March (Autumn) Newsletter 2023

March (Autumn) Newsletter 2023

It’s been a while since I posted. I have been making abstract paintings on canvas to free my hand and mind of the small assemblage work that I worked on for the last 6 or so months.

Before I get into what I am up to I’d like to congratulate all the wonderful assemblages made during the Summer workshops I just had. Fabulous treasures were given a new life and can now be viewed by all rather than sitting in a box or drawer hidden away.

A few assemblages have made it into exhibitions, including one that is in a current exhibition for ‘Feel Good’ art at Quadrant gallery. Worth having a look at some gorgeous small works in Hawthorn.

Many of the assemblages will be grouped together (like a flock of birds) to be shown at the Meeniyan gallery in South Gippslsand in May alongside some of my abstract paintings. When I exhibit I will be showing alongside fabulous sculptor Marija Patterson (look her up). Instagram marija_patterson

Here are some random pictures of my work.

Happy Autumn everybody.

This was put away for me to keep but I decided to show it. The smallest work at approx 10cm high.

This is on show at the moment at Quadrant gallery in Hawthorn. It is for the ‘Feel Good’ exhibition and it is called ‘The Rest Stop’.

Collage Characters

Collage Characters

Eleven years ago I made lots of characters and then stopped until now. I can’t tell you why but I am hooked again. have been making collage characters using different source material including books, magazines etc blending scale, colours and all sorts of things. These characters are stiffened using layers of paper and glue. They look best free on the wall and so all that all you need is a bit of bluetack and they stay. I sometimes use a small wood block on the back so they stick out from the wall and create shadows. Here are a few for you to see and the remainder are currently on my Insta story. Hope you have fun looking at them as much as I like making them. I might even do a workshop in making these as they really are so enjoyable to make. You could think about making a specific one for a family member combining all their loves e.g. food, fashion, dancing. Let me know if you would like to be contacted for this and if weekday or weekend is best for you. I will propose some dates a little later.

A cross for sure with Harry (you know who) and BTS member (Korean Pop Band) although I know that is a Japanese image but as I said, its a Hybrid.

I’m sure I’ve seen her walking around Smith Street, Collingwood in the 60’s. There is always a reason for someone to be drawn to an image, their background, their specific likes etc and that is why collage is unique even though it is pulled together from existing images. It is more than putting a big head on a small body (even though that in itself is hilarious).

Please check out my video of the latest 7 characters on stories on instagram as it only last for 24 hours.