At Seabreeze Gallery it's all about creating beautiful things - paintings, artifacts for the home, jewellery, with a sprinkling of other interesting things.... whatever inspires and is enjoyed.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Wattle Tree

In contrast to the previous landscape painting, this one is only 6" x 6" square (15cm).
At that time, my life became busy with a second family, and small versions of favourite themes, became the paintings of the day. Oil on canvas over board.


  1. I like the use of colour here Alice, and how you have applied the paint in strong brushstrokes. I would imagine that works this size sell well.
    A lot of your posts are of work that you did some time ago Alice, are you not painting now?

  2. Hi Frank ..... Yes, the blog is a sort of art in retrospect. I think I need to take this second view in order to see it all in the light of the present, so that my judgements about future moves can be clear, and this part of my life - detatched from .... from the heart strings and also mentally in the idea of 'how it was'.
    The art "career" arose in '89 out of necessity to become the bread winner and everything just fell into place for it. All the paintings were sold and I had just enough money to get by and to rent houses for the family along the way. It went like this for 10 years before changing. There are over 700 paintings residing "out there" somewhere.
    When things changed, I took up floristry and became a florist for 3 years. Whatever has to be done you just do to keep family in place and flowing. At this point in time, I've just retired from work with aged folk - running an art group and music for them. My situation, with the birth of 7 grandchildren, has'nt been condusive to much painting, although in this last 10 years, I've explored abstract art - a more personal form of expression I feel, and would consider myself if need be - as an abstract artist.
    In Australia, people have larger walls for their art needs, so I found, in the early days, when inspired by the beautiful hills landscape - changing with the seasons, that people readily accepted very large pieces - with a larger price tag. Because I worked with galleries to sell art, I only received about half of the selling price. The rest going to commission and custom framing.
    To wrap it up, I feel fortunate to have been able to do so much painting and "work" in a field that I loved doing.... who knows what the future holds ?? :)

  3. Well Alice, your future looks to be full of beauty. How wonderful to do art with the elderly. One of my Grandfathers, who never did any art, had a stroke. After he was well enough, he started painting and did BEAUTIFUL work -- thanks to an art therapist who encouraged him! Thank you for what you did for those folks.

  4. Hi Bella .... Several of the people in the art group also had suffered a stroke, but could still use a brush, and it was interesting to observe how each of them perceived their painting. One thing common to them all, was the enthusiasm.... which made my job easy. :)

  5. Alice, thanks for such an indepth response to my comment. 700 sold paintings is a formidable achievement - kudos to you for that, and for teaching art to older persons. Why, me being in my 60's, you could almost be teaching me how to paint!

  6. I open this post just becouse I wanted to say that the picture is beautiful... and I read your story. It impressive me, I teach painting during the evening at some groups of art and I paint and I also do the interior designer... I hope to sell pictures and start to live selling art but with a family it is not enough... read about your 700 sold paintings makes me hope...

  7. Thankyou for the comment Graziano ..... It's true, that it is difficult to make ends meet by painting alone. For one year, during this time, I also worked in a restraurant on Friday nights and weekends, but the late nights were no good for painting the next day.
    You are fortunate to have the interior design work as well. Best wishes for your hopes :)