Sunday, 3 November 2013

Much to be Thankful For

Pleased to say that I do have some news to share even though painting has not produced much this past week. I am handling the ups and downs of the creative life much better now I understand this repeating pattern is part of the course. Creating a painting even if it comes together easily exhausts me so much more than doing a hard day at the office ever did! When I have used so much of my emotional energy I take time to recover and recharge and then I can paint again with some success.

Me and Mum
Second place Summer Art Fest
Creative Catalyst Productions USA


  • This week I received a lovely email from Creative Catalyst Productions in the USA advising I had been awarded second place for my entry in their Summer Art Fest. I entered Me and Mum as this was painted during our Australian summer.
  • I have been through a selection process and have been chosen to have 3 of my paintings included in a wildlife exhibition in Adelaide as part of the Fringe Festival in February and I will be showing Me and Mum as one of my choices.
A busy time for selections for other exhibitions too:
Summer Hideaway
one of my paintings for this new exhibtiion


  • Art @ Goolwa has a new show opening in a couple of weeks and I have to deliver 5 new pieces in a weeks time. The only one I am certain on has been included on the invitation so I now must choose 4 more.
  • The big show in January in Victor Harbor by Rotary has entries closing at the end of this month and I need to choose 3 for this. I still keep fingers crossed that I may come up with a masterpiece before then but am really pleased that  I do have a good choice of framed paintings already so no pressure if nothing new is achieved.
  • For the month of December I am the feature artist in Art@Goolwa and this means that in addition to my 5 new paintings on show from this month I have a feature wall to fill with more. 
I am three weeks in of an 8 week course on using Photo Shop and have also joined with three artist friends to work through a 13 chapter colour course by artists Stephen Quiller. Not sure how much we will do this Tuesday though as it is Melbourne Cup Day and we will join most of the nation, stopping for a lovely lunch and bubbles!

I am so grateful that I am at the place and time in my life where I can immerse myself in art and with all that is involved I understand why my painting had to lay dormant for all those years that I was in business but it was the hard work during those years that enabled me to take early retirement from the workforce and find pure joy in a creative life. I am ever thankful for your continued support.

30 comments:

  1. Congrats and more congrats. What an exciting time for you! I love both these paintings, you so deserve this recognition. When my husband and I travelled Australia in a campervan in 2000, I’m sure we stopped at Goolwa on our way to Adelaide from Melbourne along the coastal route. Fabulous scenery.

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    1. Maggie your comment is so generous, thank you. It is lovely to think of you having been through our little town. I was not here back then having moved here in 2009 from Adelaide and we just love it in Goolwa

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  2. Congratulations! Your work is lovely.

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    1. Thanks for reading this post and taking the time to leave your comment, really appreciated

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  3. So many good news Lorraine, congratulations on the prize, you really deserve it !

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    1. Thanks Jane, not major but such a thrill seeing it was the very first one

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  4. Enjoy this time of your life to the full and many, many congratulations for where you are right now!

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    1. I hope to Polly, keeping a balance is a challenge as I always go in with 110 percent

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  5. That is all such wonderful news, Lorraine, congratulations!

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  6. Brilliant Lorraine and so well deserved!! What I love about all this is that it is such pleasure and much better than working!! I haven't had all these lovely accolades (well not yet lol!!) but I think my course is a little different with the teaching becoming a very big part of my art life so different but still as fortunate that I too can spend my time at this stage of life and have a new career!! So lucky!!

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    1. thanks Judith we have a lot to be happy about for sure

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  7. Great paintings! And I just love those big cute eyes!!!

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  8. Hi Lorraine. So very pleased for you. Really well deserved. I am not in your league but I do understand how you feel about being exhausted after a serious painting. To me this shows the character of the artist perhaps. It means they do not do things by halves. They put their all into what they produce. This is why you are achieving what you are Lorraine. Your artwork shows the work and emotion you put into it. I am so happy for you and it has been a pleasure to watch your progress and success. Though don't forget to keep enjoying it too xx

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    1. Kind words, thank you Laura, I am so enjoying it more so since I have learnt to accept the ups and downs that go with the journey

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  9. Congratulations, Lorraine, and so well deserved. Me and Mum has to be one of my favorites of yours. You are on your way - enjoy the ride. I will be staying tuned!

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  10. many congratulations lorraine .... enjoy both your courses

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  11. Dear Lorraine, I have followed too much the video you're talking about. I love Quiller colors!
    I alternate these periods of study and put into practice and also to let go of everything, so painting is always a moment of joy.

    Congratulations for well deserved award !!! I wish you great results for your coming art projects !!!

    I believe that get to paint for choice after a lifetime of work is a true state of grace.
    I've known people who have painted for work and now after years of professional art, as are exhausted and they look to those who make art after other professional works , envying the enthusiasm with which they put into creative work.

    Have nice(painting&life) days!!!

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  12. So love your thoughtful comments Rita, I hope I will enjoy the Quiller studying too

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  13. Dear Lorraine - congratulations...I certainly can understand why Me and Mum won. It is truly lovely. I am so happy now that you have time to pursue your art. Always enjoy seeing your work. Take care and have a great day.

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  14. All these wonderful developments Lorraine! Well deserved - your dedication and beautiful work come together!

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  15. Wow!!! Congratulations! You really have a lot going on and your recognition is well deserved!

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  16. Thanks Debbie, Sherry and Joan, I love to read your comments

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  17. Congratulations for all your success Lorraine! You have a lot to look forward to, I enjoy following you on this artistic journey!

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    1. I love having you follow too Celia, It is reciprocal too

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  18. Barvo Lorraine! I'm very happy for you. Having your work recognized is such a thrill. Your art is growing and growing for the better. Congrat! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Helen and for your kind comment

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