No, not that sort of running, but making the paint run onto a canvas in extraordinary ways. And I’m not giving too much away about the art of our Artist of the Month for July on the wall at the Bribie Community Arts Centre. Mostly because I don’t know much about it. However I did look it up to find there’s little more satisfying than using fluid art, liquid art, or acrylic pouring as it is variously called, to create abstract masterpieces by letting pigment run amok. This form of abstract art uses acrylics with a runny consistency to create psychedelic paintings.
There are endless possibilities and different ways, I learned, to combine the paint before spilling it across a surface. And it is why Lorna has called her exhibition Fluidity. Lorna Groves was very excited upon first seeing fluid art, and knew immediately it was the type of art she wanted to pursue, having always preferred abstractions. She can also be found lately enjoying another fluid medium – watercolours, with the U3A class. South African born and raised, Lorna has proudly called Bribie home for 30 years. Arriving on our continent in 1974 on a work visa and job transfer, she knew no one in Australia and was unimpressed at a job downgrade.
But with an attitude change, she decided the world was her oyster and never looked back. Always having an appreciation for the creative arts, eight years ago Lorna joined a U3A art class ‘to give it a go’. A decision was made that her family would see as many travelling art exhibitions as possible. So as part of their education, Lorna ensured her children were thoroughly immersed in the art world as she enjoyed every exhibition they could visit. Lorna’s son lives in Oslo, Norway, but I am absolutely certain it is not to avoid being dragged to art shows by his mother!
For Oslo has what must be the most inspiring sculpture garden in the world. There is no way to get away from art there. Oh to have a mother who appreciates art as does this lady. The exhibition will be on the wall at the Arts Centre, 191 Sunderland Drive, Banksia Beach, throughout the month with Lorna’s Artist of the Month talk on Friday 12 July. Morning tea will be served afterwards. Bookings for catering purposes can be made by ringing 3408 9288.