Newcastle Club Foundation Art Prize, 2019

The Newcastle Foundation Art Prize is an acquisitive prize, with the winner receiving $10,000 and it is dedicated specifically to local Newcastle artists set up by the Newcastle Club and Newcastle Art Space.. This is my second attempt with my last effort in the first year of the prize. I did not even get picked to be hung in the exhibition.

I entered the Newcastle Club Foundation Art Prize this year as the brief stated that it had to be based on Hunter Valley flora and fauna with a theme of Cornucopia, with reference to still life and natural history so the brief is better suited to what I normally create. I have included my first very rough sketches which were quite small so that you can see what I had in mind before I did a lot of research into what the actual flora and fauna is for the Hunter Valley. I found that there are no big showy flowers like Waratahs and Proteas, but I do love the flowers that I did end up with so I just had to adjust my thinking as to how I was going to fill the floral part of my plan. Flannel flowers keep appearing in my works and they are such beautiful flowers so I expect to use them more. The flowers that appear in the arrangement are Bottlebrush, Wattle, Banksias, Flowering Gum, Wax Flowers (pink flowers) and Broadleaf Drumsticks (the yellow flower). In the final work I made my vase into a “horn of plenty” and the butterflies hark back to the work of Harriet and Helena Scott and their scientific illustrations of moths, butterflies and some flora while also including a well known Hunter Valley landmark. The birds in the painting clockwise from the top left are: Noisy Miner, Yellow Tailed Black cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet and a Regent Honeyeater.

I did not get the prize but the work is part of a beautiful exhibition where my work is on exhibit with other well known and respected, local artists. The work is on view until the 22nd September at Newcastle ArtSpace (91 Chinchen Street, Tighes Hill, from 12-4pm) as part of a beautiful exhibition and it is for sale. It measures 778 x 778 mms.

Hunter Bouquet by Daniela Glassop ©2019

Progress in my 100 day project

During my 100 day project this year I did make a point on making collections of work rather than many disparate elements; I tried some different ways of creating new illustrations and I now feel more comfortable working digitally for entire illustrations where it used to not feel like a natural way for me to work. The approach to groupings seems to have paid off as I was contacted by the Nuovo Group as they were interested in taking many of my illustrations to print for greeting cards. Nuovo group and the greeting cards are currently on display at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre until tomorrow. Some of the greeting cards were photographed for me by Kirsten Katz who happened to be in Melbourne last weekend and visited the show (see below).

The 100 day project is a great experience and I have enjoyed the opportunity to experiment. If you would like to do a 100 day project, it is easier to do if you have others joining you, but it is about setting yourself a project or intention and then share on social media so that you get others involved and following along even if you can’t post every day.

Happy April and my latest 100 day challenge

I hope you all had a great start to the new year. quite a few things have taken place since my last post which I will post about in other posts.

I am taking part in another #the100dayproject as a 100 day project is a great way to choose a project and focus on that for 100 days and it’s more fun doing so with others.For my project, I am also joining @victoriajohnsondesign and focusing on illustrating #birdsbutterfliesandblooms with my own angle, #playingwithtechniques. There are some approaches to mark making that I would like to experiment with and this project is ideal for that type of experimentation.

You can follow along on my business account or my Instagram

It’s not too late to join in with your own project and hashtag.

Where did November go?

After taking part in two illustration challenges, one after the other, I think I had run out of puff with posting daily. I ended up using some of the month doing some research relating to style and the direction I want to go which is just building on a love that I already had with the patterning, textures and trying to be more economical with my use of colour in an attempt to make my work more interesting. I have been a fan of Andy Warhol’s and Mary Blair’s commercial illustrations for a long time, and when I left school my intention was to be a commercial artist/illustrator but got side tracked by learning about graphic design, which has been extremely helpful as it has developed my visual language, taught me to treat design problems as a designer, weighing up objectives and budgets to work out the best solution, taught me the intricacies of preparing art for print and then later, online use; all of these skills I use daily in my work. I ended up participating in the Mid-Century Masterclass, with Dustin Lee from Retro Supply and Brad Woodward from Brave the Woods.

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My CB Inktober

I took part in a different challenge in October alongside my regular work.

During the month of October, many artists participate in Inktober, a personal project that had been set up by Mr Jake Parker which has grown with each year since it’s inception in 2009. The basic premise for it is to do an ink drawing each day for an entire month. You can read more about it here:

This will be my third year and instead of doing self-directed drawings I decided to follow along with the prompts and suggestions presented by Lisa Congdon in her “Inktober Daily Challenge: 31 Days of Drawing and Painting with Ink”, which you can still follow if you are keen on brushing up your skills with ink. You can do that here: where you can try them out for free for the first 7 days and then there is a low monthly fee if you would like to continue. I was usually limiting myself to black and white ink lately but Lisa’s lessons included using coloured inks; to overlay them and mix them. I had so much fun with it and loved the results so I will be using ink more than I already am. Below are some of the works I produced for #CBInktober.

It is by taking part in these daily practices and challenges that we can extend ourselves and out art practise.

My September challenge

If you have been following my social media, you will have noticed that I have been creating some miniature black and white drawings based on the theme of vintage toys. The #drawingadaychallenge has been inspired by the work of John Vernon Lord and promoted by the House of Illustration ( One of their current exhibitions , John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce, is open until 4 Nov 2018.

A drawing must be made every day during September and they must measure a one inch square are the limitations of the challenge. As I have been late to the challenge and doing two drawings each day and sticking with black and white as during 2016, John Vernon Lord did a drawing for every day of the year and used pen and ink on paper. I have been a fan of small square illustrations as they also remind me of spot illustrations that were often engraved during the early days of printing. It is also a good lead up for Inktober, another drawing challenge for the month of October. My work has been included in the House of Illustration blog along with other work created for the challenge. My work is included here:.

The grid of vintage toy illustrations is now available on clothing, notebooks and bag in my Redbubble store;

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The entire collection.

The entire collection.