Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Still - on show at the Rotary Art Spectacular

I am delighted that my large painting Still will be shown at The Rotary Art Spectacular, Waterfront Place Brisbane, opening tomorrow evening at 6.30pm.

This exhibition is one of the most prestigious Art Exhibitions on Brisbane's art calendar; it showcases work by many talented artists while raising funds for charity. An online gallery has been created so you can view all the works on show.  

Still - oil on linen - 1200mm x 910mm  ©2015 Carol Lee Beckx

The exhibition has moved to a new venue this year, which is slightly smaller than in previous years, so having work selected for this show is particularly gratifying. In line with other similar exhibitions, the Rotary show has work selected in two categories - work to be displayed in the exhibition venue and work selected for the online exhibition.

I have written about the process of Still in this blog post, and here is a Flipagram showing clips at the different stages.

Two more paintings, Watching and Rocks 21st December 5.09pm, have been included in the online show. 
Rocks 21st December 5.09pm - watercolour and ink on paper ©2015 Carol Lee Beckx

Watching was the result of sketches done while on holiday at Coolum Beach during December. Rocks, on the other hand, in watercolour and ink was painted en plain air. More about those days spent sketching at Coolum can be found here and here.

Perhaps one day I will work in oils on site, but for now sketches and studio painting is working for me. The logistics of working in ink and watercolour are reasonably manageable; working outside in oils is perhaps another story altogether!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Exhibition Season - Immanuel Arts Festival in Buderim

It seems as though May and June are popular exhibition months in Brisbane and the surrounding areas. 

This week I will have three paintings on an exhibition in Buderim, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. The Immanuel Arts Festival has a Gala Opening at 7.00pm on Thursday 21st. The show runs until Sunday 24th May closing at 2pm.

Full details of this Festival hosted by Parents and Friends Association of Immanuel Lutheran College can be found here. 

Glimmering Fragments of the Mist 1200mm x 910mm Oil on linen ©2015 Carol Lee Beckx

There's more about this painting in this post: Glimmering Fragments of the Mist

Coolum Rocks 24th December 2014 6.54am ©2015 Carol Lee Beckx

I've written more about this painting in this post: Coolum Beach -Two Paintings

Dahlia Love Watercolour on paper 270mm x 270mm Framed ©2015 Carol Lee Beckx

And here’s a reminder that The Moreton Bay Regional Arts Award show continues until Sunday 24th May. The standard of work this year's is extremely high, with a wide range of techniques and styles. All the work can be viewed online here:

Opening hours daily are 10am to 4pm with an Arts and Crafts Market Day on Saturday 23rd May.

There are more Exhibitions to come in the next few weeks: The Rotary Art Spectacular and The Lethbridge 10,000 Exhibition.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Coolum Beach - two paintings

My holiday at Coolum Beach in December was inspirational on many levels. Time to relax and sketch, time to sit and watch the sea, time to hear the waves crashing on the rocks - all these feed my soul. 

Here are two paintings done in the studio. However the inspiration for them lies not only in the photographs taken early on Christmas Eve, but also in the sketches done on the spot that morning. The beauty of digital photography is that there’s an accurate record of the time and place of each image.

Watching - Coolum Beach  oil on canvas 910mm x 610mm © 2015 Carol Lee Beckx
Rotary Art Spectacular 2015

Coolum Rocks 24th December 2014 6.54am oil on canvas 910mm x 610mm  
© 2015 Carol Lee Beckx
Immanuel Arts Festival 2015