The First Picking – watercolour on paper completed for the 2014 Brisbane Mango Auction
Detail of The First Picking
Hello! These days my posts are so few and far between that I never quite know where to start so I thought I would take the chance to update you on a couple of things all at once…… starting with these ripe and juicy looking mangoes above.
Last week I was lucky to have one of my pieces auctioned off as part of the 2014 Mango Auction, held at the Rocklea Fruit Markets here in Brisbane. It’s an inaugural event that has turned into a bit of an institution amongst the fruit and produce community; with the symbolic ‘first tray of the season’ always fetching big dollars to go towards their chosen charities of Diabetes Queensland and Life Education Queensland.
These are both vital contributors to the future health and wellbeing of our state’s kids, and this year’s auction was a big success with the first tray sold for $30,000 – (yes that’s right, $30K for a tray of mangoes!). The other items (including my painting) fetched another $18,000 which brought the grand total raised on the day to $48,000.
It was such a positive event to be a part of – not only do the proceeds go to deserving causes, but I’m also so passionate about supporting our local produce growers & sellers, so it was really wonderful to be able to contribute in some way to this worthy event.
‘Grevillea – Loopy Lou’ – prints now available through Museum of Brisbane
Another thing I’m pleased to let you know is that I have some new prints now available! The above piece – ‘Grevillea – Loopy Lou’ – has been released as a limited edition print through the Museum of Brisbane, and is available through their gallery shop in site at the MOB near Brisbane City Hall. The prints are A4 size and just $20; and can be purchased by contacting the shop directly by phone on +617 3339 0810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A commission – Jane & Tom’s Sugarcane
In the spirit of my very patriotic post I thought I’d finish it off with none other than some North Queensland sugarcane! This piece was a commission I completed recently as a wedding gift – from sisters to their sister (and new brother); who all grew up in the northern part of our state where this cane abounds. The newly married couple are childhood sweethearts and just lovely people, who celebrated their wedding day in their hometown with a beautiful night under the stars, in a big open field. It’s always so nice to be able to create something that has meaning and memories for the giver and receiver.
Well thanks for stopping by, I will post again soon as I have some new work coming to Black & Spiro later this week.