Friday, 10 December 2010

Still Calm-The lakes near Lake King

Acrylic on canvas of the lakes around my home town of Lake King in the south east of Western Australia.
I love the vast space, the openness,the freshness, the unknown in the distance, the silence, the energy energy and the solitude of this area.
For sale

Monday, 22 November 2010

Storm Brewing near Derby

At the end of the warm day, a storm is brewing on the horizon near Derby WA.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Red Ripples on Lake Argyle

I'm in love with Lake Argyle. Such a stunning place with reflections like polished mirrors and rolling wave ripples in the sunset. "Red Ripples on Lake Argyle"1 and 2. Acrylic on canvas. 20x20cm each.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Gold Fever by Carollyn Rhodes Thompson

During my primary school years, I enjoyed the days when my mum and dad would take us kids out in the Landrover, prospecting for minerals. The land around Lake King was dotted with breakaway ridges that contained opal line and limestone ridges where pieces of fossil and small shells were embedded. It was like being an explorer searching for treasures. I was always intrigued about how shells could possibly be found so far from the beach.

Years later at a college art camp near Mt Magnet and Cue in the North West of Western Australia, I found that I had the same passion for prospecting that my father had. Richard, the driver of the college bus took us out to the edge of Lake Austin, not far from Cue, where there were old abandoned gold mines. As we all fossiked around looking at the relics and remains of the abandoned mine site, Elizabeth Ford, my painting lecturer and well known West Australian painter, found a piece of rock that looked like gold. As she was sharing her find, which we had all decided was gold, but at the same time, not being absolutely sure, a student found another piece. Then another. Everyone became excited. The focus was no longer on painting, but on finding gold. All eyes were glued to the ground. We were caught up in a frenzy of excitement. GOLD FEVER they call it.

It had been raining the day before and the dust had been washed from the rocks exposing the shiny gold. After several hours of scavenging, the sun was beginning to set and it was time to leave. As each of us climbed the bus steps we showed our findings. Every one of us had either found a piece or someone had given them a gold treasure.

The next day, being totally in awe of the dazzling gold and the prospect of finding our retirement fund, Elizabeth using her charm and warmth, borrowed the local drapers car and we drove frantically and excitedly out to the gold site to try our luck again. Maybe it was the time of day and the way the sun was hitting the ground, but we didn't find another piece.

It was a short but exhilarating moment in time. We didn't do much art that day but we certainly experienced something new and emotional.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Opening Night 2nd Sept

Interactive Arts warmly invites you to the OPENING NIGHT OF ‘INSIDE OUT’
Interactive Arts’ Spring group exhibition exploring Interior and Exterior spaces in your home.
Featuring: Brian Aylward, Yolande Bennett, Carmen Cilliers, Alesandra del Basso, Jo Harrison, Joan Hillman, Jeremy Holton, Nicole Hull, Lindy Midalia, Malini Par, Jan Purser, Carollyn Rhodes-Thompson, Julie Sutherland Alisa Teletovic and more.
‘Inside Out’ Opening Night
Thursday 2nd September 6pm
The exhibition will be opened by Mr Henry Boston Director at ABAF Western Australia
Exhibition runs until 29 September at The University Club of Western Australia
Hackett Drive, Entrance #1, Carpark #3
7:30am - 7:30pm Monday - Saturday
Fleur Allen: (08) 9380 6539, 0412 473 248

Monday, 16 August 2010

Moving Art Sale

This is your personal invitation to a rare art opportunity.
Painting Sale: Exhibit 1pm to 4pm
Saturday 21st August at 20 Jackadder Way Woodlands
I'm moving, so this beautiful house opposite the lovely Jackadder Lake in Woodlands will be empty and has become a perfect opportunity for an exhibition.
Come along and enjoy the art, with friends, while enjoying a glass of wine.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to purchase paintings all at a substantially reduced price.
Make a reasonable offer and negotiate a better price. All offers considered.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Kia performing at Victoria Park Centre

Kia performing at the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts, Feb 26th,2010.

Family Talents

This was a very special day as the Thompson and Rhodes families descended upon the Vic Park Centre for the Arts with guitar and violins in hand. Kia playing the guitar, now a part of the WAAPA crew and Shannon and Ash with there amazing violin playing were happy to take turns in showing what they are brilliant at. Absolutely amazing to hear the level that they have all achieved at such a young age.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Pictures from Melbourne

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From a Distance

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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Brooklyn Arts Hotel

This hotel was like going home every night. Rustic and warm, arty and interesting. Maggie and her two beautiful labradors made it home not to mention the organic continental.breakfast. If you are a realist then check it out Also walking distance to city and trams.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

The Royal Exhibition Centre Melbourne

What a magnificent venue for the Art Melbourne Exhibition to be held in. It is a work of art in itself. This is a night view with lights highlighting it's external beauty.

Opening night at Art Melbourne 2010

Opening night at the Art Melbourne Exhibition was a buzz. Several thousand people bustled through the Royal Exhibition Centre to get a look at the many thousands of exhibition pieces waiting to be snapped up by new owners.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Arts Melbourne set up

How exciting to be hanging paintings for sale at the Arts Melbourne Exhibition with Fleur Allen from Interactive Arts online Gallery.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

White Flag (Dido) at the Vic Park Arts Center

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Music in the Garden

Sunday "Music in the Garden" at the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts was very successful thanks to Kia Thompson and Jim Irvine for guitar backings and support. The nerves were there to begin with, but quickly disappeared  as it was such a relaxed and warm environment, set up under the almond tree. The weather was perfect and the audience were wonderful. What more could you want.

It was a very exciting start and as the nerves subsided we all relaxed and had a great time. I thoroughly enjoyed singing and love to see others going  to a place of memory and finding some emotion in the moment. My pleasure is seeing pleasure in others.

This is just the beginning and I will send out updates for upcoming events for those interested.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Painting demo at Driftwood

It was a fun and exciting experience doing a painting demonstration at the entrance of the Driftwood Winery and Restaurant yesterday. Many people came through and were very interested, wanting to know about the process I used to create a painting. Volunteer student Lee Masters, also enjoyed the day painting showing how she has achieved so much in only four weeks of doing classes. She has already had several enquiries for possible sales of her work. Go Lee!!!The workshops that Lee attends are available for adults and are currently held in two different locations around Perth. See for workshop details and painting sales.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Investing in Art 15% Return

The following Link is to a 6 page report (pdf) 1.8Mb complied by

  • Dr Marc Dussault Expotential Programs

  • Greg Thomas Accountant

  • Carollyn Rhodes-Thompson Artist

It clearly lays out information that will assist you in the rewarding (in many ways) activity of investing in art.

Click on the report to see it

Invest in Art

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Collecting ideas for painting

Whenever you see something that inspires you, like a colour, a shape, a scene, an emotion , a dream, document it in some way. Photograph it, draw it, memorize it. However you do it will be right for you. Collect and enter into your visual diary.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Painting Selected for Web Site

A slice from this painting has been selected for the header for the web site.
Carollyn in a stake holder in this innovative group of around 100 business people from all over Australia combining their efforts and leverage to obtain a better deal for small business owners. is a link to the actual painting.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Art Show at Vic Park last Friday

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Monday, 1 March 2010

Margaret River Art Wine and Great Food

We sent out a newsletter today, I hope you find some value in it.

I am an artist and a teacher, the new world of blogs and the internet is a bit daunting for me never the less I am embracing it and learning what can me done to communicate with you all using it.  I am getting great support from Colin is getting it all setup and now Marc Dussault I am being coached by Marc for the rest of this year and am expecting my internet skills to vastly improve so stay tuned..

Carollyn Rhodes-Thompson

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Kerry Silins Painting Tutor Testimonial : 2009 Parmelia Hilton

I met Carollyn when she was an Artist in Residence at the Parmelia Hilton Perth. I worked in the building. She agreed to facilitate art classes for myself and two of my colleagues.

I am an art novice and had never worked with acrylics. Her method of painting appealed to me.
During our lunchtime sessions we learn't the following:

The primary colours and how to mix them to create all other colours
Complimentary colours
Methods of applying colours to different surfaces eg canvas, paper, board
How to use the painting in layers to create depth
How to create and use stencils in an interesting way
How to use everyday items to apply the paint eg grass, sponges, sticks, straws, scourers, string etc
How to allow the paint to do its own thing. Let go of control.
What impressed me most was Carollyn’s ability to:
Provide easy instruction by showing, explaining and doing
Let your own creativity take its course
Make minor suggestions to greatly improve the look of the paintings
Allow the paint to transfer your emotions onto canvas and provide feedback in a non judgemental manner.
Carollyn’s relaxed and easy going manner made my first exploration into painting a very pleasing one. I was amazed at how emotional it could be to just let go and let the paint create the painting. It was also very liberating. I was surprised how people saw something different in my paintings and did not see them as amateur. In seven weeks we completed 4 canvases, many other paintings on paper and Xmas cards.
The course has encouraged me to continue pursuing painting in my own time and to develop my own style.If the classes were more regimented I would not have the confidence to develop a style of my own.
The exploration into colours and different ways to paint was an experience in itself with the final products being a bonus.
We are trying to arrange further classes with Carollyn as the possibilities within our creativity and artwork now seem endless.
Thank you Carollyn

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Sarah Horton’s Testimonial

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I joined the lunchtime workshops in my Parmelia House Studio in November 2009.
The classes were lots of fun.
When I was young I was pretty good with sketching and a little painting…Over the years I have let those skills slip away. Each time I have thought to take up art again, I have given up in frustration because I cannot easily do what I once could.  I lack the skill and more importantly the inspiration…
Carollyn showed me how;
To stop staring at a blank page in failure and to just paint.
To get colour and shape and movement onto the canvas and see where it leads me!
Days of procrastination are gone.
My old skills will return with practice and I can still create in the mean time.
Thanks Carollyn.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Painting Surfaces

Painting surfaces are varied which makes acrylic painting so exciting.When starting painting, choose cheaper varieties and as you progress then purchase more expensive types. Qualities vary greatly as do the results. The old saying "you get what you pay for" definately applies here. The cheeper stretched canvases are often very plastic on the surface so the paint will not adhere to the surface. They are al

Voice healing with Debra Lee

I have recently recorded live with Debra Lee, my first healing CD called "One Voice Carillion".At the same session, she also recorded "Pure Voice."

The following words are from Debra who invited me to sing with her.

The intent for this amazing experience was:
• to let people know they can sing. We all have different sounds
• love and believe in yourself
• speak and sound your truth with love

This will bring to your life inner peace, health, balance, harmony and release.

People who have relaxed and listened to Pure Voice feel that it has helped with so many emotional issues, physical pain has disappeared and properties have had amazing space clearings.
Enjoy listening in a quiet environment, please do not play whilst driving.

I believe everything happens for a reason and everything happens in the perfect moment. This wonderful experience came about one night, actually at 3am in the morning. These are the words that came to me: "Open your heart to the voice within". Healing with voice helps change people on all levels of their being. Belief systems, childhood programming and DNA cellular memory".

The next incredible experience I had happened to me when I was walking singing along the beach as I do. I started singing so fast, it mesmerized me, then I had this amazing surrendering feeling and I felt I was singing faster than sound, only thing was I wasn't singing English anymore. These strange sounds came out of my mouth. This feeling was the most extraordinary sense of being I had ever experienced.

Voice started coming through my bodywork on a deep healing level. I am now living my passion and blessed with helping people through healing with divine voice.

Debra also sings spontaneously her healing vibrations on the words on the Tahirih Alive CD,
which is now available at

Saturday, 20 February 2010

The Tip

My early inspiration

As a child I was raised in the small country town of Lake King.

I had many hours playing in the bush either by myself or with my big brother Steve and my sister Val. We would walk through the bush on the rubbish tip dirt track that wound its way past a large gnarled and deformed gum tree,we named the "tit "tree because of its huge breast like growth protruding from its front. I love to rummage through old tips that have layers of the past poking through the newer loads.

Rusting camp pie tins, spring keyed wind back sardine tins, miners lanterns, shrivelled leather boots, dried animal skeletons, broken pieces of blue dynasty ceramic cups and plates, rusting inner spring bed bases, the chassy of a racing green model T Ford truck, with the shiny front fender buckled and twisted, the domed, heavy bonnet, open like a whales mouth waiting to be fed.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Driftwood Winery - Exhibition

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Driftwood Winery - we have placed a selection of 20 mixed works of art, (most being done during my 5 month Artist in residency at the Parmelia Hilton) into this beautiful Winery Restaurant in Margaret River. Call in if you're there, taste some wine, have a great meal and enjoy the art.
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Sunday, 24 January 2010

2010 Painting Classes

Hi All !!!!

Happy New Year!!!!!! for twenty ten

It’s very exciting to be starting a new decade with many new painting enthusiasts joining our painting group.
It will be a very diverse group with people from all walks of life, talents and abilities with beginners to the
more experienced painters.

Soooo… load up the car with you painting gear and lets get into it!!!

LocationVic Park Centre for the Arts, Kent Street Vic Park
Time6:30 pm until 9:30pm (3 hrs)
DateTuesday starting 22rd February 2010 then weekly for 8 weeks
Price$360(less $75)$45 per sessionOR $285 in advance

NB: (If you booked in 2009 you still get last years price)

LocationLake Monger Recreation Club, Gregory St, Wembley
Time6:30 pm until 9:30pm (3 hrs)
DateTuesday starting 23rd February 2010 then weekly for 8 weeks
Price$360(less $75)$45 per sessionOR $285 in advance

* note missed lessons need to be paid for, please let me know if you won’t be able to make the session and you will get a
credit which may be used at another classes if space permits.

To secure your position, please confirm your interest by return email and deposit of full payment of $285 into
my ANZ bank account BSB 016 002 Account 5602 51131.

Below is the basic equipment required to start.

When purchasing gear, tell the art suppliers that you are doing my art classes and ask for a discount. (normally 10%)
If you have any problems, please don’t hesitate to call me on 0421523464.
I look forward to seeing you on the 22nd or 23rd

Carollyn Rhodes-Thompson

0421 523646

Beginning Artists Starter Kit

Friday, 22 January 2010

Slide Show of last nights Soiree

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Thursday, 14 January 2010

Studio at the Parmelia Hilton Mills St Perth

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Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Beginning Artists Starter Kit

Things to include in your Acrylic starting kit;

Essential Acrylic Paint colours,

  • red, blue, yellow, white, black-- tubes or pots of colour are available.

  • 3 brushes- all different sizes for acrylic and collect any house brushes and brooms.

  • 1 pallet knife

  • 4-5 canvases or acrylic/oil paper or primed boards

  • Art sketch diary A3 recommended

Collect from home;

  • Several ice-cream containers with lids, sponges, cereal boxes, all sizes and shapes of  cleaning brushes

  • Newspaper, rags, scissors

A box on wheels for storage and moving is a great idea. ( this box will get very heavy as you collect more gear.)

Possible places to purchase equipment: (6 stores in WA)

Karrinyup Shopping Centre Riot Art & Craft 08 9244 2559

Booragon Garden City Shopping Centre Riot Art & Craft Store 08 9351 4999 (16 stores)

Jacksons 103 Rokeby Road Subiaco 08 93812525


NB When purchasing your kits please do not hesitate to call me Carollyn on 0421523464 for guidance.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Exclusive Soiree Function on Thursday 21 January 6-8pm


You and your guests are invited to

21 January Soiree

Featuring work by Carollyn Rhodes-Thompson

Exclusive Soiree Function on Thursday 21 January 6-8pm

Wine and canapes provided

Join Carollyn Rhodes-Thompson to celebrate the body of work she has created throughout her Artist in Residency since October 2009. This residency is proudly supported by Hawaiian providing this studio space free of charge.

Plus Interactive Arts Director, Fleur Allen will join Carollyn in the shop on Wed 13 January and Friday 15 January 10am - 2pm; we will have internet access to browse or purchase from the gallery online and both of us will be available to ask any questions on Carollyn's existing work or potential commissioned work.


Shop 5 Parmelia Arcade (downstairs)

Parmelia House

191 St George's Terrace Perth

open daily 9am - 5pm

RSVP 9380 6539

All Artwork available for purchase in shop or online at

Friday, 1 January 2010

Red Horizon

This painting was requested by my web site designer, he asked for reds with an interesting foreground white space in the middle and a horizon in the distance.. It is to be cut up and used in a web design for