This is one of my favorite small oil paintings. With my roses about to flower prolifically and knowing that I am once more finding time to paint, I am prepared to release this one to a gallery.
This painting is still unfinished but i am enjoying this work immensely and know i will be able to finish it as I have reached the final detail stage.
While teaching today I pulled out my on location painted oil work of Nanga Bay in Western Australia and hazed the distance, increasing the feeling of aerial perspective and finishing the art work. On the left is a close up on the right the work photographed by night light.
I hope to return to Western Australia for our painting and writing tour next year.
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History of Art Styles
Neolithic (8000BC - 1000BC)
Bronze Age (2000BC - 1200BC)
One of the artists whose work I most admire is Jane Sutherland.
Jane Sutherland 1853-1928 was an artist and art teacher.
At age seventeen, her father George Sutherland, who was a drawing instructor and artist exhibiting with the Victorian Academy of Arts, encouraged her to enroll in the National Gallery Schools. She studied under Thomas Clark, 1871-1875, Oswald Rose Campbell, 1877-1881. Eugene von Guerard in 1877, and George Frederick Folingsby, 1882-1885.
She is an artist of the same era as Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin and painted with them at the Box Hill artist Camp. See:- her work 'Obstruction, Box Hill' in 1887.
She exhibited in 1878 with the Victorian Academy of Arts and the Australian Artists' Association. She later exhibited with the Victorian Artists' Society.. She also exhibited works in the federal exhibitions in 1899, 1903 and 1906 at the South Australian Society of Arts, and along with Clara Southern, and May Vale, exhibited in the First Exhibition of Australian Women's Work held in the Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, 1907.
Jane Sutherland, Clara Southern, May Vale and Jane Price also exhibited together in a 'Private Exhibition of Pictures' held in November 1905 in Frederick McCubbin's home, in Shipley Street, South Yarra. Fredrick McCubbin was ‘gentleman’ artist of whom I have a great deal of respect. Many of the male artists. One in particular, went out of their way to strive to prevent private art galleries hanging the work of the great woman artist’s of the day and this makes Fredrick McCubbin’s efforts to strive to put right, the professional disadvantage these women artists struggled under, even more noticeable as he himself was ridiculed by his male counterparts for both this and his own devotion to his family.
Jane Sutherland and her close friend, Clara Southern, were pioneers of the plein-air movement, and they sought to advance the professional standing of women artists. Jane Southerland was considered the leading woman artist of the Heidelberg School.
Jane Sutherland Biography
Jane Sutherland - Obstruction, 1887
Jane Sutherland - Girl in a Paddock, c. 1890
Jane Sutherland - The Mushroom Gatherers, c. 1895
The Creek, 1895
Jane Sutherland - Daydream, c. 1895
Field Naturalists, 1896.
A Cabbage Garden, 1896
Emanuel Phillips Fox - A Love Story, c. 1903
Jane Sutherland - Portrait of Margaret Sutherland as a Young Girl, c. 1905
Heidelberg School Background
Around 1904, Jane Sutherland suffered a mild stroke, after this, she stopped painting large on location landscapes and adapted to painting small oils and pastels, of her garden local surroundings and portraits.
It was during this time she painted the beautiful 'Portrait of Margaret Sutherland as a Young Girl', c.1905. She continued painting, exhibiting and teaching art, with the assistance of a family member, up 1911.
Steps to writing your artist’s Resume. by Kathy Shell
List your most recent activities first (under each heading). Use 10 pt. type or larger.
Name (in bold or larger font)
Phone Number(s): Work, Studio, Home, Fax
Personal Website: (if appropriate)
Comments: Be sure to list addresses and phone numbers that are current. Make it easy to be reached. The inclusion of such information as place and date of birth is optional.
2. Artistic Education
3. Artistic Teaching experience
4. Grants/Fellowships (Awards/Honors, etc.)
5. Exhibition Record (* solo shows marked by asterisk)
6. Bibliography (Reviews/Articles/Catalogues, Reviews/Articles/Interviews)
7. Publications (Published Writings, Critical Writings)
8. Conferences (Conferences/Symposia)
There are a wide variety of professional activities that can be deserving of headings.
Gallery Representation (Gallery Affiliation)
Artist Residencies (Artist-in-Residence)
Professional Service (Service)
Technical Abilities (Technical Expertise, Technical Skills)
Professional Organizations (Professional Affiliations)
Collections your work s are included in.
Sign on my touring caravan door.
Open most days about 9 or 10. Occasionally as early as 7, and sometimes as late as 12 or 1.
We close about 5:30 or 6.
Occasionally about 4 or 5, and sometimes as late as midnight, or later.
On some days we're not here at all, but lately we've been here a lot, unless we're not here."
Sign on my Summer Studio Retreat Door.
I will meet friends in face book, the park or the shopping mall for a coffee.
I am very busy continuing to work toward our 2010 tour of Eastern Australia. I have organized the small handmade art cards and bookmarks we will have for sale direct from the artist, available only from our caravan, while on tour, on request. We will not be showing any of these items to people from our summer studio retreat as this is my creative time, not our interacting with people time.
I know other creative vocation artists; will understand the need for a creative retreat, a time for an artist and writer to isolate themselves away with their work. My sister who is a writer and artist living in California lives in a log cabin in wilderness adjacent to a National Park, up the North Coast, past San Francisco. She mixes with people only at exhibitions and the theater, this is how artist writers need to live, and even with this isolation, she tells me she is two years behind in her work.
Somehow, I too, need to create this barrier of isolation during my time here in Victoria. I need this time to create, while I have access to larger studio space where I can spread out my work. I do not want to offend or reject offers of friendship, but my summer home and studio, is private.
The only address, I give out is that of one of my daughters, I cannot broadcast the address of a place that I advertise as being vacant for six months a year, while we tour. I have no address on my business card. Our address is listed officially as ‘Highways of Australia, and in summer that’s opposite an oat field, near a lake, in the Goulburn Valley on private property, doesn’t even have a street that is listed on the map of the town and we are not ‘in’, for visitors, we are ‘in creative retreat’. It is not quite the ideal for the artist writer, log cabin, retreat, in the wilderness, my sister has, but it is ours and we love it and the privacy we seek for it.
I hope my friends will understand my need for creative retreat time and place.
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Following a fifty-year world travelling career as an acclaimed fine artist, (Kathy Shell formally of Bunninyong Gallery,) and creative non-fiction author, I changed to the pen name Ryn Shell to write novels and continue painting, and creating one-of-a-kind and original eBook covers, at a rural retreat in the Goulburn Valley.
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