Almost 2017

Where did I spend my time?

As I contemplate another click of the annual clock I, like many others reflect on the past year.  The biggest change for me was my youngest daughter and her new baby (along with hubby) moved back to USA to live.  We have always been close and enjoyed sharing our creative endeavours with each other.  Sometimes days are just a little bit hollow without her nearby.  Skype is my saving grace and I have enjoyed sharing milestones of her baby daughter’s journey, exploring life … the most recent of her walking …almost running already!

I have continued to study fine arts at Curtin University and completed the drawing unit this year.  I have also completed about 1/3 of my Diploma in Counselling and went to an amazing 2 day Art Therapy Workshop at Latrobe Uni in November.

I have been working 2 days a week at our local Adult Learning Centre, one of the days teaching literacy to adults … challenging and rewarding at the same time.

My art this year has taken a bit of a back seat as I was working on the days that the Mallee Artist’s meet and despite my endeavours to set up a new art group with some friends on an alternative day this has been a bit of a bust.

I am continuing to tangle to de-stress and I have big plans for a new exhibition late 2017 or early 2018.  “Mothers Garden” is something I have re-imagined on may occasions.  My mother had a beautiful, unruly garden full of romantic plants … sadly I have no photos.  So I am remembering the plants, making some studies and planning to create a nostalgic if not very accurate images of my favourite nooks and plants.

I enter the new year with a determination to complete my Diploma, find time to create and to be a tad healthier in my choices!!

Happy New Year!

 

Art Prizes

Art Prizes news for this July 

A large number of art prizes are closing their Call for Entries over the next week, so get your entries in quickly. These prizes include the following:
Woollahra Small Sculpture 01.07.2016
The Singleton Art Prize 01.07.2016
The M Collection Art Award 01.07.2016
Yerring Station 04.07.2016
Incinerator Art Prize 04.07.2016
Pirtek Still Life Prize 06.07.2016
Lynx Prize (international) 06.07.2016
Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 08.07.2016
Art Gemini Prize (International) 10.07.2016

Our congratulations to recent art prize winners:
Minna Gilligan, winner of the Nillumbik Prize, $5000
Indigo Hanlee, joint winner with Michael Thomas Hill, Chippendale New World Art Prize, $10,000.
Catherine Savage, winner, Stanthorpe Art Festival, $20,000
Jessica Roelofs, winner, Cardwell Art Prize
Julie de Ville, winner, Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, $30,000
Vittoria Oriana winner of the Kogarah Art Prize, $10,000
Harry Nankin, winner of the SCOPE Galleries Art Award, $5,000
Nancy Kiwat, winner of the Gab Itui Indigenous Art Award, $7,000
Scott Breton, winner of the Lethbridge 10,000, $10,000
Sally Robinson, winner of the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, $50,000
There are still a lot of prizes currently calling for entries – get organised this year and go to our website at art-prizes.com to check them out. You can print out the art prizes calendar by downloading the updated Art Prizes Planner. BTW: we currently have 190 prizes listed for 2016 and the number of prizes is growing each day.