Some favourite paintings of mine
Bottoms - SOLD.
My horse "Spy's Gift" painted 2011.
Soldier used for the Gallipoli
Club London's Christmas Card 2011.
Fridge Door which won the Waste to Art
Competition in Mudgee, 2005.
Jo Jo in the Thoroughbred
Equine finals in
My name is Janette Newman, painting, quilting and teaching are all part of my daily life here in Tahmoor.
I started teaching in 1994, when I had a room full of ladies and the teacher didn't turn up. This has opened up a new world for me.
During my learning I was lucky enough to study with Jackie Benson, Gillien Wright, Annie James, Donna Gilberston, Janice McCurrie, Chris Cort, Laraine Palmer, and my idol Jan Shaw, as well as the late Keith Norris and many other teachers.
I love to teach at conventions and also partake in the other teachers lessons because there is always something to learn. Another lady I was priviledged to take a lesson with was Karen Parsens who was teaching one of her first lessons in Genisis.
I love art and can't get enough of it and love new things.
I don't believe our learning ever stops, if it does I believe we become very dull.
I was studying with Keith Norris, who passed away and he was proud of me when I won the Mid Western Council section of the Waste to Art competition for my painted fridge door.
I was minded as a small child by my Grandparents and to keep me busy my Poppy used to give me a pencil and paper and show me how to draw. I love him for it and I always will - he was probably only trying to keep me quiet but I do remember the lessons so well and his lessons come back to me each time I take up pencil and paper.
My other Grandfather was a second hand furniture dealer and I used to sit for hours with him and with a fine paint brush and gloss paint we would paint squiggles and commas on pump covers to decorate them so he could sell them.
I am a teacher of Beginners and Intermediate, if you want to use my patterns, any of them, for whatever reason, I ask you, please acknowledge me as the artist, if you wish to teach any of my patterns please ask.
I take great pride in people using my designs and I feel honoured and flattered that you would want to do so, so I hope you love painting them as much as I did when I designed them.
I won first prizes at the Bellingen Show, I judged the Bellingen show for a few years, and when I moved to Mudgee I won first prize at the Mudgee Show for my crackle finishes, and recently 1st prizes for my acrylic and watercolour paintings in the Gulgong Show, I made it to the Finals in the Equine Exhibition in Toowoomba, and won the Seniors Art Prize in Mudgee two years in a row.
I was in the Finals in the Gallipoli Club inaugural Art Competition and the Gallipoli Club of London used my painting of the soldier "thinking of home" for their Christmas Card 2011. This was a great honour and I loved being involved in these events.
I have had many paintings accepted by the Fine art and Decorative magazine.
I am at present being asked to judge the shows, I was a judge for the Dubbo Show, the Tamworth Show, the Gulgong Show and the Mudgee Show. As I said I love being involved.
I was also a judge for the Hill Top Art Show 2010 - first prize being $1,000.00, and there was only one prize which made the judging very hard indeed.
I taught the children at the Wollomi Children's workshops during the July school holidays and as well as that I belong to many art societies throughout N.S.W. and Qld, I thrive on learning.
I attended Dubbo TAFE and did some studies with Noni Dixon on the human figure I passed with flying colours, I learned so much from her and loved every minute of it.
I enjoy study and can't help looking up different ways to do things, the internet is a marvellous reference point and there are so many artists who share their ideas on places such as Utube etc.
I won the seniors art show in Mudgee twice and now my students are entering and one of my students received a "Highly Commended" last year, so they are all painting furiously to enter again this year.
I am a Matisse Advisor and being part of the Matisse Derivan team is a great experience.