Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Moving Gallery

"Moving Gallery" was an assignment for John Neeson. A poster design for train stations.
I decided to give all those 'late commuters' an excuse.

I just may have finally got the hang of has taken all year!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pinhole Photograph




Took this shot with a homemade camera........a shoe box.

Macro Photography

Shot with Canon 400D with 100mm Macro Lens

Photography Exercises

Portraits of Alyce shot in the studio.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Established in 2000, ArtsHub is now one of Australia's leading websites serving the creative and arts industries. ArtsHub is visited over 100,000 times each month and offers the reader access to the latest news, views, reviews, jobs, events, company profiles and general classifieds from the Australian creative and arts industries. Over 600 companies subscribe to ArtsHub advertising their companies, latest events, and jobs on offer.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wayne's Latest

Wayne's latest piece. I just love this one. It brings back memories of being single and having money in my wallet........oh those days shopping at my favourite arcade!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Botanical Drawing

Graphite on Paper
Earlier this year, our class assignment was to draw to scale, a botanical subject from life.

On Watch

Look who's watching you.

Fished Out

Fished Out

The world was made of fish, there was nothing else on the menu.

Raised in a traditional Italian home where habitual faith in Christianity naturally blended into everyday life, questioning was not encouraged. Religious icons decorated the walls and golden religious charms adorned our bodies. Our days at school began in prayer. We had daily lessons with allocated lectures on the subjects of religion and faith. Before lunch, after lunch and before going home we prayed. The last thing at night before closing our eyes we prayed one last time.

Christianity's symbol is that of the fish.

The first piece reflects the strong unquestionable faith of youth and habit. Life is filled with a knowing that being on the right path on this Earth, would be rewarded in the next. Life was in a large way simpler and more complete as there was no need to search for the right answers - they were all there in the text. We were proud wearing the symbols of faith on our bodies for all the world to see. The first piece, complete with fish and bright colours, reflects the view that all the elements are in harmony.

The work becomes more raw and grittier as doubts begin to creep in. The subject that was once force fed is now viewed through different eyes. Questions are raised. There is a revelation as the losing of trust crosses over and manifests as also a loss of identity. This is signified by the layers of tissue obscuring parts of the face. The world becomes very abstract, it is no longer the dark ages of yesteryear. With a renaissance comes doubt, uncertainty with no freedom. This renaissance is also reflected in the art, going from the realist to the stylized. The fragility of the tissue paper acts as an analogue of the fragility of the human condition, certainties easily torn and ripped asunder. The wire net wraps over the images trapping them in a confined world.

Anger is the catalyst, it is the vehicle that drives movement. The God of War, Mars, rampant on the field. However, this is letting go of a lifetime of beliefs and this is not easily done. Inner conflict is created. Much analyzing is at times accompanied by guilt, and guilt lingers on for some substantial time.

Eventually, after much deliberating, you awake to a new day, where the past is no longer impinging on the present. The wire has been cut and the slate has been wiped clean and there is a freedom to wander in a new direction and to be yourself.

Completed Works 2010

Playing around with Photoshop in George's class.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Win-win studio spaces

The 'Age' newspaper this morning featured an article on cheap hire of studio space.

The force behind this venture is 'Creative Spaces' they are a joint initiative of the MCC and Arts Victoria in partnership with RMIT's Design Research Institute and the Future Focus Group of the Committee for Melbourne.

This collaboration has cleverly worked out a strategy to satisfy both, property developers and artists.

However, I am left confused by the wording in the article as to whether the spaces are priced at, $100 per week, or $100 per month.

For more information go to:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Antiquated Education System

It would be worth spending a few minutes of your time to watch this fascinating, thought provoking video, which focuses on our antiquated education system. It looks at why a lot of our kids are struggling at school. After viewing this video, I am sure that you will agree along with me, it is about time that our education system has a total overhaul.

Sir Ken Robinson, a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), will open your eyes through this insightful video. This site, 'RSA Animate', also offers other equally impressive videos on topics which affect the way we live, and the way we are programmed to think.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wayne's Awards

Congratulations! Wayne won Bronze Awards for both these images in the 'International Aperture Awards 2010'.
These awards are in their third year, they are run by a local Australian company ' Labtam Communications'. The head judge was 'Peter Eastway' from 'Better Photography Magazine'.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Celebrating with my class of 2010

Celebrating the end of the year with my team at St. Georges Restaurant at NMIT.

Image in Silvershotz

Hey, if you happen to pick up the latest copy of 'Silvershotz' volume 7,
you will see an article written by my husband Wayne Cosshall. He used a
picture of my website to illustrate one way to present images online.
Certainly feels great seeing your work and name in print

Friday, November 5, 2010

My Class of 2010

My 1st Year Visual Arts class of 2010
The 1st year has come to an end. It feels so strange to have crossed off everything on the 'To Do List' and even stranger to say farewell to my school family for the year. I look forward to meeting up again next year after some well deserved r & r.

On the agenda now is, finally catching up with all my neglected friends, so expect a phone call - we are going to do plenty of coffees and lunches. It is absolutely vital to make up for missed time.

Languid Pools

Languid Pools
Featuring Citrine Crystals and Agate on Canvas
"Languid Pools" is my latest painting. Peter's painting class - using experimental techniques.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


This was a Certificate IV project, in which I was lucky enough to be invited to help out with. It was an amazing experience working on this 4 panel mural. Many hours was spent on it's creation.

It's resting place will be at the Northern Hospital at Epping.

A huge challenge but I absolutely loved working on it.

Trends for Blogs

I found a great blog which is all about adding the WOW factor to your blog. Check it out: