Combined Art Societies of Sydney 19th Annual 'Art of Sydney' Awards
Opening Night held at
The Terrace Room, National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour

The Combined Art Societies of Sydney are honoured to have the
Governor of NSW,
Her Excellency
Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO as its Patron.

Her Excellency extended that honour in favouring us with her presence on Opening Night on Friday 23rd January, 2009 and we were very much inspired by her words of encouragement with regard to dedicating ourselves to art and its creation.

Soheir Ehinger and I enjoyed our night immenseley despite not picking up any awards ourselves and were delighted and excited to mix and mingle with the honorary guests including our

Invited Judge John Wilson FRAS

Congratulations to all who won awards.

To David Lake A.R.A.S. a member of Oatley 101 Society of Artists who was awarded
'Artist of the Year'.

Roslyn Psakis who won 'Best In Show' for her beautiful painting "Little Smooth Shell".

I would like to also especially mention and congratulate

Freda Surgenor, who received a Commendation for her spectacular painting "Fruit Blend" and Marion Chapman fellow Redbubbler receiving a Commendation for her painting in the Miniatures "Bassist". It was wonderful to finally meet Marion on the night as we have been supporting each other on RB.

The holiday season is almost over and it will again be time for the Societies to kick start a brand new year.

All the best for 2009!
Happy painting.

la Perugina

You can view my entries in the
CASS Exhibition

look what i've got!

Celebrating my recent sale had me making a bee line to
Eckersley’s Art Supplies in Sydney yesterday in 40 degree Celsius heat,
that was not going to stop me however, determined to find it as i had
never been there before, so with the Gregory's in hand i discovered
Art Heaven!

thought i’d treat myself to the largest roll of Arches 300 gsm CP paper i could find,
it's 1150mm x 6000mm.
Eckerley's had 6 meters of it in stock, so i bought the whole lot,
and of course it was on sale – Perugina was one happy girl.

i am in love with this roll!

have to honour it by making a slideshow of this important milestone below!

i know...i know...i'm crazy!

when you're happy you do crazy things.
Buffy was excited for me also!
Tee hee hee

Now... what to do with it
? ? ?
Paint on it why of course!
But what?

Perhaps if i cuddle it some more, inspiration will come.
it's so creamy and smooth and delicious!
Can i say that?

PS...the moon is almost full!


beneath blue mountain gums
a tribute to the beautiful Blue Mountains
a Contemporary Piece


The Photo & Artz Works Gallery

Culburra Beach NSW

Gallery owner and Director Noel Elliot established a photo and art gallery in February of 2006 in Culburra Beach, NSW. The gallery exhibits some of his own work, photography and art, and he also supports new and emerging artists.

A few weeks ago after meeting each other at a Redbubble lunch (organised by Rose Moxon), he invited me to exhibit some of my works, 2 of which now hang in his boutique style gallery.

This afternoon he called with some very exciting news, that my large work Beneath Blue Mountain Gums - A Contemporary Piece had been sold.

Many thanks to you Noel for giving me this wonderful opportunity to exhibit my work.
I am thrilled for us both and am delighted this piece, has made its way to the home it was meant to be in. It's the ultimate validation - you cannot put a price on this kind of satisfaction - it's awesome!

What a fantastic start to 2009!

Had better get some more paintings to you Noel and sincere apologies if i have caused any hearing impairment. (((hugs))) perugina

all but one makes it in

No 10
Watercolour Ladies
didn't make it in, however i'm extremely happy to announce that 5 out of my 6 entries survived pre-selection for the CASS - Combined Art Societies of Sydney 'Art of Sydney' Awards

which will be held at

The Terrace Room, National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour

January 23 - 27, 2009

My entries include those below, I am particularly ecstatic that 'the Garden God II - a tribute to Norman' made it through, as it will feature in the Artist's Palette magazine Issue 71 early in the new year as a work in progress.

My year is indeed off to a good and exciting start.

Congratulations to all who those that will have paintings exhibited and Bon Chance.
Patron of CASS, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO,Governor of New South Wales will be in attendance on Opening Night.
See you all there!

works entered

just a man

thoughts can overwhelm, a powerful force humbling the resolute.


works on paper

the Garden God II - a tribute to Norman

Section watercolour

xk - 067

Section watercolour

blue swimmer dinner

Section watercolour

Coco Kiss


works on paper

xk - 067

31 X 21 cm

watercolour on arches
cp 300gsm


done & dusted and a little bit rusted

i so wanted to finish this before the seasonal festivities.

I am entering the
CASS - Combined Art Societies of Sydney
The 'Art of Sydney' Awards
and today is the day my entries are due.
So i have been working under pressure to get this finished, having done so 'in the nick of time' this morning.

i took a photo of this classic Jag earlier in the year, it's just rusting away in our neighbourhood street much to my horror!
I thought it would make a great picture to accompany a letter i wrote to a friend a while ago titled,

'life is a bitumen road
people are the cars'

Wanting to give a car a go, (my brother would be proud as there is no bigger petrol head than he living on the planet) i thought there was no better one to try than this.

Using masking fluid i wrote, more like scrawled, those words over the top before painting.

Let me say writing with this stuff isn't easy and it had its challenges.

i have submitted 6 paintings which i hope will be selected to feature in this annual exhibition.

It will be held at

The Terrace Room
National Maritime Museum
Darling Harbour
January 23 - 27, 2009

Opening Night
January 23rd, 2009 at 7.30

John Wilson


Bon Chance to all who are entering.