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I have been invited to participate in a group exhibition, Art by the Sea,
on the central coast. The exhibition includes various artworks by 20 local
and visiting artists. As a visiting artist I will show four new paintings.
So, if you are up that way, come and take a look.
Killcare Surf Life Saving Club, 81 Beach Drive Killcare, NSW
3–10 January 2011

I wish you all a happy and safe festive season and I look forward
to bringing you more art (and news) next year!

My painting Beach Cricket was sold this morning. Exciting news for me!

It’s really a compliment to know someone likes my work enough to display it on their wall.
This was the main reference image for the painting, taken on a holiday last September.
It was a great beach, big and open and late in the day it was so tranquil after the crowds
were gone and the late afternoon light gave me some lovely images. I needed more sand
space for the game though, so I spun things around as if I was standing more on the
waterline looking back (something drawing has over photography!).
Actually being somewhere, sketching, taking pictures and taking in the place where you
are makes a great start to re-creating the sense of atmosphere in a final work, as well
as having a good time!  The Cricket Art Prize exhibition continues at the SCG
until it goes to Queensland in November.

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No, I didn’t win!
But I do feel privileged to be included in this (almost 5 month!) touring exhibition,
which attracts some international attention,and that the judges selected my work
over almost 200 others. For an artist (me, anyway) to be selected as a finalist in a major
exhibition is enormously invigorating, and a perfect repellent for any nasty “painter’s block”.
Opening night was a lot of fun. It’s fascinating to see how vastly different the approaches
to one subject can be. I thought all the paintings were great, so it must have been a
difficult decision for the judges (demonstrated perhaps by two highly commends this time!).
There was a lot of interest in my painting as well, so I’m happy. Also the four final poems
from the Cricket Poetry Award were read, which added an extra dimension to the exhibition,
the object of which was to bring people of all backgrounds together through cricket
and the arts. So then, maybe next year…

The exhibition is open to the public each day from 10am-5pm
until Sunday 31 October 2010,
Member’s Pavilion, The Sydney Cricket Ground
(Driver Avenue, Moore Park).

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I have been been selected as a finalist in the Publishers Cup Cricket Art Prize
with my painting “Beach Cricket”.
Artists from all test playing nations were invited to submit a painting or composition
that depicts life in and around the game and sport of cricket, in settings of various forms
of social or local club cricket. Around 200 works of art were submitted.
The 40 finalists paintings will be hung at the Members Pavilion, Sydney Cricket Ground
from 7 Oct – 1 November. The exhibition then goes on to Queensland and Melbourne,
finally finishing at the Bradman Museum, Bowral NSW in March 2011.
The organizers say… “Our history and sense of identity are linked to cricket and our
social interactions are often complimented with some form of the game, at the beach,
in the park, in the backyard or on the cricket field. The arts reflect the emotions,
beliefs and prejudices that influence the way we think, behave and feel and cricket
in all its forms, has inspired artists & writers – past and present, most of which
romanticise, celebrate and pay tribute to the game. Painters and Poets from test playing
nations were invited to submit a painting or composition that depicts life in and around
the game in casual or social settings. Cricket and the arts bring people of all backgrounds,
socio-economic levels and nationalities together.”
Winners will be announced on the evening of October 7.