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.

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Ruth le Cheminant message regarding how theloadedbrush webpage works
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Ruth le Cheminant Lincoln's Rock Blue Mountains acrylic paint and pen on board 2016 14.5cm x21cm

Collectors' Edition exhibition

Here's my small work (14.5cm x 21cm) for the Collectors Edition @bluemountiansculturalcentre. Exhibition 21 May - June 5 Final auction Friday 3 June 6-8pm
Thank you Anny Druett for doing this to promote the event


Ruth le Cheminant is a partner at Gallery Blackheath 44 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath

Easter weekend in Blackheath

Are you aware? Gallery Blackheath at 44 Govetts Leap Road will be open the 4 days of this Easter weekend.

Ruth le Cheminant is a partner at Gallery Blackheath 44 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath
Ruth le Cheminant is a partner at Gallery Blackheath 44 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath

And over the railway line at 139a Station Street check out the Easter Exhibition at the Blackheath Art Society. I will have 2 small works in this exhibition. One is quite small. Let's Eat is a framed mixed media work only 20cm x 14cm on board. The other Looking Through the Bush 4 is acrylic paint on canvas paint 38cm x 76cm $820. Meet the artist is at 2.30pm Saturday but if you can't make it then maybe Sunday or Monday?

Ruth le Cheminant Let's Eat 2015 collage and acrylic on board 20x14cm $300
Ruth le Cheminant Let's Eat 2015 collage and acrylic on board 20x14cm $300
Ruth le Cheminant Looking Through the Bush 4 2016 acrylic paint on canvas 38x76cm $820
Ruth le Cheminant Looking Through the Bush 4 2016 acrylic paint on canvas 38x76cm $820

 


One of the artwork at the Sydney Biennale Cockatoo Island

Sydney Biennale

Sydney Biennale is nearly here. Check what's on at the Biennale and go and enjoy. This year's installations vary from carnival-themed blimps, a dark underworld from black yarn, and delicate plaster casts of Indian sex workers. It's on again at various sites but I must admit I love going to The Biennale at Cockatoo Island. The ferry ride adds to the delight of exploring the island. Venues include the MCA, Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks and Newtown Library. On from 18 March - 5 June 2016.

Six Women an artwork by Bharti Kher, one of the many artists at the Sydney Biennale, Cockatoo Island
Six Women an artwork by Bharti Kher, one of the many artists at the Sydney Biennale, Cockatoo Island


Grayson Perry exhibition My Pretty Art Career on till 1st May at MCA Sydney

Grayson Perry - the transvestite potter

It's always good to feed the personal art muse and recently I visited the Grayson Perry exhibition 'My Pretty Little Art Career' at the MCA Sydney. I didn't know what to expect. And was intrigued. He has an extensive art practice. Pottery, textiles, etchings, drawings, sculptures and tapestries. Huge tapestries that tell a morality tale.

Entry at MCA Sydney for Grayson Perry exhibition My Pretty Little Art Career
Entry at MCA Sydney for Grayson Perry exhibition My Pretty Little Art Career
Detail of a tapestry
Detail of a tapestry
Detail of a tapestry with a modern feel
Detail of a tapestry with a modern feel
The Rosetta Vase
The Rosetta Vase
Detail of work on the Rosetta vase
Detail of work on the Rosetta vase
Head of a Fallen Giant in cast bronze
Head of a Fallen Giant in cast bronze
Detail of a vase with photo of Claire Grayson alter ego
Detail of a vase with photo of Claire Grayson alter ego
Detail of the etching Map of an Englishman
Detail of the etching Map of an Englishman
Two of the tapestries that make up The Vanities of Small Differences
Two of the tapestries that make up The Vanities of Small Differences
Detail of the etching Map of an Englishman
Detail of the etching Map of an Englishman

And his art serves as a point of commentary for him on art, life and it's values. I had a great time looking at the work, then returning to see more and read more within the work. This is an exhibition worth visiting.


Ruth le Cheminant Looking Through the Bush 12016 acrylic paint on canvas 46x92cm

Through the leaves, branches and trunks

In the studio painting and enjoying it immensely. When you live in the Blue Mountains and interface with the bush it is so much a part of your environment. The challenge I gave myself was how can I present the environment I love on canvas? The glimpses through the trunks, the light and colour variation of the vegetation, the tonal qualities of the bush as the light and it's intensity changes. Start of a series. Some of the work you can see in the present exhibition at Gallery Blackheath

Ruth le Cheminant Looking Through the Bush 12016 acrylic paint on canvas 46x92cm
Ruth le Cheminant Looking Through the Bush 12016 acrylic paint on canvas 46x92cm
Ruth le Cheminant Looking Through the Bush 2 2016 acrylic paint on canvas 46x92cm
Ruth le Cheminant Looking Through the Bush 2 2016 acrylic paint on canvas 46x92cm
Ruth le Cheminant Looking Through the Bush 3 2016 acrylic paint on canvas 50x76cm
Ruth le Cheminant Looking Through the Bush 3 2016 acrylic paint on canvas 50x76cm

 


Ruth le Cheminant - Cultural Capital an article by Carrie Miller in @artcollectormagazine issue 75

Cultural Capital

As a partner of Gallery Blackheath I do regular days looking after the Gallery. The gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and public holidays) in Blackheath, Blue Mountains and the seven partners are rostered on for a full day to cover the days we are open. I had the mistaken belief I'd have time to read art magazines and books but this isn't always the case. The people visiting are delightful and time passes quickly. But last Sunday while on duty I did have a few moments and read the latest edition of Art Collector Magazine and found an interesting article by Carrie Miller - Cultural Capital.  It's a thoughtful and interesting read. And all the more so as it's by Carrie who I'd met quite a few years ago when she was a neighbour. She was great to discuss all things to do with the arts and politics then and delighted reading this article she maintains her forensic skills. Worth a read.

Ruth le Cheminant - Cultural Capital an article by Carrie Miller in @artcollectormagazine issue 75
Ruth le Cheminant - Cultural Capital an article by Carrie Miller in @artcollectormagazine issue 75

 


Ruth le Cheminant is a partner at Gallery Blackheath

One of seven partners who make up Gallery Blackheath

Enjoy the video below and when next in Blackheath in the wonderful Blue Mountains visit the gallery at 44 Govetts Leap Road and see all the work by the seven partners who make up Gallery Blackheath

Ruth le Cheminant partner at Gallery Blackheath


Gallery Blackheath January 2016 with Patti Skenridge

The first hang for 2016 at Gallery Blackheath

Monday 4th January was an action packed day. After a meeting Patti Skenridge and Ray Harrington curated the gallery. There are always two curators but as Patti said "the whole team is necessary to get it together, critically evaluate and hopefully approve as the last work is hung. It's always difficult but eventually rewarding. Just think how hard it is to hang seven artists in our small gallery!" And I got to say it looks great. So come and check out Gallery Blackheath at 44 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath and/or visit Gallery Blackheath website. These are some 'happy' shots of the action on the day.

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Paintings ready for first hang for the year at Gallery Blackheath - Ruth le Cheminant
Paintings ready for first hang for the year at Gallery Blackheath - Ruth le Cheminant
Working on getting the paintings up - Les Love and Leonie Lyall
Working on getting the paintings up - Les Love and Leonie Lyall
First hang for 2016 with Leonie Lyall and Margaret Aalders
First hang for 2016 with Leonie Lyall and Margaret Aalders
Curators for the first hang for 2016 - Patti Skenridge and Ray Harrington
Curators for the first hang for 2016 - Patti Skenridge and Ray Harrington
Checking out the first hang for 2016 - Patti Skenridge and Michael van Langenberg
Checking out the first hang for 2016 - Patti Skenridge and Michael van Langenberg

 

 


Ruth le Cheminant Summer holidays - Narrabeen Beach December 2015

I love the idea that art is everywhere - we just need to see it.

How to view the world. Do we really see around us or do we just glance. Art is everywhere.

Ruth le Cheminant Summer holidays 2015 Narrabeen
Ruth le Cheminant Summer holidays 2015 Narrabeen
Ruth le Cheminant Summer holidays 2015 Narrabeen - at Narrabeen beach
Ruth le Cheminant Summer holidays 2015 Narrabeen - at Narrabeen beach
Ruth le Cheminant Summer holidays - Narrabeen Beach December 2015
Ruth le Cheminant Summer holidays - Narrabeen Beach December 2015

I have just returned from a holiday at the beach. We didn't travel very far! Almost a home-stay, enjoying a stay at Narrabeen.  While on holidays I decided to approach art differently - to use images on my IPhone to reveal the world as I saw it. To capture the moment, the instant in time with consideration to the #composition #landscape #shapes #lines #textures of the environment I was in. Here are a few studies.

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Ruth le Cheminant Summer holidays 2015 Narrabeen
Ruth le Cheminant Summer holidays 2015 Narrabeen

Ruth le Cheminant at The Moree Gallery Gig with selected work

Moree - from a Kamilaroi term believed to mean either 'long waterhole' or 'rising sun'

I am just back from a road trip to Moree. Got to love a road trip! And I had a very pleasant time. The time was short and the trip was long. The landscape changed wonderfully as I travelled north and for a mountains woman - it was ... hot. I dropped the exhibition at Ben Roberts on the Thursday and repacked the car with paintings travelling to Moree the following Sunday and met Gig Moses on the Monday.  I am pleased to now be one of the artists represented by the Moree Gallery. Thank you Gig. If considering a road trip, Moree is worth a visit!. The Kamilaroi mob are right - the people are friendly, the artesian water is great to relax in and the sky is immense in the landscape. theloadedbrush.com.au

Ruth le Cheminant now at the Moree Gallery
Ruth le Cheminant now at the Moree Gallery
Ruth le Cheminant at The Moree Gallery Gig with selected work
Ruth le Cheminant at The Moree Gallery Gig with selected work
Ruth le Cheminant of The Loaded Brush and Gig Moses of The Moree Gallery
Ruth le Cheminant of The Loaded Brush and Gig Moses of The Moree Gallery

 

 


Ruth le Cheminant of theloadedbrush.com.au is at Gallery Blackheath in 2016

2016 Ruth is at Gallery Blackheath

Established in December 2001, Gallery Blackheath is an artist-owned and managed non-profit gallery showcasing prize-winning Blue Mountains artists. And ...drum roll ... in 2016 I will a partner in the Gallery.  It's wonderful to be part of a quality gallery that has become a feature of the Blue Mountains art landscape, particularly in the upper Mountains. To check out my work or that of the other partners drop by in 2016. If you don't know the Gallery, drop by 44 Govetts Leap Road in Blackheath and have a browse. It's the building with the coloured squares on the side on the way to Govetts Leap lookout (hence the road name), one of the spectacular sights of the Blue Mountains. See you at Gallery Blackheath next year.

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Ruth le Cheminant of theloadedbrush.com.au is at Gallery Blackheath in 2016
Ruth le Cheminant of theloadedbrush.com.au is at Gallery Blackheath in 2016
Ruth le Cheminant of theloadedbrush.com.au is at Gallery Blackheath in 2016
Ruth le Cheminant of theloadedbrush.com.au is at Gallery Blackheath in 2016.

Ruth le Cheminant Hitting the target and opening the video via the link

Showing until November 19th, 2015

Ruth's latest exhibition. What, where, when and why you should visit:

Ruth at Ben Roberts

Ben Roberts Cafe and Gallery
10 Benang Street, Lawson
Open daily 9 to 3 - closed Tuesday
Exhibition runs till 19 November


Ruth le Cheminant Agorichina

Back from the Flinders Ranges - almost in one piece

It's been frustrating. It's been annoying. And downright inconvenient! I will need to wear a leg brace while the cracked patella heals. On a recent short art retreat in the Flinders Ranges I did a swan dive at Agorichina over a log in the dark  to end up with a damaged knee (swelled and wouldn't bend) and badly grazed hand.  Bush medicine was applied and I stayed on the tour in a small bus over dirt roads for the next few days. The Flinders Ranges was wonderful and I want to go back and take more time to totally immerse myself in the environment, but this time without injuries. Managed a few small works before my close inspection of the ground and they will be in the exhibition Land : Sky at Ben Roberts cafe and Gallery, Lawson to be opened by Adele Weiss on 31st October at 2pm. Hope you can join me there.

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Ruth le Cheminant Flinders Ranges #5
Ruth le Cheminant Flinders Ranges #5
Ruth le Cheminant Flinders Ranges #4
Ruth le Cheminant Flinders Ranges #4
Ruth le Cheminant Flinders Ranges #3
Ruth le Cheminant Flinders Ranges #3
Ruth le Cheminant Flinders Ranges #2
Ruth le Cheminant Flinders Ranges #2
Ruth le Cheminant Flinders Ranges #1
Ruth le Cheminant Flinders Ranges #1
Ruth le Cheminant Agorichina
Ruth le Cheminant Agorichina
Ruth le Cheminant Agorichina Flinders Ranges #1
Ruth le Cheminant Agorichina Flinders Ranges #1
Ruth le Cheminant Agorichina #2
Ruth le Cheminant Agorichina #2

Ruth le Cheminant preparing for an art retreat in the Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges

When a colleague and friend asks you if you're interested in a short retreat to Flinders Ranges the almost immediate answer is yes! Wanted to go to the Flinders for so long! I'm told there's been rain recently and the desert flowers should be in bloom. The scenery should be magnificent.
I've always find with an art trip it's best to have a bag for my art gear and one for my personal stuff. And then work out how to get the 3 legged sketching stool on board. This should be fun. Only 6 of us and I only know one other - at this stage - but I reckon by the end we'll know each other well. All pursuing creative careers so should be stimulating company.  I'll try and post on instagram @ruthbluemts if not too distracted.
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Ruth le Cheminant preparing for an art retreat in the Flinders Ranges
Ruth le Cheminant - preparing for an art retreat in the Flinders Ranges

Ruth le Cheminant Landscape 2 2015 acrylic on canvas 30x40cm

Exhibition coming up at Ben Roberts Gallery, Lawson

Working on paintings for the upcoming exhibition at Ben Roberts Gallery and Cafe, Benang Street, Lawson opening 31 October. There will be larger works but included in the exhibition will be a variety of smaller works and these are some. These particular landscape paintings, only 30cm x 40cm have just been completed and capture the layering and colour of the larger paintings but becoming more dynamic when completed on a smaller canvas.
Also included in the exhibition will be framed collages of only 20cm x 10cm. These are whimsical works using as a basis the printed word. Some of these collage works are part of the 'Mills and Boon series', a series of works that re-configures a page of a Mills and Boon novel rather in the tradition of Tom Phillips.
Check other work by Ruth at www.theloadedbrush.com.au

Ruth le Cheminant Landscape 1 2015 acrylic on canvas 30x40cm
Ruth le Cheminant Landscape 1 2015 acrylic on canvas 30x40cm
Ruth le Cheminant Landscape 3 2015 acrylic on canvas 30x40cm
Ruth le Cheminant Landscape 3 2015 acrylic on canvas 30x40cm
Ruth le Cheminant Landscape 2 2015 acrylic on canvas 30x40cm
Ruth le Cheminant Landscape 2 2015 acrylic on canvas 30x40cm

Ruth-le-Cheminant-Land-Sky-2015-acrylic-paint-on-canvas-100x90cm

Check out new updated The Loaded Brush!

Did you know the The Loaded Brush website has been updated. The webpage of Ruth le Cheminant. It's in action. It's been kept simple with regular blogs. A newsletter of things happening and of interest, and you can sign up to it. Exhibition pages that will be regularly updated, so Ruth needs to keep working. And The Loaded Brush has paintings you can purchase from the web - large and small. Ruth is active on Twitter @ruthloadedbrush and Instagram @ruthbluemts  We hope you'll enjoy it.

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Kirsten Coelho ceramic work in her exhibition 'In the Falling Light' at the Drill Hall Gallery

July has been a busy month

Having an exhibition at Form Studio and Gallery in Queanbeyan gave me the excuse to spend time in the Canberra and Monaro area. Lake George always fascinates and the landscape around Bungendore is wonderful. It gave me the opportunity to discover artists, visit galleries such as Beaver Gallery and Old Parliament House and feed the spirit, something every artist should try to do. I visited the Drill Hall to see John R Walker’s exhibition, Kirsten Coelho’s amazing ceramic exhibition ‘In the Falling Light’ and delighted in Sidney Nolan’s Riverbend work comprising 9 panels. It was wonderful to spend time at the Canberra Glassworks and enjoy the Hot Shop and the working areas behind. I hope you enjoy the images from the Glassworks and the Drill Hall Gallery.

© Ruth le Cheminant  www.theloadedbrush.com.au 2015


Organising the paintings to pack the exhibition for Form Gallery, Queanbeyan

Organising, packing and on my way to Queanbeyan

It’s quite magic to be in the studio and be enthralled with the process of creating and all the attendant activities that go with it. Quite therapeutic! But then the artist must exit the building at some stage and reveal the work.  This can be confronting. For me as an artist I always have a question at the back of my mind. How will it be received?  My work is not representative, it’s abstract and gestural with a focus on colour.  Will the viewer understand the visual language within the work? Then I remind myself that ultimately if the painting is well composed and all the elements and principles resolved the viewer will engage with the work positively. And so thinking optimistically and with some anticipation I am now in the process of getting the work out of the studio – I am wrapping, stacking, cataloguing, pricing, packing, sorting art gear, booking accommodation and looking forward to the road trip to Queanbeyan on Sunday.

Organising the paintings to pack the exhibition  for Form Gallery, Queanbeyan
Organising the paintings to pack into the van for the exhibition at Form Gallery, Queanbeyan


It’s amazing what you can do with your foot in the air

Working out how to create work with your foot in the air after minor surgery can be a challenge. It required a flexible work approach (quite literally), allowed for reflection and contemplation but was not impossible. And as creating is my business provided humbling insights into working with limitations. While mobility was a problem small work was possible. What I really enjoyed was working on plates in preparation for printing Sunday. The plate shown could be ok when it’s printed, or not. But whatever, I enjoyed the process.


Entry in Small Works exhibition @ Brunswick Street Gallery

Have been aware that Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne had a Small Works exhibition each year. The requirement that the work had to under 30cm x 30cm. As I have been working on a Mills and Boon series on board 20cm x 14cm I was able to enter. So I did. Here’s my entries. A recontextualisation of Mills and Boon fiction. @ruthbluemts #collage #painting #wordart. All $180. Others available in the series just add p&p and buy.


Loving it – painting in the studio

I really enjoy being in the studio and love to paint. Seems to be one of my purposes in life. And at the moment I have a reason to.do so. I have an exhibition at Form Gallery Queanbeyan in July. Really looking forward to it so here’s a preview. Of some of the colours I’m using.


Putting something a little different in this exhibition

It’s on this weekend and I would recommend you attend the annual Bent Art exhibition at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts. It’s opening Friday 5 June from 6.30pm and it’s usually a blast! Entering some small work. So small you could miss them!! Understandable as known for larger colourful paintings so thought I’d attach images of my entered work so you’d find them.  #mixedmedia #drawing #bentARTAnnualExhibition #exhibitions #wentworthfalls #bluemountains


The intriguing process in the development of a painting

Painting. It’s a curious thing to do. Compulsive, consuming and demanding. And can be confronting. Each painting for me has an individual creative process I need to work through with it. Almost my conversation with the canvas. I’m working on a painting at the moment. I wasn’t happy with it. I put it aside, brought it out again and to get me going and change what had been there previously put some red on it,  a rather ‘in your face’ colour to challenge my re-consideration of the composition (image 1). I’ve worked on it for a few days now and think it could be finished (image 2), or not. I’ll have another look later. I’ve included some detail images of the surface to show the quality I am trying to achieve in the work. @ruthbluemts #paintingprocess #painting