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Art Workshops in Melbourne

Just wanted to alert you to some new group workshops in still-life painting and in collage/mixed media.

In the past I offered one on one classes only however I am now able to offer  small group workshops over 3 hours at a reduced price.  In three hours we can cover a lot more and in the middle of it all we can have a break for coffee tea and biscuits.  Having other people alongside you is also a benefit for inspiration.

I am trying to make it simple and memorable:

Still-Life Painting in Acrylic the first Tuesday in every month 

Collage/Mixed Media on the first Thursday in every month

See the page above Art Workshops in Melbourne

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Alphington Open Studio exhibition this weekend.


It is nearing and I have tried hard to switch from what I was doing (the fundraising) to my art and how to best present it.

I’m keeping things simple, will probably display less than last year and will have my still-life works which are on show for the first time at the open studios.  I will of course still have collage/mixed media works as well.

At the moment my preparations include labelling, bluetacking, hooks, cleaning the house, making the studio look tidy and inviting plus so many other things that go with opening up a studio for visitors.


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I am posting some pics of our garden fundraiser for Nathan’s new wheelchair.

garden 1 garden 2 We sold so many plants and seeds donated by the City of Darebin, Melbourne Polytechnic, Diggers Club, Yates and home grown green things from lovely neighbours.  The barbeque / sausage sizzle was donated by the Lions Club of Northcote – they even sold christmas cakes and puddings with all the funds going to Nathan.  Nathan had an accident nine years ago and his only funds are a small pension which pays for his accomodation with a very small amount left for incidentals.  The standing wheelchair is something that Nathan trialled and fell in love with.  I’m pretty sure he will have the funds 4  garden fundraiser crowd garden nathan and carer garden ninnagarden artThis is an image of some of my work just hung as I prepare for the open studio weekend which is coming up very soon.

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Teaching life drawing classes at Cambridge Studio Gallery on Wed nights.

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This is a large charcoal work on paper that I made when studying fine art at university.

I was invited to teach life drawing on Wed nights on rotation with other instructors for small classes in a lovely intimate gallery setting at Cambridge Studio Gallery in Collingwood.  I think the students are  having a lot of fun drawing, using mixed media including torn paper, paint and ink etc. Sometimes their work is lovely, strong or quirky and sometimes not.  It happens because many of the poses are only 5 minutes or so.  I hope that they go home with something they are proud of, a technique that they will use again and or a plan to repeat something they learn’t at the next class.

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The kindest adult colouring book of all time – art fundraiser.

Our big fundraising event is a one time only event to be held on November 7th at the Alphington Community Centre on the Corner of Wingrove Street and Kelvin Road (Across from Alphington Station).  9.00am to 2.00pm

If you are in Melbourne please come along and help support a fundraiser to help 28year old Nathan to get a wheelchair that will enable him to stand up.  We will have a sausage sizzle, a plant sale including indigenous plants, a lemon tree and lots of others including succulents grown by Nathan himself.  We will have a children’s craft activity table with an accomplished artist teaching/assisting children and of course the very special ‘The Kindest Adult Colouring Book of All Time’.  We have had preorders already as we have a limited edition of 100 only.  The colouring in pages are donated by 23 artists to be used in this book.  There are 40 pages in all with artists such as illustrators, tattoo artists, printmakers, photographers etc…

Colouring in on these pages can be meditative and at other times your colouring in will need to be more considered.

I have already sold 16 books in preorders ($30AUD)  Please email me if you wish to lock in a book before Saturday.

You can find more information of our facebook site Alphington Garden Fundraiser.                                                                                                             front mock up cover grey the sweet life tattooists

The Sweet Life Tattoo Shop in High Street Thornbury were happy participants with three of their artists taking part.  The cover photo has Maisen Hall’s lady on the front.

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Our lovely, friendly, Alphington Garden Fundraiser is nearing.

We are fundraising for a young man that wants a wheelchair that will assist him to stand.

They exist and they are pretty expensive so the community are pitching in to help.

We have trees, shrubs, seeds, succulents and more.

We have a sausage sizzle

We have The Kindest Adult Colouring Book of All Time – a compilation of artworks by 23 artists including, graphic, tattooist, printmaker, illustrator, photographer, collage, drawing, ceramics, cartoonist and more.

4x colourThis is a mock up of a few details I have put together to show you some of the fun artworks that will make up the colouring book.  It has been such a fun thing to do.  I have discovered many of our artists will be buying books which is great but in another way it is difficult to take their money as they have been especially generous with their talent and time.  I value their commitment to their craft and their generosity.  Artists are the best, so please support them so that they may continue to make unique artwork for us to enjoy.

Kindest Colouring Book Fundraiser drawing.


This gorgeous image is by Eileen Gruen.  Donated for our colouring book fundraiser.  I tested it out with pencils.  Adult colouring book.

Taught a life drawing class with a little collage introduced.



Making a Limited Edition Adult Colouring Book for a charity fundraiser

I am compiling drawings from artists to make a special colouring book as a fundraiser.  It is an adult fundraiser in that you won’t see any fairies or such.  I had a very difficult time finding images of my own to contribute until I found these totems that I made and I realised I didn’t have to change much.  Here they are coloured in by me (testing).   I hope that they will be liked.

See below the newspaper story that I first saw about Nathan and his quest to buy a special wheelchair to help him stand up.  He didn’t ask for a lot of help and he is growing plants and selling them at a market to make some money towards the chair himself. I just thought he could do with a hand.  I will let you know from time to time what we are up to.

col coll  nathangraceI took this photo of Grace looking rather glamorous at her year 12 graduation last night.  That is the last year of high school – year before university.  Her exams are coming up very soon and she has only two more days of school left.  Grace arrived at our house as an international student from China just before her 15th Birthday.  She is now 18 years old and very beautiful and intelligent.  We were so lucky to have her with us.

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All unrelated yet all in a day. Colouring book preparation, abandoned land, my pets.

I am working on a charity fundraiser by asking artists that I know and even some that I don’t know to contribute to an adult colouring book. I am so lucky that people have been very kind and generous.  It is in progress and I am still collecting artwork.  We have visual artists, tattoo artists, grafitti artists, mosaisists, ceramisists, and even more.

We are raising funds for a local man (28yo) who is in a wheelchair as a result of a bad accident and he would like to buy a new one that can help him to stand up.  He is saving his money from potting plants and selling them at markets but he needs a hand so I thought I would.

The event will take place in Alphington on 7th November.  See Facebook – Alphington Garden Fundraiser.

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This enormous abandoned site is in Preston and I’m pretty sure it will be developed into housing units/flats soon.  I just liked the contrast of the earthy rubble and the bright coloured paint.

Ninna my Kelpie is asking me to let her in and Oscar the cat has given up even asking.

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Botanic Art, Nature, and a few feathers!

Angela Beloian

Drawings and Paintings

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