A range of art work by Gaye Oakes, Tasmania mainly abstract, seascapes, florals and still life
21 September 2021
Springtime brings unsettled weather here in Tasmania; often windy, occasionally warm, very changeable. It’s the time of many community exhibitions. Last week end was the Rotary Art Show; I sold two paintings which was a wonderful outcome. They both include magenta, my current favourite colour. This is them:
Coming up at the beginning of October is Kaliedoscope an exhibition sponsored by the art group The Colour Circle. I have selected 6 works for this. The first three are ready to hang the the last ones are in mat board mounts ready to frame.
Following Kaleidoscope in mid October is the 200th Royal Hobart Agricultural Show exhibition Art on show. This exhibition has been generously sponsored and supported by Artery, an art supplies store in Hobart. Very sadly the owner/manager Roy passed away recently, but I understand the store will continue to operate, thrive and support artists in Tasmania. I am still deciding what paintings to enter and may enter the Emerging Artist section because I believe my work has emerged to a new level in the past year and I am feeling confident in that belief. We’ll see!! I expect to show some of my recent larger work including this one which was a recent staff pick on Bluethumb, an Australian online art gallery http://www.bluethumb.com.au
Pushing on with more in my Bold Expressions series has been a joy. I continue to experiment as it’s a vital part of my makeup. The first two; sized 60 cm square are getting towards completion. The second two are about 60% there I think. Have used the same two colour palettes but with different underpainting. Mid grey in the first, a light red/brown in the second, then yellow ochre in the last two which are 80cm squares.
I have been working on updating my website and adding to my collection of work for sale on Bluethumb. Preparing paintings for exhibition and packaging those that have sold seems an endless task at the moment. I seem to be constantly ‘flat out’ busy but that’s a good way to be. Thinking about my next series is starting to engage me. Where will I go, what will inspire me next. What new shapes and colours will I use.