Weekly Art Project: 22 March

I am currently having a wonderful time teaching at Grampians Texture in Halls Gap, western Victoria. The Grampians National Park is very different from my coastal environment and I have been enjoying the different sights, sounds and smells. The forest fragrance after the rain was divine and, after nearly 30 years of living in Australia,… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 26 Celebration

It’s 26 weeks since I started my self-guided weekly art project. It’s the half way mark and I am still inspired! Today I share my latest textile sketch – Cockatoo Feather.  What designs appeal most to you so far? I would love to know – leave a comment or vote in my mini-poll below. I… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 25

Week 25 of my weekly art project celebrates flannel flowers, an iconic plant native to the Sydney region that blooms abundantly on the Copacabana heathland in the spring. Flannel flowers have a daisy-like form but apparently belong to the same family as carrots, parsnips and celery. On reflection, some of my petals are too plump…. Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 24

The crimson rosella is a rare visitor in my neighbourhood and I’ve never been able to photograph it. Nevertheless, the parrot’s colourful hues of intense red, black and blue feature in Week 24 of my weekly art project: View the Copa Abstractions collection from my weekly art project so far. I look forward to seeing… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 23

It’s been a busy week but I am back on track and week 23 of my weekly art project (or week 8 for 2017) again celebrates gum blossoms. Look how glorious these orange blossoms are! A post shared by Brenda Gael Smith (@brendagaelsmith) on Dec 19, 2016 at 4:11pm PST A post shared by Brenda… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 22

Continuing with a botanical theme, week 22 of my weekly art project (or week 7 for 2017) considers gum blossoms and a complementary colour combo of red, green and chartreuse. I hit a snag with the quilting. Don’t you hate it when this happens! The chartreuse centre is inset-pieced.  It’s kind of fiddly at the… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 21

Week 21 of my weekly art project (or week 6 for 2017) explores the spiky, curvilinear form of  the grevillea: For the stitching, I used zig zag to echo the texture of the central mass: View the Copa Abstractions collection from my weekly art project so far. I look forward to seeing YOUR weekly art… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 20

Playing catch up after a big week of exhibition administration for the Sydney Quilt Show, Art Quilt Australia 2017 and a matter of time… Here’s my artwork for week 20 of my weekly art project (or week 5 for 2017). From time to time, dolphins come into the bay and cruise the waves. I love… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 19

For Week 19 of my weekly art project, I celebrate the coastal phenomenon of the cool change – aka the Southerly Buster. Recently we have experienced temperatures consistently in the 30s with little overnight relief and wimpy ocean breezes.  The kind of conditions where the beach holds little appeal and instead you lie starfish-like in… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 18

I am back on land for Week 18 of my weekly art project. In the crossover zone between the edge of the water and the end of the dunes, you can see the tidelines and the patterns formed by accretions of sand and debris. A constant process of renewal and erasure. I am experimenting with… Read More →