Yay, got some exciting news this week that the Portrait of Gretel Pinniger, Sydney's famous dominatrix Madam Lash was selected as a finalist in the Salon des Refusés 2013. Exhibition held at SH Ervin Gallery March 23 - May 19th.
I will be doing a public talk about the portrait at the SH Ervin Gallery along with Gretel Pinniger Sunday 7th April 3pm. http://www.shervingallery.com.au
Thanks Matamata Chronicle New Zealand for the lovely article in the newspaper today. My little NZ hometown where I grew up really got put on the map for where they filmed the Hobbit & part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Might have to add some Hobbits to that mural. Hopefully I can find some to pose when I'm back hehe....
Term 2 classes will be starting the 30th April. Next term we will be putting on a Tuesday class and a Saturday class for those who can't make it during the work week hours. The term 1 class with the life model has been heaps of fun so really looking forward to meeting the new students in term 2.
Contact me here if you would like to book in and I will send you an enrolment form and class details.
So much coming up thought it was about time I got to and posted a few things.
Coming up in March is an artist talk at Derivan. I will be talking all about the Face of Extraordinary project. If you'd like to attend please contact Derivan to book your spot as places are limited. If you can't make it on the day it will also be streamed live online you can still catch it.
Hope to see you there.
"I can't believe that it's really finally happening. The portraits and stories I've worked so hard on over the last two years are now a reality"...local artist and author Stephanie Brown speaking about her series of portraits and newly published book Face of Extraordinary: Volunteers.
The Art Shop Mona Vale invites you to an inspiring Artist/Author's Talk at 11am Wednesday 16th January.
Inspired by the courage of volunteer fire fighters during the Black Saturday fires in Victoria, Stephanie Brown has completed a series of portraits of the fire fighters along with other extraordinary volunteers from our community. Stephanie's book tells the stories of many volunteers who work for various non-profit organisations and groups in the Northern Beaches area, accompanied by their portraits.
I can't believe that it's really finally happening. The portraits and stories I've worked so hard on over the last two years are now a reality. One more week to go and it's exhibition and book launch time.
I was so worried the book wouldn't make it back on time from the printers but it has and it looks great. Wow, did we really pull this together? I'm so grateful to my amazing editor Nicole Morandin who worked hard and fast in the final days to get it to print on time. Nothing like a bit of pressure to make you feel alive. Working with someone who thinks punctuation is something that happens to a car tyre is challenging at the best of times.
Most of all I'm so very grateful to all the volunteers who shared their incredible stories and beautiful faces. I've always had a soft spot for portraying the real heroes. Many of the volunteers will be at the opening exhibition and the authors talk to sign your books so hope you can make it and meet some inspiring people from our community.
See you there!
Dr Howard Ralph, (Face of Extraordinary series), oil & wax on board, ©Stephanie Brown.
Life would be a lot easier if I had never known about it. However, once you reach that degree of enlightenment about what is actually happening, I suppose it becomes the original agony and the ecstasy. The ecstasy is being able to help. The agony is to witness the suffering and be aware of it.
Portrait of Dr Howard Ralph has been selected to exhibit in the 'Celebrating Innovators' exhibition in Parliament House Canberra opening November 2nd - 13 December.
Due to many requests for tuition lately I will be starting after school drawing classes just for little kids and will start classes for the big kids (adults) from next year.
Classes will be held at the home studio and are already filling up quickly so contact us asap if you would like to book a spot.