Sweeter Banana's truck collecting banana's from plantations around the river in Carnarvon - Sue Helmot Artist

Spring is the time when nature and food production thrives in the Gascoyne.  While many crops are being harvested others are flowering and pollinating.  Seafood is caught on the moon cycle. The landscape comes alive with bursts of colour and human activity. I have been busy over the last few weeks quickly capturing this narrative while it’s happening.

This fieldwork has taken me to plantations in Carnarvon where I sat among rows of strawberries, capsicums and mango trees in bloom with my paints. I followed the Sweeter banana truck as it collected bananas from growers around the river and I jumped on-board fishing vessels to observe the unloading of their catch at the Carnarvon Boat Harbour.  Am I making you hungry yet?

I thought that I would share some of the quick colour studies that I made and photo’s that I took during my fieldwork adventures.  With such an array of beautiful and fascinating subject matter, I’m excited about returning to the studio to interpret these experiences into a new body of paintings for my residency with the Gascoyne Food Council

On-board fishing vessel

Onboard a Maretarram fishing vessel

Artist Sue Helmot - Fieldwork in Paul Shain's strawberry patch in Carnarvon

Watercolour study of Paul Shain’s strawberries.

Fieldwork capturing capsicum harvest at Rob Kuzmichich's farm in Carnarvon. Artist Sue Helmot

Capturing capsicum harvest at Rob Kuzmicich’s plantation.

Gouache field study by Sue Helmot capturing mangoes in bloom at Calypso Plantation in Carnarvon

Gouache study of mangoes in bloom at Calypso Plantation.

Fieldwork capturing commercial fishing in the Gascoyne on-board the Shark Bay Explorer with Pickles Point Seafood in Carnarvon - Artist Sue Helmot

Fieldwork capturing commercial fishing in the Gascoyne on-board the Shark Bay Explorer with Pickles Point Seafood in Carnarvon – Artist Sue Helmot

Mango in bloom

Mangoes in bloom at Calypso Plantation.

Colour study of capsicum Sue Helmot Artist

Colour study of capsicum Sue Helmot Artist

Sue Helmot with Brendan Pang, Nathan Thomas and Lucas Fernandes

Last night was the opening of my solo show ‘From The Source: A Landscape of Food’. As I looked around gallery I realised that so many of you have in some way played an important role in my work and have been on this journey with me as Artist in Residence with the Gascoyne Food Council​ from the very beginning. A couple of you have even been immortalised in the paintings! I am truly grateful for your support. It was so special to have all of you in the same room with this collection of paintings. I am delighted that the show was so well received and very humbled that so many of my paintings sold on the opening night.

It was wonderful to have the chefs that are in town for the Gascoyne Food Festival’s Long Table Lunch join in the celebrations.  Great to meet you Brendan Pang, Nathan Thomas and Luke Fernandes.

Huge thanks to the Gascoyne Food Council for your support and this incredible opportunity.

‘From The Source: A Landscape of Food’ continues until 18 August 2018, at the Carnarvon Regional Art Gallery​, 18 Egan Street, Carnarvon WA.

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At Sea - Shark Bay Blue Swimmer Crabs, oil painting by Artist Sue Helmot
At Sea Shark Bay Blue Swimmer Crabs Artist Sue Helmot

At Sea – Shark Bay Crabs
Sue Helmot Artist

‘At Sea – Shark Bay Blue Swimmer Crabs’ is the latest painting in my Gascoyne Food series as Artist-in-Residence for the Gascoyne Food Council. It’s part of the line up for my upcoming exhibition ‘From the Source – A Landscape of Food’ at the Carnarvon Community Art Space from 6 – 18 August during the Gascoyne Food Festival.

Thank you so much to Mitch and the crew @westcoastcrabs for allowing me to check out their new season catch of Blue Swimmer Crabs and to take loads of research pics in preparation for this painting. It’s been a pleasure to meet the hard working people behind the food during this project. I couldn’t resist sneaking one of them into a painting. Must do it again!

I am really looking forward to sharing all of the paintings that I have been working on over the last few months. There’s still a few more that I’m keen to get done! All of the artworks will be available for purchase. Please direct message me or email at sue@suehelmot.com.au if you would like to be added to the mailing list for the exhibition.

Carnarvon-Farm-Landscape-Painting-Sue-Helmot-Artist

Inspiration for my latest painting  ‘Carnarvon Farm’ came from crouching  in a landscape of sweet potato with my oils taking a close look at sunlit young green leaves growing in rich red soil.   I approach the start of my paintings immersed in the landscape to capture colour and get a feel for how it all flows.   It’s an energy that I believe transfers into the artwork.

Being an arid outback area where it rarely rains, the horticulture industry in Carnarvon relies on water extracted from the underground aquifers to irrigate the crops.  It’s an inspiring example of man adapting to the environment and working with what is available in the landscape to produce high quality fresh food.

Carnarvon Farm oil on canvas 45 x 45 cm is my latest painting as Artist in Residence for the Gascoyne Food Council.

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Carnarvon Farm
Oil on canvas 45 x 45 cm
Sue Helmot artist

Working as Artist in Residence for the Gascoyne Food Council is an exhilarating experience.  Since starting this project in January I have been constantly challenged beyond my comfort zone as I explore a myriad of subjects around the theme of food; many of which I haven’t painted before.  This experience has opened a lid on fresh inspiration for my work. I feel fortunate to have on my doorstep an abundance of authentic content that totally inspires me. I look forward to seeing where this project takes me over the next few months as I create more work.

All artworks will be made available for purchase. For all enquiries please email me at sue@suehelmot.com.au

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Up close in a landscape of sweet potato leaves with my oils

 

Eye Spy Mt Augustus Sue Helmot Artist

This scene of Mount Augustus has been rolling around in my head since I traveled out there last year and I knew that I just had to paint this rock.  I like to mix my own colours rather than using a colour straight out of the tube and I found it really tricky to mix the colour for the rock.  After spending a morning mixing loads of different blues with cadmium medium red and deep red with a touch of white, I finally found a formula that produced the gorgeous violet tones that I wanted to express in the rock.

This is the fourth painting that I have made as Artist in Residence for the Gascoyne Food Council. While it sits in my studio drying I need to come up with a title.  Please let me know if you have any ideas.

The Great Outback Long Table Dinner will be held  at Mount Augustus as part of the Gascoyne Food Festival on 8 September 2018.  It’s a truly unique experience dining on great food from the Gascoyne under a big outback night sky with the silhouette of the rock. One of those I need to pinch myself moments! For more information contact the Mount Augustus Tourist Park http://www.mtaugustustouristpark.com/

New paintings fresh from the easel will be uploaded to my website art gallery original artworks page and will be available for purchase.

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Mt Augustus
Mt Augustus

New painting – the beginning Sue Helmot Artist

It’s exciting to start a new painting inspired by a road trip to Mount Augustus in Western Australia for last year’s Long Table Dinner. Twice the size of Uluru (Ayers Rock), Mount Augustus is reputedly the largest monolith in the world.

After spending quite some time mixing the colours for my palette I start with a light wash of paint  to map out the bones of the painting on the canvas. This first layer of paint will eventually be covered with many other layers of colour as I start to build up the painting.  I wear these ugly purple gloves to protect my skin from the oil paint. So why do I always seem to end up with it all over my face! This pair won’t stay clean for long.

This painting is part of a body of work that I am making as Artist in Residence for the Gascoyne Food Council. The Great Outback Long Table Dinner will be held  at Mount Augustus as part of the Gascoyne Food Festival on 8 September 2018.  For more information contact Mount Augustus Tourist Park http://www.mtaugustustouristpark.com/

New paintings including this one will be uploaded to my website gallery as they are finished.  All artworks will be available for purchase.

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River Flowing, oil on canvas by Sue Helmot Artist

Living in the Gascoyne region in the remote north of Western Australia I admire growers who work with nature in a somewhat harsh environment to produce beautiful food.  As an artist I am inspired to paint the food and the landscapes of this story.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to do this as Artist in Residence for the Gascoyne Food Council.

Over the coming months  I will be sharing what I’m working on behind the scenes from my studio and out in the field.  It will be a bit like revealing my artist diary with stories and photos of food and landscapes from across the region that inspire my art and sneak peaks of paintings as they are being made.  While I have a work plan in mind the exciting thing about life is the unexpected twists and turns and no doubt there will be a few of those as I explore pastoral stations, farms and fishing locations across the region.

Featured below are my paintings ‘Mt Augustus’ inspired the beauty of its landscape as you gaze up from the camp, and ‘River Flowing’ inspired by the Gascoyne River which is the lifeblood for growers in our region.  I painted these artworks as Artist in Residence for the Gascoyne Food Council.

New paintings fresh from the easel will be uploaded to the original artworks art gallery page of my website at www.suehelmot.com.au All artworks will be available for purchase.

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Mt Augustus Sue Helmot

‘Mt Augustus Landscape’ oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

River Flowing Sue Helmot Artist

‘River Flowing’ oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

 

 

 

 

 

Gascoyne region

The stunning Gascoyne region is situated approximately 900 km north of Perth in Western Australia.  Abundant with seafood, beef, sheep, goat and a vast array of temperate and sub-tropical fruit and vegetables, it’s where people interact with nature to yield high quality food and it’s also where I live.

I am privileged to have the opportunity to be the Artist in Residence for the Gascoyne Food Council, a producer driven group who is passionate about promoting food generated from the Gascoyne region. Over the coming months I will be exploring farms, pastoral stations, and fishing harbours, gathering ideas and recording impressions of food production and landscapes by making loads of sketches and quick colour studies.  These will develop into a series of  paintings which will be exhibited.  Painting is a visual language and through my art I aim to share an aspect of the  Gascoyne which hasn’t previously been captured on this scale through the eyes of an artist.

 

 

 

Mount Augustus

When I started working on painting number two in my Mount Augustus series I honestly thought that I would have it nailed in a week.  I need to paint faster I thought. Well it’s a week on and each day I walk into my studio, take a seat and look at this little painting perched on the easel like it owns it.  After a few minutes I settle in and stop looking at the painting and start looking into it. That’s when I start to see something that shouldn’t be in the painting or something that’s missing that the painting needs. I pick up my brush and another day begins. Each time I paint another layer of colour onto the canvas or rub colour back, I feel like I’m getting closer.  I’m still going. It’s a long journey and a test of fortitude. Much like the climb to the summit of Mount Augustus itself.  This photo is a close up of a cropped section of detail in the painting. A work in progress.

Morning-Climb-Mt-Augustus-Sue-Helmot-Artist

The last lick of oil paint is on and this one is finished. Being immersed in a rich colour palette of the Australian desert has been mesmerising.  This is the beginning of a new series of work inspired by the ancient landscape of Mount Augustus in the remote outback of Western Australia.

When I finish a painting I like to take time to sit and absorb it instead of rushing on to something else.  It’s like reading the last page of a great book and you want to stay in that story awhile before starting another one.  It’s important for me to reflect on past work and so this one hangs in prime position in my studio so that I can continue to look at it and feel its energy while the paint dries.  Each piece of work that I make informs the next one.  The essence of one piece transcends into future works as the journey continues.

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30 x 30 cm oil painting on canvas by Australian artist Sue Helmot

Time to ponder on a name for this painting inspired by an unusual rock formation that I stumbled upon while exploring Mt Augustus. A friend of mine wisely said that it will be interesting to see what others see within the heart and soul of the painting.  This painting will be available through my online art gallery soon.  For all enquiries please get in touch through the contacts page of my website www.suehelmot.com.au or message me on Facebook (suehelmotart).  I’d love to hear from you.