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Bellarine Arts Trail 2018

By |2018-09-13T16:35:29+10:00September 13, 2018|Studio|

Artist and Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop (QG&W) director, Soula Mantalvanos opens her personal studio for the Bellarine Arts Trail 2018. Soula will open the doors to her newly established studio, welcoming conversation about her practice and works that will form part of QG&W’s summer group exhibition, Lustre. Having realised Parisian facades in oils, acrylics and etchings, but unable to return to Europe for over [...]

My art website is back

By |2018-03-07T14:19:13+11:00July 26, 2015|Me, Studio|

Hello, welcome back! My art site is back and firstly I must apologise to those of you who have had some strange feeds land in your inbox during testing time. Hopefully this post will make sense of it all. Many of you might already know, but Theo and I made a mammoth transitional move from our beloved Collingwood to Queenscliff. Not an easy [...]

The Design Files induction

By |2018-03-07T14:19:47+11:00July 13, 2015|Press, Studio|

Full Design Files post: thedesignfiles.net Excerpt from Origin of Image (OoI) newsletter June 2013 Photos: Sean Fennessy. You all might recall that in our first OoI news edition we were renovating. Well, we are very excited to announce we have completed the renovations and the live, work, play lifestyle in the fields of art and design, is proving to be quite a lovely. [...]

Answerable to no one except my talent!

By |2018-03-07T14:06:21+11:00October 24, 2014|Drawing, Painting, Studio|

There's something really great about being an artist and experiencing a time where you can work without influence. I am experiencing that pleasure right now and exploring what it is I would like to focus on to amount a body of work that is unrelated to my last 7.5 years of pained life. My artworks of the last years have been quite erratic [...]

The Drawing Wall

By |2018-03-07T14:06:21+11:00April 16, 2014|Drawing, Studio|

What is The Drawing Wall? An excuse to get up off our seats, Takes us away from our screens, Keeps us in touch with drawing and the pencil, A way to remain inspired in our studio, A creative project, A great way to use our blank studio wall, Keeps us thinking, Provides a great working environment, Lots of fun. Building The Drawing Wall [...]

Johannes Itten and the Seasons color exercise

By |2018-03-07T14:06:22+11:00April 12, 2012|Painting, Studio|

I have an art mentor... he is the wonderful Jeff Makin (I know, I know... lucky gal hey?). Jeff and I started, what I would call, art therapy about a year ago now after I attended his life drawing session at the brilliant James Makin gallery in Collingwood. It was Jeff that reintroduced me to Johannes Itten's book The Art of Color and set [...]

Artist’s Materials

By |2018-03-07T14:06:22+11:00January 29, 2012|Painting, Studio|

Study has been wonderful with Jeff Makin for many reasons, and I intend to resume with it just as soon as I have some reliable capacity so I'm not throwing out my luscious paint and having to clean brushes for a few minutes of activity! One of the very enjoyable aspects of study has been revisiting simplicity. Keep it simple Jeff says and [...]

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