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Swansea Seen Art Exhibition

Coming up soon is an art exhibition in which I will have two of my favourite paintings for sale. (see photos below). They can be seen along with many other original art works painted by the Newcastle Art Society artists at The Swansea Centre, First Floor Mezzanine, 228 Pacific Hwy, Swansea.   The exhibition is from 9th June until 5th August and is open 7 days from 10am until 3pm, with lots of free parking behind the centre.

Horse-play – framed in silver 43 x 52cm – Watercolour and graphite $180


bird of paradise blue
Blue Bird of Paradise – framed in white 52 x 43cm – Watercolour and graphite $180


The Chrystique Collection Painting Up-date

It’s been a pretty busy start so far this year, having already attended two watercolour workshops with highly acclaimed tutors, plus I’ve sold 4 paintings in the last few weeks!

I’ve just finished “Sunset Sailing” which will be exhibited at the Central Coast Watercolour Society’s Easter Showcase exhibition.  This is being held in The Community Gallery, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, East Gosford from 28th March – 11th April.


How to easily find copy right free images in Google

I attended a really, interesting workshop recently at Art Lovers Movement – Lake Macquarie.

Our visiting artist, Belinda Biggs, was talking about making sure we use only copy right free images for our paintings.

Now not all of us are globe-trotting photographers, and a lot of us like to be able to paint from a photo. So how to make sure we are not going to be sued for using someone else’s image?

If you follow these simple steps listed below, you can be sure the images you are looking at are copyright free. You will have to follow the steps each time you start a new search, as they re-set themselves back to normal after you log out.

1. Go to Google Images search.
2. Click the Gear icon or Settings
3. Select Advanced search.
4. Scroll down and use the usage rights drop down menu to select Free to use or share,    even commercially.


Sharing expertise to enhance art.

I had to be creative in coming up with a way to get some art lessons by Lynne Lucas, as her classes are usually filled in advance with a waiting list.  But after seeing her art I really wanted to share some ideas with Lynne.

So, after a chat with her, I realised that she was wanting to have her own web site but did not know how to go about it, but I did Ha.  Here was my opportunity!

We have agreed to share ideas and our different areas of expertise to enhance both our art experiences.  I am creating Lynne’s web page – check it out here:

Lynnes web site

Lynne Lucas is currently preparing to attend the Summer Art School at Bathurst Uni for a week.  I attended this school earlier this year and came away with so many great ideas, as well as new art friends.  So not only will I gain Lynne’s art expertise when she returns, she will be able to share so much more with me and also with her weekly class.

A gain for everyone, by sharing our expertise!