Showtime, Objectivity and Courage

It must be a week since I last caught up on the blogging thing. My only excuse is.. if there is one, been busy painting.

My Mum used to put paintings into Art Shows and Exhibitions and I often wondered as an onlooker what all the fuss was about. Well, now I think I am beginning to get the gist. First question is, what work is good enough to put on show. Each painting is analysed, criticised, and scrutinised very aware all the while of a tight knot deep in my stomach born of insecurity. Selecting a couple of canvases for further work, I give myself a little pep talk,

“Come on, have a little objectivity.”

So this is what I have been doing. I think I have finally finished the fourth painting for an upcoming Art Show at the Elanora Uniting Church on the 6th June.

Silent Flight 90cm x 60cm Oil on Canvas For Sale

Silent Flight
90cm x 60cm
Oil on Canvas
For Sale

The other paintings will be

100 x 100cm Oil on Canvas NFS. Orders Taken.

100 x 100cm Oil on Canvas NFS. Orders Taken.

Original Oil on Canvas 92 x 60cm For Sale

Original Oil on Canvas 92 x 60cm For Sale


Leap of Faith 90cm x 90cm Acrylic and Oil on Canvas For Sale

Leap of Faith
90cm x 90cm
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
For Sale



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About Ellis Burgess

A number of people have said that ‘it’ (whatever ‘it’ is) is in Ellis’s genes and to some extent they may be correct. Her grandmother painted and so did her mother. Marge Barley started painting when she was 9 years old and achieved some acclaim in New Zealand. In turn, her mother, Ellis’s Grandmother started much later in life more from compulsion than conscious desire. Ten years ago a well-intentioned friend shoved a paintbrush into Ellis’s clenched fist, forcefully moving her hand between paint pot and paper until it moved of its own volition in a frenetic frenzy attended by a torrent of tears born of bewilderment and frustration, unaware of the wild colour patterning the fury within. Ellis’s mother had passed away three years earlier from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. From these inauspicious beginnings Ellis began to paint, and for a short time attended classes at the Hamilton Society of Arts in New Zealand. Seven years ago, Ellis and her husband moved to the Gold Coast where she met Stephen Buntrock of the Gold Coast Art School. With his encouragement, painting became more than just something to do. It became a passion. Another passion is dance. Ellis loves the musical synergy of movement, the human form working with rhythm mood and emotion, sensing the freedom as the dancer soars across the floor with effortless ease. Like a lot of little girls, she was sent off to ballet in a somewhat desperate attempt by her grandfather to stop her stomping around the house. Eleven years later Ellis was selected to dance with NZ Ballet Company in a season of the Nutcracker. Did Ellis stop stomping? No. Ballet was to be her life; that was until she met the man of her dreams. Never the less, ballet has featured in much of her adult life by way of teaching and outlets of involvement. Ellis quickly discovered another outlet was painting. She spent a long time pondering on the skill set required to achieve her vision; how to portray the artistry of movement, the musicality and rhythm of dance, and the genius of the human form on canvas. Attempting different techniques, she learnt she is not an illustrator, but a painter who gravitated towards free movement. In her quieter moments Ellis often wonders what her mother would say if she were still here, left only with her paintings languishing against the wall. As an apprentice in the art of painting Ellis hopes the path ahead will be clear, perhaps meander elegantly at her will. Maybe it will broaden out to a huge piazza where she may sit for a long while, then later choose the many paths that transverse the piazza or continue again down the main road.