Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Taking stock March 2020

It was a confronting realisation this morning to see that I have been MIA from my blog since the first week in January. I did have a couple of draft blog posts waiting but those were never completed. Now March is almost over, and the world is a very different place. When I advertised my classes I didn’t imagine that these would now continue in a whole new format. 


Zoom has become my Studio with students getting together to share their work and continue learning. More than this though, it’s a place to stay connected with friends and maintain the strong community that has developed over the years. We can share a virtual cup of coffee and have a laugh. 

Artists, writers, in fact all creative people, are uniquely suited to this new life. We do spend much of our time in studios, away from others, making our art. Now we have that much more time to do this. But we still need our supportive community. This is where, in 2020, society is fortunate to have amazing technologies that allow us to share and engage easily. 

Imagine living during the time of The Black Death 1665 or The Spanish Flu 1918 - 1920 - no phones; no internet; no Facebook groups or WhatsApp chats. It would have been very a lonely time. 

We might feel the constant bombardment of information oppressive but, indeed, we are blessed that life can continue in isolation but with the benefit of being intimately connected.

Forward Planning

My plan going forward is to spend more time creating. I paint and draw because I need to; I feel whole when I have made something beautiful. For that time that I am engaged I forget about what is happening outside the Studio, my chattering mind that churns constantly is stilled. My mood lifts.  I plan to share what I have made so hopefully I will encourage others to be creative too.

Here is something to brighten your day and cheer you up. This painting would have been submitted to the Rotary Art Spectacular, but of course that has now been cancelled. 

Strelitzia Squared - Oil and cold wax on canvas 505 mm x 505 mm

And, of course, if you love this and would like it to brighten your life forever, please contact me - it is available.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Art classes 2020

The new year is time for new adventures. 
Why not explore your creativity by attending an art class? 
In addition to learning new skills, or brushing up on skills you already have, you will join a group of like-minded supportive artists and make new friends. 

Currently there are a couple of places available on Wednesday evening, Friday and Saturday mornings. Thursday classes are fully enrolled.
If you have a have any questions please get in contact with me via email at info@carolleebeckx.com

Reviews for classes
This lovely email came from an artist...

Good morning Carol,
Just wanted to pop you an email to tell you about my experiences at your studio.

When I started art classes at your Studio 5 years ago I hoped that your classes would reignite my interest in painting.  I had dabbled with painting in high school and a few classes when my children were young but had not pursued it any further than that.  I have learnt so much from you….. I love that each student in your class is encouraged to pursue their own ‘style’.  

I love that we, as a group, encourage and learn from each other. I enjoy the little talks or mini lectures you give on a different style or artist and how your classes are not just about the actual painting but also about the ‘love of art’. So good for the soul. 

When I started 5 years ago I had hoped to achieve certain things.  I have done this and more.  I thank you for sharing your knowledge with me ....


One of the artists wrote this in an email to me after a painting was accepted for the Rotary Art Spectacular Exhibition:

Hi Carol
I’m so excited just to have my art accepted .
Your mentorship over the years has been invaluable Thanks Carol and looking forward to my projects for next term.


And one more recent email:

I would like to also thank you for making the art classes so interesting and giving us, especially me, the confidence to have a go.   I feel like I am finally getting into the hang of this painting thing and actually liking what I am doing.  

I did of bit more work on the sand grasses and actually forwarded a copy to family and friends, instead of just hiding it away.   Big step for me.   Thank you.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Looking back on 2019 and a decade too...

Once again it’s time for reflection, not only on the past year but also the last ten years. During the middle of 2008 my focus turned to Australia when I decided to emigrate. Bureaucracy moves slowly so it wasn’t until August 2010 that my visa was approved. 

Bunya Riverside - oil on canvas 1000 mm x 1000 mm

Most of 2010 was occupied with getting ready to move - selling my house, decluttering, and packing up in preparation for a new life in a new country. The decision to move was motivated in part by the resolve to be a full time artist. I set up a website and started a blog - Art Matters. Writing has become a most enjoyable and therapeutic activity. I’m pleased that over the years I have maintained regular posting about my work and life in Brisbane.

Classes at my Hamilton Road Studio were established in July 2011 and continue to be my main income source thanks to support from loyal students. Teaching painting led me to write my first book Colour - A Practical Approach. The first draft was completed in September 2017 but it took  another year to re-write and edit. The completed book was published by Blurb in September 2018. 

Over the years a number of commissions have been fulfilling and challenging. These included paintings for Maverick Travel and Deja Bru cafe. A local business Tradesmen on Time purchased these paintings for their office - Two paintings going to a new home.

This year I have been fortunate to have a wonderful commision to create paintings for Milk Cafe Ashgrove.  This post has all the paintings - More paintings for Milk

Each year I have been fortunate to have had work selected for both the Lethbridge 10,000 and the Rotary Art Spectacular. In addition, I took part in two exhibitions at Percolater Gallery with the cARTwheel Collaborative group. The 2016 Nundah Art Exhibition proved to be a highlight for me. I was awarded the Grand Prize for Riverside Trees.

I regard myself as immensely fortunate - the last ten years have been exciting, extremely challenging but so fulfilling - here's to the next ten.

Riverside Trees  - oil on Linen

And the years in review...