Sue Helmot Australian artist

Hi Everyone,

I’m sharing a few pics from our trip to the magnificent Kenney Range National Park last weekend. Once we were given the green light to travel within our region I was keen to escape to this remote slice of wilderness to slow down and become immersed in nature with Scott and my paints. So off we choofed 250 kms inland (as far as the crow flies).

We arrived in time to set up camp and peacefully watch Kennedy Range become a majestic silhoutte against soft pastel colours in the big outback desert sky.

The next morning I lugged my oil paints into Temple Gorge and found a spot in the shade of Mulga scrub to set up a bush studio. It was humbling to be in a landscape dating back some 250 million years and once under the ocean. Keen to capture the earthy colours in the sandstone escarpment I immersed myself in painting colour studies while flicking ants from the canvas. These studies meld with my memories when I’m back in the studio. They take me back to being in that place and time. Like seeds they grow into larger completed paintings.

Over the coming months I look forward to sharing with you a series of new paintings which I’ll soon be working on, inspired by Kennedy Range. Please join my mailing list on the contact page of my website if you would like to receive previews of my new paintings straight from the easel.  You can also follow my art on Instagram at sue_helmot_artist.

Stay well everyone.  I’m off for a cuppa! Sue x

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Outback landscape oil on ceramic Sue Helmot

Hi everyone,

I hope that you are all keeping well and happy during this topsy-turvy time.  It’s funny how many of us are looking at things differently now. We are taking on new projects to refresh our gardens and homes which even more than ever have become our sanctuary.

In the studio I have started to explore painting some tiny little landscapes using a beautiful soft colour palette of oils on ceramic. I’m loving losing myself in the peaceful world of these little ones.

Take a sneak peak at my first collection in the pics below.
Each little painting comes paired with a modern white or raw timber A-frame easel standing 15 cm tall. The artwork itself is 9.5 x 9.5 cm. The beauty of these little ones is that you don’t need a lot of space and they look gorgeous in any room of the home.

This first release of six paintings are available for the once-off introductory price of $50 each. I am happy to send you more pics of any of the artworks that take your fancy. To purchase please email me at sue@suehelmot.com.au or phone me on 0400 822 311.

Delivery (contactless) is available for Carnarvonites or you are welcome to make a time to collect from my studio.  I’m happy to do a good deal on postage for everyone else.  I love to wrap, so if you are purchasing as a gift please let me know.

Have a wonderful long weekend! Cheers Sue x

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Peaceful Ancient Land

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Claypan Night Rain

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Estuary

Mulga Scrub oil on ceramic Sue Helmot

Mulga Scrub

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Inland Storm (sold)

Sue Helmot Artist in her studio in Carnarvon in the remote Gascoyne region of Western Australia

I’m excited to fling open my studio door this coming weekend and welcome you to pop in for a chat and a peak at my busy little creative space.

Hanging on my studio walls are a selection of new works including Nightfall and small works on paper inspired by our stunning Gascoyne landscape, along with a few favourites like my latest Honeybee painting.  All original artworks will be available to purchase as affordable art.

Open Studio
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December
10 am – 4 pm
23 Baston Street, Carnarvon

Hope you can pop in.  It will be lovely to see you!

Please spread the word by sharing this post.  Everyone’s welcome!

Cheers, Sue

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Studio pic by Nic Duncan Photographer
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Nightfall Gascoyne

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Exhibition by Sue Helmot Artist on the digital tower at Yagan Square in Perth CBD

I have just received these photos and would like to share them with you.  They feature another three of my paintings currently being screened on the Yagan Square Digital Tower in Perth City.

The digital tower is seen by over 60,000 people each day!  It’s such a dynamic way to bring art to the public and I’m excited to share my impressions of the Gascoyne and its landscape of food with so many others.

These paintings are Gascoyne River, Sunset Over Cornfield, and Bounty from The Brine.  Some of these artworks (along with those in my previous post) are available to purchase.  Details are on the Artworks page of my website.  You are also welcome to contact me on email sue@suehelmot.com.au

Thank you to everyone who is following my posts on Facebook and Instagram.  I really appreciate all of your lovely comments.

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Exhibition by Sue Helmot Artist on the digital tower at Yagan Square in Perth CBD

I am so excited to announce that a number of my paintings have been selected to be screened on the digital tower at Yagan Square in Perth city over the coming months. The digital tower is seen by 60,000 people each day!

I was treated to a special viewing of my artworks during twilight this week.  Wow!, how surreal to see my paintings up on this impressive tower set amongst the city skyline of Perth.

Thank you to Screenwest and Yagan Square for this incredible opportunity.

Some of the original paintings featured on the screen at Yagan Square are available for purchase.  Details are on the Artworks page of my website.  You are also welcome to contact me on email sue@suehelmot.com.au

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Sue Helmot Artist on the front cover of Ripe Magazine Farm Weekly Western Australia
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Thrilled to have my recent work featured in the latest issue of Ripe, a monthly horticulture and lifestyle magazine published by Farm Weekly, WA’s biggest rural newspaper.  You can imagine my surprise when I popped up on the front cover!

Click here to read the story:

http://specialpubs.austcommunitymedia.com.au/farm_weekly/ripeseptember2019/

Thank you to Mollie Tracey and the team at Farm Weekly.

 

Sweeter Banana's truck collecting banana's from plantations around the river in Carnarvon by 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

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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

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Mangoes in bloom at Calypso Plantation.

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Sue Helmot with chefs Brendan Pang, Nathan Thomas and Lucas Fernandes at the opening night of Sue's solo exhibition From The Source A Landscape of Food at the Carnarvon Regional Gallery in Western Australia

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 oil on canvas by Sue Helmot Artist who is based in Carnarvon in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia
At Sea Shark Bay Blue Swimmer Crabs Artist Sue Helmot

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‘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 oil on canvas by Sue Helmot Artist who is based in Carnarvon in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia

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
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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