Friday, December 21, 2012

The studio this week


Christmas is almost upon us.

A frantic time of year for so many but for me, a chance to spend time building up a new body of work and to work on new ideas.

I am loving the blue and white lotus bowl that is on loan from my sister in law.

Happy holidays everyone.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

One year on

It's a year since Mum passed.
Although it is a little sad, hers was a life well spent and absolutely filled to the brim.
Today is about remembering those wonderful times.

Yvonne Therese Marie Malpas (nee McMahon): 25 Jan 1920 - 12 Dec 2011.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Festive baking

It's Christmas time again.  So the past few days have been spent in a frenzy of gingerbread cookie baking, decorating and packaging.

All off to my corporate and not so corporate clients.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Impromptu Show at St Vincent's Hospital


An out of the blue email last week saw me hang an impromptu show at St Vincent's Hospital, Paddington Sydney.  It was lovely to be back - I always have an appreciative audience there.

My work is up until 13 December.  As it is a public space you can pretty much go and view the pictures any time of day or night until then.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Gabby Malpas in the Australian Art Review

...aaaaaand it's published.  This is the November/December 2012 edition.

The cover image is called 'Poppies and teapot', and was a finalist in the 2011: National Trust Still life Art Prize.

Here is a link to download the article as a one page PDF file.

Have a fabulous weekend all!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Highly Commended at Blacktown City Art Prize

This is a picture of my painting: 'Sydney winter flowers', that won a Highly Commended, in the watercolour section of the Blacktown City Art Prize 2012.

The certificate came in this morning's post.  I had no idea so a lovely surprise.

The show is on at the Blacktown arts centre until 10 November.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hillandale Gardens and Nursery

Another plug for a very good friend: Sarah Ryan of Hillandale Gardens and Nursery, Yetholme, NSW

Sarah's beautiful garden is open to the public this weekend: Saturday and Sunday 27/28 October.  The garden is at Eusdale Road, Yetholme.

Sarah will have an abundance of hard-to-find plants: seedlings, cuttings, root systems and established plants will be for sale plus the largest selection of our seed packet designs to date.

This is a well-known and must attend event in the local gardeners' calendars and bus loads go from Sydney it is so popular.

I will be going to get inspired and of course plunder the garden for Spring flowers - I feel a 'rhododendron series' coming on...

Sarah's website is here.

Her facebook page is here.

Monday, October 22, 2012


Every so often I feature one of my chums in their creative endeavours:

My chum Sue Liu is chiefette at Zulu Communications.

She is also a fundraiser par excellence.  Sue has been involved with Geraldine Cox and the Sunrise Village home in Cambodia for a number of years.  This year she is actively fundraising for the Sunrise Centre in two ways:

1) Selling soy scented candles: 50% of the income produced (basically, the profit) from selling candles.  Click here to buy/read the story.

2) A link to a 'big bookclub' event is being held on Tuesday 6th Nov, at Berkelouw books, Norton St, Leichardt.  Click here to book tickets and read the story.

Thanks for looking

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A bevy of Bags

Since finishing the Art Expo show, I've had a little time to concentrate on the bag/jewellery side of things while waiting for the next round of painting 'mojo'.

Here is a selection of bags - Vintage Japanese kimono, Vintage teatowels, Chinese brocade and Indian sari fabrics.  Just in time for the Sydney summer.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Art Expo Sydney: Stand F14: Gabby Malpas


Aren't we rocking the fluoro?!  My chum Kerry Thompson and I during setup

The show is all ready to go - have a sneak peek here.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Coasters and placemats

New coasters and placemat sets:  they are called 'Chai tea' and are part of the Cinnamon fine art range from Hale Imports - Brookvale, NSW.

On etsy and Andable.

Happy weekend all.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Gabby Malpas new website

Well it's time.

In fact it's more than time.  I've been meaning to separate out my painting from my other activities but also get a new website up and running where I can show my pictures. 

So first up is a new business card and a holding page. 

Thanks to my niece the very lovely and talented Miss Emma Harris of London town for the superb designs as ever.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Seed Packets

Here are some of my favourite seed packet designs.

OK - ones that fitted onto one PPT slide - there are currently 15 types and counting. 

Missing from this image: Helenium, Rudbeckia and Echinacea.

Look for me on etsy and Andable.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Studio snapshots - end of Winter 2012

This season's crop of japonicas, camelias, mandarins, magnolias, ranunculus and hellebores... plus assorted ceramics.

Sew Make Create Opening

This is Melissa Tan and her husband on the Sew Make Create studio, store and workshop opening day, in Chippendale, Sydney at the beginning of August.

They are now running a series of creative workshops: crochet, sewing, card making and jewellery.  I am offering watercolour workshops for beginners.

Any takers?

Saturday, August 25, 2012

New tote bags

Some of the new bags I have made for my online stores at etsy  and Andable.  
Vintage kimono fabrics, tapestry, a piece of amazing bird printed fabric found by my friend Maria, and recycled tablesloths, dressmaking offcuts and batiks.

There will be more in the next few days so be sure to check back.