That’s entertainment


Hope you’re good and that you are enjoying 2019!


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Prints and drawings by Rona Green included in Summer Selection at Australian Galleries 2018-19


Here are a few recommendations for your consideration if you’re looking for some art related entertainment to kick off your year:




Summer Selection at Australian Galleries

28 and 35 Derby Street, Collingwood VIC 3066 Australia

Until 19 February 2019

A group exhibition of works by Australian Galleries artists


Mirka Mora: Pas De Deux – Drawings and Dolls at Heide Museum of Modern Art

7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen VIC 3105 Australia

Until 24 March 2019

An exhibition commemorating the life and work of Australian artist Mirka Mora which is nothing short of amazing.


Anna Boghiguian at Tate St Ives

St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG UK

8 February – 6 May 2019

This retrospective exhibition is on the dream list (if only I could transport myself to the UK à la Star Trek!).


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Anna Boghiguian at Museum der Moderne Salzburg


Books creativity / businessy stuff


Creative Habit: Learn it and use it for life by Twyla Tharp

The dancing queen of routine gives you the low down on being productive.


Art Money Success by Maria Brophy

A text book on how to get your arse into gear and make a living as an artist.


On Being An Artist by Michael Craig-Martin

A mix of memoir and instruction this is a candid, enjoyable, useful read.


Books contemporary art and art history


Old in Art School by Nell Painter

Only recently finished this book and I savoured every word. It is a beautifully written sharing of the ups and downs encountered when choosing to take a new direction in life.


Modernists and Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters by Martin Gayford

Every book I’ve read written by Martin Gayford I have thoroughly relished, and this one is about some of my favourite artists making it all the more riveting.


Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler – Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art by Mary Gabriel

Abstract Expressionism has always been of interest to me (especially the work of Helen Frankenthaler), and this book is extremely enlightening.


Books artists work


Kiki Smith: Prints, Books and Things by Wendy Weitman

Published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2003-04 be sure to check out the accompanying website for the show.


Kerry James Marshall by Charles Gaines, Laurence Rassel and Greg Tate

A marvellous book. You can also learn more about the work of Kerry James Marshall on The Modern Art Notes Podcast (he is fantastic and delightful to listen to)  – here and here.


A Printmaker’s Cookbook – Images in Relief by Dianne Fogwell

As Sasha Grishin describes it, this is a “how Fogwell did it book”. Absolutely fabulous.


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Dianne Fogwell at Geelong Gallery




Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World directed by Barry Avrich

A tantalising / tormenting exposé depending on your vantage point!


Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists directed by Leslie Buchbinder

Love!!! As well here is a link to a clip of artist Jim Nutt talking and painting.


Art21 series by PBS

You can purchase this series on good ol’ DVD via Amazon, etc., plus the Art21 website has tons of resources to pleasurably trawl through.


You can also watch a short doco about my work if you’ve got 22 minutes to spare.


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Gladys Nilsson and Jim Nutt




Talking with Painters hosted by Maria Stoljar

Maria Stoljar asks Australian painters all you ever wanted to know in a relaxed conversational way, and the show notes for this podcast are excellent.


Artists Helping Artists hosted by Leslie Saeta

Almost a decade of AHA episodes to scour for ideas about art marketing as well as plenty of interviews with artists (with a particular focus on plein air painters). Leslie Saeta is always accompanied by a co-host making this an informal yet informative style podcast.


Bench Talk hosted by Tom Gerrard

As Tom Gerrard is an artist himself he is great at squeezing out as much info possible from his diverse range of creative guests.


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Tom Gerrard




Here’s just a handful of the engaging artists I follow:








And you can follow me on Insta too – @ronagreenart


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Prints by Rona Green featured in the Maroondah City Council San Carlos Art Boxes 2018-19





Happy new year readers!


“It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.”

John Waters


John Waters by Susan Segal

John Waters by Susan Segal


If you happen to be a bit of a bookworm, like myself, you are always on the look out for the next good read.

So, I thought I’d share with you some interesting books that I discovered during the past year.


Role Models by John Waters


Role Models by John Waters

A rollicking read! John Waters – film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector – is also a fan. In Role Models, Waters profiles and ponders upon a host of his most beloved sub and pop culture idols, in his own particular way.


Man enough to be a woman by Jayne County


Man Enough to be a Woman by Jayne County

Take a wild and crazy ride through the life of performer Jayne (aka Wayne) County, through her own eyes. Jayne is definitely a character, entertainly revealing the difficulties of her early days to eventually rubbing shoulders with celebrities around the globe in a quest for fame, fortune, and fun times.


Francis Bacon In Camera by Martin Harrison


Francis Bacon – In Camera: Photography, Film, and the Practice of Painting by Martin Harrison

This is an exceptional publication. Insight into an artists practice is such a treat, and this book does especially well in conveying process pictorially and through written word. If you are an admirer of Bacon, as I am, it is a must add to your collection.


My call to the ring by Deirdre Gogarty


My Call to the Ring: A Memoir of a Girl Who Yearns to Box by Deirdre Gogarty with Darrelyn Saloom

Deirdre Gogarty tells of her childhood struggles, then how she had to overcome many obstacles as an adult, in order to become not only Ireland’s first female professional boxer but the Women’s Featherweight World Champion. I’m a fight fan and loved her story, though anyone will be able to relate to the effort required to reach a goal.


Bad Boy by Eric Fischl


Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas by Eric Fischl

I’d not previously been super keen of Fischl’s paintings but had this autobiography recommended to me. Its content was a pleasant surprise, and I particularly appreciated the artists candid discussion of insecurities about his work and career. Not having prior knowledge about Fischl’s private life I found his book engrossing.


Quiet by Susan Cain


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Quiet is quite the compelling read. In a nutshell it examines how introversion is underrated by society at large, and contemplates the value of introversion in a range of contexts and situations.


Hockney Printmaker by Richard Lloyd


Hockney: Printmaker by Richard Lloyd

David Hockney is one of my all time favourite artists. So, needless to say, as soon as this book focussing on his prints came to my attention it was a must have. The catalogue is a fascinating overview of Hockney’s intensely dedicated investigation of numerous printmaking techniques.


Rona Green, Mr Correct (Hank), 2014, hand coloured linocut, 56 x 48 cm, edition 23

Rona Green, Mr Correct (Hank), 2014, hand coloured linocut, 56 x 48 cm, edition 23


Do you have a good read suggestion? Please share by leaving a comment.

Wishing you all the very best for a fun and rewarding 2015!