Sunday, October 7, 2018


IMPRESSIONS 2018, the Australian Print Workshop's biennial fundraising exhibition, is nigh. As always, it features works by a virtual Who's Who of Australian printmakers. IMPRESSIONS is a highlight of the printmaking calendar, a perfect note on which to end the old year - and a fine way to start the new one.

As previously noted (see Blog Post Tuesday, July 24) my contribution will be printed and editioned by APW master printer, Simon White. 

A series of progress views follow:

Below: the first proofs:

Directly below are recent trial proofs. I've yet to sign off on the BAT, but the second proof, in which additional background texture has been cut away, is pretty close to the version we'll go for. The incorporation of chine colle, which brings warmth and depth to the work, was Simon's idea. (Photo credit: Simon White).

IMPRESSIONS 2018 opens on 17 November 2018 and runs until 16 February 2019. For further information, see the poster above, or contact the Australian Print Workshop HERE.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Royal Melbourne Show, 2018

Above: a flashback to September 7, when Shane Jones and I were printmaking and painting judges at the 2018 Royal Melbourne Show. For the second year running, we received invaluable assistance from the two stewards assigned to us, CWA members Helen O’Neill and Christine Mackaness. It was a joy working with these two.

Below: flashing forward to yesterday, October 2, the last day of the show. It was also a treat spending time in the inestimable company of Gracia Haby, Louise Jennison, Jill Kellett, Shane and last but not least, renowned cat judge, Kerry Fowler (AKA The Judge) pictured with the delightfully laidback Ragdoll cat, Phantom. 

One of many highlights was an exhibition of vintage Show Bags. I’m embarrassed to show my age by admitting to the myriad of childhood memories that these artefacts unleashed.

Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison

Above and below: Jill Kellett

Shane Jones, myself, Gracia and Louise

Karry Fowler and Phantom (centre). Foreground: Gracia and Louise


Some other high points follow directly:

The Movie Magic event: horses and ponies working in the film industry, some (JT and Sprinkles l) seasoned veterans, the others in various stages of training:


Above and below: JT

Right: Sprinkles l and his stand-in, Sprinkles ll

Shorthair and longhair cats:

Companion Cat Blue ribbon winner

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Tea and talk

There’s lots coming up at the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, including their 109th annual show, CHANGING PERSPECTIVES 2018, opening on Sunday October 7. 

MSWPS has invited me to present an informal artist talk on Thursday, October 11 at 1 pm. Join us for some lively art-related chat, accompanied by an elegant afternoon tea.
Afternoon Tea & Guest Artist Talk 
Thursday October 11: 1 pm
Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors
Victorian Artists Society 
Hammond Gallery (upstairs)
430 Albert Street
East Melbourne 3002 

For further details, see the above flyer.

Sunday, September 23, 2018


After being such a huge part of our lives, it’s still hard to believe that PATTERNS OF COLLECTING/From the Bower at The Johnston Collection is over. (See also previous post).

My collection of hair ornaments that featured in all three iterations of the four-person touring show (originally titled FROM THE BOWER: patterns of collecting), is now reinstalled in our Ballarat living room, where it disguises an unsightly air conditioning unit that wouldn’t be out of place in the Bates Motel.

Second from the right is Blues in the Night (2006), one of my paintings that drew inspiration from the collection.

The paintings centre left and far right are by Shane Jones. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

A virtual tour of PATTERNS OF COLLECTING at the Johnston Collection

All good things must end and sadly, that time is nigh for PATTERNS OF COLLECTING/From the Bower at The Johnston Collection

The show comprises artworks and items from the 'bowers' of artists Louise Saxton, Loris Button, Carole Wilson and myself, juxtaposed with selected artworks and objects from the museum’s permanent collection. 

On a beautiful Spring morning last Thursday, 13 September, Louise Saxton, Johnston Collection tour guide Suzanne (pictured above, first and second from left) and I led a lovely group through the final walking tour.

A distinctly different version of the show, originally titled FROM THE BOWER: Patterns of Collecting, debuted at Warrnambool Art Gallery in 2017 and travelled to the Art Gallery of Ballarat later that same year. Both were very well received - and there it was supposed to end.  

The Bower Artists are indebted to Louis Le Vaillant, Director and Curator of The Johnston Collection, who twice visited the show at Ballarat and subsequently invited us to exhibit there as part of the museum's innovative House of Ideas program. 

There’s still time to visit PATTERNS OF COLLECTING before it ends its long run tomorrow, Tuesday, 18 September. Bookings can be made HERE.

Otherwise, you can take a virtual tour right here. The following installation views are by Tim Gresham.