What really intrigues me are the steps an artist takes to create an artwork, the preliminary drawings, the colour studies etc.  I really love seeing an artist's process and all the steps in producing a drawing, painting, print or  sculpture.  "Chico" was a recent entry in a local portrait show and the photos show a [...]

By |2019-06-12T21:50:38+10:00July 12th, 2017|Art Blast|0 Comments

Kelvin Hawley

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Kelvin Hawley an artist who lives in Brisbane. I was greeted with a welcoming broad smile and an infectious enthusiasm for all things art. He loves to paint and has perfected and fine tuned his technique in portraiture over the years.  Kelvin was so [...]

By |2017-06-15T11:51:33+10:00October 25th, 2015|Art Blast, artist, Book Illustration|0 Comments

Percival Pilts

Janette Goodey and John Lewis embarked on a project ...a  film and  "charm" was the number one motivation. John's initial sentence about Percival Pilts was the starting point and later on a drawing of a Giraffe created its direction..... that of Percival Pilts who spends his life on stilts. The application to Screen Australia involved presenting a [...]

By |2017-06-15T12:01:09+10:00September 6th, 2015|Art Blast|0 Comments

Shaun Tan and Kitty Crowther at the Melbourne Writers Festival

I only attended one talk this year and was so glad not to miss it... my all time favourite illustrator Shaun Tan was interviewed along with Kitty Crowther a Belgium illustrator. They both have won the Astrid Lindgren Prize for Children's literature. Both super talented and articulate. Kitty Crowther  had her first picture book published [...]

By |2017-06-15T12:01:49+10:00September 4th, 2015|Art Blast, Melanie Matthews Illustrator, sketchbooks|0 Comments

Glenn Morgan – Social Commentator

Repurposed frames, scraps of timber, dolly pegs and recycled materials have all became a vehicle for Glenn Morgan's commentary on things personal, political and global. Glenn presents himself in a no frills manner with frank dialogue that is loaded with humour. He makes comments on the human condition in a simple, straight and to the point manner. Most of his [...]

By |2017-06-15T12:02:51+10:00August 3rd, 2015|Art Blast|0 Comments

“When you’re a woman you’re in a male dream”

Prudence Flint portrays women with a majestic solidity that gives gravity and presence to the figure. The figures take up space and sit firmly in their own world. A world which is reduced to the bare minimum, devoid of embellishments. The figure is always preoccupied with some task e.g sewing a button, reading a book, [...]

Collaborating with Nature

John Wolseley's exhibition "Heartlands and Headwaters" at the Ian Potter NGV encourages us to understand the fragility and significance of the Australian landscape. He has travelled extensively over the years to arid and remote wilderness areas in all states. Immersing himself in the landscape and usually camping at these spots. He has a non-traditional approach as [...]

Danie Mellor

Currently at the Mornington Peninsula Gallery you can view a couple of Danie Mellor's impressive large works on paper.  Danie Mellor sees himself as a contemporary observer and and artist he's interested in contrasting similarities and differences in ritual knowledge and ceremonies that are part of Indigenous and Western culture. He also explored Freemasonic history and [...]

By |2017-06-15T12:06:04+10:00June 18th, 2015|Art Blast, Danie Mellor observer and artist|0 Comments

Kristin Headlam

Kristin Headlam has been pondering  her past lately and the making of an artist, she reflected upon her early art interests and admitted a little embarrassedly that during her childhood she loved horses and drew them continuously but also remembered as a four year old she was fascinated with drapery in art books and marvelled that painting can transform something as [...]

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