April 18th – 30th 2023
“Colours of Australia” is an exhibition by four local artists, myself included, from the Moreton Bay Regional Area and the Sunshine Coast. Celebrating all things Australian and filling the gallery with a burst of colour. Join Ron Bryant, Karen King, Tricia Taylor and Jo-Ann Middlebrough as we take you on a journey of our travels through Australia. All of us are avid plein air painters who love to travel with their art. From Uluru to the MacDonnell Ranges, the Blue Mountains to our amazing coastline. The outback ochres and the ocean turquoise will make an amazing mix of colour and light in this exhibition. Tricia, Jo-Ann, Ron and myself all have an impressionistic style of realism that merge to make a cohesive exhibition. While the work will include a mixture of oils, watercolours, and pastels it will make for a great variety of mediums, styles and techniques used.
The Exhibition runs for two weeks. Opening on the 18th of April and closes on the 30th of April at the Bribie Community Art Centre, Matthew Flinders Art Gallery. 191 Sunderland Drive Banksia Beach. The Gallery is open 9am -4pm daily – closed Mondays.
Please join us at the official opening, 2pm 22nd April 2023 with light refreshments and nibbles. The exhibition will also be officially opened by Deborah Eddy, who is also a local Moreton Bay artist and current Doctor of Visual Art Candidate, Queensland College of Art.
Ron Bryant My passion is mainly painting Landscapes and Seascapes and I love being surrounded by nature. I am truly blessed to live in a beautiful part of Queensland which is both rural and located by the sea, so my backyard is always full of opportunities to paint.
The Australian landscape has always excited me with its outstanding beauty on one hand, and its wild and everchanging patterns on the other…..both enrich my soul.
In my paintings I endeavour to capture the light, energy, and atmosphere that I am seeing and feeling and hopefully this emotion is shared when viewing my art.
Nowadays I rarely paint from a reference photograph as I like to experience the connection with nature by note taking and observations, then taking my thoughts and sketches back to the studio to paint
Karen King This collection of my art reflects the diversity of subject and style in which I paint and teach. My paintings depict my love of light and colour whilst working in a semi-impressionistic style. I love to travel both here in Australia and overseas and a recent trip to the Red Centre set my creativity on fire. The ochres, reds, oranges, and yellows coupled with the sage green of the flora was truly breathtaking. I find beauty in sometimes the simplest of scenes.
Light and colour has sent me down the rabbit hole of creativity only to emerge more joyful and creative and ready to take on more artistic journeys.
I was once asked “what do you like to paint?” My answer was simply “the light and colour”.
Light both intrigues and fascinates me, it can be subtle, or it can be brilliant. Light gives energy to my painting subjects no matter how simple that subject may be and draws us out from the darkness into its caress. It guides us, comforts us, and bedazzles our senses.
Light gives the universe form, texture, and life, and without light there is no colour.
It can be a simple light shaft falling on a doorway, the light caressing a child's face or the dappled sunshine descending through the trees in a forest, for me paintings without light and colour has no stimulation of the senses.
The light in Australia has a unique quality about it and capturing it at its best can sometimes be challenging. Early mornings and late afternoons are optimum as the light becomes saturated in the middle of the day and washes out a lot of subtle colours.
“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Claude Monet
Art makes my heart sing…..
Tricia Taylor. This exhibition is full of memories from my travels throughout Australia. I find painting en plein air (meaning in the outdoors) both challenging and rewarding. There is something special about painting from life in the light of day. You see colour more richly and tones more deeply.
My purpose it to shine a light into the community through art. It brings clarity, hope, and unveils our path. The moment between night and day as light fills the sky with colour, this Kairos moment, brings me deep joy. I aim to share the light of God that lives in me and is revealed in creation into the lives of others to bring just a little more joy into their hearts.
I am very lucky to have a garage that is VERY dry and almost dust free which is essential for keeping your art in pristine condition. However, Each and every piece of artwork is still wrapped individually and stored upright to protect both glass and frame. The shelving system I use was purchased from the local hardware store - Bunnings and was cost effective. It has easily adjustable shelf heights, has a chrome finish which is easily wiped clean. The only down side is that the metal shelf is not solid so I therefore place a sheet of thick cardboard on the top of the shelf to give my paintings a little extra protection.
The paintings are placed vertically with their name and number which was allocated to them on my Excel database showing for easy location. When an exhibition opportunity comes around I can see at a glance what I have and can pick out my selection readily.
This is also how I stack my car when transporting my paintings - vertically.
Each painting is wrapped individually in bubble wrap which has been cut to oversize for extra protection. I do not used sticky tape or other tapes to adhere or hold in place instead I use dressmakers elastic. This can be purchased on line from Amazon for under $20.00 for 100 Yards or 91.44 meters in either black or white.
I cut to length 4 pieces of elastic and tie in a knot to make a giant rubber band to hold the wrapping in place. This then wraps around the painting 4 times in 2 different directions to hold the bubble wrap in place. This system ensures a quick unwrap, protects the bubble wrap from tearing (giving longer use) and a quick pack up when the show has finalized.
When unpacking I ensure the appropriate elastic pieces are kept with the appropriate bubble wrap. I fold the elastic inside each piece of bubble wrap leaving one piece out to hold them all together in a bundle. I also ensure that when the bubble wrap is folded the name of the piece can be seen easily allowing for a quick pack up when finished.
HOW EXCITING IS IT TO BE EXHIBITING!
So now you have categorized, listed, priced and framed your work let's take it up another notch.
On the back of each painting I enclose my Artist Profile and a Certificate of Authenticity which is unique to EVERY painting I create.
My Artist Profile gives a small insight to my clients to who I am as an artist, what inspires me and a little about myself. I print my Artist Profile 4 to an A4 page of 4 self adhesive labels so I can peel and stick to the reverse of the painting
My Certificate of Authenticity contains the following information
Don't forget to drop by each week for the latest BLOG from Landsborough Art Studio and Karen King
Exhibiting in a gallery no matter how small the gallery maybe is very exciting especially when it is your first time.
No matter if you have never hung your work in a gallery before or you are an old hand you need to be organized and present your work in a professional timely manner. Below I have put together my hints and tips that I find useful which I am about to share with you.
2023 - Classes resume week commencing Monday 9th January. Booking is essential
EXHIBITIONS - I have a number of exhibitions coming up in the 1st half of the year
Currently I have 3 pieces in the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre "FUR FEATHERS AND FINS". This exhibition ends 15th January 2023 so make sure you stop by for a look.
The 2nd Exhibition I am partaking is being held at the Yandina Historic House called "Sunshine Coast Summer on the Beach" This exhibition runs 21st January 2023 until 26th February 2023. Opening day 21st January. I have 10 Sunshine Coast p;paintings entered. Well worth a visit.
The 3rd Exhibition is being held in February when I am Artist of the Month at the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre. Commencing 1st February 2023 until 28th February 2023. The centre is open all days except Mondays and there is a cafe for coffee or lunch on the premises.
Friday 10th February @ 10.30 there will be an impromptu "Meet the Artist". So pop this in your diary and come along and enjoy the show.
Exhibition in April - I am very excited about our upcoming exhibition " Colours of Australia" being held at the Matthew Flinders Gallery 191 Sunderland Drive Banksia Beach, Bribie Island. This exhibition will showcase many of my works along with Tricia Taylor, Ron Bryant and Jo-Ann Middlebrough.
Dates to remember are 17th April 2023 until 30th April 2023. This one is sure to be VERY special.
Each time I go out on a painting holiday I come back with better ideas on how to reduce my weight but still have all the materials I need. I have downsized my daily watercolour kit and compiled it into a small shoulder bag for easy light weight transport. I thought I would share with you what I have.
How do you sign your artwork?
What do you use to sign your work? Are you often frustrated by not being able to sign your work as you would like? What do you use pastel pencil, graphite, charcoal or another dry medium?
Up until recently I have tried signing my pastel paintings with a pastel pencil only to have it go blunt halfway thru my signature and it does not like to go over soft pastel. I can always brush off some pastel and then try reapplying, but the pencil still goes blunt before my signature is complete. Pastel sticks are too fat for a nice, neat signature. Charcoal is too soft and will brush off easily.
When signing your paintings, you want the signature to be legible, permanent but at the same time not detract from the painting itself. If you use pastel pencil or pastel in any form your signature can be easily removed and replaced with yet another person’s signature. Not that this happens on a regular basis but CAN happen.
Always sign both the front and the back of your artwork. On the back use a permanent marker or pen using a pen which will not bleed though the paper. One the back you can also write the name or title of your painting along with the date of completion. DO NOT date the front of your painting. Let’s say you have a favourite painting which you keep for a couple of years but finally decide to let it go. A painting dated a few years back MAY give a potential buyer the impression that it has not sold previously because it was unpopular, overpriced or any other reason. Along with your name, title, and date on the rear of the painting you can include your address, website, Facebook page and any other valuable information.
Practice your signature, do you want just your first name, full name, nickname or perhaps a symbol. Once you have decided on a signature STICK TO IT.
On my pastel paintings I use a RED pencil. It will make it clear and gives my paintings that touch of red to its composition. I use a Prismacolor Pencil, however any coloured pencil will suffice. You can get a great point with an ordinary pencil sharpener, and it will hold its point throughout the entire signature. It will also easily go over the soft pastel leaving you with a clear neat signature
Why not try something like this for the back of your work.
Remember to take time with your signature, DO NOT just scratch it upon your painting which you have perhaps spent many hours getting the way you want it.
Make sure your signature is not overtaking your painting. You want it to be clear but not the first thing you see.
Sign all your paintings, be proud of the effort you have put into them.
As well as signing the back of your painting also sign the back of the painting after it has been framed.
Here are some of the greats……will you be included here one day?
My workshop Charcoal Sketching Portraits being held on Saturday 14th May is almost filled. Anyone who is interested in coming along can contact me direct for details. Learn how to achieve realistic portraits using just charcoal. This unique technique will unlock many of the mysteries of good drawing so that even the most inexperienced drawer will achieve a fabulous lifelike image at the end of the day. Once you have learned these techniques you can then take what you have learned one step further and start adding paint or pastel to your drawing. The next workshop which I am working on at the moment will be all about the steps to making a fabulous painting. A date has not yet been announced but stay tuned for more information. .
Soft Pastel & Pastel Pencil Workshop
Sunday 27th March
Join me for this full day of painting with Soft Pastels and Pastel Pencils using a limited palette. Learn how to combine the use of pastel pencils with soft pastels for intricate works.
In this workshop you will learn how to make subtle changes of tone to create depth and form. As the palette is limited there will be a minimal amount of pastel and pastel pencil required to attend this workshop. You will also learn how to create form for steam and smoke. Creating lost and found edges will also be addressed.
This piece will be painted onto black Colourfix Paper.
Landsborough Art Studio is COVID-19 Compliant.
Only Vaccinated students MAY ATTEND. Vaccination certificates must be shown prior to the workshop or on the day
DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING
• fever or symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath)
• returned from overseas in the last 14 days
• been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19: (coronavirus) in the last 14 days
Karen King owns and operates Landsborough Art Studio and is dedicated to the sharing and learning principals in all art. Here you will learn snippets and interesting information which I know you will find intriguing and valuable.