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Newsletter December 2022

Welcome to my very first newsletter.  I hope that it gives some inspiration for friends, followers and art lovers.  Thank you for your continuing support, comments, helpful hints and your generosity in cheering me on.

2022 seems to have flown as the art scene bounced back to life with workshops and exhibitions after lockdowns.  With less than three weeks to Christmas, it is time to reflect and plan for the year ahead.  I hope you have a healthy, safe and healthy one.

A newsletter has been on my to do list for a while, so the time has come to share my thoughts and experiences.  When reflecting on such a roller coaster year, there have been some firsts.  Pushing my own boundaries, I was part of a group exhibition at The Art Space in the Concourse, Chatswood in April.  It was a steep learning curve to help organise, curate and hang a full exhibition.  It was a successful show with a lot of community support and a pleasing number of sales.  The exhibition was noted in the Art Directory Australia, Lane Cove Observer and the Willoughby Visual Arts program at the Concourse.  It was different from participating in numerous art society and community exhibitions over the years, where the organising body does all the heavy lifting.  Conducting a group exhibition was stressful but very satisfying, though time can pass slowly in the middle of the day.  In April, I finally got around to updating my website and establishing a point of sale system.  These are the boring things that we all hate!

Bob and I had the first interstate trip to Queensland since the pandemic to attend the Australian Pastel Expo at Caloundra.  It was the first time that my pastel works were exhibited outside NSW.  It was a fun road trip exploring many places along the way and making new friends at the Expo.  The general standard of work was excellent and we resolved to establish a Pastel Society chapter in New South Wales.  The working group is busy organising the first local workshop next year, probably in Newcastle.  Stay tuned for more details.

Next year is already looking busy.  Sketching trips in NZ and Japan are likely to be followed by a longer journey mid-year.  All will be revealed in the next newsletter……..

I wish you a healthy, peaceful and joyful holiday season with your family and friends.

Warm Regards


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