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Some simple but meditative abstract paintings.

First picture is of Mayu a Japanese girl that stayed with me 6 years ago and as she was visiting  Australia she wanted to catch up with me.  We went to South of Johnston in Collingwood for lunch and then to Station Street in Fairfield for Greek cakes.  Delicious.  Good luck Mayu (she works for Korean Airlines and gets a lovely healthy discount for travel).

The abstract designs above just came to me as a bit of a challenge.  I had  blue splotches I painted on some brown paper bunting for my daughters baby shower (yes it will be a boy) and I didn’t want to waste them so I chopped them up and then assembled into the two blue artworks above.  The other one with red is actually not an assemblage but a small painting probably inspired by the earlier pieces.

One thing leads to another.

baby 4

Some pics from my Daughter’s baby shower.

On Sunday we had a baby shower for my daughter (top photo, glasses, red sleeves).  Lots of friends, food, drinks and just a couple of fun games – celebrity heads and the masterchef taste test.  We had lots of fun and lots of laughs.


I’m in love with handmade Kooklas by Helen.

These amazing characterful soft toys are made by Helen.  Helen has been making them for some time now and like most artists is more interested in their personalities and form than in selling or marketing them.  I own a couple now and thought I would show you how lovely and individual they are.  Please let me know if you like them so that I can relay that back to her for encouragement. I think they are lovely children’s toys but equally lovely adult toys.  I hope you like them.


Fun with leftover paint.

Just having a bit of fun at the end of the night with the leftover paint that I will not use tomorrow.

2 Dogs and Friends

Joined and Jumbled art exhibition Friday.

If in Melbourne come along to my group exhibition Opening on Friday night 6.30pm at Beth Hulme Gallery see details below.

This image is one of a series of 9 collage/mixed media works on show along with one limited edition giclee print.    The disparate cutouts I began selecting and assembling unknowingly led me to the creation of a series of joyful hybrid habitats for children including, space, dogs and insects.

Title:  Dogs and Friends  Medium:  Collage, ink and Acrylic paint on wood.  Size 20 x 20cm2 Dogs and FriendsJoined and Jumbled Invite

Joined and Jumbled Invite

Mixed Media exhibit Joined and Jumbled.

I am in an exciting group exhibition at Beth Hulme Gallery & Studio with all sorts of mixed media happening.  I would love it if you could come along and see this show.

Gallery and more information about all 10 artists is available from :

You can email me if you wish for any further info or call Beth as per the invite above. Note the opening days/times on the invite. If you would like to meet me at the gallery let me know and I’ll try to be there.  Great location for coffee.



dads shed

Sleeping toolshed and some art.

The toolshed is my fathers.  He is 92 years old and has been in a Nursing home for the past 4 months.  I am allowed to go into the toolshed and use  whatever I want.  I have told my father (who is a Carpenter) that I am trying woodcarving.  My latest thing from this shed is a stone for sharpening my chisels.  I am not good at it and wish I could ask him to show me but I don’t want to worry him.

A little bit of art from the past – a collage and a drawing.

joan blue vase

Upcoming art workshops in Collingwood.

joan blue vasejans pears april 16

Images above are by Joan Cullum and Jan Wright.

Collage Mixed Media
Friday 22 April, 1 to 4pm
​Tutor – Anne Warren
$130 (all materials provided)
We will prepare two surfaces as supports for your collage by experimenting with and using ink and acrylic paint.  When the time comes to cut pictures from books I will ask you to not think about what you are selecting but I will ask you to trust your intuition and just cut images that speak to or appeal to you.  I will try my best to share how I select the images I cut and how to approach the assemblage of the pieces.  I would always describe collage as fun as the process is meditative, restful, surprising, amusing and yet at the same time you can have a full conversation and get to know the people around you.
We will be using beautiful French Arches watercolour paper, ink and acrylic paint. I will provide you with a list of the materials we have used today so that you can continue creating art.
​Materials list provided.



Painting the Still Life (acrylic)
Thursday 28 April, 1 – 4pm
Tutor – Anne Warren
​ $140 (all materials provided)
In this class I will share with you some of the techniques and materials I use to make still-life paintings. For the last seven years I have used a limited colour palette for my paintings and I have barely shifted from that as there are so very many different colours that can be mixed using just the primary colours plus white. You will be encouraged to complete an acrylic still-life painting on canvas in this class.   At the end of the class I will provide a list of the materials that you will have used today to make your artwork so that you can continue creating art.


Susan Gibson 
Gallery Owner/Curator

Ness Alexandra
Assistant Curator/Administrator

Cambridge Studio Gallery
03 9486 0169
52 Cambridge Street,
Collingwood, Vic 3066

PO BOX 1412, Collingwood, VIC 3066

Gallery Hours
12pm to 5pm
Wednesdays to Sundays

horse flower

Can you tell I get a kick out of collage?

I like to challenge myself by selecting just one or two books from my collage bookcase to create collage images.  The abstract was just from one page alone – can you see the bedhead, blanket, pillow, childs shoe strap, and a couple of other things?  I often do not stick these things down, they are ephemeral and may turn up in a different image in the future – see the horse repeated.  Can’t do that if you commit with glue however  I was given a visual diary so I feel I need to fill it and I have kept a few of the above in it.

Workshops are still available – email me if you need details.

Tried my hand at pottery and a cat.


Oscar is a British blue cat.  Gorgeous.

The pottery is a result of a short term at Carlton arts.  I had a go, was pretty average but now have a greater understanding of how skilled you need to be.

I am now interested in studying woodcarving to help me with a collaborative sculpture project.  Anyone have any tips for me?  I have ordered two Palm chisels and a beginner’s book.  Will post a picture in the future.

Prawns at Preston market ready for Easter feasts.





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