A range of art work by Gaye Oakes, Tasmania mainly abstract, seascapes, florals and still life
21 October 2021
It’s a while since my last post and life has been very busy and successful artwise. At the Kaliedoscope exhibition at Kingston I won the Oil and Acrylic section for my painting ‘A day begins’ wrongly labelled ‘Let there be Light’. I also sold ‘An arrangement’; a mounted but unframed work at the show. It was in a great new exhibition space at the Kingston Community Hub however it was a very wet weekend which might have limited visitors.
Following this I had a number of small works in a local exhibition at Franklin in the Huon Valley. A beautiful old church being restored by the community was the venue. It was a wet weekend after the opening which may not have help sales but I managed to sell four small paintings.
I have been working towards creating a more streamlined website with the help of my son Mathew. I have had to create files in a set format for all the works I want to display and these will be presented by series. The focus will be on seeing the range of work rather that on selling. At the same time I am placing the work on Bluethumb; an online art gallery which will be my main selling space. I have sold seven works there in the past month which is astounding. Making cradled boards (husband Gil’s task), mounting the work on the boards, sealing, labelling and packaging have been major tasks these past weeks. The last three I sold on Bluethumb are all abstract and include one of my larger 80 cm square format. This is they.
For 3 days last week I helped receiving work and assisting with the curating and hanging of 200 works in the Royal Hobart Show ‘Art on Show’ exhibition. My friend Wendy Galloway was overall runner up which was exciting and a few other friends received awards. These are my entries. On Friday I will spend the afternoon at the show stewarding the exhibition. Weather is favourable so hoping for lots of visitors.
I am continuing to work on two larger 80 cm pieces as well as 6 small 40cm ones. The two larger ones and 3 of the smaller ones are nearly finished I think. I am never sure. They sit on the wall awaiting an extra mark, or not, depending on how I feel or intuitively respond. This is where these are at the moment
These are the last in my Bold expressions series. I plan to start a new series very soon as time allows. Time to research, plan, explore. I have lots of ideas and want to create a distinctive series without deviating too much from the current style of working. The awesome experience of a full day cruise to the edge of the Great Southern Ocean last week, floating around amidst 10-20 humpback whales and millions of short tail shearwaters is hovering in the below the surface. Who knows what will evolve?