The secret of the Quindalup Artists

most of us hear the call to create….

Here is the full opening speech for the Quindalup Artists Exhibition. (on the night I  gave a shorter version)



Opening Speech for Quindalup artists exhibition 2016

Most of us hear the call to create.

It can be immensely satisfying.

We write, we cook, we paint , make music, garden or pursue some other creative path .


some times our will falters.

We loose motivation,

become overly critical of our efforts,

we abandon projects or never start them in the first place.

The secret of the Quindalup artists is that we meet every week. The members of the group make the time to come to the studio/my place/ a six hour class and I make lunch.

We motivate each other – unfolding inspiring fertiliser friendships

We have a comfortable place to be uncomfortable.

The creative process can bring such joy when it is working

and such darkness when it alludes.

Putting your work on the wall for everyone to see is not easy.

It is going to be judged ,



Some of my favourite paintings tonight have been coaxed, out of dark cupboards , rescued from from the gesso undercoat brush.

I was going to read out their report card but as they are all triple a students

I thought I would tell you a bit about each of the members instead


Alana Chesterfield-Evens – who came to the class time poor on her day off work and who now paints full time and is having an open studio at her home . Winner of peoples choice last year and sold the most paintings.AlanaCGuineaFowls


Anita- who has had long love of art that manifests in a house full of “real art’ where her own is lined up in the cupboard. ( and look at this beautiful garden painting that is A++ material) Hold up painting.AnitaWattleVaseONYellow

Bree Omodei- whose work is getting stronger and stronger in its gentle femininity. Sold every painting last exhibition….. BreeOVaseofFlowers

Dorothy Davies -who has been snaffled up by the ‘studio bistro’ gallery and has now restrictions on what she can show with us. Her work is inspiring. May studio bistro steal more members!! DorothyBeachGirls

Bridget Haak-ba bright light – who embraces the phrase “that art is a difficult pleasure” forever tweaking her paintings to their perfection.BrigitHFlowers

Elaine Dodd .who gets awe and praise for her work -(after lunch we have show and tell of our work) and then says to me that she has no work good enough to put on a card. Hold up cardsElaineDoddWoman_Window

Gerald Hutton gets a C – for attendance. He only visits us occasionally now as is is settled and motivated in his own studio creating land and seascapes that are going from strength to strength ( a + for paintings and treasurer duties) Gerald Hutton 02

Gilly Collison who makes painting look easy. I love and admire her. gilly

Janine Gaspari has trusted and gone down her rabbit hole of art and made a unique recognisable style. Have you seen her fish with umbrellas? She is often working on commissions and has many outlets for her paintings and cards. I was very pleased that James was introduced the other day as the husband of the artist Janine. Look Behind You

Jane Talbot-Ponsoby who gives more inspiration to the group than she gets. Dont ever leave us!!JaneTP_GSmart

Joy Watling a former milliner from rockaby road -strong drawings,strong paintings, strong woman. She is responsible for organising the painted sat dishes out side  (they will funnel people in all weekend! )IMG_1251.JPGIMG_1247IMG_1101IMG_1240

Bay Collison- so positive and charming. He loves the process of painting more than most. He can always bring his paintings back from chaos and the edge and resolves them beautifully. IMG_1250

Judy Mcgann – beautifully self contained and delicate sensitive paintings. Great attention to the surface. Give them a second lookJudeFlowersInGlass

Karen Johnson – who knows a lot about art and she is a perfectionist – ….watch this space. KarenbanksiaONblue

Kate Plant –brings great heart to the group . She regularly jumps off into the void -with great success. KateP pink flowers

Kerry Rocchi stays true to her gentle feminine understated sensitive creations.KerryR_succulentBowl

Ros Hamdorf – very happy the day she walked in the door. Always has great ideas and takes big challengesRosbirdOnBlueGrey

Mary Meyer is a very creative member She continually experiments and keeps fresh.. She shines in the valuable feed back she shares after lunch. She is very naughty some times.MaryMyerBirdonDog

Odveig Forbes – brings concentration and love to her work. She will never put in many paintings as her family are covering their walls with them. Luckily we will always have her cards. OddveigPolarBear

Pauline Vukelic is a very valuable member of the group. We need to tie her to the table and hand her phone in at the door. There have been great promises of how after the “next big thing’- then she will focus more on her painting. What will happen when she gives it her full attention! And she knows how good it is for her!! Bird_sculpture

Robyn Clifton- Just look at the care and love and quality that is in her paintings .hold up


Ronnie Millard- we first met in a pilaties class many years ago and she had not done a lot of art. And she is a good example of how bum on seat pays off. Taut pilaties bum. She now tackles huge challenges that scare me and flies solo now. IMG_1248

Sharyn House – quality and sensitivity triple A Sharyn needs to focus more and not talk so much in class. Now this is not really the whole story -When she is painting she is extremely focused. It can take some weeks between finishing one painting and starting the next….SharynHWhiteJugOnBlue

Michael Shaw -is my partner and not a student. Though I am always trying to train him. He is getting much fame for his coffee, bread baking skills and computer trouble shooting–But tonight he gets adoration appreciation and praise of for making our art look so good on these cards. cards

Also a huge thank you you an amazing team of husbands – who lift, carry and give us their engineering skills with such good cheer

One more thank you to Lions club and especially Bob Clements who helped us set up all these stands.

I would like to finish by reading a poem


Go to the end of the path until you get to the gate.

Go through the gate and head straight out towards the horizon.

Keep going towards the horizon.

Sit down and have a rest every now and again,

But keep on going, just keep on with it.

Keep on going as far as you can.

That’s how you get there.

by MIchael LeuniG

My wish is that this exhibition inspires your own creativity

my wish is that these paintings will brighten your houses