Endless Summer

1st August 2017 (8:00 am)

The pursuit of an “Endless Summer” begins today. The caravan is packed and it only remains to hitch up the car, turn off the power, gas and water in the house and we will be on our way.

I wish I had not lost my “Endless Summer” hat. I was green and yellow, ugly beyond belief, but the forehead badge said it all. “Endless Summer”! I wore that hat through 3 sailing seasons. It became tattered along the beak; battered by the spinnaker each weekend. It faded to almost grey from the effects of sea salt and sun. But that badge still stated my feeling.

What happened to that “Endless Summer”? Well, the hat went overboard, smacked into the waves by an errant halyard; we lost the race; life took us (the crew) in different directions.

It is time to take it back.

1st August 2017 (8:00 pm)

We have driven into the “flat country” which I love so much. Long straight roads, big skies, and more importantly a long view of the horizon. I feel free; not hemmed in by buildings, mountains or trees. Don’t misunderstand me mountains and trees are beautiful, buildings may even be magnificent, but “flat country” is liberating. “Flat country” is full of memories; my childhood. Still heading towards that “Endless Summer”. And mentally well on my way. My mind wanders in it feeling healthy and warm.

During the winter month of August I was on a quest to rediscover my mojo, or as I named it the “Endless Summer”. I challenged myself to a sketch a day for the month and posted it to keep myself honest. Travelling north to warmer weather did help my theme and I have always been a “summer” animal. The experiment has set up a routine – to sketch or paint every day. I will post maybe once a week for a while as I continue, particularly if I am happy with a piece.

“Endless Summer” has encouraged me to be creative again and observe what is around me. Spring is coming to Melbourne and I look forward to summer. But the real “Endless Summer” is a state of mind and no cloud will hide my creativity again.

I look forward to endless summer days.

 Day 17 Hervey Bay

Day 17 Hervey Bay

Brian Williams at Romano's by the Harbour

I currently have a presence at the Patterson Lakes restaurant, Romano's by the Harbour. My 2nd display includes Ink by Deborah Williams alongside my own.

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Last Exhibition at Como Hospital

Last Exhibition at Como.

Sadly Como Hospital in Parkdale is closing at the end of the year. Following 12 months of renovations it will reopen as a Rehab Hospital. And so ends my long relationship with the corridors and waiting room walls were my work has hung since 2006.

This is my last exhibit here and comprises 9 paintings reduced radically to attract the Christmas buyer. If you wish to become an owner of one of my paintings at a great price call in to Como and have a look. The paintings are found in several locations around the hospital (amongst the paintings and prints belonging to the hospital). If you can’t find something to your liking you can call me to arrange a viewing of paintings at my home.

Come to see my current exhibition and enjoy the discounted prices. Check out my Website www.brianwilliams.com.au or arrange a viewing.

You may also chose to visit Mentone Mordialloc Art Group to view their bargain sale. I will have 10 paintings there for sale between $30 and $200. The bargain sale is at the new premises (Mentone Activity Hub, 29 Venice Street, Mentone) from Dec 3rd to Dec 10th.  www.mentone-mordiallocartgroup.org.au

See below for location of paintings at Como Hospital.

 

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Exhibition in Ink

Introducing the Art of Deborah Williams.

During May the Exhibition in Como Hospital is a joint exhibition between Brian Williams and Deborah Williams. This exhibition is in Ink and came about after Debbie and I attended an Ink Workshop with Judy Waters of Hampton Art Supplies. We were so impressed with the colours and abstraction, particularly of the ink on Yuppo and we just had to put it on display.

This is our 1st exhibition together and Debbie’s 1st at Como. She exhibited 3 paintings at St. Nicholas Gallery last year, her 1st joint exhibition. A lot of 1st experiences for Debbie.

2016 St. Nicholas Portrait Exhibition

I was privileged to be asked to judge the 2016 Portrait Exhibition in St. Nicholas Gallery. This was a new experience for me so I put a lot of thought into the judging criteria before the event.  I prepared a critique sheet for each painting so I was judging each entry on the same principals. Being well prepared and with the exhibition of a high quality and the actual judging was an enjoyable experience.

Although generally of a high quality there were some obvious stand outs amongst the 29 paintings. After short listing several I then had the harder task of deciding the prize winners and commenting on Highly Commended and Commended entries.

The Gallery staff did a great job of hanging the exhibition and I want to thank them for all the assistance given to me.

These are the prize winning paintings:

         1st Place  “Sir Douglas Mawson”   Graphite by  Lynne Taylor

        2nd Place  “Melancholy Mawson” by PastelGlenda Condon

For more information about the Exhibition go to St. Nicholas Website:

www.stnicholasmordi.org.au/gallery

            OR

St. Nicholas Gallery Facebook:

www.facebook.com/St-Nicholas-Gallery-Events-257006547741044/

Australiana

This month I changed the Exhibition in Como Hospital to an Australiana Theme. This appealed to me as I have experimented with some Abstract Landscapes influenced by my last trip to Central Australia. This series was successful with several sales at Blue Chair Restaurant before they closed.

I have included some of these abstracts along with more traditional Watercolours and have hung paintings of various sizes again for variety. 

Check out the paintings in my Gallery under Current at Como.

 

COLOURING COMO

Colouring Como as the Resident Artist

 

You are welcome to wander through the corridors of Como Hospital in Parkdale and discover my art amongst the paintings and prints belonging to the hospital. Enjoyed by both staff and patients alike they have found their niche there.

 

Over the New Year I have added colour to the corridors of Como. Using some of my larger acrylics, supported by lively little watercolours I have endeavoured to bring some fun to the hospital inpatients who struggled with rehabilitation over the holiday period.

 

My acquaintance with Como began in 2006. I was asked to hang 6 paintings in one of the waiting rooms. I sold all six and then regularly exhibited under the umbrella of KAN (Kingston Arts Network) until 2012 when I was offered the hanging spaces as their resident Artist.

 

Since 2012 I have exhibited 8 or 9 paintings at a time, changing the exhibition periodically to add some extra colour and excitement to the walls. I have loved having a regular location to show my paintings. This local hospital is a caring and welcoming environment for staff, patients and their visitors. I also continue to sell my work and obtain commissions via my website.

 

I am now working on an Australiana theme using some acrylic abstract landscapes alongside existing and new traditional work. I look forward to hanging these paintings at Como soon. Come to see my current exhibition and enjoy the discounted prices.

 

  

 

 

Brian and Debbie on Local Radio

Tonight between 7 and 8PM Brian and Debbie will be on Southern FM – Brian will be talking about the Exhibition and Debbie her writing events at St Nicholas and Mentone Library.

You can listen in to Southern FM (88.3 on the radio) or live steam by googling:

88.3 Southern FM – Community Radio

Select:

Program Guide

7pm to 8pm

“Write Now” with Gaytana

 

Hit the “Listen Live” icon.

 

 

Sandy HQ Exhibition kicked off today.

The Sandy Beach HQ Exhibition kicked off today. It was a beautiful day at the beach with many calling in for lunch. Interest in the exhibition was high with favourable comments on the colourful display and strong local content.

There are 22 painting in all, including traditional watercolours, modernist acrylics and expressionist works in watercolour.

Solo Exhibition at Sandy Beach HQ

Solo Exhibition from Wednesday 15th April until Wednesday 13th May at Sandy Beach HQ

This exhibition includes my usual impressionists watercolours as well as new acrylic and watercolour modernist works. Paintings are priced from $100 to $1,000 - something for everybody.

Sandy Beach HQ a thriving kiosk right on the beach at Sandringham.

www.sandybeachhq.com.au

36 Jetty Road, Sandringham. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm. Phone 9598 2912. (Melways ref: 76E-8)

Sandy Beach HQ was the first professional School to teach both Windsurfing & Stand up Paddling in Victoria, having started up in 1979.

It’s owner, Mike Meyers, also established both Windsurfing Victoria & Kiteboarding Victoria, the peak bodies for these sports in this state. Not only is SBHQ Victoria’s premier Kiteboarding, Windsurfing & SUP  School, but it’s also a thriving kiosk right on the beach at Sandringham.

Solo Exhibition at Sandy Beach HQ - Starting 15th April 2015

My Solo Exhibition is to be held at Sandy Beach HQ. Head for the Sandringham Yacht Club and turn right before the car park. Sandy Beach HQ, a former boatshed, is a thriving kiosk right on the beach. It has a remarkable 100 year history and is owned by Mike Meyers who established Windsurfing Victoria and Kiteboarding Victoria.

Sandy Beach HQ is at 36 Jetty Road, Sandringham. (Melway reference is 76 E-8).

Come along for  a coffee, or even lunch and check out the exhibition between 15th April and 15th May 2015. I will be at the venue some days. I will post this information later when it is finalised. I look forward to seeing everybody there.

I have included a couple of paintings as a teaser and will add more as the exhibition comes closer. The content will be quite diverse.

Brian Williams new Website

This is the first time I have written on the website since it became live 2 days ago. I will be updating my gallery with paintings on a regular basis until it is current. Then I will "go live" with the public. I will be adding watercolours and acrylics in the following genres. Abstract Landscapes, Traditional Impressionist Landscapes, Expressionists Watercolours and Acrylics in the style of Mannerist/Naïve. I will include paintings from Europe, Outback Australia and more locally, the Bayside and Kingston areas of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. I hope you will all enjoy browsing my website once I go live.

Brian Williams

Melbourne Artist from Patterson Lakes, Australia

Still Changing

Still changing – an abstract landscape to be entered in the Chelsea Art Show. 4 entries this time.

Bag Limit

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Gained a Highly Commended for this entry at the Mentone Mordialloc Art Show. Very pleased.

Abstract Landscape

I have been experimenting with new styles and mediums. This abstract landscape sold at Blue Chair Cafe this week.