Bridget Seaton - NEWSLETTER – Feb 2020
Happy New Year and welcome to the first of my art newsletters. I plan to write one every 2 months.
WHATS BEEN HAPPENING IN THE STUDIO
I have been very busy in my studio this summer thanks to the 5 weeks holiday I enjoy as a teacher. Its back to work soon but I have been very productive and have managed to produce quite a few paintings and prints. Traditionally I have painted middle sized works and it has always been a goal of mine to paint large. Finally after putting ‘paint large’ on my new year’s resolution list for about 5 years I can happily say that I have completed 2 largish paintings. Large for me means exceeding the 1 metre height or width. Here is a photo of one of them – I still need to title it but its based on the salty shores of Saint Marys Inlet in Fitzgerald River National Park.
I have also been busy at the computer updating my website with some new images, a new section on my plein air sketchbooks and also including ‘the stories’ behind some of my paintings.
Over the summer break we took 2 weeks off and spent a week in Cape Le Grand National Park, and Fitzgerald River National Park (Great Southern Region, Western Australia). The trip provided me with lots of inspiration and I managed to do something in my sketchbook every day. There is always something particular that grabs my attention whilst on a camping trip. This time it was the colours and textures of the coastal granite, plant shadows and the Paper Bark trees that hug the shore of Saint Marys Inlet. I bought a travel easel in December so I took that along and did some painting on the easel outside – much more comfortable that sitting on the ground with the ants.
Term 1 has started and I’m busy running workshops and classes. Below is a list of some of them , for more info have a look at the Classes/Workshop section on my website www.bridgetseaton.com
Make your own Sketchbook Workshop– Canning Arts Group – 22nd March
Expressive Landscapes – Tuesdays at Atwell Arts Centre (regular termly painting class)
Printmaking by Hand – Fridays at Canning Arts Group – 14th Feb – 6th March
Book Binding Workshop - Cirque Community Space – 14th March
Atwell Arts Centre are getting involved in The Highway to Hell Bon Scott celebration Music event in March. The council are closing Canning Highway to traffic on 1st March and the gallery is right on route in the heart of the festival site. The Arts Centre is putting on some events and an exhibition focusing on the Great Australian Dream aspect of AC/DC and looking at the connection of music and art. I will be teaching a workshop on the 12th February where we create art in response to music from the 70’s. Think paint, glitter, bright splashes of ink and a whole lot of energetic mark-making. Its going to be a fun workshop and its free and the plan is for some of the work to be displayed in the gallery in time for the event on 1st March. For more info contact Atwell Arts Centre. www.atwellarts.com.
“Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things” Edgar Degas
On The Map Exhibition at Mundaring Arts Centre
My monoprint "Remnants" will be part of this exhibition.Click link to see image.
Made Local Winter Markets at Stackwood, Fremantle
This month I am excited to be selling my monoprints and handmade books at the Made Local winter markets at Stackwood.The market is open all weekend on the 8th, 9th and 10th of August.
Come down and see what I have been busy making for the last 2 months.
Bookmaking Course at The Meeting Place, Fremantle
In this hands on 4 week course you will learn how to stitch, bind, cover and assemble your own books. We will also be focusing on how to personalise your books by hand embellishing the covers through decorative stitching and using inks to create special effects on paper. A set of "how to" notes will be supplied for each book so that you can continue the craft at home.
Contact The Meeting Place, Fremantle to make your booking. www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/tmp
Next Monoprinting Workshop coming up on 13th May
My next Monoprinting is coming up on the 13th May at The Meeting Place, Fremantle.
Just a couple of spaces still available.
See their online program for more details www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/sites/default/f…
Talk - Lunch in the Gallery - Atwell Arts Centre
I am giving a short talk on 22nd April at Atwell Arts Centre about how the Australian landscape has become the inspiration and driving force behind my work.
Make beautiful handmade books. Perfect as gifts or personal diaries. Learn how to bind, stitch, cover and assemble your own books using specialist materials.
Saturday 11 March 2017 1pm - 6pm at The Meeting Place, Fremantle
$59 + $50 materials fee.
In these fun filled workshops learn how to create unique oil based prints through unique and dynamic making techniques.
Dates and Locations for my next monoprinting workshops.
Saturday 13 May 2017 at The Meeting Place: www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/tmp
Teachers Exhibition at Atwell Gallery
I am displaying a selection of my monoprints in a 'Teachers' Exhibition at Atwell Gallery in Alfred Cove. atwellarts.weebly.com/
Dates - 7 March - 14 March 2017