I am very proud to be a Silver sponsor of the third annual BEATS (Business Excellence Awards Tweed Shire) Awards for 2015. www.beatsawards.com.au .
I have always loved the Tweed Shire, having first discovered it as a young surfie in the mid 70′s and having lived here on and off since then.
We have it all here – pristine beaches, virgin rainforests, lush farmland and happy friendly people. Our business people are often some of the most talented people from bigger worlds who have chosen to make a life here in this small piece of paradise.
I am donating two artworks to be auctioned to contribute to prizes etc.
The first is the double handed chalk and pastel drawing for my Colour In Your Life TV series episode
The second artwork started out as a double handed drawing demo for the attendees at the launch of the BEATS Awards evening. I continued working on it in my studio in acrylic and Faber Castell permanent ink markers.
The painting is titled ‘Water Garden’. I have always loved surrealist and expressionist art and despite being a competent realist I prefer creating artworks that are live dreams or visions. I love the mystery and the sheer painterly-ness of works that are not photographic and that constantly morph and suggest new ideas to the viewer.
I guess I try to create works that don’t bore me and therefore try to avoid boring others!
My friends supercool author/swordsman/ kung fu practitioner Simon Higgins, supercool Japanese language Sensei (teacher) Maree Carr and moi at the supercool Japanese Festival at Southern Cross Catholic College, Scarborough, Brisbane
Lots of exciting things have happened to me over the last few days – on Tues I ran a Visual Literacy workshop for the supercool young artists of Corinda High, Brisbane, at the Arts faculty building auditorium at Griffith Uni Mt Gravatt. Special thanks to Dr Georgina Barton from Griffith School of Education Progessional Studies and Julie Arnold HOD English, Corinda High for their superb organization and hospitality, and the Corinda High kids for being so attentive and enthusiastic.
Lecture theatre, my scribble concept on board
Weds I flew to Sydney courtesy of Qantas and was interviewed by Katrina Roe, morning show presenter at popular radio Hope 103.2. We chatted about my art and my unique two handed drawing approach as well as my nationwide Qantas Cash card ad. Katrina is a terrific Children’s author who I met at this years Abottsleigh Literary Festival. We filmed the interview and I drew a ‘ Hope Tree’ for the station in double handed style.
Thurs I met up with Qantas’s Clarabella Burley (Manager Social Media) at the Euston St training centre where we filmed a Vine ( a Twitter owned social media app that showcases 6 sec looped videos) as part of Qantas’s sponsorship of Tropfest film festival and the exciting new Tropvine competition. The theme for this year is ‘Mirror’ and of course that’s why they remembered yours truly and asked me to be part of it.
Amazing beautiful interior design at the Qantas training facility – like a Bond film…or Austen Powers, Yeah Baby Yeah!!
My quick double handed mirror drawing in luscious Faber Castell black Pitt charcoal and red (219) Artist’s Polychromos Pastel.
You can catch the buzz on Twitter and if you download the free Vine app.
My Vine will appear in the next few days. Here’s a sneak preview of my drawing for our Vine.