• 1st May 2021

NOVEMBER 10-14  Craft in Focus, Craft & Design Fair, RHS Garden Wisley.

OCTOBER 29-31  Craft in Focus, Craft & Design Fair, Wellington College Crowthorne.

JUNE 25-27  Blenheim Palace Flower Show, Home and Decor Pavillion.

MAY  8-16  New Hinksey Arts Exhibition for Oxfordshire Artweeks.

APRIL 2021  A winner in the International Juried "Cityscapes" online competition with "Walk in Aix"

APRIL 2021 - Bronze Award in the International Juried competition "Flower Power" for "Wild Rose"

APRIL 2021- 2022 My work will feature on this gallery site : https://www.camelbackgallery.com/heatherphilp

  • 7th October 2021

My goodness it's October already! My monthly blog has deteriorated before it even started. Thank goodness I hadn't committed to a weekly Blog or I would be wallowing in self doubt and failure. As it is....acceptance of how busy and irregular my life is. 

I have been out and about taking snaps of this gorgeous country as it displays its glory of Spring and Summer, and now the autumn changes are starting. We have been here almost a year, which has flown past with the craziness of COVID19, and we are still in love with all we see. Life is different to anything we expected but my Polyanna side...

  • 1st June 2021

Oxfordshire Artweeks is now done and dusted and the experience was so valuable for me starting up and reinventing myself as an artist in another country. It was great to see what other artists in the area are doing and to make some connections.

The month also returned some more achievements: short listed in The Artists' Lounge "In the History" competition, plus the Judges' Choice Award for "Discovering Bridges" in an International Juried competition. 

So the next project is preparing for the Blenheim Palace Flower Show where I will have a number of my works on display for sale. 

  • 8th May 2021

What a ride we have been on! Arriving in the UK one day before increased restrictions followed straight after with lockdown, which we have been in until a few weeks ago. It's funny how it affects people, being forced to keep away from each other and stay at home. I love being home but after 5 months it was seriously getting to me. I thought it would be a perfect chance to sort out my business, spend loads of time in the studio and be very productive but there were so many days where I just couldn't focus. I have managed to get some work out there but it certainly hasn't been what I...

  • 23rd October 2020

This world in 2020 has been a challenge in terms of being an artist and maintaining a business. I have been fortunate in having someone supporting me throughout. Added to our disruption however was selling our home and planning a move to another country for both our business, during a pandemic.

So...it's happening and we are on our way. First stop Sydney for a few days then off to the UK as their cold weather sets in. It's probably an advantage to arrive in winter as it will be easier to hunker down and re establish my business in its new environment. Watch this space for pics of the new...

  • 23rd January 2020
January 23, 2020

Back in the studio once again after a successful trip to the UK.

After the exhibition we did a road trip to several areas of particular interest for future paintings. These ancient villages never cease to amaze and delight my artistic senses. I have returned with hundreds of photos to sift through, which does mean days and days of searching, pondering and choosing. We visited and photographed Windsor, London, Lancaster, Bowness, Oxford, Cirencester, Winchester, Chichester, Cardiff, Cowbridge, Wells, Exmouth to mention the main ones.

As always, the tricky part is where to...

  • 27th November 2019
November 27, 2019

I can’t believe it’s a year since my last post! The year has flown. After returning from the Venice exhibition trip I put aside my palette knife for 6 months to renovate and PAINT my house to sell. Walls, doors and trims are no longer a pleasurable passtime. The house sold quickly, thankfully, and I have been back in the studio recreating my trip on canvas. So many beautiful shots to paint…it’s really hard to choose what to paint next.

However the biggest news is that I am heading to the UK to have 6 paintings on Exhibition. What an honour to involved in the...

  • 18th November 2018
November 18, 2018

Well this is it. My paintings ready for packing and shipping to Venice. They will arrive before us so it will be a new experience having someone else do the presenting and hanging work for me. Next time I see these, they will be hanging amongst a selection of International artists’ works. Phew! What a ride!

  • 17th November 2018
November 17, 2018

I am honoured to have 4 of my European paintings selected for an exhibition in Venice in December, Contemporary Venice 2018. What a wild rush now, as I try to finish an essay on French Impressionism, complete the Impressionism course and prepare for a trip to Venice, all in two weeks! Nothing like last minute living in our household. The paintings selected will be hanging on display from Dec 6th - 11th January.

  • 3rd June 2018
June 3, 2018

From Queenstown to Sydney to Jasper Alberta. My palette and knife are wandering the world for a while, taking in and putting down on canvas some of the highlights. This latest is a waterfall near Jasper. It has been slow going building layers over the past few days, but I think something is finally coming together. With this one there have been many times where I have put down the knife and covered my palette for the night, or simply moved on to another painting for a break. It has required many steps back to view from a different angle. Once again, it would have been simpler...

  • 24th May 2018
May 24, 2018

The images I can create with these colours constantly delight me. Colours and light. Impressionism. I could paint a lot more of these scenes before I tire of the colours. It’s also a perfect thing keeping me away from my current study of Art History!

  • 24th May 2018
May 24, 2018

The images I can create with these colours constantly delight me. Colours and light. Impressionism. I could paint a lot more of these scenes before I tire of the colours. It’s also a perfect thing keeping me away from my current study of Art History!

  • 12th May 2018
May 12, 2018

I have vague memories of the colours of Autumn when I lived in Canberra, but the experience of Queenstown, Arrowtown and Wanaka was new. It was a total saturation of my visual senses every time I looked outside. I wasn't the only one being overwhelmed. My companions constantly exclaimed at the view. The colours brought out different behaviour in people, and all over town there were people throwing leaves, kicking their shoes through leaf "puddles" and rolling around the ground in piles of fallen autumn leaves, taking photographs. I have started the new series of Queenstown...

  • 7th May 2018
May 7, 2018

I find it delightful how my art direction morphs and fine tunes. It's now been a year since I left my regular source of income and returned to being a full time artist. "I took the path less travelled..and that has made all the difference".  My very first introduction to the French Impressionists, by my school Art Teacher, has begun a life time love of their work and style and given me a wonderful benchmark for my own work. My focus is Impressionism and my favourite topics have become ancient villages and fields of flowers. Recent travels have now enabled me to work from my own...

  • 6th April 2018
April 6, 2018

It's still quite a juggling act, renovating a house and keeping the lid partially on the desire to start new works. Some pieces from last year weren't quite finished so it has been quite cathartic to finish these off. No time pressures at the moment. However, a kitchen in our house would make life a little more organised. #impressionism in the kitchen and the studio!

  • 21st March 2018
March 21, 2018

Well I'm back in my studio with palette knife in hand. What a wonderful feeling! Over this Christmas/New Year period, I've had two successful exhibitions and a trip to the UK and France for material for new works. So now I can wade through all the myriad of potential shots. Hmmm...days of pouring over photos and memories coming up!

  • 23rd July 2017
July 23, 2017

By now it's evident that Sydney Harbour by night is such an inspiring view for for an artist, and I seem to be constantly drawn to the play of light and dark. Such loud contrasts yet in the night, silently beautiful.

The challenge is always to find a spot for my signature mouse in the darkness of these scenes.

  • 20th June 2017
June 20, 2017

Hello! Thank you for visiting my art website, and welcome! I'm interested in accompanying my painting with a little something extra, and thought the occasional blog post would be a great way to do that. So watch this space... exciting things to come!

  • 15th July 2017
July 15, 2017

I need variety when I paint. I must work on several paintings at a time, like when I read books. I always have several books on the go at once: something philosophical, something entertaining and reasonably light, a novel, a biography. Two of today's works have started with the whole board painted black. Leaves much to the imagination and everyone guessing.