Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
"Clusters of Hydrangeas" 98x40cms
"Flight of Fancy"
I really dont know of many artists that produce paintings so beautifully on silk as Margaret Meiklejohn does. She is a very talented local artist, who after many years of painting traditional watercolours, turned to painting the watercolour onto the silk. It is a very laborious artform which requires special techniques and Margaret has certainly mastered this throughout the many years she has been with our gallery. You really have to see this work in the flesh - its so liquidy (such a word!) or delicate is probably a better description. They have been beautifully framed in an oyster coloured frame - just perfect.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Golden Fir Trees Interior 61x61cms
Interior with Eastern Influence
I just love the way Caroline paints her interiors, they are delightfully simple, warm and almost
playful, displaying beautifully modulated light, and so very rich in texture at the same time.
I believe that a good painting has paths for the eye to follow – allowing the viewer to explore the complexity of the painting, which is ever so true when it comes to the landscapes shown here. Caroline has been a finalist in the annual Tattersalls Art Show, which attracts artists from all over Australia.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
~~ Blue Wren ~~
~~ P e a c o c k ~~
~~ Red Rumped Parrot ~~
~~ Yellow Tailed Cockatoo ~~
Christophers beautiful birds are currently featured on the -55cent stamp, so if you are passing by the Manly Post Office, have a little squizzy on the wall and you will find the little Wren featured in a framed print above the counter. The giclee reproductions can be ordered unframed.
Christopher's artworks capture delightfully intimate encounters with shy and elusive subjects, leaving a lasting impression on the viewer. His understanding of three dimensional objects and their relation to the surrounding space give the viewer a clear sense of being present. Christopher's love for art and wildlife began early on in childhood. Although he has studied illustration and art in various forms, Chris is basically self-taught and is regarded as one of the leaders in the field of wildlife art in Australia. We currently have three beautiful limited edition giclees framed in a silver frame of the "Silvereye", "Wren" and the "Honeyeater".
Monday, June 14, 2010
This is my all time favourite portrait painting of the Queen - I can remember it from my school days, I think it was in the Principals office! or thereabouts. The 'wattle painting' as it became known is of the young Queen painted by Australian artist Sir William Dargie in 1954. Completed soon after the Queen's 1954 tour – the first time a reigning monarch had set foot on Australian soil – the wattle painting is one of the most recognisable 20th century Australian portraits. Dargie depicts the Queen wearing a Norman Hartnell mimosa gold tulle dress adorned with sparkling gold wattle motifs. Hartnell designed the dress for the 1954 Australian tour. It is unambiguously patriotic and easily recognisable as the dress worn during her first evening engagement of the royal tour in Sydney, and again to her last evening function in Perth before leaving Australia. Dargie later painted a third version after the Queen expressed her delight at the original and requested a personal copy.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
"Grand Canal - Venice"
45x50cms with mat
"Montepulciano - Italy"
40x46cms with mat
I just love Italy and so do some of my artists, who are lucky enough to visit frequently, and Helen is one of them. The two pen and wash paintings featured are unframed and presented with a white mat, so you only need to choose a frame of your liking - and you have a beautiful piece of Italy to dream about until you visit the real thing.
Helen undertook a Fine Arts course at the Brisbane School of Art (“The Tech”) gaining wide experience in sculpture, oil and acrylic paintings, but it was the challenge of handling watercolours that inspired Helen to concentrate on this medium.