Monday, September 21, 2009

100 Drawings in 100 Days 2009 Postponed...

seriously, i forgot how much of my time i put into this event!! unfortunately, i have to postpone the show until late january. there are several reasons for this: firstly, i had a job change, followed closely by having to move house (due to the landlord selling the house), and then followed by a massive 6 week bout with tonsilitis, laryngitis and other throat issues... now i don't know about you, but i'm pretty sure most people find it hard to be creative when you feel awful! and more importantly, my mom and step-dad will be out of the country soon and won't be back until the end of january, and i must have them there - they are my biggest cheerleaders and helpers!

but the good news is that it will be just in time for valentine's day, so keep that in mind. what better gift than an original drawing already matted, and they're only $100!! there's bound to be something in the entire collection that your valentine would love!

also, i have found the most amazing charity to donate to this time - Radio Lollipop, which is a charity that helps sick kids in the hospital at Mater. i'm so excited, and i got to meet them all last week, and they are most helpful. i should get a lot of help from their volunteers and i can't wait to donate to them! they are just amazing!

i'll keep you posted as to when i start up again...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

100 Drawings in 100 Days 2009 + What's On!

de Shan's monthly newsletter about gaining a better knowledge of fine art

This Month's Topic:
Great Art Events On Now!

de Shan

July 2009

A Personal Note From de Shan
Yes, it's that time of year again - my annual "100 Drawings in 100 Days" is underway this month!! On the 15th July, I will begin completing one drawing a day, which will put the show at the end of October, 2009. Stay tuned in to my blog and I will let you know where and when the exhibition will be.

Last year was the inaugural event, and it was such a success, that I have decided to have the show each year in October. I sold all 100 drawings, and I donated a percentage to charity, which I will also be doing this year.

The show was held at Watt in the Powerhouse in New Farm, and although I would love to do it there again, the only thing that would hold me back is the lack of lighting. But, let's face it, it is a restaurant, not a gallery, and a very good restaurant at that! And again, the show is only for one night, the sales will be held for 100 minutes, and all drawings (matted) are priced at $100. What a bargain!! Especially during the current economic climate, we could all use a little art shopping spree, with minimum damage to your wallet!
de Shan
What's On In The Local Art Scene?
Recently I have been preparing for the beginning of my drawing expedition, but in between inspirational thoughts, I've been looking for great art shows and exhibitions to attend. It's a great activity for singles, couples and families, especially when the weather is cold and rainy... Stay inside, keep warm and enjoy some art - then grab a nice hot cup of coffee at the surrounding cafes!

'Harlequin Girl', pen and inkAs i mentioned above, my annual art show, "100 Drawings in 100 Days" is about to get underway. Here are just a few of the images from last year's show at Watt in the Powerhouse.

The images were many and varied, and a couple of them have been the "working sketches" for paintings in my new oil series. There will be more of those to come also...

Rooster RouletteHarlequin Girl, Pen and Ink on Cartridge '08

All of the images when matted were a standard size 11"x14", (28 cm x 35.5 cm) which easily fits into a ready-made frame from your local framers.

Please check out my blog each day after the 15th July, as I will be posting the images every day or two as they are finished.

And if you see one that you

Rooster Roulette, Pen and Ink on Cartridge '08

Venus' Eye
absolutely must have, send me an email and I will be happy to hold it for you.

Stay tuned for the location and the date for the show.

Venus' Eye, Pen and Ink on Cartridge '08


The Pages Pavilion. Cultural Forecourt, South Bank, Brisbane
The Exhibition presents over sixty machines based on the original drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, featuring his amazing flying machines, nautical, hydraulic and architectural innovations, groundbreaking applications of civil engineering and incredible war machines.
10.00am to 6.00pm Daily
Tickets from $10-$50 for individuals to families
June 6th to September 6th 2009.
Open Every Day - Including Public Holidays!

16 Stevenson Street Ascot
George Morant: Country Rugby League in the 50's
Until July 28th

84 Merivale St, South Brisbane
Contact Pam on 0439677755 or Michelle on 0408749238 Email: or
Web: http://4degreesofconnection.blogspot.comGallery hours: Saturday to Wednesday 11am to 6pm.
"4 Degrees of connection" In this diverse exhibition of paintings, ceramics and photographic works 4 Brisbane artists explore their
connections to history, nature and each other, which in turn connects the viewer to a deep sense of belonging, identity and place.
Artists: Irene Brown, Pamela Gough, Michelle Bowden and Kirsten Dale Cutler.
Opening night Friday 24/7/2009, drinks with the artists 6pm to 9pm. Special morning tea 26/7/2009 from 10am. until 29/7/2009.

555 Brunswick Street New Farm QLD 4005
Tel (07) 3358 6555 You are invited to preview "The Winter Show", an exhibition of works by Erin Smith, Zom Osborne & Tjunkiya Napaltjarri

Shop 2a 9 Doggett Street Fort Valley
P: 07 3254 1192 E: Web:
ANDY WILD Commences 16th July Until 1st Aug.


de Shan Visual Artist
PO Box 793
New Farm, QLD 4005

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

inaugural newsletter for studio de Shan

de Shan's monthly newsletter about gaining a better knowledge of fine art

This Month's Topic:
Where do YOU Get Your Inspiration?

April 2009

A Personal Note From de Shan
Recently, I made a trip up to Eumundi for their first ever Gallery Walk, a tour of 7 galleries, which I understand will be an ongoing event. I will keep you posted on that. It was absolutely amazing, a great afternoon and evening, with some wine, hors d'ouevres and culminating with some fabulous Carribean music at Treefellers Restaurant.

Being around such a vibrant community that afternoon and night, feeling so much energy, great visual art, and talking with the gallery owners and some of the artists, it made me realise that i need to do more in the art world to gain inspiration.

I have just decided that I need to keep my creative mind flowing during these challenging economic times - and one way to do that is to write a newsletter about fine art for artists and collectors.

This is my inaugural newsletter, but I hope you will stay tuned for monthly information (perhaps increasing to every 2 weeks), about creating art, helpful information for artists and collectors, listings for art exhibitions, as well as some hints on how to buy art that suits you, your home and your budget. And please feel free to pass this along to any of your friends that may enjoy it!
de Shan
What Inspires You?
So many artists are asked this about their work. How do you approach this question and what would your answer be?

I painted an entire series about my black Labrador Retriever, Hank, who was stolen in 1995. I was just beginning my graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma, where we had to select a style or theme around which to build an entire two-and-a-half years of work.

This was such a difficult task, because, as you probably know, artists sometimes get blocked and change direction. It took me at least a month of floundering and searching, only to realize that I just had to look within and paint about how I felt over the loss of my darling dog.

After I graduated, I still found myself painting Hank - for quite some time. These paintings have been hugely successful sellers (everybody loves a Lab!), but after a while, I ventured into abstract, only to eventually come back to the paintings of circus-inspired animals and wild-looking people.

atticus finch whiteSome artists gain inspiration from nature, their surroundings, day-to-day life, sadness and sorrows, pain and depression, happiness and love. For me, it is life experiences, music, nature and the circus. I just love the circus! So... it's natural for me to want to express that kind of passion in the best way that I know how - visually, on a canvas. In every painting I create, there is a little piece of me and the way my mind works.

For most artists, their work expresses what they are feeling - or seeing - or hearing. Consequently in each and every piece of art you possess, you also have a part of that artist with you. Therefore, in order for you to have full appreciation of your art acquisitions, I'm sure you will agree it's important to take the time to meet your local artists, ask them questions about the piece you admire, and get to know the story behind it. As a result, when your friends make comments on your choice of art, you will be in a position to discuss it in depth.


de Shan Visual Artist
PO Box 793
New Farm, QLD 4005

Saturday, January 17, 2009

studio de Shan video

as i was going through my boxes of belongings i brought over from the u.s., i found this cd with footage from one of the gallery walk nights in my gallery. my dear friend and fellow-artist john haynes filmed this evening, and it was the most fun gallery walk ever! 

once a month, all the galleries in the oklahoma city paseo art district would open their doors to host an evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres and fabulous art. and people from all over the city would come and enjoy the wares of all the artists, the street music, the fine food, taking in the bohemian spirit of the evening, drinking too much, and probably buying some art.

this was back in a time when i used to wear butterfly wings to any occasion, and i still had my beautiful attention-deficit-disorder german shepherd/pit bull mix puppy, named kitty. sounds too good to be true (ha ha!) but it was a great time of my life, and i will always have fond memories of this gallery and the art community there.

so, how do you feel since reading this blog?