Sat25 Aug- Sun 26 Aug
Always a great opportunity to see quality artwork by selected Western Australian artists.
I have 4 pieces on display at this years exhibition.
"GLULP" gets Highly Commended Award at Cossack 2018
I have just returned from a glorious weekend in Karratha in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia. Returning with plenty of inspiration and material for next years Cossack Art Awards.
My entry this year received a Highly Commended from the judges and the experience of being there on Opening night in the historic buildings of Cossack, the earliest port in the Pilbara made it a special night. We arrived just as the sun was setting. The artwork looked great on the stone walls of the historic buildings.
"GLULP, where's your mother?" Depicting a Dad emu with his very energetic chicks that he needs to look after. Click here to view previous blog showing the before and after workings of this painting
16 June t0 24 June 2018
Lyal Richardson Hall, The Agonis, 2232 Albany Hwy, Gosnells
Good to see a great crowd and plenty of talent at this years awards. The variety ensures that their is something for every taste. I have an Oil, "Wheatbelt Storm" and a mixed media piece "You Ruffle My Feathers" on show.
"Curious Penguins and the Australian Blue Banded Bee"
Sunday May 6th to Sunday May 20
This is my entry for the 2018 Rockingham Art Awards. It has been entered in the Historic section as the Penguins live and breed on Penguin Island in the Rockingham area and are a very big tourist attraction in the summer months where you can wade across the sandbar at low tide to make your way to the Island where it is a sanctuary for many other migrating birds as well.
The Australian Blue Banded Bee (Amegilla-cingulata) is native to Australia lives a solitary life and has turquoise bands instead of yellow. I was lucky enough to have one visit me in my garden last year. see picture below.
First time entering the Cossack Awards
Sunday July 22 - Sunday August 12 2018
The Cossack Art Awards are held north of Karratha in Roeburne in Western Australia. It is now a ghost town but still has the beautiful old stone heritage listed buildings where they have been transformed into an Art Gallery.
The process, before and after
This paintings beginnings were as a result of a mishap while painting "Pilbara Red I & II"
The dropper lid became lodged in the cap of the acrylic ink bottle this is something I am always warning people about and the resulting spill was quickly mopped up by placing another sheet of watercolour paper over the spill. It was then put aside to dry.
When I next had a chance to look at it I could make out the shapes of several emu chicks.
Can you spot them in the image below?
Be inspired by scenes of our beautiful beaches and native bush
"Kununurra Crossing" By Debra Scidone
watercolour on Arches 360gm paper
image size 920mm x 620mm framed size 870mm x 1170mm
A visit to "El Questro" in Kununurra, Western Australia gave inspiration for this piece. There are many river crossings to tackle all uniquely beautiful but all should be crossed with caution.
"Pilbara Red I & II"
by Debra Scidone
Watercolor and Acrylic Inks on Arches 300gm watercolour paper
Image sizes 330mm x 530mm
framed sizes 530mm x 730mm
These are inspired by Arial views as you fly along the Western Australian coastline up to Broome. The rugged coastline, pristine white beaches, red earth and salt lake further inland creating the amazing patterns in nature.
Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, Saturday 3rd March to Sunday 1 April 2018
"You Ruffle My Feathers"
This is my entry for 2018,
Two Osprey perched high to oversee the activity below, a little ruffled by the winds coming off the Estuary.
They began once again with abstract washes of watercolour and acrylic inks and then the bird shapes emerged from the paper.
Image size 400mm x 920mm.
Framed 650mm x 1170mm
For those of you that can see more or "Can see what I see?" there are elements of a Darter and some Dolphins as well!
View the slide show below, showing the process from beginning to end.
Vibrant Colours makes an exciting exhibition
Current Exhibition at the Atwell Gallery open until Sunday 25 February
The exhibition goes until the 25 Feb and if you make it in this week you'll see art in the making with a art workshop in the gallery as well.
Gallery hours 10-4 Monday to Saturday and 1-4 Sunday.
I have these three pieces hanging
"Asno no Luar" and "Pescador no Nascer do sol"
“Asno no Luar” (Donkey in the Moonlight) and “Pescador no Nascer do sol” (Fisherman at Sunrise) both evolved from an initial abstract wash on the one full sheet of watercolour paper. A wash of Acrylic inks and watercolour were laid down on each half and formed the abstract beginnings of each painting.
At the time of the initial washes it was not my intention to create two paintings with a connection of place or time.
The paintings, as with the paper, are connected yet separated.
The paintings are so different in subject matter but connected by my experiences in the city of Lagos in Portugal.
They are again separated by time of day, one at sunrise while the other at sunset.
Each evening a lone donkey would spend the night outside our bedroom window highlighted in the moonlight and each morning we would walk into town and watch as the fishermen returned from the sea with their daily catches, clean their nets and then sell their catch from the wharf.
I had an unbelievable connection to these pieces and can only really see them as one. The Portuguese Story.
I am delighted to say that they will stay together as one in their new home in Mandurah where I know they will be happy and are reunited with the sea. Luckily for me I have a connection with the new owners so on occasion I will still be able to visit them.
Links to previous Blogs about these paintings
Donkey in the Moonlight
Fisherman at Sunrise
Western Australian Visual Artist.