Archive for August, 2010

So we have had house guests for the past couple of weeks and it has seriously cut into my painting time… it seems I am just not one of those artists who is very comfortable painting in front of other people.  So while I can’t show you any new finished works, I can show you the pieces I am working on at the mo – I have a few on the go at once, Gouache being one of those mediums where you have to let each layer and colour fully dry before you add more, unless you are going for a blurred, mix paint effect.

In progress I have my next two orchid pics – I was so enthused after the show, I can’t wait to finish these! They are also Gouache on 300gsm Saunders hot-press watercolour paper, as you can see the brown one is in its very early stages still and a wee bit hard to make out… give it a couple of weeks and I should be able to post up the finished result.

Oh, and there are a few other wee things in the mix too… but you’ll have to wait and see for those till after the weekend – I don’t wanna ruin the surprise!

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So this weekend just been was the 2010 Melbourne Orchid Spectacular –  that I have been looking forward to for the last few weeks since I found out it was on. I got the whole of Saturday to myself *virtually unheard of !!!* to go see.  It was a bit of a mission in itself to get to, us not having a car here in Melbourne – but luckily the public transport is pretty good, especially with the help of online journey planner.  So an hour and a bit later, train, a bus transfer and some walking and I managed to make it to the Springers leisure center in the middle of what felt like Palmerston north or Otaki – my first time in the year we have been over here to make it into zone two of Melbourne suburbia.

And it was well worth it indeedy! – Way bigger than any of the shows I have been to held in NZ, even with all the native Australian orchids not yet in season in this part of the country…. I have that to look forward to in the next show at the end of September, distance permitting!

I even managed to get my greedy little paws on a couple of new Cymbidiums and a slipper that I now can enjoy every day in my lounge and will get to paint from in the flesh – so much more satisfying than reference photos! Here are a couple of overall pics from two of the stalls at the event, as well as some pics of my new plants for home…. Will put a few more pics of winners from the show once I have had some time to go through and sort them – I managed to take about 500 pics before my freshly charged camera ran out of batteries…. about half way around the show – So may take a bit of time to edit and catalog them with their info etc.  So in the meantime enjoy the ones below :

Scroll down to the post below to see more highlights from the show. X

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Here is a few pics of what was at the show this weekend… I managed to take at least 500 pics before my freshly charged camera ran out of batteries and gave up on me, so this really is only a few!

Click on any of the thumbnails to enlarge, if you want so see the plants close up…. So cant wait to get painting  some of these beautiful beasties they are just so freaky looking!!!

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‘Valentines Love x Summertime’ is a Cymbidium Orchid initially painted from a friends plant back in Wellington at the end of last season, though have only just got round to finishing off the detailing on it now – good thing for reference photos.

It seems now is the season for flowering orchids here in Melbourne…. They seem to be tempting me from all the shops I pass, whether its our fantastic local fresh markets, the florists, the art galleries or the beauty spas – They are everywhere I look and I am in love!  However I am so not in love with the price of them here…. What is an affordable plant back home in NZ will set you back $90 + over here and so has become a luxury I have had to shelf for the moment *Sigh*

… Or at least until the upcoming Orchid show in two weeks – I am so looking forward to it and am hoping it is everything the name suggests!  Here are some details :

Melbourne Orchid Spectacular 2010

The largest annual orchid show in Australia. There will be thousands of orchid flowers and spectacular displays of hybrid and species orchids from around the world.
Culture and potting demonstrations will be run on an hourly basis by local and interstate experts.
This year’s spectacular will be run again in conjunction with the Victorian International Orchid Fair with more than 25 sellers from Victoria and across Australia.
It will be held at the Springers Leisure Centre, 400 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough. Melways 89, A10
Dates: 20th Aug – 22nd Aug 2010
Opening times: Fri. 9am-5pm. Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm
Further info: http://www.oscov.asn.au

…I am hoping to find a local society to join up and tag along to… and hopefully get my mitts on a few new plants to paint from!

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So here are some paper works to carry on the track I’ve been going down with the mini canvases… my home life has been a bit chaotic of late since our return to Melbourne and I have been finding it hard to find the time, energy and space to get to work on much serious painting.  These are only the first couple, though I have a few more in the progress stage and will add them to this post as I get a chance to complete them – So do check back in every now and again to see the updates in this sugar coated series.

Yup my photography skills are not so great… I’m a bit impatient at photographing when I finish a piece so the lighting varies at diff. points of the day – however, the backgrounds in these two works ARE actually different shades of blue.  …More to come….

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So this Sunday I finally got to go see the Melbourne Art Fair for 2010 that was on over the weekend at the Royal Exhibition Buildings.  Very cool building in itself and when filled with art from all over Australasia it was fantastic! Here are a few snapshots of bits I particularly liked – Yes, I couldn’t quite believe it …but I was actually allowed to take pictures ! *Click on any of the Polaroids to enlarge for a better look.

These first photos are of an interactive sculpture Paratekton by Simeon Nelson. Its one of three designs he has made for Mossgreen gallery – It comes as kitset in this beautiful box as pictured in the center, you assemble it yourself following pattern instructions, or build as you want. Was really stunning to see – its huge!

*Above left is a close up of a work entirely made out of lego – it was approximately 3×1.5 meters, and some bits were built outwards as well.

*Center is by Kathy Temin, represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney – The whole work is shapes covered in faux fur against a pale blue background…. it made me smile just walking around the corner and seeing it – it took up an entire wall of the galleries allocated space.

*Left- then is not now (blue) 2010, ceramic, nylon & wood, 19.0 x 25.0 x 25.0 cm is by Michael Doolan, Represented by Karen Woodbury gallery from Melbourne .

The above three works are from tbc Art incorporated – Its an artist run initiative based in Melbourne dedicated to providing a space where young, emerging and established artists alike have the artistic freedom to explore, experiment and take risks within their practices.

And this was the highlight of the day for me – Ryan Renshaw Gallery from Brisbane had dedicated its entire allocated space to New Zealand artist Peter Madden… He is one of my all time favorite artists, who I used as an artist model while studying fine arts at Massey. So seeing his work there was great.  The piece in the middle titled Birds is my pic from the show… if only I had a spare eight grand, this is what I’d be spending it on!!!  *Close up of Birds on the right.

And here are a few other artists from the show that I think are worth looking up and keeping an eye on :

  • Isidro Blasco – Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney.
  • Marion Borgelt – Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney.
  • Andrew Taylor – Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney.
  • Leigh Martin (Resin and pigment on canvas) – Jensen Gallery, Auckland.
  • Belinda Fox – Niagara Galleries, Melbourne.
  • Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (Ceramics) – Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne.
  • Sopheap Pich – Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong.
  • Shao Yinong & Muchen – Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong.
  • Rosalie Gascoigne – Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
  • Marley Dawson – Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
  • Robyn Stacey – Stills Gallery, Sydney.
  • Megan Jenkinson (Lenticular) – Stills Gallery, Sydney.
  • Chris Bond – Nellie Castan gallery, Melbourne.
  • Tom Moore – Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne.
  • Cyrus Tang – Anna Pappas gallery, Melbourne.
  • Vin Ryan – Anna Pappas gallery, Melbourne.

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This weekend is the Melbourne Art Fair for 2010 – Its on at the Royal exhibition building from the 4th – 8th of August.

The biennial event features paintings, sculpture, photography, installations and multi media art works of over 900 artists. There will be works that have been specially commissioned, project rooms,  Lectures and forums all taking place.

Here are some pics from this and previous years :

For more info about exactly whats on, the site to go to is :


I for one am very excited by this…. I’m taking Tui along either this afternoon or tomorrow!

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So I was clearing out cupboards and drawers in our kitchen the other day – the apartment in Melbourne we are living in came fully furnished, but with all sorts of random things jammed in the very small amount of storage space given over to the kitchen – So, after being here for a year (well, on and off !) I have finally got around to moving some of the things we really aren’t gonna need… like all those ugly old china tea cups *no, not nice ones that you would actually use for tea!*

In the process I had to sort through useful and not useful.  It reminded me a bit of an art project I did at Massey about cataloging  my life a couple of years ago.  And got me to thinking some of the things in these drawers and cupboards might also make interesting pictures. …. So are the first couple :

…They are actually the same size and tints – I used the same paint mixes on them both, but have photographed at diff. times of the day as i’m too impatient to wait to put them up when they are done!

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