Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Exhibition : 15 Artists

Here are a few photos from the 2011, ‘15  Artists’ competition, that was recently on at the Redcliffe Regional Art Gallery.

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Dai Li

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David Howard

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Jamie Congdon

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Susan Mullen

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Gabrielle Turnbull

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Jamie Congdon, David Howard, Dai Li

Photos courtesy of Redcliffe Regional Art Gallery.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011


I found this free experimental online drawing application – ‘Harmony' a procedural drawing tool by Mr doob. He has an interesting web site -

This is my 2 minute sketch, using an artist brush on my HP Touchsmart PC – it has a touch screen and I used a real artist brush.

First sketch harmony sml

Here is a YouTube clip on Harmony.

And another video showing paintbrush on HP Touchsmart PC.


Harmony is available also as an APP on IPAD 2.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Exhibition : Explicitly Graphic

One year after their launch, the innovative art group Explicitly Graphic (where fine art meets graphic design) is putting together their second art event. This time, they’re bringing down the house at the White Canvas Gallery in the Fortitude Valley on October 28 from 6pm.

Explicitly Graphic are : Evangeline Cachinero, Anita Pettinato and Tiffany Atkin.





The exhibition is entitled ‘Double Entendre’ and continues until November 6.

Invite ExGr

For more information visit:

Monday, 24 October 2011

Go Ben!

ArtSmelter did a small promotion/review on animator/artist Benjamin Drake, back in 2010.

Since that time, Ben has been very busy, developing his already impressive skills on various projects.

Here is one of Ben’s animations used by the band Gotye – the song is ‘Easy Way Out’ and is from Goyte’s Youtube channel.

Ben has also been asked to design the cover for a vinyl release of the album.

Check it out.

I think it’s time to throw the Beret away and let the next generation, drive on through – great work Ben!


Sunday, 9 October 2011

The Outlandish Watch

Back in August, I checked out the 2011 Queensland Poetry Festival,  at the Judith Wright centre in The Valley, Brisbane.

The Festival – Spoken in One Strange Word – was a three day event with over 30 contributing poets . I particularly went to see Nathan Shepherdson, Pascalle Burton and David Stavanger perform ‘The Outlandish Watch’. Here is a bit of a blurb from the official website -

The Outlandish Watch: Is there such a thing as reversible poetry? Poet/sonic artist Pascalle Burton not only set out to find an answer, she found co-conspirators in poets Nathan Shepherdson and David Stavanger.The Outlandish Watch documents this collaboration and new work. Grafting with Lewis Carroll’s Sylvie and Bruno, where a device allows the protagonist to reverse scenarios, the poets experiment with words in different sequences. The Outlandish Watch will be available on limited edition 7″ vinyl and features contributions from The Stress of Leisure.

Just for fun and to play with a borrowed camera, I videoed ‘The Outlandish Watch’ and Nathan’s solo reading. Below are the first 5 minutes or so of ‘The Outlandish Watch’  and most of Nathan’s poem.


It was a stormy, wet, crazy day and I was high on coffee but I found the poetry / performances very intriguing and dare I say entertaining – It was just a pity I didn’t attend the whole weekend – maybe next year.

Favourite section in ‘The Outlandish Watch’ is the bit about the Post Modernists.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Black is Black

Here is another Ann & Andy Scott performance. This time a cover version of ‘Black is Black’. I have created a bit of animation to go with the music. The animation and video software I used was Reallusion’s Iclone 4 and Magix Movie Edit Pro 17.

Black is Black : Ann & Andy Scott

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Mini Promo : The Submariners, Angharad Drake and Ann & Andy Scott

I am slowly gathering quite a collection of Sunshine Coast musicians CD’s, so here is the last three artists that have tossed me a copy.

The Submariners – Siena / Bass and keys, Nicholas / Guitar  and Leigh / Drums. All songs written by Nicholas Hew.

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Nicholas Hew was reviewed on ArtSmelter back in October of 2008, since that time he has had plenty of experience performing live, writing songs and developing his sound. Now with a small band and a recent release of an EP of three songs, this emerging artist is one to watch out for.

Not to forget Siena and Leigh, who contribute greatly to the over all sound, their musical skills fill out the songs, adding structure and  texture to the material.

Check them out here and here.


Angharad Drake – Songs by Angharad Drake

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As an emerging singer songwriter Angharad’s artistic output is quite impressive. Writing, performing and composing all the songs on her first CD is quite an accomplishment.

A tender folky sound, with touching personal lyrics, Angharad is a great songwriter who shows great promise. Currently she has teamed with another musician, Jake Smith, fusing her folky sounds with electronic sounds as the Marcy Prospects.

Check it all out here and here.


Ann & Andy Scott – Musicians and performers, semi -retired but still being creative.

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Ann & Andy were until recently performers on the Sydney scene, but now reside on the Sunshine Coast. With many years experience and incredible skills and talents, Andy & Ann have now compiled a collection of songs on their own CD’s.  On this disc is a photo of Andy’s guitar collection – some guys have all the fun.

If you like The Shadows or classic early Rock and Roll music then drop Ann & Andy an email :

Here is a cover of Apache

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Art for my rent : Evangeline Cachinero

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A few months ago Evangeline Cachinero quit her job at an advertising agency to pursue a career as a visual artist. Without a backup plan and a little out of desperation, she wrote a single blog post aiming to sell one painting for the exact cost of her rent. This painting sold instantly.

A friend suggested, “that’s a blog right there. Not just a post, but a whole blog!” Two days later Evangeline had the new blog designed and ready to launch. The sole aim was to cover her rent. “I figured it was a good, feasible place to start. A roof over your head is a basic need and covering rent is a great load off my shoulders. Next year I’ll worry about buying groceries with my art”, she adds jokingly.

Evangeline’s blog covers everything about her art from inspiration and process to ongoing frustrations. She talks openly about how difficult it is to make it as an artist, and writes about her ups and downs in this journey she has embarked on. Her latest Vlog (video blog) is a skit on gallery rejection letters, which many artists can relate to. “Since starting the project I’ve received countless letters from other artists who have been inspired and motivated by the project”, Evangeline says. “If I can inspire just one artist to make more art, it’s worth it”.


  Alternative ways to try and carve out an arts career are becoming ever more important, as artists move away from the gallery circles and try to forge new ways of succeeding independently. There is a prevalent belief that art and money don’t mix, and therefore artists who are trying to make a living must be less of an artist than those doing it for the ‘love’. Projects such as this one test that ideology and push artists to empower themselves and inspire others to choose arts as a viable career choice.

Evangeline has opened herself up to a journey into the harsh reality of the art world, where most artists are chewed up and spit out. On the way, she’s learning to carve out her own little piece of the art world in order to do what she loves while being able to pay the rent.



Evangeline Cachinero
Ph: +61 (0) 438412356



EVANGELINE CACHINERO is a visual artist living on the Sunshine Coast, born in Wollongong and raised in Spain and America. A bit of a creative tornado, Evangeline is always into new projects such as: artformyrent, artist by artist, monobrow creative and Explicitly Graphic. She loves working with mixed media, multimedia, social media and collaborating with other artists. Some of her favorite tools are raw canvas, paper, pencil, charcoal, enamel, acrylic, oil, oil pastels, markers, lace, a camera, books, a mac, felt tip pens, sharpies, masking tape, rulers, photographs, video and the internet. When she writes her juicy life bio it will have stories that will embarrass her family, piss off ex-boyfriends, may incriminate her in several countries for various reasons and question her decision-making abilities. [Watch this space].

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Quandamooka : The Coming of the Artists.

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David Howard – Quandamooka : The Coming of the Artists. – 2011 – Acrylic on MDF - 160x90cm

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Showcase Review : Mark O’Neill

Fire , Magic, Stone, Ritual, Politics, Scars, Power, Poverty, Love, Hate, Dust, Death, Environment, History, Mystery, Dreaming – this is the stuff of Mark O’Neill.

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Ritual 1983

Rambling Response as Worlds Collide.

By David Howard

Teotwawki attacks planet earth, great holes appear in the fabric of space and time – scary monster devours trees, rocks, animals ,men, women, babies, that disappear forever.

Tradition forged by fire, reality scraped from stone, anger and fear, blood, sweat and tear. Yelling at the top of my voice, heart beating strong, whips on my back, a boot in the face – take me back, take me way, way back.

Teotwawki now walks planet earth, beware the two witnesses, fire from the sky, apocalypse now.

Weather gone crazy while manic pollies eat truffles in underground caves, shooting lasers to other planets and burning the coal face.

I don’t care who you are, where you are, or what you know – I just care – so don’t mess with me.

Judgement comes on those who would destroy the earth and retreat from the life, the blood, the way.

Small, fragile, meek, broken, contrite heart, needy, weak, humbled, salvation, salvation, salvation.

So be it.

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Ritual 1983

Mark has been a sculpture for over 30 years, as well as recently trying his hand at video, he occasionally creates a few enigmatic 2D art works – like this one below.

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The End

Some of Mark’s ceramic work at a 2010 show at Macchia gallery.

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Mark has a fascination with fire – it’s effect, it’s presence, it’s transformative power and symbolic resonance.

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Some of Marks’s recent work  – small figures, heads, Orks, torsos, obliterated figures with symbolic headdress.

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Mark 2 Janus

Mark 3    Ork 4

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Mark has just had a show at the Ground Zero Gallery in Nambour with Greg Windsor – here is a video from the closing night – Take Aim.

For further INFO on Mark O’Neill and contact details go to his web page here.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Showcase Review : Boben M. Mammem

Below are some examples of Sunshine Coast artist Boben M. Mammen’s work from his ‘Mindset Series 2008’. Boben immigrated to Australia from India in 2007. The text is from the artists ‘Mindset Series 2008’ catalog. His work has recently been on show at Ground Zero Galleries at Howard St, Nambour.


by Boben M. Mammen
Acrylic on Plywood - (Size 14” x 14”)
Profoundly moved by his experiences in the Middle East, the artist created Believes as a reflection on the powerful impact that political, spiritual and religious beliefs can make on an individual mindset. From the richness of a simple conversation with a new friend in a marketplace to witnessing strangers enjoying gruesome evidence of a beheading, the artist has been exposed to the extremes of human behavior, each directly shaped by the doctrines of belief systems.


by Boben M. Mammen
Acrylic on board – (Size 14” x 18”)
“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom” (Bertrand Russell, Analysis of Mind: 1921). This work illustrates the destructive effect that fear, in all its perverse forms, has on the individual mindset and the natural movements of the human form.

The Analysis of Mind

The Analysis of Mind
by Boben M. Mammen
Acrylic on board – (Size 14” x 18”)
The Analysis of Mind is the fountainhead in the artist’s Mindset series. The artist explores the concept of mind both from the point of introspection and of external analysis of observable behavior. The Analysis of Mind conveys the labyrinthine depths of meaning that reveal so much about human nature, yet are routinely ignored unseen due to apathy and self-indulgence.

Prision of Uncertainity

Prison of Uncertainty
by Boben M. Mammen
Acrylic on board – (Size 25” x 25”)
With Prison of Uncertainty, the artist draws on his own difficult experience of leaving a successful career in India and Bahrain to fulfill his dreams in Australia. The work is also a broader portrayal of the social anxiety caused by recent national and world events: unemployment, financial turmoil, natural disasters and tenuous security all collaborating to insidiously impound our confidence and create misgiving.

God's PerspectiveGod’s Perspective
by Boben M. Mammen
Acrylic on Plywood - (Size 14” x 14”)
Raised in a Christian family, the support, security and freedom which the artist educes from his faith are reflected in God’s Perspective. This work features the human skull at the centre of the piece as seen from a bird’s eye view.




The One who, himself without colour,
By the manifold application of his power.
Distributes many colours in his hidden purpose…
Svetasvatara Upanishad 4.1




The rich, thematic quality of Boben M. Mammen’s work is a product of a profound physical, spiritual and cultural journey. Since establishing himself in Queensland in 2007, the Indian artist is receiving recognition for his instinctual and introspective sensibility that mines the expansive diversity of his trans-national experience.

Mammen’s career as an artist was written on the riverbanks of Kerala in south west India, where he would gather driftwood and pebbles to furnish his creative imagination. The child of a Christian family with Malayalam as their mother tongue, Mammen witnessed the dramatic shift in traditional values, politics, religion and culture of the Malayali people as they were often forced to flee a stagnant economical climate to seek a more secure lifestyle elsewhere.

Utilising a variety of medium to ensure a fluid approach to his subjects, Mammen’s work reflects the thematic concerns that surround the shift from one cultural sphere to another, as well as universal themes of identity, mindset, conflict and faith. His work challenges the temporal boundaries that constrict insular viewpoints, while offering a rich, meditative quality that rewards the audience with its multi-layered dimensions.

1988 - 1995 Kerala Lalithakala Akademy Exhibition 1988 to 1995.
1998 Uvajanamela Exhibition at Idukki
1989 National Exhibition of Arts by Kala Samscarika Kendra, Cochin
1993 Solo show at Jahangir Art Gallery, Bangalore
1994 Exhibition of Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangam, Mahi, India
Solo show at Indian Fine Art Sociey, Bahrain
1995 Group show sponsored by Kalakshetram, Coimbatore
Solo show at Muscat, Sultanate of Oman (part of Indian
Independence Day Celebration)
Participated in Kerala Samajam Art Exhibition Tour in Salalah, Sur,
Sohar, Muscat in Sultanate of Oman
1996 Participated in Oman National Day Exhibition in Muscat Inter Continental Hotel
1996 Outer State Exhibition of Kerala Lalithakala Academy in Madras
Exhibition at Ooty by Central Lalithakala Academy Regional SOLO
Exhibition Centre, Madras
1997 Participated in Al Shabiba National News Paper ‘Annual Art Exhibition”
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
1998 Solo Exhibition at Al Omaniya Art Exhibition Centre, Muscat Internationl
Shopping Festival, Seeb, Sultanate of Oman Participated Salalah Festival,
Sultanate of Oman
1999 Group Exhibition at Al Harthy Complex, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Jawahir Oman Art Exhibition, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Participated in Kargeen Art Exhibition, Ruwi, Sultanate of Oman
2000 Ahlan Wa Sahlan Art Exhibition Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Bahrain Fine Arts Society Annual Exhibition Manama,
Kingdom of Bahrain
2001 Kerala Samajam Onam Exibition, Kingdom of Bahrain
2003 - 2004 Surya Fine Arts Society Exhibition, Kingdom of Bahrain
2009 Solo exhibition, Sunshine Coast Library, Maroochydore

Boben can be contacted by email -

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

My Mactini and red lipstick on my icollar.


The Stranger Again

The Stranger Again - Acrylic and pencil on paper – 81x57cm - 2011

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Showcase Review : Ground Zero Gallery

I checked out the Ground Zero Gallery which included the work of Greg Windsor and Adam Obscene. Ground Zero is part of SCAIP (Sunshine Coast Arts Industry Precinct) which is situated at Nambour. SCAIP also includes: The Black Box theatre, ENKO design, Artist Studios, and provision for video and music production/performance.

Overall, the quality of the art on display was very good and the gallery space itself has  a lot of potential for large works, installations, performance and good size openings.

Greg Windsor’s recent works are currently on display – large drawings related to a collaborative sculpture project and a kinetic sculpture that comments on and explores the nature of energy and technology in our time, especially those that are alternative and sustainable.

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Greg Windsor drawings.

Copy of Greg and Mark Ground Zero 

Greg Windsor,  Mark O’Neill and kinetic sculpture.

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Greg Windsor drawings

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Some of Adams work.

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Stencil work.

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Adam Obscene – Artist and Big Boss of SCAIP.

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Some other work also on display at SCAIP.

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SCAIP aims to support emerging artists and create an environment that is conducive to establishing an energetic and engaging art culture on the Sunshine Coast. SCAIP can be found at The Old Ambulance Station, 80 Howard St, Nambour.

Contact SCAIP on Facebook or on their webpage.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Showcase Review : Gabrielle Turnbull

  I went for a drive down to the Redcliffe area a few days ago, looking for the local museum, taking a few photos and checking out the lay of the land. Redcliffe downtown seems to be in a period of transition with road works and street development. The old is making way for the new: which has probably been the norm for that area since Matthew Flinders first landed. The old landmarks are in various states of repair, neglect or rejuvenation – like this old theatre.

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There are still a few shop arcades – favorite areas of mine for finding something different or interesting – under and between the older shops, connecting the two main streets. As I wandered about I found an artist gallery, down this arcade – columns and flags leading down to the grand entry.

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  Galleria Gabrielle: Fine Art - a gallery of works by artist Gabrielle Turnbull. The show consists of 22 works of drawings and paintings.


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Coincidently, the curator of The Redcliffe Gallery (Karen Tyler), just popped in as I was talking to Gabrielle about her work, so I cheekily asked them to pose for a photo.

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Karen Tyler and Gabrielle Turnbull

Gabrielle, had a show opening at the gallery during March. It must have been a reasonable success, as there were quite a few red dots (sold works) around the walls – which is great. It’s not easy to sell art in the current economic climate and so sales are a testament to Gabrielle’s skills, confidence and the quality of her work.

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Gabrielle’s work is full of intricate, energetic mark making, with a few symbols thrown in for good measure - being web like and interconnected, creating an abstract visual personal statement.  Gabrielle states in her media release, “This exhibition explores the notion of stability and vulnerability in relation to the human condition via the personal journey the artist has recently travelled.”

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More of Gabrielle’s work can be found at her web page, where contact details are also available. Her gallery is in Comino’s arcade off Redcliffe Pde, Redcliffe.

Check it out, have a coffee and take a walk on the pier.

All Artwork Copyright by the Artists represented on this Blog. 2010