Saturday, November 21, 2009

Awash with art (and rain)....

I have had a wonderful, artfilled weekend. On saturday my sister Lee and a girlfriend Jen went into Melbourne to see the Cressida Campbell Exhibition at the Sophie Gannon Gallery...a must see if you live in Melbourne! Beautiful woodcuts and woodcut prints ...we were all in awe of her wonderful art (photos are at the bottom of this post...blogger putting photo on in reverse order today!). Banner made from mixed media tags.

I have been doing a little art of my own though. I am taking part in a tag swap being hosted by Lawendula and this litle banner was part of the package I sent. The little white christmas trees are gorgeous little porcelain ornaments from Denmark. I thought it might look nice strung up for Christmas.

Gertrude St. Fitzroy.

I love my trips into Melbourne to visit my sister. We always visit the best shops. On our list for the day was Artisan Books. We spent quite a while perusing all of their wonderful books. I left with the latest edition of Selvedge and Cloth Paper Scissors (and quite a few ideas for my Christmas list).

Fitzroy Library and Town Hall (hope you all enjoy the streetscenes and architecture of Melbourne as much as I do).

From Gertrude Street we walk around to Neil Wallace Art Supplies and came across this lovely old building. I enjoyed the Art Supplies and stocked up on a few Sennellier oil pastels, gold leaf paint, a woodworking tool (want to have a play with woodcuts!). Such an Aladdins Cave...I could have stayed for hours. Definately another trip needed in before their Sale finishes.

Jenni (left) and my sister Lee on the steps of the library.
They are so patient with me and my art fetish.

Amazing street art in one of the back streets. So much fantastic street art adorning the streets of Fitzroy! (click for closer look)

View from the cafe window, looking down Brunswick Rd.

After the art supplies were all bought we headed off for a coffee before heading back to the car. I love this area!

And now for the stunning art.

These first two pics. are by Judy Drew. We were going to visit this exhibition also, but found it was closed on Saturday.... drat! I so wanted to see her work in person. You never know. I might get a chance to get back in to Melbourne to the Melbourne Fine Art Studio before it finishes. Check out the link to see more of her work.

Woman in Gold Satin Gown - Judy Drew

Still Life with Patterns - Judy Drew

Daisies and Camellias - Cressida Campbell.

Apple - Cressida Campbell

Interior with Red Ginger - Cressida Campbell.
As you can see. We were immersed in some wonderful art and all came away feeling uplifted by the beauty of it. Check out this link to see more of Cressida's art...Sophie Gannon Gallery
Sorry its such a long one today... just so much to show you. I hope you will click on the links and visit the sites to see more of the work of these two amazing Australian Artists. And now from Sark...
You are enough
You have enough
You do enough
Have a great week.
Jacky xox


Lee said...

I had the best day yesterday too - it always makes me so happy to spend time with you, and Jen too. We talk, we laugh, we eat (too much!!), we shop and we reminisce. I pinch myself sometimes because I'm so lucky to have such a gorgeous sister. Lee xx

P.S. Please take me with you to see Judy Drew :)

Marilyn Rock said...

Jacky! I am so happy you had this very special time with your sis and Jen! Thanks for sharing so much as I really enjoyed the photos you took of parts of Melbourne as well as the art! Fantastic! I've been rejuvenated just by viewing all of this. Have a great day! xxoo

ArtPropelled said...

Lovely post Jacky. The Cressida Campbell pieces are stunning. Do you know that you can move your photos into order by clicking on the photo and holding while you drag down (or up)to the bottom of the box where you are writing your post. Keep dragging down and up until the text starts to move and then take your photo to where you want it. It takes a little practice.

Dot said...

Sounds like you, Jen and Lee had the perfect day on Saturday! Glad you had such a good time. Fitzroy is such a interesting area too. Enjoy your time in the studio today.
Dot xx


Wonderful post, thank you for sharing all these lovely photos. I love the "Apple" painting and I can see why you love her work. Looks like a grand day was had by all. I also love your JOY banner and you have inspired me to make a little one too!

Have a wonderful week

Carolyn ♥

Jenxo said...

oh what a lovely day you had. will check out you links, they look amazing...jenxo

Lawendula said...

So beautiful impressions from everything, thanks for sharing, Jacky! :)

parisa mahmoudi said...

Hi Jacky!

Dear,did you receive your bag?
...and did you receive my email?
please if your answer is no,email me,cause one of my American's friend told me,she could find and send me the book.So email me please.


Studio Sylvia said...

Enjoyed reading your post Jacky. Fitzroy is amazing isn't it? Yes the back streets offer little unexpected treasures. Love the pics.

Julia said...

Hi Jacky, I just love the art of Cressida elegantly pretty...the colours are sublime...thanks for

Jen Crossley said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time Jacky what No Bunnings stores LOL

Peggy Beck said...

Jacky, I love the photos of your travels with your sis and friends.
It's like I get to travel and see different parts of the world while sitting here.

Also I would love to send you the pattern for the sweater, but I need an address. My email address is: if you want to send it to me privately. I will send it on to you then.

karen said...

I am so sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you and thank you for your comment. It has been chaos here. It was back to work almost straight after the show so I haven't had time for much at all. Now I have 4 days off to hopefully recharge and regroup! I love the work you have shown here by Drew, just amazing. I hope you are well! Sending lots of good wishes your way! Karen x

Anonymous said...

Nothing like a trip to Fitzroy to get your art juices pumping.. you must be getting excited about csr!

rivergardenstudio said...

Ahhhh.... what a beautiful post... first the art of Cressida Campbell has completely captivated me... and your day in Melbourne with your sister and friend... so divine... and I love your joyousness and the quote at the end... more happiness to you... Roxanne

Debrina said...

Ahhhh Jacky - I so enjoyed this! When I was last in Melbourne (as I said in my email I just sent about 10 mins ago, lol!) it was a real whirl-wind tour. Enough time to fall in love with the place but not enough time to shack up with it, ha ha! Shacking up means talking to the ones who are in the know - like yourself! I've book marked every link and reference you've made in this post. The Australian tourism board has a lot to thank you for! Lol.

Gaby Bee said...

Sounds like you, Jen and Lee had a fun day! I enjoyed your photos, Jacky! Thanks for sharing.
Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Gaby

Jo Horswill said...

Hi Jacky, wow what a post!
Great photo's of one of my favorite areas too.
Next time you go let me know :)
Thanks for the links Jacky, will go and check them out.
Jo xx

La Dolce Vita said...

wonderful long and beautiful post Jacky.. thanks for sharing so much with us... the campbell pieces are amazing!

Pursuing Art... said...

Hi Jacky,

What a fun post! Sounds like you girls had the best day. The photos are fantastic...Melbourne looks like a lovely town. I love seeing your part of the world and am always glad when you share. The street scene pictures are great and the architechure is beautiful. Smiled at the street art photo too...incredible art isn't it!

Sounds like you found some goodies at the bookstore and art supplies store too...that's my kind of shopping.

The art by Judy Drew and Cressida Campbell is amazing!! Hope you will get back to see Judy's work.

The tag swap sounds fun! Love the *joy* banner you made with the white Christmas trees too.

So funny that we are both May babies and husbands are Leo's too...made me smile!!!

Take good care of yourself...that busy time is upon us! Talk soon...
XOXO ~Lisa

A bird in the hand said...

I love the architecture -- sort of Toronto meets New Orleans :)

I spent a week with my sister recently. Shopping, talking, eating, there's nothing like a sister!

xoxo Colette

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