The Healing Power of Art and Artists

I am delighted to be selected to be part of the Healing Power of Art and Artists directory.  This is a curated art resource developed by Manhattan Arts International for art buyers, gallery directors, curators, art consultants, program directors, and the general public seeking exceptional healing art. This painting entitled 'Not Set In Stone' was a beautifully formed exhibition rose I photographed at a local rose show.  The white petals were picking up colours of slate and sandstone giving the rose a look of being carved in stone, but the rose, of course, would continue to open and the petals...

Kilmore Art Expo

Now in its 8th year, the Kilmore Art Expo attracts artists from near and far with between 350 and 600 paintings entered each year. This is my first time participating in this show and I'm looking forward to showing 5 of my rose paintings. Situated 60km North of Melbourne, the township of Kilmore is close to the gold fields, snow fields and the food and wine trails of North East Victoria.  It is also a destination for rose lovers with the popular Rose Cafe and Silkie Gardens Rose Farm. Here's all the details: Address: THE MEMORIAL HALL19 Sydney Street, Kilmore,...

Tis The Last Rose of Summer

As an artist always searching for new roses to paint and always hoping to find the perfect bloom, I am very aware of the flowering season and keep being surprised by the hardy bushes in my local neighbourhood which always seem to be producing one more bloom before the season is over.  So the words of Thomas Moore's famous poem written in 1805 are often going through my head, well the first line, anyway.  (For the full poem see below) Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852) was an Irish poet and was friends with fellow poets Byron and Shelley.     ...

Good As Gold

Delving into the centre of this deep yellow Australian bred rose Victoria Gold, I was surprised by the richness and intensity of the colours in the interior folds and crevices.Victoria Gold was released to commemorate the Centenary of the Victorian Rose Society in 1999. The Victorian Rose Society was the first rose society in Australia.It is a vivid gold Floribunda rose which grows to a maximum of 90cm in height and width. It produces flowers in clusters of up to 7 blooms per stem meaning one stem can fill a vase. Victoria Gold is one of the first roses to...

More Than a Dozen Red Roses

I love rose names and because it is Valentine's Day I've searched high and low to find you the names of 50 red roses,  And if anyone can tell me the name of the rose in this painting I would be double delighted! Well, here's the list.  Did your favourite red rose get a mention?  Or have you found a new love? Ace of Diamonds, After Midnight, Aida, Ain't Misbehavin', Ain't She Sweet, Amadeus, Belle Rouge, Big Apple, Black Magic, Blaze, Christian Dior, Classy, Dark Mirage, Dizzy Heights, Don Juan, Dublin Bay, Dusky Maiden, Edith Piaf, Enchantress, Erotica, Europeana, Eye...

Marsala Swirl

This rose with swirling tones of Marsala, Claret, Burgundy, Shiraz and even pale pink Moscato is right on trend to complement Pantone colour of 2015, Marsala.Pantone, began as a commercial printing company in the 1950's and devised a standardised colour reproduction system where different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colours match without direct contact or sending samples.Each year Pantone declares a particular colour "colour of the year".  The colour is chosen to reflect the spirit of the times and can be seen in fashion, home decor and other trends.This painting is...

Riverside Rose Ramblings‏

Over the Summer break I stumbled across a treasure for rose, garden and art lovers alike in the regional Victorian town of Benalla.  Just 212 kilometres from Melbourne and on the banks of the Broken River (named because in dry weather it would break down into a series of waterholes) can be found the Benalla Botanical Gardens and Art Gallery.  {READMORE}Benalla Art Gallery has an impressive art collection with a  strong emphasis on the Australian impressionist period including amongst others, works by Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, E. Phillips Fox, Tom Roberts and Walter Withers. Works by Margaret Preston,  Arthur Boyd,...

Portrait of a Princess

I discovered this truly magnificent specimen of a rose at the Lyndoch Hill rose garden in South Australia and I had to take note of the name because it has that classic hybrid tea rose form which I just love to paint. This rose is Princess Margaret and it is described by Treloar Roses as "a large luminous bright pink rose of excellent form, with 30 unfading petals. Growth is vigorous and upright, the green foliage is of great hardiness".  I've called the painting 'Portrait of a Princess' taking inspiration from the grand tradition of royal portraits.  And just like...

Small Works Make A Big Impression‏

Brunswick Street Gallery's annual 40x40 exhibition which opened officially tonight is an amazing collection of over 800 works displayed creatively in numerous rooms over two levels in their character-filled gallery.  I'm thrilled to be part of this exciting exhibition and was  surprised to see my four mini round rose centres displayed for the first time ever so dramatically on black walls! If you would like to take a look for yourself here's all the details:Brunswick Street Gallery 322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065On show until 17 January 2015Special opening hours:This Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6pmMonday 22nd December 2pm - 6pm,...

Golden Days

When I paint a rose I do not always know its name, so it is while I am painting it that I am waiting to be told its name. For this golden yellow rose which was truly bathed in sunlight I couldn't go past the name 'Golden Days'.  Not only referring to the colour but the demeanour of the rose as it looks backwards nostalgically to those happier days of youth.  The song Golden Days, from the operetta The Student Prince and 1954 MGM film where it was famously sung by Mario Lanza and mimed by Edmund Purdom, talks of...

Petals, Perfume and Possibilities

In search of inspiration I took to the road and around 150km from Melbourne I found an abundance of petals, perfume and possibilities.  Presented an Award of Garden Excellence in 2009 by the World Federation of Rose Societies, Morwell Centenary Rose Garden in Central Gippsland is well worth a visit when the roses are blooming which is from mid October.  With over 3000 roses I found there was plenty of inspiration for future paintings. I was particularly taken with the gazebo covered with French climber 'Pierre de Ronsard', and 'Shadow' the darkest red rose I have ever seen with rosebuds...

3500 years of inspiration

I was delighted to be invited to the be the special guest speaker at the Spring Rose Show for the Rose Society of South Australia on Sunday 19th October. I had the best time researching and presenting a talk on roses in art from very early murals discovered in archaelogical excavations to sharing my own story as a modern day rose painter.  If you would like a colour copy of the handout from my talk please leave me a message on my website here with your postal address and I will gladly post one out to you.

Masterworks

Currently showing, a diverse and exciting exhibition of Eltham College Alumni artists from the past four decades and I'm thrilled to have three of my paintings included. Held in the picturesque setting of Swipers Gully Vineyard & Restuarant 25 Eltham-Yarra Glen Road, Kangaroo Ground from the 18-31 October 2014. Open for viewing Monday to Friday: Coffee Shop open 8.45am - 11.30am and Sat 25 & Sun 26 Oct: 12pm - 4pm 

Art Deco Inspiration

A lot of people have been asking me about the dress I wore in the recent photo shoot for the local paper, and it does have a delightful story behind it. This is how the people at Blue Illusion describe their dress "Inspired by a 1930’s hand painted artwork found in an old print studio in France, it is beautifully designed with a veritable bouquet of rich floral print throughout for ultra-feminine flair with a dose of playfulness added by the sleeve and hem frills. Cut to a comfortable fit and flare silhouette, this piece is sure to take you...

Visions of Van Gogh & How To Force Branches to Bloom Indoors

On the eve of Spring over here in Australia we are just seeing the first blossom trees bloom and I can't see blossom without thinking of Vincent van Gogh and his wonderful paintings of blossom trees from 1888.   In March 1888 Vincent arrived in Arles in the south of France just as the blossom trees in the orchards were about to bloom, and within a month he had created 14 paintings. The blossom trees were a symbol of awakening and hope for Vincent and painting them invigorated him.   He wrote enthusiastically "I am up to my ears in...

Humanity, Harmony & Happiness

On show until 23rd August at St Nicholas Gallery 9 Bear St Mordialloc is a diverse collection of art from 30 artists hosted by the Kingston Interfaith Network. I was honoured to be invited to show one of my rose paintings 'Ode to Happiness'. Roses have been used for a symbol of happiness and peace and circles in art can represent harmony and wholeness. On Sunday 17 August between 2 and 4pm there is an Artist Q&A and a discussion on Art & Spirituality. All welcome. Gallery Hours:Monday - Thursday 12-3pmSaturday 10am-1pm

A Moment in Mauve

The colour mauve is often described as pale violet, but there are a number of variations of mauve including Rich Mauve, French or Deep Mauve, Opera Mauve, Mauve Taupe and Old Mauve. I'd like to think my rose is perhaps Opera Mauve, which was first recorded as a colour name in 1927, with Old Mauve in the shadows.   Old Mauve is a term used by stamp collectors to describe a particular colour in stamps. Mauve has an air of mystery about it as Oscar Wilde stated in The Picture of Dorian Gray “Never trust a woman who wears mauve,...

It's On The Cards

My Coffee Rosetta painting is currently being featured on one of Avant Card's Art Series free postcards.Ten thousand cards have been printed  and are being distributed in cafes, theatres and other venues Australia wide.  Who's going to be the first person to spot one out in the wild?  Please let me know where you see them, perhaps send me a picture or you can tweet to me @EndersbyArtIt's a true honour to be selected as an Avant Card artist and I'm thrilled to be sharing the joy around the country.

Through The Looking Glass

I was thrilled to find this tightly curled rose in a community rose garden just outside of West Wyalong, New South Wales. I've called this painting Through the Looking Glass after the Lewis Carrol's sequel to Alice in Wonderland and when you step through the looking glass you are in another, surreal world. Whilst painting the swirling petals I felt like Alice swirling down the rabbit burrow: "The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself...

Ten Simply Beautiful Ways to Arrange Roses

Using my painting 'Bouquet de Roses' – “a stolen glance into a sophisticated bouquet of lavish roses” for inspiration, I have come up with ten simple and elegant ways to arrange roses for your enjoyment.1. Fan DanceFan out a bunch of straight-stemmed roses in a round glass bowl.2. Country CharmGarden roses can look charming arranged in an old teapot or milk jug.3. Make a ToastCluster a few special roses in a champagne flute.4. Monochrome Mixing.Mix roses with a mixture of other flowers of the same colour.5. Perfect MatchMix and match roses with foliage – try pale pink roses with blue...

Roses Take Centre Stage

Painting the beautiful blonde and shapely Marilyn Monroe Rose (above) got me thinking about other roses named after actressess and I found that there were many.  Let me tell you about some of them. Elizabeth Taylor is a shocking pink hybrid tea, Ingrid Bergman is a classic red rose, Audrey Hepburn is remembered with a light pink hybrid tea, Judy Garland is a flamboyant scarlet, orange & yellow floribunda, Ginger Rogers is an orange pink hybrid tea, Charlotte Rampling a medium red hybrid tea and Grace Kelly is a cream hybrid tea rose with pink edges. And if you find...

Bush Christmas

Who remembers the 1947 Australian film ‘Bush Christmas’ or the 1983 remake? Today I’m sharing with you my Pastoral Series which I painted at Christmas time 2 years ago. When I first presented these simple Australian rural scenes back in 2011, I received wonderful feedback from both home and abroad: “Your recent paintings of the fields remind me of Van Gogh’s series of paintings around La Crau” “It is amazing how a ‘simple rural scene’ can become interesting. You did not overpaint it, you just transferred the moment.” “Love the way the viewer can move back and forth through your...

Where Angels Soar

What music do you listen to when working or fulfilling your creative pursuits? I adore the voices of countertenors, with my absolute favourite being Australian born, international superstar, David Hansen. {READMORE}So for me, when I enter the studio, the first thing I do is put on David’s CD ‘Rivals – Arias for Farinelli & Co.’ and then I set out my paints and brushes and fill up my water jars. When I paint I like to feel like I’m in the realm of the angels and that is where countertenors sing.

Tropical Escape

As the year draws to a close who is feeling like a tropical escape? Can you smell the scent of frangipanis, and hear the brightly coloured parrots call? Does your heart yearn for lush green foliage spattered with vibrant tropical blooms? Let me take you on a journey through an A to Z of tropical and exotic flowers and plants. See how many you know and perhaps make a new discovery on this tropical vacation. Anthurium (Flamingo Lily)DSC02218 (1) Bird of Paradise Calathea (Peacock Plant) Dracaena (popular indoor plant) Epiphyllum (Orchid cactus) Frangipani Ginger Lilies Hibiscus Impatiens Jasmine Kniphofia (Red...

The Art of Reading

It’s time to settle back into a comfortable chair or chaise longue and book in some leisurely reading time. The following books are all works of fiction but are based on the lives or works of famous artists. Well written historical fiction transports us to another place and time where we can slip in amongst the characters and get a sense of what it was like to be there and perhaps better understand what is behind the paintings and artists we know and love. The following books are on my reading list: Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland...

In The Pink

Today’s column is in honour of pink roses. Symbols of admiration, gratitude, happiness, appreciation, sympathy and modesty. Ranging in colour from ice pink to deep cerise, salmon pink, rose pink, soft pink, warm pink, coral, fuchsia, magenta, ballerina and Barbie doll pink, shell pink and dawn pink. And with evocative names including: April in Paris, Bouquet Parfait, Fragrant Cloud, Heaven on Earth, Voluptuous, New Dawn, Simply Marvellous, Moonstone, Tiffany Rose, Carefree Wonder and Zephirine Drouhin just to name a few. What is your favourite pink rose? For all the details about the pink roses in my collection click here http://michelleendersbyart.com/awakening-around-roses/...

Taking time to smell the roses

Today I’m going to whisk you away on a fragrant cloud and share some thoughts about the scent of roses. Darker roses are generally more fragrant than paler blooms. Red and pink roses have more of a classic rose scent. The more petals the stronger the scent. A rose is most fragrant in the morning and when the bloom is new. The fragrance is greater in warm, moist weather and in warmer climates in general. Some roses have one scent in early summer and a different scent in late summer. If you try really hard you should be able to...

A Bunch of Roses

The poem ‘A Bunch of Roses’was written by Australian bush poet Andrew Barton “Banjo”Paterson in 1894. For a bush poet to write of roses which would have been scarce, precious and seasonal illustrates the powerful symbolism of roses associated with both love and death, and the evocative references to the scent of roses adds another dimension to this wonderful poem. A Bunch Of Roses Roses ruddy and roses white,What are the joys that my heart discloses? Sitting alone in the fading light Memories come to me here tonight With the wonderful scent of the big red roses. Memories come as...

Singing the Praises of Roses

What is so enchanting about a rose that it has inspired countless song titles? Here’s twenty-five to get you humming, and I’m sure there’s more. A Good Year For The RosesA Poor Man’s Roses Bed of Roses Days of Wine and Roses Desert Rose Eighteen Yellow Roses Everything’s Coming Up Roses Honeysuckle Rose Kiss From A Rose La Vie en Rose Mexicali Rose Moonlight and RosesOnly a Rose Red Roses Red Roses For A Blue Lady Room Full of Roses Rose of My Heart Roses are Red, My Love San Antonio Rose Sixty-five Roses The One Rose The Rose The...

Days of Wine and Roses

The Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay has arrived for the opening night of my exhibition on Thursday night 13th February. Goodwill Wine organised for my artwork to be on the label. Goodwill Wine sources the best quality boutique wine from independent wineries across Australia and passes on a significant percentage of the profits to numerous charities. To date Goodwill Wine has raised over $90,000 for Charity. To read more about Goodwill Wine visit http://www.goodwillwine.com.au/