Monday, November 30, 2009

Fullerton Design Cards now at the Gallery

All the motifs on these gift cards can be recycled or perhaps framed - just gently peel the design of the card.

Vintage Dress
French Parasol

French Corset

Carmen Dress


French Chair

We are so excited about having this collection of beautiful cards from Fullerton Design. These cards showcase the ancient craft of needlework, using the latest technology, alongside the traditional European art of embroidery design and pattern making.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Splish Splash

"Stripes and Spotty Swimmers"
90x120cms acrylic

"Altogether Now" 90x120cms acrylic
This series based on "swimmers" from Jeanette are just delightful in so many ways. Even though they are basically monochromatic - they have been highlighted with touches of silver and bronze. The little fish swimming in the background create movement and quite honestly they would look amazing on any wall, a touch of fun and whimsy.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wildflower Country - new works from Heather Blacklock

Wildflower Country (Everlastings) (97x140cms)

"This painting is what I call the "best time of the year" when the sun would come out and warm up all them flowers , and they would look like they would open up and smile at the sun. This was also a great time of the year for us to go picking wildberries and other wild fruits."

(narrative by Heather)

a close up (detail)

On the easel at the gallery
I literally let out a "gasp" when I first layed eyes on this stunningly-beautiful piece from Heather - the painting literally shimmers and pulsates. The patiently applied layers evoke a flourishing burst of colourful flowers.
The quill style looks deceptively simple. In many of her paintings, she uses a droplet shape to build up a pointillist picture, usually on a one colour background - in this case an emerald green. The tail of the droplet gives her work an unusual sense of movement. "It has a 3D effect and people want to touch it," says Ray (Heather’s husband). "I call it Braille art. Aboriginal people get excited about it. One old fellow started to dance when he saw one of Heather's paintings."

"It makes me feel proud of my culture, getting their approval," adds Heather. "It makes the paintings worth doing even more. When you see your people looking at something you've done, it's a bit emotional, like going home and showing your mum."

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Art for Children or Fairy Lovers

Let me show you these special little pieces created by Denise Murray. They are a collection of paintings commissioned for a "new born" baby's nursery. I'm sure you will agree, they are simply exquisite, with undertones of colour and dream like qualities.




Quite often Denise will start working with a simpe "shadow" which can appear in the foreground - the observer becomes the observed, there is no preconceived notion. Colour is very important and texture will suggest a world of possibilities. These simple little paintings have a playful look about them, but the undertones are quite sophisticated. Tone on tone is just exquisite - lucky little "Malia" that now has them in her bedroom to look at for the rest of her life!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Making Ordinary Extraordinary

The most remarkable thing about Michael Cawdrey's work is the ordinariness of the subject matter. The appeal lies in the way Michael relates to everyday life where you find yourself saying "I've been there before" and you probably have!

This collection of beautiful oils are framed in oyster coloured frames with white matts - no glass, so you get that lovely impact of colour on your walls once they are placed.

"View to Moffatt Beach Headland"

"George Street - Brisbane"
"Paddling at High Tide"

"A Slice of Sunshine at Bribie Island"

"Autumn in Melbourne"

Michael's passion is in everyday shapes and activities - such as old buildings beside new skyscapers. Sometimes Michael might use both acrylic and oils as the acrylic gives a spontaneous, edgy effect while the oil provides a softer balance.
This is truly a lovely collection - the light and shade are simply superb. I placed some of the paintings onto our charcoal coloured wall and they just look exquisite, but would also sit beautifully on crisp white walls.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Robin Hines Wins Award

Robin Hines - received the "1st Prize" in the Open Section in the Hervey Bay Art Society's Fraser Coast Competitive Art Exhibition for 2009.

I have posted some of Robin's latest paintings below:-

"In the Straits"

"Tides Out" (triptych)

"Zephre II" oil on canvas

Some lovely new oils from Robin Hines and many congrats in winning the "1st Prize" in the Open Section in Hervey Bay. I have posted an article (above) although it may not be very clear, we have the original copy from the article, so please let me know if you wish a hard copy to be sent.

Friday, November 6, 2009

New Glassware from Hoglund Art Glass

"Baby Birds" & " Birds with Wings"
Just arrived in the gallery in time for Christmas are the beautiful art glass pieces from Hoglund. These pieces are all individual works of art, made from molten liquefied crystal glass - therefore - no two pieces will ever be the same. Handblown glass is an art form which bears the "fingerprint" of the craftsman in every piece created.


"Wave Bowl - with Base"

"Dot Wave Vase"

A wide collection of stunning hand-blown glass is now on display at The Manly Gallery which has been created exclusively by hand in striking colours and designs.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Watercolours by Madeline Herbert-Miller

"Tuscany" watercolour

"Cafe in Brittany"

"The Rocks"

Observing Sydney from a different angle - washing on the line in the back streets of Sydney, no iconic landmarks in this painting, just the day-to-day goings on at The Rocks. This is quite a playful painting with a nice observation of the city.

Cafe in Brittany - another painting of a city, only this time in Brittany. Madeline has just returned from an overseas trip to Europe, so we look forward to seeing the collection of work she will produce from this current trip.

Superb atmospheric work in the "Tuscany" painting with a sense of time and place.