Hi I’m Bev Hardidge and live in Hoddles Creek in the beautiful Yarra Valley area of Victoria, Australia. Thank you for visiting my website. I have been keen on art and crafts all my life. Having a creative mum, who was a prolific sewer, knitter and potter has certainly influenced me. Being creative is just part of my being. I just need to be making something, no matter what it is. Over the years I have dabbled in many creative pursuits. I am a keen photographer and take lots of photos which often become subjects of paintings in some way. In the last few years I have concentrated mostly on painting and experimenting with different mediums and styles. I am mainly self-taught although I have completed several online courses and a couple of workshops and I enjoy trying new things.
I love depicting nature and the world around me and I’m greatly inspired by what I see on our property, in our garden and the area we live as well as my beautiful family and our travels. We built a rustic studio called the Art Barn in which I do my painting and teaching.
When I paint I sometimes have an idea of what I want to paint such as a landscape or flowers etc. I often begin developing layers and textures in an intuitive fashion using different mediums that I feel like using at the time. It could be making marks with pencil, charcoal or inks and sometimes even ollage or texture paste. I develop it into a painting using acrylic paint and using different kinds of mark making tools.
I have recently began my journey creating pottery. It has been a huge learning curve. I have been teaching myself the properties of clay and how I can decorate the vessels using underglazes in similar ways I use paint. I have discovered that you have to be patient and follow a process. Sometimes I make pots using slabs of clay and other times I use the wheel. It is very exciting to finally open the glaze fired kiln to see how my creations have turned out. I love producing functional art that people can use everyday as well as some just for decoration.
I have been involved with the Yarra Valley Arts Open Studios on four occasions and it is on again, virtually, in 2020. Please check out the website www.yava.org.au/openstudios for more details.
If you would like to come and visit my studio please contact me via email.
I also sell items on Redbubble. All different types of items such as cushions, bags, t-shirts, mugs etc can be ordered through Redbubble, with my paintings printed on them. Find me on Redbubble here
Please enjoy viewing my shop, they are all for sale and I also take commissions.
I hope to see you soon.