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Brisbane RAW Artist Showcase – 23 July 2015

I am really stoked to have been invited to be part of the RAW Artist Showcase to be held in Brisbane on Thursday 23 July at the .MET! This involves a collective of 40 artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performing art, hair and makeup for a one-night creative explosion!

A BIT ABOUT RAW

RAW is an indie arts organisation for artists, by artists. We focus on spotlighting independent talent to the public. Every second month we hand-select and showcase approximately 40 artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performing art, hair and makeup for a one-night creative explosion!

RAW was founded in the United States in 2009. The showcases currently run in over 60 locations across the U.S., Australia, Canada, and the UK! RAW's mission is to provide artists with tools and resources to further their creative careers. We want artists to fight the good fight and promote themselves independent of a gallery or agency.

Tickets are $20 and I need to bring along at least 20 people as my contribution to the night. To see who's participating and to book your ticket visit http://www.rawartists.org/brisbane/glimpse  

Be sure to select my name from the drop down menu when making your purchase.

View my RAW profile 

I would LOVE to see you there!

Creating new work for my solo show

The countdown is on to my new solo show from 19–23 August at the Percolator Gallery in Paddington, Brisbane. Opening night is Friday 21 August. I would love as many people to be there as possible. This is my title image for the show "Moments in Spontaneum", which explores the outcome of paintings that are painted during moments of spontaneous action where the paint is applied in a very quick, loose and unplanned way. If my work is starting to look laboured or too "thought about" I like to step back, get back in the zone and then 'attack' the work again, in a freer state of mind! Most of the time I am far happier with the outcome :)

My last year's opening night was great fun with lots of people attending.

I carry my treasures with me

This painting I completed in April 2015. It went through many stages and many changes, but now that it is resolved, it is my current favourite. 

I have entered it into the Sunshine Coast Art Prize. Fingers crossed I get somewhere! 

This painting has many layers, some hidden and some revealed. The piece represents the metaphorical treasures that I use in my painting – the brushstrokes, the colour, line and emotion that I draw on to create my work. I paint from a very intuitive and emotional place, referencing my mood and what is going on in my life. My art is my purest expression and this manifests in the strokes, colour and compositions I create in my work.

This piece is in a white float frame, is for sale and can be viewed on my website

here

April Art Arvo at my studio

On Sunday 26 April I held an art afternoon at my studio on Yeerongpilly. About 100 people turned up over the afternoon to enjoy live music by local musician Dave Power, art by myself and also a live oil painting demo by good friend Julie Christensen. Place Graceville kindly ran the auction of one of my large paintings which sold on the day for $1600. Coupled with a donation from my brother in law the day raised $3000 to send to the Ujamaa Children's Home in Tanzania. Local Paleo cafe Goodness Gracious supplied the delicious gluten and dairy free cakes for the afternoon and plenty of bubbles and good company made for a delightful afternoon.

Sandcastles in the Rain

This is my latest artwork. 1.5m x 1.2m in size.  I have completed 6 paintings since the beginning of the year. This one was probably my most enjoyable and fun. I love painting from my inside, painting from memories and emotion. This one takes me back to my childhood, building sandcastles with my bucket and spade, digging and playing in the sand with my siblings. And then watching the forms melt and distort as the rain comes down... This painting reminds me to keep that element of play in my life. To spend more time with my kids in the dirt and the sand, playing...

Work sold this week since the airing of our Grand Designs episode

1. Shock the Monkey – to Lauren in Sydney

 2. Express Yourself – to Lease in Sydney

3. Coming in from the Cold – to Maria in Sydney

When Doves Cry – to Krisztina in Perth

Well its been a busy week! 3 painting have been shipped to Sydney and one will leave for Perth next week. Quite a few commissions lining up too and the response from the show has been incredible! Now the challenge will be keeping my stock levels up!