Ruth le Cheminant North by South West invite image

How we got to North by South West

There’s something wonderful in exploring a place already visited and explore that area more closely, to spend time and understand more of the nuances of the region.   I have in the last few years discovered Tamworth NSW and the surrounding region.  A cursory visit doesn’t do the area justice. Tamworth is west of Walcha, an hour from Little Kickerbell and Quirindi, east of Gunnedah and north of Willow Tree. Tamworth is also the home of Weswal Gallery in Brisbane Street where Vicki Hersey and I are having a joint exhibition 15 August till 15 September.
When Vicki and I were asked how did you get to Tamworth? We answered Ruth has spent time in the Tamworth area but both of us got to Tamworth by spending time painting and working in the South West of Australia – in the Monaro, the Mallee, the Flinders Ranges and areas in between.  We are two artists who live in the Blue Mountains.  And so the explanation became our exhibition title: North by South West from the Blue Mountains.

We hope you can join Ruth and Vicki at the opening Saturday 17 August 2019 @ 2pm

For those out of town Weswal Gallery is at 192 Brisbane Street, Tamworth
open Thursday & Friday 10-4  Saturday & Sunday 10-2. Vicki and I hope you visit.

 

North by South West from the Blue Mountains exhibition invite
North by South West from the Blue Mountains exhibition invite

Kickerbell Artists exhibition in Walcha at the Walcha Gallery of Art

Kickerbell Artists exhibition in Walcha at the Walcha Gallery of Art

A group of artists came together to work at Little Kickerbell on the Liverpool Plains. Many had been before to Little Kickerbell, some had not. Most knew each other, some had friendships spanning years some were newer acquaintances all taking the opportunity to share time away painting. On this particular art retreat at Little Kickerbell they came in drifts, some coming later in the retreat replacing those who had left earlier. It was a wonderful situation. Good food and accommodation, to work and spend time with other artists you respect, able to discuss with them all things to do with art, to paint with other like minded people and be sustained by the creative energy around you is a little bit of magic. There is delight in solitude but there is stimulation and energy in a group of artists.

The exhibition title ‘Kickerbell Artists’ says it all. This exhibition at Walcha Gallery of Art is work from the group of artists who were on the art retreat at Little Kickerbell. I hope you have the opportunity to attend the opening on Friday 19th July from 6pm at the Walcha Gallery of Art in Walcha or visit in the next few weeks. Walcha is a great little town and Walcha Gallery of Art definitely worth a visit.

Unfortunately I can’t attend. A fractured 2nd metatarsal on my left foot has thwarted my plans. I’m hoping you can.

Walcha Gallery of Art, 15n Derby St, Walcha 2354 open Tuesday – Friday 9.30am to 3pm and Saturday 9.30am to 1pm

Little Kickerbell 2729 Bundella Road, Pine Ridge NSW 2343 ph: 6747 4830 Cathy and Rowen


Ruth le Cheminant A Week in Dalgety 2019 acrylic china pencil on canvas segment

A week in Dalgety

A week in Dalgety

I always say if you’re going to do landscape painting you’ve got to get yourself out into the landscape! And recently what I tell myself to do, I did.  Felt great!

Two artist colleagues had made quite a few trips to Dalgety, a town a couple of hours travel south of Canberra, to paint there. The house they had rented was high on a hill within Dalgety. They explained you could paint the vista from within the large garden area or the immediate surroundings. It had 4 bedrooms so this time the two friends decided to invite two more colleagues and rent it out once more. And I was delighted to be invited. And I have to say for four people who hadn’t shared a house together before, and given two of us hadn’t met before the venture, we had a great week in Dalgety. Good weather, good food, good conversations and great landscape.
It was remarked to me as I was leaving ‘I’m curious what you’re going to paint after your week in Dalgety’ and I replied ‘I’m curious too!’.  This is the first painting of what I hope will be many. I’ve named this painting ‘A Week in Dalgety’. I wanted to try and capture the feel of the town, how it was as I sat with a cup of tea on the verandah and gazed out at the surrounding environment and it’s many layers. The patterns the textures and colours. This painting goes some part towards it.


Mangkaja work by Daisy Japulija Sonia Kurarra Mrs Rawlins Ms Uhl on perspex

Mangkaja Arts at The National: New Australian Art

Mangkaja Arts at The National: New Australian Art

I had a few hours on 14 June and decided to check out the MCA in Sydney. I hadn’t checked what was on and in essence stumbled on an exhibition that was part of the The National: New Australian Art happening in Sydney. I wasn’t bored any more I was filled with sunshine and good vibes. These ladies sure can paint. They are paintings on perspex hung from the ceiling. The first layers of the work are revealed and on the other side the completed layered work. And the colour. The delightful exuberant colour – magic. You can see it at the level 3 MCA, Sydney.

Curator Clothilde Bullen explains these wonderful works from the Mangkaja Arts Studio, Fitzroy Crossing.


It's all go on the Queens birthday weekend in the Blue Mountains

It’s all go on the Queens birthday weekend in the Blue Mountains

This weekend is the Queens birthday weekend in the Blue Mountains. There’s plenty of action around.

There is the Bent Art exhibition opening night 6.30 – 9.30 at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts 217-219 Great Western Hwy, Wentworth Falls. In all the previous 14 years the opening has been a friendly warm gathering so this year expect the same. I have a painting ‘Liverpool Plains’ in the exhibition that I painted while spending time at Little Kickerbell last year.

I will be one of the artists speaking at the Artist Talk at Bent Art on Saturday 2 – 3. Love a good discussion and looking forward to it. Here’s an opportunity to come along and enjoy what pearls of wisdom we can share, you are able to meet other artists or better still ask a question of the panel. Hope to see you there.

Saturday 8 June 2.30 visit the Blackheath Art Society at 139a Station Street, Blackheath for meet the artists and prizegiving for the Winter Exhibition. I’ve been a member of this friendly society since arriving in the upper Mountains and have a painting ‘The Paddocks can be Immense Further West’ in the exhibition.

See you up here.


It was a marathon and an amazing experience

It was a marathon and an amazing experience

Last year I received an email suggesting I apply to be part of The Other Art Fair Sydney (TOAF) in March 2019. After confirming my partner Anny was OK about being part of the event I thought I might as well apply. It was really the idea, I thought to myself, if you don’t try you’ll never know.  So I applied and I was accepted, and now I know. TOAF required a lot of organisation prior.  I met many other wonderful artists during TOAF and it was a wonderful visual stimulating environment that was quite thought provoking and had wonderful conversations with people about art. The fair gave me the opportunity to explain why I paint what I do and the stories behind the creation of the works.  And I’m pleased to say some paintings went to new homes. Thank you to everyone who visited stand #063 the #gemofthefair – it was quite a weekend.


Ruth le Cheminant studio sale on weekend Dec 1 & Dec 2

I'm having a studio sale on the weekend 1st and 2nd December

Click here for the catalogue Ruth le Cheminant Studio Sale 1&2 December 2018

Studio sale! A wonderful opportunity and a unique chance to purchase quality paintings from Blue Mountains artist - Ruth le Cheminant. Make a date, take a trip to the top of the hill and visit her studio Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December 10am - 4pm in Wentworth Falls and choose your painting.

The catalogue for Ruth le Cheminant Studio Sale 1&2 December 2018 lists the large paintings available. There are also 20+ smaller works available not listed in the catalogue - oilstick on paper, ink on board, collage and acrylic on canvas and numerous framed. Many paintings in the catalogue are not on the webpage so if you are interested in a particular painting and it's not on the webpage you can email me at ruth@theloadedbrush.com.au, message me or you can give me a call for more information.

The address and map to Ruth's studio is on the last page of the catalogue.

Looking forward to seeing you over the weekend of 1 & 2 December, 2018.


When the Plein Air Invitation as a finalist arrives and my painting is used on the invitation image I was chuffed

Chuffed my painting is featured. How good is that!

When the Plein Air Invitation as a finalist rrives and my painting is used on the invitation you get to feel chuffed
When the Plein Air Art Prize invitation as a finalist arrived and my painting is the one used on the invitation you get to feel chuffed.

I received an email with an invitation to the awards ceremony for the NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize and an image of my entry is being used to promote the exhibition. I am honoured. Thank you.  I am feeling chuffed. The image of my painting 'Liverpool Plains from the Hill Behind Nick's Place' is being used as the identity of the Plein Air Prize for 2018 for print, outdoor and digital promotion.  They are using the image in a variety of ways. The banners have a segment of the image and are up outside Parliament so when you visit the exhibition - on till Friday 19 October - at Parliament of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney Monday to Friday only, you will see them.


Ruth le Cheminant Liverpool Plains in Winter 1 2018 acrylic on canvas 46cm x 51cm

See Horizons before it closes Sunday 7 October

Here's an opportunity to see original Ruth le Cheminant paintings. At Braemar Gallery Springwood before the exhibition Horizons finishes on Sunday 7 October.  The gallery is open 10am to 4pm Thursday to Sunday and is housed in a wonderful heritage building on the main road of Springwood. To make it easier to find have a look at the images below.
Much of the work in the exhibition is in response to visits taken to Little Kickerbell on the Liverpool Plains near Quirindi - for those who may not know Little Kickerbell is an hour from Tamworth!  Ruth was struck by the impact the drought has had on the environment of the region. The fertile burnt umber soil of the plains is now more exposed and the vegetation has lost it's luscious green and is now replaced by the more earthy colours of a drying landscape. The response can particularly be seen in the works done plein air at Little Kickerbell - Liverpool Plains in Winter 1,2 & 3 - where the composition has been refined to the dominant forms and colours that had such an impact on Ruth. Ruth hopes you will enjoy the paintings and the exhibition. To buy a painting simply contact Ruth on 0410306621. And cards are available of paintings in the exhibition.

 

Braemar Gallery entrance from Raymond Road
Braemar Gallery entrance from Raymond Road
Braemar Gallery inside looking towards the front door
Braemar Gallery inside looking towards the front door
Braemar Gallery inside looking towards the front door 2
Braemar Gallery inside looking towards the front door 2
Braemar Gallery entrance from Raymond Road 2
Braemar Gallery entrance from Raymond Road 2

Ruth le Cheminant Liverpool Plains from the Hill behind Nicks place 2018 acrylic on canvas 30cm x 60cm

I felt 'yes' was the only answer.

I received an email from Rita and the Plein Air Team on Monday 27 August which read:
Dear Ruth,
On behalf of the Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2018 selection panel, we are pleased to inform you that your artwork has been selected for the further stage of the judging process. This process is to ensure and confirm the artwork is of a high standard as represented by the digital image we received. Successful finalists will be notified on Friday 14 September of their participation in the exhibition, and the winners will be announced in October while the exhibition is on show.
I was chuffed! I didn't read much more. I really should have read the rest that explained:
Additionally, I would like to consider your artwork as the identity of the Plein Air Prize for 2018 for print, outdoor and digital promotion. I’m sure you understand that this does not reflect the winner which is announced in October and selected the Final Judge. Your image however would have high visibility should you approve our request.
Your response with permission would be greatly appreciated.
Please forward your selected Artwork: “Liverpool Plains from the Hill Behind Nick's Place

And I had ignored the request!!
Rita did not give up on me or put off by my tardiness. I am indeed grateful as Rita rang me on Wednesday to ask if I had read the email they had sent me? Rita explained what they were asking and after some chat and explanation I gave approval for the image to be used. It was so unexpected. Huge thanks to the Plein Air Prize team at Parliament of NSW for considering me. I am honoured


Ruth le Cheminant Horizons Braemar Gallery invitation opening 15 September 2018

Three artists. Three colleagues. Three friends. One exibition.

Ruth le Cheminant, Ingrid Russell and Vicki Hersey. Three Blue Mountain artists. Three colleagues. Three friends got together - over quite a few cups of coffee - and together presented a proposal to Braemar Gallery for a joint exhibition and called our exhibition Horizons. We all agreed one common factor in a landscape is the horizon. It is a reference point to our world. Above the horizon is sky and below is the land.  Some artists paint completely below the horizon line, some a mix of both a some just the sky. We present the viewer three very different interpretations of the landscape.


Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society

Letting Go is a workshop and a state of mind

Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society
Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society
Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society
Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society
Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society
Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society
Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society
Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society
Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I walked away from doing any art workshops for a very long time after leaving high school art teaching over 30 years ago. I went on to other careers and was able to gradually weave my way back to my art practice. I stoically refused to teach as I believed I had nothing significant to give.  I didn’t realise the very way I work could be the basis for a workshop.

One day over a year ago I was helping with an exhibition at Blackheath Art Society and one of my works on paper was purchased by another artist, always a compliment.  It delighted me. I thanked her and realising she did quite beautiful work. I was curious why she had purchased my work and she explained your work is so free and as an illustrator I am required to work within certain structures. The three of us present talked about differences in approach to doing art. I was asked ‘How do you do it?’  ‘Easy’ I replied ‘just let go’. And as I was working with the workshop Co-ordinator for the Blackheath Art Society I was challenged to run such a workshop. I panicked, walked in circles and then slowly put together a plan for a one day workshop. It was about stories, play, individual guidance/suggestion with each participants and trying different methods. I think we all had a good day. It certainly went quickly for me.

 


Michelangelo Merisi aka Caravaggio portrait of Maffeo Barberini

It's been a while since I posted. Wonder why?

It’s been a while since I posted. Wonder why?

I haven’t posted for a while, very remiss of me. I’ve been on a break. I did the exhibition Lincoln’s Rock to Little Kickerbell in March @Rex-Livingston Art + Objects Gallery – NB some work still available just speak to David – and realised during it I had put a lot of energy into it and wanted some time out. After the exhibition I travelled to Perth for 10 days. I had a blast, Segway experience, great food, sightseeing and found a wonderful exhibition, The Corsini Collection from Florence at the Art Gallery of WA. On my return to the Blue Mountains I ignored the studio preferring to work in the garden. You could say the studio was a mess after I dumped all the art gear I took with me for my art residency at Little Kickerbell back there. And the turnaround from my return home to preparing for the exhibition I think it was all too much, too difficult, too hard. I walked away for a bit to gain some creative breathing space. This morning I woke up early and got into the studio and I just want to say it’s now cleaned up, tidied up and ready to go.


Lincoln’s Rock, Wentworth Falls

Lincoln's Rock to Little Kickerbell

Thank you Blue Mountains Gazette. The exhibition at Rex- Livingston Art + Objects Gallery Lincoln's Rock to Little Kickerbell is featured in the entertainment section of this weeks paper.


Studio at Little Kickerbell

It’s Lincoln’s Rock to Little Kickerbell

David the Director at Rex-Livingston Art + Objects Gallery in Katoomba made the suggestion. Ruth we need a title for your exhibition that's got a bit more going for it than 'Places'. Got to say on reflection I can see why. I'd been to quite a few places in the past 12 months and thought calling it 'Places' would explain the journey of the work done! Yes it was a bit boring. As David said, you keep going to Lincoln's Rock at Wentworth Falls and now you're going to spend time at Little Kickerbell so maybe we should call it that. And we have. Lincoln's Rock to Little Kickerbell. The exhibition is 2 - 26 March. And the opening is 2pm Saturday 10 March. Come and join us.


Season greetings for 2017 from Ruth and The Loaded Brush

Wishing you season's greetings and a creative 2018

Season's greetings from the studio

I made this video a few years ago. The glasses have changed and I'm a bit older. But the message still applies.

It was done to The Traveling Wilburys track 'End of the Line'. Turn sound on and enjoy.

Ruth

https://vimeo.com/247918093


Ruth le Cheminant Lincoln's Rock midday 24 October 2017

Me and my IPad Pro at Lincoln's Rock

In thanks for the voluntary work I do for a small business I was given an IPad Pro and pencil. With the program available - very like Photoshop - I'm able to create artwork in a new medium. Quite exciting. And frustrating at times.
I decided to take it to a favourite place in the Blue Mountains Lincoln's Rock and sketch. It was a lovely day and also a good day for  tourists. They come in the buses and populated the rock shelf in waves.  I found that by sitting at the side I was ignored.
This is the process the sketch took in it's journey to completion. It gives an insight into my visual decisions in regard to how the sketch was built up and completed. I thought it's an interesting exercise and one I'd share.

Ruth le Cheminant Lincolns Rock sketch 1
Ruth le Cheminant Lincolns Rock sketch 1
Ruth le Cheminant Lincolns Rock sketch 2
Ruth le Cheminant Lincolns Rock sketch 2
Ruth le Cheminant Lincolns Rock sketch 3
Ruth le Cheminant Lincolns Rock sketch 3
Ruth le Cheminant Lincolns Rock sketch 4
Ruth le Cheminant Lincolns Rock sketch 4
Ruth le Cheminant Lincolns Rock sketch 5
Ruth le Cheminant Lincolns Rock sketch 5
Ruth le Cheminant Lincoln's Rock midday 24 October 2017
Ruth le Cheminant Lincoln's Rock midday 24 October 2017

New painting with the studio cat Ruby

Getting back into the studio

After returning home from my wonderful time in Mildura and the exhibition at The Art Vault, and after completing all the admin I had to do for the BAS and other obligations (if you know what that's about I'm sure you'll sympathise!) for my partners business I felt I was then 'free' to paint in the studio. Delightful and delicious. Though the painting took quite a 'conversation' and ended up with so many layers! I think the process is evident in the resultant work. And benefits from it. After many days 'conversation' I had with the painting I realised in fact it was completed. It was a long conversation. I also decided that the white edges of the painting distract when the painting is viewed. The eyes are drawn to the stark white edge, so I painted the edges a colour used in the painting. Think this allows better concentration on the painting itself. Works for me. But there'll always be someone who will think otherwise. And that's OK!

New painting with the studio cat Ruby
New painting with the studio cat Ruby in a rather relaxed position
Back in the studio and the first painting after returning from Mildura.
Back in the studio and here is the first painting after returning from Mildura. It has more layers and took a longer process than I expected.
Decided the white of the edge on a painting can distract, so today I painted the latest painting edges one of the many colours found in the painting.
Decided the white of the edge on a painting can distract, so today I painted the latest painting edges one of the many colours found in the painting.
Detail of the first painting after returning from Mildura. And as you can see it has many layers and took a longer process than I expected.
Detail of the first painting after returning from Mildura. And as you can see it has many layers and took a longer process than I expected.

Out of the Blue exhibition The Art Vault 21 June - 10 July 2017

Inspiration and working at Evandale

Journey to Mildura June 2017 Murrumbidgee River, Hay
Journey to Mildura June 2017 Murrumbidgee River, Hay
Enjoying Hosier Lane in the CBD of Melbourne
Enjoying Hosier Lane in the CBD of Melbourne

Darling River Evandale - the bend in the river.
Close to the homestead Evandale
Home paddock at Evandale
Home paddock at Evandale
The road to the front gate, Evandale
The road to the front gate, Evandale
Mildura
Mildura

It's been full-on!
I have had a wonderful time at Mildura and at Evandale in the last 3 weeks. I worked out it was easier to stay in the area while my exhibition Out of the Blue was on than return home and then drive back to pick up the exhibition. It was a good choice.
Initially stayed in a motel close to The Art Vault after I arrived and for the opening. Then got myself to Melbourne to see van Gogh and visit relatives. Both very positive experiences and even the Melbourne Miracle saga. Check out my post!
On my return to Mildura I stayed with friends and was able to return to Evandale on the Darling River out of Pomona - seemed like my own 400 acres while I was there - and spend another 6 days. As some might now know from my Facebook and Instagram I had the company of Quacker the goose. He greeted me whenever I returned in the van to the homestead. You're never alone when you have a goose!
I want to thank Pam Warburton for her faith in me and my work and for literally handing over the keys to their property Evandale once again.  After explaining the quirks of the place Pam left me to enjoy Evandale. This was so generous and trusting of Pam.  I also want to thank new friends Chris and Ann who invited me to stay with them when I wasn't at Evandale. I was very grateful for their generosity. It meant I was able to share a home and be able to relax, exploring antique fairs, coffees and dining out and meeting people with them. A slice of Mildura life.
I take 3 days to travel to and from Mildura, stopping at Hay and Young. There are so much visual delights on the trip I love savouring them. I must admit I am glad to be back home in the Mountains. But what an amazing trip. I hope you enjoy this visual diary. And if at any time you're driving through Hay consider stopping there to check it out rather than seeing it in a blur.


Miracle in Melbourne

Sometimes magic happens when you least expect it.

After the opening of my exhibition in Mildura we made the decision to visit Vincent in Melbourne at the NGV, that is the Vincent Van Gogh exhibition. We arrived Thursday and in the early afternoon decided to walk from out hotel in east Melbourne into the city and Federation Square and have a look around. I gave my wallet to my partner who had the backpack with a few things in it and off we went. Into the Apple Store, checked out maps and directions at the information centre, wandered around Federation Square.  And at this point I asked my partner if I could put the maps into the backpack? There was a look of sheer horror on her face. She didn't have the backpack! We didn't know where it was. We didn't know how long it'd been gone. As we stumbled around I realised my licence, all bank cards, cash and other membership cards were in my wallet. My life! I would have to fly home back to Mildura with no ID and then travel home to the Blue Mountains. Panic. So I tried blocking my cards using my iPhone. Not easy.  Thought I'd done it. Then we went to the police to report the loss. We were stressed, distraught and incredibly anxious about the whole thing. We sat in MacDonalds and tried to regroup and decided to walk back past the Apple shop to the hotel. It had been over an hour since we'd lost the backpack. We started our journey and as we passed the Apple Store I glanced in. I saw a grey shape at the base of the front desk. Impossible! I walked in and walked up to a grey backpack, that was our grey backpack, lying casually at the base of the main counter in the busiest area in Melbourne. No one challenged me or questioned what I was doing. It was our backpack. I thought at least we have it back. I took it outside and together we looked inside. I felt down and pulled out the white dilly bag I'd put the wallet in and opened it up. It was all there! Even the $60 in cash. It was a miracle. The backpack had been ignored and I had my wallet back and in many ways my life back. Words could not describe the relief. I was/ I am so very grateful. The next day we went to the bank to check my cards. For some reason they hadn't been blocked and I could still use them.  I just kept saying 'it's a miracle'!


Out of the Blue exhibition The Art Vault 21 June - 10 July 2017

Out of the Blue

I returned home mid May after spending time on the Darling River at Evandale and realised I didn't have a lot of time to paint. Talk about concentration! The trip was the inspiration for the exhibition Out of the Blue at The Art Vault Mildura. I had a rather intense time in the studio on my return. But a happy time. I repacked the van and left once again Saturday 19 June to return to Mildura with the exhibition. Think by the time I return home I will have done 4,000 k's. But all worthwhile. Great inspiration and experiences.


The road from the front gate leading to the homestead, Evandale

The magic of 400 acres and the Darling River

The road from the front gate leading to the homestead, Evandale
The road from the front gate leading to the homestead, Evandale
Darling River at Evandale out of Pomona, NSW
Darling River at Evandale out of Pomona, NSW
River gum on the Darling River at Evandale out of Pomona NSW
River gum on the Darling River at Evandale out of Pomona NSW
River gums on the Darling River at Evandale
River gums on the Darling River at Evandale
Evandale near Pomona NSW May 2017
Evandale near Pomona NSW May 2017
Edge of the Darling River, Evandale out of Pomona NSW
Edge of the Darling River, Evandale out of Pomona NSW
River gum at Evandale homestead near Pomona, NSW
River gum at Evandale homestead near Pomona, NSW
Quacker
Quacker
Ruth le Cheminant plein air painting on the banks of the Darling River, Evandale NSW
Ruth le Cheminant plein air painting on the banks of the Darling River, Evandale NSW
Late afternoon, Evandale NSW
Late afternoon, Evandale NSW
Small bouquet of native plants
Small bouquet of native plants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes magic does happen.

For five days in May I was offered time on a 400 acre property on the Darling River out of Wentworth via Pomona. It was a magic experience. I had the company of Quacker the pet goose and Pam the owner would drop by. The rest of the time it was just me and a wonderful environment. Thought I'd share the experience.


The Art Vault - art gallery at 43 Deakin Ave, Mildura VIC 3500

Visiting the Darling River area

Sometimes magic happens!

Julie Chambers director of The Art Vault in Mildura rang recently to invite me to spend some time in the river area of the Darling.  I spent some time chatting with Julie and Pam organising the trip with them. Pam is a local interested in my work and how I would interpret and respond to the river gums on her property on the Darling River.  Must say I'm curious too in how to capture the unique feel, colour and environment of that area. And be able to compare this area to the area I live in the Blue Mountains.

I am looking forward to the journey there, meeting up with good friends at The Art Vault, meeting Pam and spending time out bush. We intend to devote time being in the environment and I'll be doing plenty of sketching and plein air work. And I anticipate some of these works will be in the exhibition 'Out of the Blue' at The Art Vault in June/July.

I'll be posting about my trip on Instagram so check my feed @ruthbluemts and on my Facebook page The Loaded Brush - Ruth le Cheminant. There is a proviso I guess - as long as there is coverage!

Check The Art Vault for more information

 


The Art Vault art gallery at 43 Deakin Ave, Mildura VIC 3500

Guess who's having an exhibition June/July at The Art Vault?

 

There are coincidences and delights in life. And one was a phone call from Julie Chambers the Director of The Art Vault Gallery in Mildura. She was wondering if I would be interested in an exhibition at the gallery at the end of June/early July this year.  I was sitting there a little in the doldrums and feeling somewhat uninspired. As a result of Julie’s phone call I felt motivated and quite excited about the possibilities. So after thinking about it, I agreed.

I have undertaken art residencies and exhibited at The Art Vault many times since it opened. My involvement with The Art Vault came about as a consequence of me wanting to understand more about the Mallee and particularly why my mother, born in the area, remained enamoured of the ‘Mallee’ all her life. I initially went to Mildura to do a residential only to check out ‘the Mallee’ and found in the time I was there I was growing to understand and enjoy it. And each subsequent visit my appreciation and interest in the area has grown. Now I'm thinking I’ll undertake a preliminary trip prior to the exhibition, out to the Darling area of the Mallee. I may go via Canberra, visit Deniliquin and afterwards wend my way back home via Broken Hill and the Menindee Lakes, maybe even visit Kinchega NP and Parkes. I’ll keep you posted.

The Art Vault - art gallery at 43 Deakin Ave, Mildura VIC 3500
The Art Vault - art gallery at 43 Deakin Ave, Mildura VIC 3500

We have the NBN again after a month without it. It's intermittent at the moment but connected is better than not!

With no internet haven't been able to post for the last month.

It's been a little frustrating in one way over the last month. Our NBN internet dropped out 2 February just as I had shifted my web page to a new hosting platform and I was bright eyed and bushy tailed to post from the web, to update images and review webpage content. So I had to wait. Until the 28 February when we were again connected to the internet and the NBN.

But gotta look on the bright side. It's not all bad. I've spent more time getting to know the neighbours. I now know the staff and which cafes in Katoomba have free wifi - Thunderbird at the bottom of Katoomba Street - that Il Postinos in Wentworth Falls have great cakes and meals and the library at Katoomba has free internet for a 2 hour period a day. We have found out about how NBN actually works and what the weakness of the service delivery is - it's all about the quality of the telephone lines in the upper mountains - and finding people within NBN who have supported us. And Susan Templeman our Federal member who has ensured our issues were not dropped. Thank you all.

And for the moment I can get back to social media, enjoy working on my webpage once again and can relax in the studio knowing I can stroll to the computer and communicate with the world once again.


David Rex-Livingston director of Rex-Livingston Art & Objects Gallery in front of 2 works by Ruth le Cheminant

Ruth and theloadedbrush.com.au is gearing up for 2017

Ruth and as a consequence The Loaded Brush is gearing up for 2017.  Didn’t 2016 go quickly. During 2016 I moved from Gallery Blackheath to Rex-Livingston Art + Objects Gallery in Katoomba and I'm really enjoying being in the gallery.

After a slow start to the year it can now be stated: Ruth le Cheminant is back in the studio! Back playing with lino printing, well not really playing more re-discovering the process. And I've organised myself to be able to print in the studio. I find the impact of the removal process in preparing the lino on the composition fascinating. I’m exploring  oil stick again and incorporating collage.  So much fun but messy!!  It is a very dynamic process working on a small work! A small change evolves at times into a total reconstruct of the work. It’s bit of a wonderful creative ride allowing the process to unfold.  I’m having a blast with paint. Paint remains the constant in my work. Love to paint. On canvas - small canvases, medium canvases, but to work on a large canvases is delicious, you can really disappear into the work, literally and figuratively

Visit Rex-Livingston Objects + Art Gallery in Katoomba to check out the results. And say hullo to David, the director of the gallery, and Ella.  You'll enjoy chatting to David about art and the ways of the art world with him, I do.


Blue Mountains Artist Network

I will be opening the BMAN Winter exhibition

I am delighted to say I've been invited - and have accepted the invitation - to open the Blue Mountains Artist Network Winter Exhibition at the Edge at 6.30pm Friday 8 July.  It's an honour to do so. Exhibition opening 6.30 - 8pm.  As Graham Tribe of BMAN says "The aim of this evening is to open the exhibition and listen to a talk about art, meet other artists and to share experience and stories. Get to know other Blue Mountains artists and increase your knowledge." Join us. Could be fun! Finger food and drinks as well.

Blue Mountains Artist Network
Blue Mountains Artist Network

 


Ruth le Cheminant is now with Rex-Livingston Art + Objects Gallery 182-184 Katoomba Street, Katoomba.

Now exhibiting with Rex-Livingston Art + Object Gallery, Katoomba

I am now exhibiting with Rex-Livingston Art + Objects Gallery in Katoomba. An new gallery to the mountains found at the bottom of Katoomba Street and open Thursday - Monday 10am - 5pm. In the art precinct of Katoomba.

Ruth le Cheminant is now with Rex-Livingston Art + Objects Gallery 182-184 Katoomba Street, Katoomba.
Ruth le Cheminant is now exhibiting with Rex-Livingston Art + Objects Gallery 182-184 Katoomba Street, Katoomba.
Ruth le Cheminant is now at Rex-Livingston Art + Objects Gallery 182-184 Katoomba Street, Katoomba.
Ruth le Cheminant is now exhibiting with Rex-Livingston Art + Objects Gallery 182-184 Katoomba Street, Katoomba.