There is an exhibition of Peter Smeeth’s portraits on at the Gosford Regional Gallery at the moment, that’s worth taking a look at. The exhibition runs till the 9th of September. 

Peter Smeeth

Dr Bruce Klineberg 2007 Collection of Mrs Bruce Klineberg


Above is one of his arresting works. 

Peter Smeeth was born in Griffith NSW Australia and studied to become a doctor. He then worked in general practice at the Entrance on Central Coast for 34 years. He had a  change professions in 2008 and now works as a professional portrait artist in Sydney and the Central Coast. He has a special interest in the human condition which is portrayed within his portraits and figurative work. He is fluent in most media including, pencil, pastel, charcoal, watercolour, oil, acrylic and he does some sculptural work in plaster or bronze. 

His style is fairly traditional and he aims to paint light and a closely representational, three-dimensional reality.


He has won many prizes including the Archibald portrait prize at least twice, the Douglas Moran prize and many others. For a chance to take a look at his exceptional work take yourself along to the Gosford Regional Gallery this month and treat yourself to an extraordinary viewing experience.  If you are at all interested in portrait painting, you can definitely learn a thing or three from this talented artist.

Peter Smeeth

The Contemplation of Life


The image above is a pastel drawing not a painting.  This work was a finalist in the Adelaide Perry Prize for drawing in 2014.

He also paints horses and excels at Still Life.

Peter Smeeth

Redoutes Choice 2013 Inglis Equine Art Prize Finalist


This Week’s Question: What are your favourite Exhibitions to go and see?

Next Weeks Post: Updates from the studio.

Exhibition Opening – THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO CAME!!!

Saturday afternoon – the weather was – well it is winter. Actually the sun came out and it was pretty good.

What a wonderful turn out we had. John Morris opened the show with some kind, quiet words of wisdom and congratulation. Thank you so much John we all appreciate your efforts on our behalf. John has been driving from Newcastle weekly to deliver our studio practice class despite, inclement weather, recurring bouts of the flue and managing life in general.

John Morris  Opening With Intention, Kadira Jennings

John Morris Opening ‘With Intention’

After opening the show he drove to Sydney for the opening of the Salon de Refuses as one of his works was accepted for it this year. CONGRATULATIONS John!

The Gosford Regional Gallery was very crowded with two other exhibitions opening on the same afternoon and there was a wedding as well! And the parking – well What Parking !!

John had a good point about exhibitions –

They are demarcation points along a path. They are sometimes a beginning but never should be an end in themselves. ( I filmed his opening speech, however haven’t had time to edit it yet, so look for that in a coming post)

Sometimes I feel that exhibitions are really more of a pause and may signal the end of a particular body of work. The next work often can go off at a tangent to that in the current exhibition, as the artist explores their muse further.

So the most important thing to remember when showing your paintings is that your very best painting is still inside of you and it always will be.

Exhibition Opening - Kadira Jennings

Exhibition – Handing Out The Nibbles

On the day many people came up and introduce themselves. It’s funny, one lady I spoke with said she always follows my blog and newsletter and finds them a great source of inspiration for her. Yet she has never left a comment on the blog. It was wonderful to know that all my effort is touching someone else’s life in a positive way.

Exhibitions should never be just for the purpose of selling your work.  Rather what is your intention? I believe they are an opportunity to allow others to connect with the work. Every work  that you do will touch somebody at sometime and if you don’t exhibit it you don’t give the work a chance to speak to who it was destined to speak to.

We need to bring the whole thing back to play. You played with some paint and canvas. Be proud of it! Isn’t that what a child would do? And then let it go. Let it find a new home. You have done your part, all that is required. Our works if we are open enough connect us to the Great Creator, The universal Architect. My best work always happens when I open to the flow and allow it flow through me

This Weeks Question: Have you shared your creative efforts with anyone recently? 

Look For Next Thursday’s Post:  More snippets from the Exhibitions



ShoreThyme Exhibition Opening

After Weeks of preparation, Monday the 6th  finally arrived.  Time to take the paintings up to the show for hanging.

All stacked up and ready to go.

 Exhibition,Kadria Jennings


Packing the car.

ShoreThyme Exhibition,Kadria Jennings,Packing the car


Last minute preparations the night before.


Kadria Jennings,Last minute preparations the night before.

Delivering the works. It was pure bliss loading and unloading the bags of paintings.  No more messy bubble wrap. That’s 11 paintings delivered in only 2 trips to the car…… totally awesome!!!

Painting bags - deliveries

ShoreThyme Exhibition,Kadria Jennings,Delivering the works


Julie unpacking her paintings at the exhibition venue.


ShoreThyme Exhibition,Kadria Jennings,



Esther arrives with her work.


Kadria Jennings,Esther Arrives


 Exhibition,Kadria Jennings,coffee break


And a much-needed coffee break at the Bombora cafe, after all the delivery details were settled!

And ……….Drum Roll ……….!!!! THE SHOW!!!!

We had a fantastic turn out that far exceeded our expectations.  A HUGE thank you to everyone who came, braving the cold chilly winter evening.  We were very excited  for  Julie and she made some sales on the evening. Congratulations Julie – well done!!

On the night – Julie’s work – The top left hand work was one of those that sold.

On the night 1 sm

Works on show before the crowds arrived….. These are my works from my Outer Landscapes Series

Works on show before the crowds arrived

On the night – One of my dear patrons and supporters – Barbara Baker-Richards, a local entrepreneur and trainer.  I love that hat!

On the night - One of my dear patrons and supporters


And now that the excitement of that is over – ON TO THE NEXT ONE!!!!

Here is your invitation to the next one in case you missed it before

Exhibition in July


I look forward to seeing you there and a huge thank you once again to everybody who came along to the ShoreThyme opening and to the wonderful staff and owners of the venue for looking after us so well and helping to make the evening a wonderful success.


This Weeks Question: Have you supported your local artists recently? Attending an exhibition opening is a way of doing this that really boosts them and doesn’t commit you to anything.

Look For Next Thursday’s Post:  What to do with older works  – Pt II – more ideas





The Art Of Friends

The Art of Friends Lily - Susan Brookes

Lily – Susan Brookes

As we move into June, the Art Friends group is proceeding with their exhibition preparations.  Every Wednesday when we paint together we gather around the lunch table and discuss how things are going.

The rest of the day, every one is hard at work, developing their latest art works, in preparation for the exhibition.  Take a walk around the room with me.

Those exhibition details again are: 

Where: Gosford Regional Gallery Community gallery, 36 Webb St East Gosford

When: July Fri 17th – Tues 21st 

Opening : Saturday July 18th 2.30 pm and open daily 10am – 4pm

We will look forward to seeing you there.

This Weeks Question: What are you doing on Saturday the 18th July at 2.30pm ?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: What To Do With Older Work

Group Exhibition In July At The Gosford Regional Gallery

Exhibition in July

The second exhibition in July I’m involved with engages another group of artists.  I will be exhibiting a different body of work from that in the ShoreThyme Exhibition.

There is a wonderful variety of works in this show, with each artist having developed their unique vision of the world. We have been working together for eighteen months now,as a group, in a studio practice under the watchful eye of John Morris, well-known Australian, new Romantic painter.

What is a ‘studio practice?’  A studio practice is the working modus operandi if you like, of the artist.  It involves beginning with an idea, which you work up through sketches, more detailed drawings and perhaps quick paint studies, before settling into the final work.  For example the charcoal drawing I did below, which then became

Working in a series - In the closet I Kadira Jennings

First closet drawing


the next image you see here, gives you an idea of how the process develops into a painting.


Dancing In The Dark I

Dancing In The Dark I


It is through this art practice that one grows and develops as an artist.


This Weeks Question: What are you doing on Saturday the 18th July at 2.30pm ?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: More On Social Media


It is October and Gosford Art Prize time again at the Gosford Regional Gallery. It runs from the 29th September to the 25th of November, so there is still plenty of time to get down and see it. This  year the standard seems to have reached a new high.  The winning work, After Fire by Lezlie Tilley is quite extraordinary.  I can’t even begin to imagine how many hours of work went into it.

As you all know art is totally subjective and what one person enjoys another doesn’t.  The winner was not my favourite however I totally acknowledge the skill it was painted with – awesome! And having said that I does kind of grow on you the more you look at it…… a bit like some music you hear.

Winner Gosford Art Prize 2012

Winner Gosford Art Prize 2012



One of my favourites was this giant flower painting by Craig Waddell. Lots of glorious thick paint.

 'I'll Be There My Beauty" by Craig Waddell

‘I’ll Be There My Beauty” by Craig Waddell


As you can see from the works below – there are some really interesting paintings in this year’s selections.

Gosford Art Prize Entries

Gosford Art Prize Entries


And don’t forget to check out the photos, digital works and sculpture in the foyer gallery.


This Weeks Question: What was the last exhibition you went to and what inspiration did you take away from it?


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