving a luminosity and depth. Many artists handle watercolour like masters (or mistresses, as so many of us are women). Not me. Give me a pencil and I can…

Turner from the Tate in Canberra — part 2

I mentioned before about the Turner exhibition in Canberra. Last time I posted about his watercolour paintings. This time I would like to show you a few of his oil paintings. His oils are very popular. Apparently his work, The fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth before being broken up 1838, was voted the most…