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Small collage assemblages are ephemeral and no longer exist.

I had a lot of fun making these little ephemeral collage characters.  I cut selections of drapery, a sleeve, a pantaloon or similar from two different books and assembled them into unusual hybrid charcters.  Although there are no heads (only one) or legs they are still suggestive of an interesting character.

I have these photos (above) that I took last night but I do not have the cutouts (well I have them but they are not pasted down) as I really like the idea that they are a one time only assemblage.  It’s part of my play time.

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

Art workshops with year 11 and year 12 students.






Had a fantastic Collage and mixed media workshop with a group of artists at NCAT Create in Preston.

On Thursday and Friday I was invited to conduct a couple of workshops in mixed media (focused on three different outcomes) with a group of artists studying at NCAT Create at Northland. Please note that the images below are copyright and the property of the artists.

Here are just some of the images that were made using cutout found images with a surreal bent to them.

Hope you like them, I have more to come.  Love them.

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The little girl in the red jacket visits some collage hot spots.

red jacket 1 plane red jacket 2 art gallery red jacket 3 opera red jacket 4 schoolI have had a bit of fun playing with this little girl.  She looks like she desperately wants to fit in.  The images are from a vintage book on New Zealand.  I will post more soon.  She needs a name but I can’t think of one for her yet.

Until the end of 2014 I just want to play with collage and pen doodling.

By having no theme and no specifically selected media I  am enjoying finishing the year with images such as the ones below. These images are a little darker than usual (which is always in me) but they still remain playful.d abstract circle

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Size doesn’t matter. Started with a squeegied paper and developed into a sculptural mixed media piece.

fan 2 fan familyThis family portrait is from an old photo, a new photo, digital manipulation and then pen drawing over the top.

fan largest My husband said the work looked fantastic on Instagram but when he saw it in real life he was disappointed because it was so small.  I’m not into tricking anyone so here is my hand to show you the scale.

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I know big is better or most popular in art but I love small things – look at the magnificent Hannah Hoch’s work.IMG_0001

This beautiful artwork is by ‘Lynette’.  Lynette has loads of skills already but decided to have a go at my random style of artmaking.  Materials:  Ink, pen found image collage.

Here is my painting entry for the Belle Arti Prize Exhibition. It is called ‘Dahlia Walks’.

2014 Belle Arti Prize


I painted this surreal image in acrylics from a collage and drawing I made earlier this year.

I love the image, I think you can sometimes say that about your work.  Well I hope you like it too.

About 2014 Belle Arti Prize

The Belle Arti Prize 2014 Exhibition will be held at the fantastic Chapman & Bailey Melbourne Gallery space located at 350 Johnston St, Abbotsford.
Chapman & Bailey Gallery are very excited to be hosting this prize as we acknowledge the depth of talent that exists in the arts community in Australia and we are very pleased to support it in this way.

Over 250 entries from across Australia were received for the 2013 Belle Arti Chapman Bailey Art Prize. The result was a floor to ceiling contemporary salon hang, and a veritable world of multiple artistic visions.This year we hope for just as big a snap shot of the richness and diversity of arts practice in Australia. All entrants will be given an identical 35 x 35cm canvas, a limited time frame, and total creative carte blanche.

The award is a $5000 acquisitive prize. Judges to be announced. Previous winners of the Belle Arti Chapman Bailey Prize are Jackie Stockdale 2009, Lewis Miller 2010, Marie Hagerty 2011/2012 and Karen Black 2013.

Opening and announcement of the 2014 winner 6-8pm Tuesday 25th November. The 2014 Belle Arti Prize Exhibition will  be held at Chapman & Bailey Artspace, 350 Johnston Street Abbotsford.dahlia walks copyright

And people say surreal things are odd and made up – look at the snails found under my kitchen sink during todays demolition.

kitchen reno branches ‘Well surreal can of course be odd and constructed too.

Found under the bench that held the kitchen sink.  snails

Anne Warren was at Gallery Smith last night for The M Collection Award

The winner of The M Collection Award is – Peter Lambropoulos.  Congratulations Peter – the work is wonderful and congratulations to The M Collection members for inviting unrepresented artists to participate.  You can look up Gallery Smith to see Peter’s pigment print.  I was also happy to see when I arrived that my piece Totem Poles – the things that spoke had sold.  Very happy and I loved the response it got from some of the gallery visitors.

I have posted some pics of little collages I have made.  My finger is pointing to show you how small they are.

The shadowy pic is me and the smiling man is Doug my husband the non-photographer (I actually think we both took terrible photos).oct 1 oct 2 oct 4 oct 5 oct 6Beautiful sign on this unusual florist.

John Malone

playful panda

To Pikap Community - Art In Thessaloniki

Μια προσπάθεια συγκέντρωσης και παρουσίασης της εικαστικής καλλιτεχνικής δημιουργίας στην πόλη της Θεσσαλονίκης. An attempt to assemble and present the visual artistic creation in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Life with Leonie

A personal account of my experiences and adventures, starting with my move to Melbourne Australia to live and study for the next 5 months.

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