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the fascinating work of Carolyn Swart

Beautiful art is everywhere and I have had the privilege to get to know the work of Carolyn Swart quite intimately, i.e. holding it in my hand, flip it over, turn it to the light, set it down and take it up again. 

Carolyn is from NSW, Australia, and for the last couple of years she has taken part in the 'signature exchange' which a small group of artists do once a year. This year however, a broken wrist prohibited her from taking part. But I thought I'd show you a sample of her work in mixed and multi media.. and she likes working with distressed plastic ;-)

'Morning tea time'  was part of the ICE 17 2014 - more here

" I am always thinking "What if.." I am a constant fiddler experimenting with design texture and colour, and as such I don't always obey the rules. " - Carolyn

"Mostly silk and voile on fine wool background. I also have a cummerbund I made to go with it BUT it is either one or the other you wear otherwise you look like New Yea…

Hobbs Wharf and its market

Where I now live there is a cute market every Sunday morning from 10am till 2pm. It's a little bit rural, a little bit quaint, with a little warm heart. There are all sorts, with yummy fresh vegetables and fruit some days, and plants, clothing and small little furniture pieces, all handmade. Did I tell you about the pies and pasties, the homemade bread and the semi-precious jewellery? There are also woodwork, woolwork, organic scrumptious lotions in pots all handmade and environment friendly, soaps and art.

It's the Hobbs Wharf Market, 134 Pinecrest Drive, Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa, and this time I will have a couple of paintings out just because I can, and will try to demonstrate some poppies I've been doing - seeing it is the centenary year of the battle of Gallipoli - if you're interested in the process of making little postcard sized art on paper.

I've also found this yummy little hall table at the local Hospice shop and promptly gave it a good scrub, then pa…

a residency of a different kind..

For the next year or so I am fortunate to be on a particularly interesting residency.. living and working on a boat in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf! All went well with moving into my new creative space and it should be interesting to see in what ways these new circumstances will influence my work..

Anyway, having retrained my two cats to accept living on a boat, and sizing down the scale of my works just a little for them to fit into the new space, things have settled again into a smooth rhythm.

Just off the easel is this one done mostly in acrylics, with some graphite and a sprinkle of glitter for good measure and just because I can ;-) - called "queen of dotted hearts and green pears".  Size is 500mm x 400mm x 30mm stretched canvas and one of two new works destined for Gallery Helena Bay

Thanks for visiting - see again soon :-)


There's something very special about the date above - The Riverhead Gallery is now officially open!

Donna Massey is the driving force and the artist behind the venture. Her recognisable style is well known throughout New Zealand and overseas and she has been painting from her own experience of outdoors adventures and trips for years. Always on the lookout for a challenge she has now entered the commercial side of the art world and I suspect it will be a wonderfully successful venture as well as an opportunity for growth and expansion of her art - as she'll be painting in her studio which is part of the gallery.

So if you would like to see an artist at work, experience her work as well as the work of a number of other artists whom she'll be representing also, then do visit The Riverhead Gallery, 1044 Riverhead-Coatesville Highway, Auckland... it is open NOW!  Opening hours are Wed - Sun 11am to 5pm

And there are two little paintings by me included in the current opening ex…

how time flies..

Goodness it's been ages since I've posted anything on this here blog.. Good news is that my art is alive and well and living in my head ;-)

So onto canvas (or something) it has to go and here is the latest little work.. going into a little gallery in Riverhead opening soon.  More news to follow - watch this space

acrylic, graphite, coloured pencils on stretched canvas 600 x 600mm

see soon