Tuesday, May 28, 2013

open studio weekend

 A few moments from Aliquilts Open Studio
 We converted Alis' garage into the gallery featuring artworks by Ali, Chris & myself as well as 
the SAQA "This is a Quilt" Exhibition
 We also set up a hands on and demonstration area. Chris sharing her explorations with her Flood Art & postcards, 
myself sharing image transfer techniques and working with oil pastels and 
Ali demonstrating various printing techniques with dyes & inks. Ali has workshops available.
 Ali and Chris looking out from the workshop area and imagine our delight when Bill surprised us
with a fly over in his Tigermoth on Sunday morning
 swooping and looping around; such a buzz
What an awesome weekend, very inspiring. Many thanks to Chris, Judy, Dick, Jenny & Sue for your help throughout the weekend and to all our wonderful visitors. The Aliquilts Studio was open as part of the Open Studios and Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim. Artists in the Canungra & Beechmont area open their studios this coming weekend of 1st & 2nd June. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

pancakes a weekend feast

We both enjoy a cooked breakfast; so on weekends I often make up something special 
 At the moment our citrus (the mandarin & the lime) trees are full of fruit
so yesterdays' treat was raspberry, pear & white chocolate pancakes served with French vanilla ice-cream, lime coulis and a dusting of icing sugar.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

a day in the groves, the olive groves

We spent a day in the groves: olive groves alive with activity and surrounded by mountain vistas. A day filled with music, artesian stalls, workshops, demonstrations and culinary delights. Over five weeks the Scenic Rim celebrates the arts with a series of open studios and cultural trails throughout its region.
Last Sunday mum and I enjoyed a scenic drive to the Lost World Valley area of the rim to the 'Arts in the Olives Festival'. The festival entrance and artesian stalls were nestled in amongst the olive trees and a bridge across the picturesque creek seamlessly combined the two sections of the festival. Plenty of space along the creek or in amongst the olive trees to lay out our picnic rug and enjoy a momentary pause lunching, sketching, photography before further engaging in the various activities on offer.

Betty from Mt Tamborine in front of her stall at
"Arts in the Olives Festival"



Driving throughout the Scenic Rim is beautiful and well signed. This coming weekend 18th & 19th May artists in the Eagle Heights & Mount Tamborine area will open their studios including the studio of Betty Bull and Margaret Smit specialists with felting, millinery, silk flower making and textile design.


 On the following weekend 25th and 26th May artists in the Boonah & Aratula area will open their studios including the studio of Textile and Mixed Media artist Ali George. Ali's studio is located at 169 Niebling Rd, Tarome (near Aratula) and will feature artworks by Ali and artists-in-residence Chris Jones, Sue George & Mel Forrest. You can also see the Queensland launch of Studio Art Quilt Associates International touring exhibition "This is a Quilt" featuring the works of 43 artist and art quilters. Here's a link to Ali's Studio - Aliquilts



Artist in the Canungra & Beechmont area open their studios on the weekend of 1st & 2nd June.
The Open Studios and Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim program is an annual event and the
 official website includes all activities going on during the event.

Monday, May 13, 2013

tables to cushions - stack them up

 further explorations with finding inspiration everywhere, everyday
 the softness, the hue, the peacefulness of the early morning sunlight streaming through a window
a stack of side tables in front of the window or just a collection of shapes and simplicity
all contributing factors to this collection of shots
 I opened one of the captured shots in Photoshop and made a few adjustments. This image has then been printed onto fabric through Spoonflower. Over the weekend I made up these cushion covers using my new fabric.
inspiration everywhere, everyday

Friday, May 10, 2013

auction donation

Here's a picture of the quilt I've donated to the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Benefit Auction. I've been enjoying seeing the growing collection of donated quilts on the SAQA Website. I've called my piece "Enlighten" and it's on page 3a. Closer to the auction time members of SAQA who live in the Oceania Region will be doing a blog hop and we'll be featuring more information about our pieces. Once the hop starts I'll pop all the links to each artists blog in a post - I'm looking foward to seeing each artists story/inspirations.

A little closer to home is the international travelling SAQA Trunk Show - "This is a Quilt" which will be exhibiting later this month at Aliquilts Open Studio as part of the 2013 Scenic Rim Open Studio Program.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

tide in tide out a natural pattern

 elements connect
 ebb n flow is imminent
 the canvass redrawn
when out exploring the mangroves the other week, the patterns in the sand also caught my eye. As the tide receds the pull of the water across the sands surface creates interesting patterns.
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