Firstly, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and I hope 2018 will be kind to us all.
It has been 5 months now since I closed the Gallery. The time has just evaporated into thin air. It took me some weeks to recover from, what I now know, was exhaustion. I had no idea just how exhausted I was until I stopped. My health has improved and am feeling pretty good for an old girl. We decided to spruce the house up a bit by painting, etc. Christmas was barrelling toward us all at a rate of knots and before we knew it, it was all over. 5 months, just like that.
I was quite anxious and unsure about the whole retirement thing. Having worked for such a long time I didn’t know how I would cope with all this extra time. Well, it’s great! Rod also retired in December (why should I have all the fun) and we have started a whole new chapter of our lives. A little slower and more relaxed. It was time to take that road less traveled. Which brings me to let you all know I have decided to retire permanently. By that I mean I am not going to run workshops for adults or children (except for my 3 year old grand daughter). I hope I haven’t disappointed too many people but I am sure you will understand.
I wish you all the best and remember to stop and catch your breath and dawdle at the back of the line from time to time to appreciate this wonderful world in which we live. Be kind to yourselves and each other.
It’s been 8 weeks now since I closed the Gallery. I swear, it’s harder to close a business than to start one! So many people to advise, loose ends to tie up and don’t even get me started on Telstra, AGL and Optus. Anyway, that is all in the past now and I can look toward the future.
I have been painting, lots, but not the sort of painting I was hoping for. We decided to spend some time sprucing up our house. I am really good at painting windows, skirting boards and doors now. Lucky me. It’s funny though, even painting a door it is easy to lose yourself in that wonderful rhythm and sensation of gliding paint over a surface. I imagined all sorts of compositions and techniques I can try when I get a chance to actually paint on canvas.
I have noticed quite a few people have been checking the website, possibly looking for information on future workshops. As the year is barrelling toward the end and everyone starts to get crazily busy I have decided to postpone workshops this year. It’s been a really hectic and uncertain time for me so think a little breathing space is necessary.
Hope you all have a great Christmas, enjoy your holidays and families and let’s see what the New Year brings.
Well, the first week and a half of retirement has been busy. Nothing exciting, just wading through the mountains of stuff from the Gallery. How did I get all that stuff in such a small space.
It has been lovely to sleep in, feel the sun on my face and enjoy “just being”. Of course, while it’s relatively easy to slow the body down, it’s not so easy to calm the mind. I have lots of ideas for the future and am eager to pick up a paint brush and start slapping some paint around………….but first, think I’ll have another coffee.
It’s really happening. This is the last week. I can’t believe the ride is almost over.
Hurry in and take advantage of super, super bargains of what’s left. Also for anyone with a small business I have packaging and displays perfect for jewellery and gifts.
We will still be doing framing for a while so if you need to have those masterpieces framed send me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep an eye on this website for any updates and news in regard to Workshops.
So, for the last time, CHEERS,
Farewell, so long, adieu……………..goodbye………………..it’s time to go.
After 10 and a half years I’ve decided it’s time to retire. What a wonderful 10 years it has been doing what I love and meeting so many talented, friendly and supportive people. I have loved teaching the kids in the School Holiday Workshops too. They are all incredible little people with such enthusiasm for art. Mums and Dads please keep encouraging their love of art. It will hold them in good stead all their lives.
Needless to say this has been a difficult decision to make but the time just feels right. Time to spend time in the sun doing different things and to share good times with my husband and family.
Thank you to all my loyal customers, my wonderful fellow painters, to Bulent, Fran, Mike, Hasan and Sahli from Jannali Coffee Station who have kept us going with the best coffee in the Shire and with the biggest smiles around and to my good friend Ramey from Fiori’s Italian Restaurant who always looked after us with the best canapes and service for our Annual Art Exhibitions. I will miss you all more than you know. And last but definitely not least thank you to my husband, Rod, for all your support and love and for the framing you do that makes everything look magical.
THANK YOU JANNALI
We normally have our Group Show exhibiting the artwork of students of Imagine Art Gallery & Studio in June. However, this year due to a couple of “spanners in the works” I have decided not to have an exhibition here in the Gallery, but rather to put the works on my website for you all to enjoy. Sorry about missing out on our bubbly and canapes on the opening night but better luck next year.
IRENE RILEY (Work in progress)
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THURSDAY MORNING CLASS
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THURSDAY AFTERNOON CLASS
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Hi everyone. As these holidays are busy for everyone, with quick trips away, the Show and Easter itself, I am not running the workshops these holidays.
Have a great time kids on Easter Egg hunts, the Show and just being on holidays.