2 from the studio

Been working on a couple of paintings…thought I’d let you have a peek. They aren’t titled yet. That decision is made when all is finished. These will be entered in some competitions.


“We are alive” in “Frenzy” show

My lively abstract “We are alive” is  to be exhibited in the “Frenzy” art show opening 6pm, 21-28 August at LoveLove Gallery, Railway Terrace, Milton, Brisbane. It’s coordinated by 2 Birds1 Stone Artists Support Services and should be a lively and interesting night. I’m speaking briefly on my piece and other artists shall do same.

We are alive
We are alive

Student exhibition

The mid year student exhibition from the Brisbane Institute of Art is presently showing in the Metcalfe Gallery at the BIA, 41 Grafton Street Windsor, Brisbane. It runs till 1 July, opening during the day, 10-4…..lots of variety from painting to ceramics to print making. Pop in for a bargain! Here’s some pics.

Artwork of the month “Pink and yellow melt”

Running a bit late this month with my regular “Artwork of the month” post. Lots of things happening that needed attending to.

But here it is…on the last day!…I’ll discuss my work “Pink and yellow melt”, which at the moment is part of an exhibition “Revolve” in Adelaide.

Pink and yellow
Pink and yellow melt 70cm x 90 cm $695

This painting was created by an inner need to express the idea of pink adjacent to yellow, and I had quite a struggle in it’s making.

The external appearance of simplicity is not the truth with this work…many layers of paint have been involved in its creation. Within the larger areas of colour there are more subtle tones of similar colour, which can only be seen on closer inspection.

My initial concept was to place two large long areas of yellow and pink against each other, and to maintain their individual vibrancy. I needed the two colours to be delineated yet not in too strict a fashion. To achieve this I used a darker contrasting blue-green hue, and allowed it to run down the side of the pink…this line was too strong so a lot of it was painted out, and this was satisfactory. Originally the pink and yellow both extended to the top border, but I felt this to be overwhelming, so I cut out the top sections with the lighter blue.

I encouraged a lot of runs and dribbles, and although this appears spontaneous, each has been carefully considered to create balance. The dribbling lines act as a kind of patterning, and beneath this the viewer can observe underlying layers. The manner in which these layers are placed invites the question of subject/background, revealed/concealed, and the runs act as points of interest to lead the eye around the painting.

Using large flat brushes to achieve bigger areas of colour I had to remain conscious of the strength of the reddish pink and stop it from shouting. I wanted to maintain the vibrant energy of the work, but made use of quieter pastel colours and white to find a balance.

The overall colour scheme could possibly be described as “feminine” but the method of paint application keeps it from becoming too sweet. The mood created is one of joy and happiness with the world, and hopefully the viewer can experience this while observing the piece.

Time wise, this work took a couple of weeks solid work to complete, and I was really satisfied with the result. I felt I had resolved all problems that were presented both in the concept and in within the painting process.

5 recent artworks for the REVOLVE show at RED Opus ART SPace

Here’s the new pieces for the REVOLVE show at RED OPUS ART SPACE, opening 31 August….must say I’m loving them and can finally admit “I’m a colourist”…..the colour queen in fact!

New group show at Red Opus

Five of my most recent and vibrant works are part of “Revolve”, a new show opening at Red Opus Art Space, Adelaide, South Australia, on the 31 August. If you’re in Norwood next Sunday afternoon, go in for a look. I’m exhibiting with 4 other artists, and the flyer is here so you can see the details….really beautiful.


Revolve show


Susan Lhamo, William Johns, Trish Lambi, Jorge, Cat Leonard

August 31-September 21  Opening Sunday 31 August, 3pm-5pm 

35 Kensington Road, Norwood, SA 5067

4 Paintings as part of show at Graydon Gallery

4 of my best are making an appearance as part of Ross Bell’s Show at Graydon Gallery, Merthyr Road, New Farm, Brisbane, opening this Friday at 6pm. This exhibition runs till 21July. Here’s the artworks…enjoy!


Vivid new abstractions!

Decided its time to put the new abstractions up….the colour is amazing…the photos don’t do them justice. They have a jewel like quality when you actually view them. These paintings have taken a few weeks to complete, and give very little indication of my starting point under the layers. My best and most vigorous work happens when I act with spontaneity, not becoming too precious with little parts underneath that I liked initially. If things need changing then I just do it…even if something is lost as a result. Intuition is my guide, and if followed then a powerful vibrant painting is made. Finally I check if a harmonious artwork has been made, and I’m satisfied with that.

They will be shown from 11July at Graydon Gallery in New Farm, Brisbane. Hope you like them both!


At GOMA, Jemima Wyman, Pattern Bandits

Get along to GOMA, Brisbane to catch Jemima Wymans’ show, especially for kids. Its full of colour, and things to do…I really enjoyed the Kaleidoscope walkway with cameras…when you walk past a new ever changing pattern is made!…So clever. Here’s a slide show. Go see it…so much fun.

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