Sunday, 19 October 2014

Memory Quilt

Over the past couple of weeks I have been working on an art project at an aged care facility. The residents I am working with have a range of ailments including the early stages of dementia.

We have started each session with a theme. Those who want to will tell a story around the sessions theme and we will look at a way we can create an artwork to relate it. I will then go and have a one on one chat with the ones who are shy or have issues with speaking and we will do the same thing. While we are starting up there is a lot of talking, laughing and the odd tear shed. Then about 20 minutes into it the room is incredibly quiet . The residents are really focused on what they are doing and there is just the odd hushed conversation between them and the staff.

 It has been an honour to work with them and a lot of fun. I have loved hearing the stories about their childhoods, how they met their spouses, their favourite things and especially the stories of the mischief they got up to. I have also loved creating art with them. For some of the residents this is the first time they have ever done art. Seeing their pride in their finished result has been really heart-warming.

Here is the quilt so far. There are still 2 groups tomorrow to add work to it. It looks fantastic and they have done a wonderful job. You are welcome to leave some comments for me to share with the artists.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Art on the Spot (+ UPDATE)

Today I was in Brunswick as part of the Fringe Festival.
Art on the Spot was an initiative where artists were on the street creating art for the day.
I was very lucky as I am sure I had the best spot on the street. Not only did I have a great position with some lovely old buildings to paint but I also had a market next to me, music coming from the local bar and lots of sunshine. To complement that I had some wonderful visitors who stopped to say hi.
I spent 5 hours on my work and sadly didn't manage to complete it. It is very rare for me to finish a work in one day though. Maybe tomorrow ....

Work in progress

UPDATE: One week later and I finished it :-)


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Article just published

I am very excited to announce that I have an article in the latest issue of Mixed Media Art Magazine.
While I have been lucky in the past to have exhibition related articles and photographs published of my work, this is my first full article. I hope you enjoy it.


Mixed Media Art Magazine Issue 15

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Art n' Music Charity Exhibition

Coming up is the Art n' Music Charity Exhibition. All profits will be going to The Kids Cancer Project.
Saturday 20 September
Brolly Workshop
24 Bennetts Lane
Melbourne CBD
Free Admission
For more information on the event and to see which artists and musicians are involved, please visit:

'Hope' was created especially for the event and will be up for sale.

 The Kids' Cancer Project:

Monday, 8 September 2014

Drawing With Kids #3

This is my final post regarding the drawing classes at a  Melbourne primary school. Today I spent time working with the Grade 1 children and I couldn't resist showing their work. It is as adorable as they are.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Drawing With Kids #2

Today I am following on from Mondays session where I was working at a primary school in Melbourne. Yesterday I spent the day working with children in Grades 5 and 6. I decided to make the exercise more challenging for the older children. They had to draw a template of a big cat onto pre painted card and then cut out a muzzle from card to attach to it. This gave the tiger or leopard a bit of a 3D effect. After this the children continued with the drawing exercise where they learnt about proportions and the correct positioning. Once they had done all of the black areas in permanent marker they used some touches of white to bring it to life.
The children were all really proud of their finished art works. I really love all the different personalities of each of them. They are gorgeous.

Leopards Grades 5 and 6. September 2014

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Drawing with kids

I am in the midst of running drawing workshops at an eastern Melbourne primary school.
The focus of the class is learning to draw a face using guidelines to help with placement and proportion. For this exercise I have given the children one of two critically endangered animals to draw, the Amur Leopard and the Sumatran Tiger. The lines on the template show where the top of the eyes go and also the top of the nose and the centreline of the face.

On Monday I was working with children in Grades 3 and 4. They only had 40 minutes to complete the lesson on an A3 sheet of paper. We did it step by step so each child was working at the same pace, with some classes drawing the leopard and the others drawing the tiger. Below are some of the wonderful drawings they did. The children were really pleased with their results and were excited to know that they could use this technique to draw other animal faces as well.

I am absolutely in love with the children's drawings. They all have their own unique personalities and are incredibly gorgeous. I am looking forward to working with the younger children to see their results. Well done kids.