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From collage to abstract, still life and back again.

helmet bird bucklehorse

Those that know me for my still-life will be surprised that I do this surreal collage and those that know me for my hybrid collage will be surprised that I paint quiet still-life scenes.

boronia final

Still life painting with boronia flowers and apples.

I think almost finished.  Sorry not such a great quality photo and it is clipped a bit.boronia final

boronia original not paintedThis is a photo of one of the set ups that I rejected.

This one has the apples still looking like tomatos.boronia wip 2

boronia wip 1  For my still-life work I underpaint, I use a limited palette of colours and my materials are oil pencil (sparing) and acrylic paint.

man with jet back

Works on Paper art prize selection makes me pretty happy.

I have just been notified that my piece Ínside and Outside’ has been selected as an entry into the Banyule Art Prize.  This is one third of the image here.  I am very excited to be in this exhibition.  (Collage, acrylic, pencil)

man with jet back

A few days ago I went for a stroll around my suburb and as it is springtime I thought you might enjoy these photos as much as I did. mIMAG0102[1]Can anyone tell me what these pod things are on my clivia plant?  I know they are not flowers but do I have to do anything to them?mmmmm

New still life paintings from my sick bed.

I managed to get through winter without a cold but first week of spring and I am sick.  Oh well could be worse.  I am really happy as I have produced three still life paintings that I am very happy with during this period.





Oscar my cat wouldn’t move away from tv screen, I have lost my voice so couldn’t yell at him so we managed just like this.



Just a couple of altered but lovely found images.

small paintings

Exhibition ‘Seven’ is on now and guess what, I sold SEVEN.

I struggled with the title as I have said in the past.  I kept it very simple, seven small to medium sized works and seven mini responses to the larger works.  Guess how many sold –  yep, SEVEN.

milk bottle with detail ootb photo 2015 direction small paintings julia


Works on Paper exhibition entry open soon and here is a detail from my entry.

detailHere is a detail from one of three pieces I will be entering into a works on paper exhibition.  I am using acrylic paint for backgrounds and several collage cutouts.  The man is hand drawn and painted with inspiration from Bruegel the Elder.  All three pieces are quite small and all are hybrid characters.

My exhibition has started but the opening is on Saturday at 2.00pm.  If in Melbourne please come by.

seven tiny

Flowers and cherries

My still-life paintings are being exhibited very soon.

Finally it’s here, the Out of the box group of artists that I have exhibited with for over 13 years are having their 2015 exhibition titled SEVEN.

I have posted a few pictures over the past few months plus another one here today.  If you wish to discuss you can contact me or the gallery for further information or other images.

seven tiny Flowers and cherries

I have seven acrylic paintings/oil pencil works on board plus seven tiny 12.5 x 12.5cm works that are details or responses to the larger works.  All the work is still-life layered acrylic paintings using a limited palette.  The works have been scratched, sprayed, sanded to reveal underpainted colours.  I have had Morandi on my mind in the making of this body of work.

chrysanthemum with coffee cups and detail

Final preparations for gallery exhibition in Collingwood.

chrysanthemum with coffee cups and detail  Our exhibition is called ‘SEVEN’.

I researched lots of different ideas and came up with not very much at all to inspire me with the title.

I decided to turn my attention to still life work which has been very rewarding for me.  I hope you like the pic I am posting.  I have made seven still-life works and seven small responses/details that will hang separately.  If you are looking for a long articulate explanation, again, I have nothing.

I can tell you that I have used a limited colour palette of ultramarine blue, cadmium red, cadmium yellow and titanium white acrylic paint as well as an oil pencil.  There is the tiniest amount of venetion red and alizarin crimson used as well.  If you are looking – no not seven colours.

Chrysanthemum with coffee cups, Acrylic Paint / Oil Pencil


We promise we are all working hard towards our next exhibition at Cambridge Studio Gallery.

In between making sculpture, painting, drawing, cutting, assembling etc we must stop for coffee, do a little gardening and rest. We recently held our last meeting (food galore) in the gallery to discuss the final points.  It was mid winter bring your own everything.  One brought a big pot of hearty soup, crusty bread, rosemary chips (fries), dips, chocolate cake plus so much more.  Wine too.  IMAG1041[1] IMAG1081[1] IMAG1069[1] IMAG1071_-_Copy[1] IMAG1083[1] IMAG1080[1] IMAG0402_1[1]  The title of our up coming exhibition will be SEVEN.

Interpretation of the cultural symbol; Seven
The regularly exhibiting “Out of the Box” group have chosen to explore seven as a theme.  Culturally seven has been a significant symbol, with themes such as Seven deadly Sins, Seven Wonders of the world, Dance of the Seven veils, etc…

The diversity of the theme is reflected in the response by the individual artists to the group theme.  Subjects range from views of Melbourne, interiors of a gallery, seven colour spectrums as defined by Isaac Newton, seven sculptures from the imagination and even an artist has challenged herself to complete seven unfinished works…

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