Wednesday, 31 December 2014


"N" is for New Year 2015.  

Hopefully, there'll be a new direction and a new artistic focus for me next year.

Yes, 2015 holds the possibility of a very good year, I hope!

"O" is for Over and Out with 2014.  

As usual there was good and bad which makes one reflect on what's important in life.

A balance of self....don't you think?
"W" is for Works in Progress, Works Completed and Works of Art from QAGOMA.
And hopefully you'll see lots of this in 2015.  So to finish the's some of my works in progress and completed works, and 'seriously beautiful' works of Art from Brisbane's glorious Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).

Works in Progress:
"Take a Break"
Completed Works:
The Astier de Villette series (sold)
"5 Flora for Villette"
"2 White Roses for Astier"
Untitled (sold)
"Notations I & II" series (sold)
Lyon (sold)
"Wild in Some Places" (sold)
"From Paris with Love I - IV" series…waiting for a loving home.
Works of Art from GOMA:

Hope your year was a good one....and I sincerely wish you all dear blog readers a most rewarding and happy 2015.

If you would like a 2015 "Paris Rendez-Vous and Beyond" calendar or artwork....just email me.

And…last but not least...Happy New Year Becks and Pippa…you are so adorable!
The adorable Pippa and Becks….Happy New Year!


Sunday, 28 December 2014

Promenade With My Parapluie I - "David Malouf and Friends"

Promenade with my parapluie to
David Malouf and Friends
David Malouf is a man of many talents.  A highly regarded writer, his talents span poetry, novels, short stories, non-fiction books, highly regarded essays, one play and operatic libretti.  A man for all seasons!

A Brisbane man, whose appreciation and insight into our city, has also enhanced the way we look at our hometown, Brisbane.

I remember when I first visited Brisbane as a child…my family referred to it as "The Big Smoke".We would rattle in from Ipswich full of expectation and wonder every Christmas to do "the Christmas shopping".

I remember the big bold trees, the dark shadows cast by them, the beautiful bright light, the wrought ironwork and the white lattice wrapping around many of the grander homes.  Well, Brisbane still has all that of course, but now much more.

David's writing has often been based in and around Brisbane…and his keen eye has helped to open our eyes too.  

This exhibition is a celebration for David, who recently turned 80 grand years.  Here, 5 artists, interpret his writings.


The City Hall…venue for the exhibition.
Come this way, past the lush foliage and into the exhibition.
Anna Carey
I love these works….exactly like the little concrete 'flats'
we would holiday in at the Gold Coast each Christmas!
No bigger than a matchbox…but what fun we had in these flats…rise early,
swim, eat, play, swim, eat, play, sleep.
One of my very favourite artists…..Noel McKenna.
I adore his quiet, his stillness and his simplicity.
The title says it all….yes we're all on
the Crematorium Bus….this ain't a dress rehearsal folks!
Can you see that little man
in the river?  Is he waving to say "hi"
or is he calling "help me".
Depends on your state of being I guess.
Bruce Reynolds
I thought these works were very clever.
The old formica kitchen table as the background for each piece
and a beauiful plaster relief depicting
Brisbane/Queensland things…bats, crayfish.
Do you see the bat hanging upside down?
Many moons ago we had a red formica kitchen table
just like this….and it was edged in chrome!  Extremely 'flash' we thought.
There's the Brisbane River meandering down and across that urn.
Old lino collages….brilliant!
We all had this stuff on our floors in the 1950s…and it was
thought incredibly chic.  Well it is, isn't it?
Love the texture.
Karla Marchesi
My brother kept a lush tropical garden just like this in Brisbane.
Not this colour though!
His was a deep, intense forest GREEN!
Camille Cerise
And here are those grand Brisbane houses wrapped with ironwork
and white lattice, bordered by white picket fences
and shaded by big bold trees.

And now for my interpretations of Brisbane…the series, "A Place in the Sun" completed rather quickly yesterday morning just for fun.  

Lots of big, bold, shadowy trees, white lattice, green and gold….and bright light seeping through. Graphite rubbings of tree trunks form the background to each collage.

Materials used: graphite, ink, charcoal, vintage papers, water colour, coloured pencil, aerosol paint, gouache.

I like working in a series…and sometimes quite fast.  I was on a mission!

A Place in the Sun I
A Place in the Sun II
A Place in the Sun III
A Place in the Sun IV
A Place in the Sun V
A Place in the Sun VI
Congratulations to all….loved the exhibition.