***!!!!HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!***

Well here we are at the tag end of another year again.  If you are reading this, then I guess the world didn’t end on Sat 21 Dec and we can all look forward to another wonderfully creative year. To acknowledge and celebrate the creativity of my students I am going to share some of the wonderful  work they have done with me in the past year.

Bessie - Steve (Oils)

Bessie – Steve (Oils)

They are all to be commended on their perseverance and commitment to their art.  Creativity is seldom easy and we often have to fight for our right to nurture our creative spirit, as others often view it as an indulgence rather than an essential part of who  we are.  The other thing about that is that when you pursue your creativity, it makes others uncomfortable, because they aren’t honouring their own creativity. So congratulations to everyone who has nurtured their own creativity this last year!

Sunset – Ash (Acrylics)








Courtney – Humming Bird (Pastel)






Jess - Pen & Ink Study

Jess – Pen & Ink Study





Elise – Kapati Coast (Pastel)



Summer Scents - Deborah (Oils)

Summer Scents – Deborah (Oils)


Faith – Tonal Study (Oils



Skull Study - Rewa (Charcoal)

Skull Study – Rewa (Charcoal)











Jo – Pencil Drawing

Lee – Pelican (Pen & Ink)






Kandinsky Tree - Louis (Acrylics)

Kandinsky Tree – Louis (Acrylics)



Lorraine - Poppies (Oils)

Lorraine – Poppies (Oils)






Lorraine O’Day – My Dog (pastels)






Pumpkin - Merran (Water Colour)

Pumpkin – Merran (Water Colour)













These are just a few of the wonderful works from my students this year. It should be noted that while these works are all original works by the students, some of them are copies of other photographers and artists and are intended as learning exercises only. Thank you all for allowing me to work with you and guide you on your creative journeys.

Grace - Chay

Grace – Chay

I wish all of you, students and readers, an amazingly creative year in 2013 and trust that you will continue to grow and expand your creative horizons all year.

















In last weeks post I spoke a little about The Archibald Prize. Today I would like to review some of the paintings in this a little further. As I said last week the winning painting by Tim Storrier  was an interesting look at the whole concept of what a portrait is. This painting encompasses the idea of how there are many different facets to a persons personality.  In this case it includes many of the tools of the artist’s trade and a whimsical reference to his faithful companion his dog. The over all feeling of the painting is one of joyous exploration and it has a great “joie de vivre”.  I include it here again now in case you missed the previous post.

The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch)

The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch)


Interestingly the gallery has hung a painting next to it which explores a similar theme of life’s journey. However one would be hard pushed to find two more dissimilar paintings on the same subject anywhere.

The other painting Ultrapilgrim by Juan Ford,  depicts someone who seems to be weighed down by life’s burdens.  The figure is cloaked and appears to hold a mendicant’s staff. He has no companion and struggles along isolated from the world with his burdens on his back. There is no sense of joyous adventure in this work, only toil and struggle!


Ultrapilgrim -Juan Ford

One of the other works which was extraordinary was Mangrove Tree by Joshua Yeldham. Created on board, plywood I believe,  he carves and adds cane pieces to th work to stunning effect. He has developed a very original style, well worth checking out. Here’s what he has to say about his painting.

“My children have found pirate treasure beneath this old mangrove tree. We climb its twisted limbs to avoid her sharp roots below. This golden tree, the stingrays, fishing lines, the tinny full of rain and the Hawkesbury River have deeply touched us. We ride the wild sea and I dance with my paintbrush for another day in this timeless land.”

Mangrove tree – Hawkesbury River Joshua Yeldham

Mangrove tree – Hawkesbury River Joshua Yeldham

This weeks question: What has deeply touched you in your life, that you might care to share with the rest of the world?

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