The annual 'Botanica' Exhibition has come around again and will have it's Opening Night this Friday 8th April. It will be held in the Lion Gate Lodge in the Royal Sydney Botanic Gardens. The exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 9th April until Sunday 1st May. Once again I have been fortunate to have had my artwork selected to be part of the exhibition, which includes artworks by many well-known and exceptionally talented botanical artists. I feel humbled that my artwork will be hung alongside these other amazing artworks. Here's a small section from the artwork I submitted. It's of the Dune Fan Flower, a local coastal native plant. If you can get to the exhibition in Sydney it is definitely well worth a visit.
Hunter Arts Bazaar
The next Hunter Arts Bazaar is on Sunday 31st May in the grounds of Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery at Booragul. It's a beautiful place to visit any day but on Sunday there will be over 60 stallholders displaying their amazing crafts. The Arts, Crafts & Design work sold at the bazaar is original, handmade, high quality and produced by local, Hunter region artisans. I shall be there with my cards and prints and am looking forward to a great day. This market only occurs 3 times a year (in different locations each time) so don't miss it!
I heard this week that my botanical artwork, 'Common Grape Vine and Joseph's Coat Moths', which was selected for the Botanica exhibition this year, has been sold, which is really exciting. As an artist it is always encouraging when others show their appreciation of your work.
So, for those who didn't manage to get to the exhibition, here is a photo of my artwork.
'Botanica 2015' exhibition
If you haven't been to a botanical art exhibition before then try to get to this one. This year it's being held at the Lion Gate Lodge at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney from 18th April to 10th May. The attention to detail in the artworks is amazing!
I'm delighted that I've had an artwork selected! It is an unframed artwork, which means it won't be seen on the walls, but considering the standard required to be selected, I am very happy to have my artwork in the exhibition this year.
If you google 'Botanica 2015' you can get all the details for the exhibition.
Hunter Arts Network Arts Bazaar
Seaforth Arts Festival
If you're interested in seeing some wonderful artwork, as well as art & design market stalls, then come along to the 11th 'Seaforth Arts Festival', which is part of the Manly Arts Festival. It will be held at the Balgowlah RSL Club, in Seaforth and will run from the evening of Friday September 27th (7-9pm), Saturday 28th 10-4pm and Sunday 29th 10-3pm 2013. I shall be displaying my hand water-coloured prints and my range of greeting cards at my market stall, which will all be for sale. It's a great community event and the proceeds will go to Bush Church Aid.
I've finally got around to adding some more of my hand-pulled prints to my website for viewing.
The print shown here is actually made up of images from 3 separate etching plates, which have each been laid on the paper one at a time and put through the press. Each layer is different and gradually increases the perception of depth in the artworks.
The butterflies and moth have then been hand water-coloured in order to highlight them against the more subtle background.
I hope you enjoy browsing through the artworks!
After a fairly quiet period over the summer break I'm now preparing artworks for the upcoming exhibition, 'Flourish', to be held at the Palm House, in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. This exhibition displays the work of 10 artists and incorporates printmaking, ceramics, oil, acrylic and water-colour paintings and much more. All artworks are for sale. The Opening of the exhibition is on Saturday 16th March from 1-4pm and the artworks can be viewed daily from 16th -26th March between 10 and 4pm. The Gardens are an exceptional place to exhibit in, with the peace and quiet of the gardens to enjoy, as well as amazing views of the harbour foreshore. Definitely a great place to spend a relaxing day.
Sending 'greetings' has been a method of keeping in touch, or letting someone know your sentiments, for hundreds of years. The ancient Egyptians may have been the first to send greetings written on papyrus. It's also possible that the ancient Greeks recorded their sentiments on scrolls and, in Europe, during the Middle Ages correspondence was via hand written letters. However, the first commercially produced greetings cards were made by Henry Cole, a British businessman, in 1846. He produced a printed Christmas card to send to his friends and business associates. People were so delighted with his idea that it quickly caught on, so much so that by the 1860s Christmas cards were being mass-produced. Cards for different occasions were developed and as printing processes became more efficient so the mass-production of cards became easier.
Even today, with emailing, texting, twitter, etc, sending a card for a special occasion, or just to say 'Hi', has that 'personal' touch that other forms of communication lack. Choosing a card means you took the time to select something that you thought the recipient would appreciate. It is something tangible that can be held by the recipient, shown to others, kept forever in an album or put inside a picture frame to be admired. Despite all the new technology greeting cards will be around for a long time to come!
Hi. I'm a botanical artist and printmaker, who has combined both types of art to produce hand water-coloured, botanical prints. These prints are then digitally printed to produce a range of greeting cards, which are sold at local markets. My main focus is on Australian Flora and Fauna, but on the less noticed plants and creatures. There's an amazing wealth of designs out there in the bush!