Friday, December 24, 2010

Reflections of a long forgotten city


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When I begin to paint I have no idea of what I am going to do. I have types of paintings that I love and want to emulate and learn from, they are here locked in my heart.

So, with those thoughts in mind I just start painting, after I have chosen some colours and have had a prayer.

One of my lecturers whilst at University, told me to try and have my colours prepared so all I have to do is paint. I did that with this painting and enjoyed the composition that evolved.

As usual when I think the painting is near to completion I look at the painting for a while (I do this with every painting) and begin to understand what I have brought about.

I get a strong feeling of silhouettes of buildings from the Biblical days, even Jerusalem perhaps, at Sunset, and I think the lower ocher colour in block form on both sides could be baptismal fonts, dug out of clay.

I believe my method of painting can bring about my subconscious and experiences.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dawn's new paintings

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Lois Button and Sally Miller @ Space22

Yesterday we went to see Lois Button's drawings on Hanji paper which she bought back from South Korea. Chai liked the drawings very much except for the theme of aging. The flowers were quite beautiful but the skulls were a bit morbid, he thought.

Sally Miller's paintings on skin deep gave Chai the horrids. He did not like it very much at all, otherwise the techniques were quite good.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

More of Dawn's past paintings

More of the paintings Dawn did at Amphitheatre, mostly landscapes and portraits; a few abstract paintings. The abstracts are typically Dawn's style and her recent paintings have the same feel about them.

Amphitheatre backyard


President Benson


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Art @ Burnley Harbour

This morning we took a train ride down to Melbourne to see the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria's annual art show at Burnley Harbour. There were a few good pieces and Dawn especially liked Shirley Dart's abstract art, other than that, I think our local Ballarat Society of Artists can paint better and more impressive than what I have seen. It was good to see the amatuer art scene and what people are painting. Some of the prices were quite low and some were ridiculously high.


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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Another past painting from Dawn's portfolio

portrait of my mum

This is another of Dawn's old painting of her mum when she was 16. It was one of Dawn's strongest portrait that was a very good likeness of her and was one of the many portraits that Dawn was doing at the time. Dawn was also concentrating on landscapes at the time. She did quite a few at Amphitheatre, Victoria.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Christmas drawings by our primary kids

Imogen's drawing of nativity

Imogen's drawing of the Nativity


Miranda's Nativity drawing

Miranda's Nativity drawing

Chloe's Nativity drawing

Chloe's Nativity drawing

These kids are around 8 years old, and quite able to draw on the Gospel themes we have been sharing with them. Very vivid imaginations, I say.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Dawn's Nov Paintings

Fresh off the press, untitled yet. Dawn has been busy at our cabin, which she has a good setup for her studio now and don't have to go into town to paint.




Friday, November 19, 2010

EYE opening @UoB

The end of year exhibition (EYE) of the uni had some interesting art. Some good pieces eg lighted ceramic boxes, round paper disc joined together to form a sculpture and a couple of interesting installations. Some of the paintings were quite good, especially those done by the diploma of visual arts students, they were as good as the Bachelor students I thought. The honours students' artwork were more impressive too. I don't understand the graphic design sections, so did not enjoy them as much.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Sketchbook Project 2011

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

Dawn has signed up for an international project which starts from Brooklyn, N Y, and tours the USA.  Just under a couple of months to complete a sketchbook with a predetermined theme. It will be a good way to promote her in the US and we can track how it went.

Dawn’s artist profile on the website is

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Mark Fox @ Space22

Mark’s paintings of rock are incredible, I would get bored looking at rocks, but he can paint each piece of rock as it was distinct from another and the details! Pretty but all the same boring rocks!

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Doug’s Bowen Studios, Buninyong

Doug Wright and Anne Saunders have a really nice studio at their home.


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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Gallery hopping in Surrey Hills, Sydney

This afternoon we visited a couple of galleries, one ARI @ First Draft Gallery, we particularly liked this painting:-


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And then we met a very nice lady, Clementine at Chalk Horse Gallery, a commercial gallery which has a stable of 11 artists.


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Sydney Trip 29 Oct to 2 Nov 2010

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Drawing of my husband

This drawing of my husband, Chai was done many years ago. He sleeps alot because of his illnesses. His face shows a lot of pain because of his sleep apnea and this drawing captures it. 



An Emperor in China once said we paint our faces white, why do you paint the shadows in yours. It makes your faces look dirty, that's why I didn't like this painting.
This self-portrait was done about 20 years ago in Amphitheatre. I was then a realist painter, but since getting a degree, I have started to paint in an abstract way and found a style called Outsider Art, which I now adopt because of my illness.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Triptych

This series of 3 paintings around 1mx1m each piece was done in oils on stretch canvas. I have sent images to Artbank to see if they want them.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Maureen Grosse @ Space 22

Maureen's work depicts her memories and was done in between caring for her husband who has alzheimer, very beautiful works.