Open Studio and house gallery

My studio is open next weekend, 10am – 5pm November 14 & 15, for all to visit as part of the 2015 Southern Highlands Studio Art Trail. You can see more information about the Southern Highlands Arts Festival at:

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I am happy to skite about the image on the cover as it is an acrylic painting by me titled Blue and Yellow Still Life 61x61cm. Kinsela_Blue and Yellow Still Life_2015_Acrylic on canvas_61x61cmlrIt can be seen at the Art Trail and is part of a series, one of which has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Emsla Eutick Still Life Art Prize currently at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. “Ode to a Lemon” is oil on canvas and measures 91 x 182cm.

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Last weekend saw many visitors and it was terrific to meet a lot of new faces.

I have a lot of paintings, drawings and prints that I would love to sell off cheaply as my capacity to store work is challenged and my storage areas are overflowing!

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I have attached a catalogue of the work that is on display plus more. Please contact me for further enquiries.

Happy browsing!


SHORTLISTED for the Australian Book Designers Award

Thanks to all who have supported Alethea’s fabulous book Ancient Australia Unearthed.

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It has been shortlisted for the ABDA category for “Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book” . This year saw an unprecedented number of submissions and we have been shortlisted along with 3 others!

I’m thrilled and immensely proud to announce that ‘Ancient Australia Unearthed’ has been shortlisted for the Australian Book Designers Awards in the category ‘Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book’. If you’d like to see the full shortlist, click here.

Only four books were shortlisted nationally in this category, and we’re up against some tough competition: the Wilderness School’s ‘Always True’ and two entries from educational publishing giant Oxford University Press.

For a self-published textbook, this is an incredible achievement, and it all comes down to Robyn’s exquisite illustrations, design and layout. Where other entries were working with a team of people, Robyn was the sole designer for ‘Ancient Australia Unearthed’. This in itself speaks volumes about the quality of her work.

The awards night will be held in Sydney on Friday 22 May. If you are a member of ABDA, you are eligible to vote in the three Designers’ Choice Awards, all of which apply to ‘Ancient Australia Unearthed’. So, if you feel that way inclined, please cast your vote!

We couldn’t have reached this point without your support, and for that I thank you again most sincerely.

Wish us luck, and a HUGE congratulations to Robyn!


For more information, or to purchase a copy ($39.95 plus postage), contact Thea:

Alethea Kinsela

M: 0438 453 274

E: W:

Twitter: @TheaKinsela

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Book design – behind the scenes

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At artroomers artspace, until June 30, is a display of printers’ proof pages accompanied by notes and comments regarding the design process of Ancient Australia Unearthed.

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Also on display, are some sketches used for some of the illustrations in the book. By comparing the final illustration with these preliminaries, it can be seen how they have been adjusted using Adobe Photoshop in order to adapt them for their specific purpose.


The book’s layout and cover were designed by Robyn Kinsela using Adobe InDesign. The book was printed by Australian printers, Finsbury Green and printed in Australia.  This was a considered decision as it was deemed important to make an Australian History book using Australian resources and talent. The cost was slightly higher but the efficiency was massively higher than would have been by printing off shore.


Ancient Australia Unearthed was conceived, written and published by Alethea Kinsela who is an archaeologist, writer and educator and who is passionate about the ancient history of Australia. Alethea also writes young adult fiction, manages The Young Archaeologists’ Program at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and is director of Plainspeak Publishing (

Ancient Australia Unearthed costs $39.95 and is available at The Bookshop Bowral (309 Bong Bong St, Bowral,, Artroomers and from the Ancient Australia Unearthed website. This book will also be available in other bookshops and on library shelves. The distributors are Woodslane (Sydney)and INT Books (Melbourne).

Bowral POSTER ArtroomersThe Bookshop Bowral will host the inaugural book launch, introduced by Jane Cush, the director of Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, on Wednesday May 28. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Local and much loved Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Val, has kindly agreed to conduct the Welcome to Country.

A second book launch in Melbourne on June 5 at The Little Bookroom will be introduced by Adam Ford, archaeologist and television presenter of Who’s Been Sleeping At My House? Details are on flyer and bookings are essential.

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Watch this space for further updates regarding the eBook, available soon.

An interesting exhibition at Artroomers Artspace finishes in one week!

Basso Continuo is the title of the latest exhibition at Artroomers Artspace. This exhibition will continue until the end of February during business hours.

Basso Continuo proudly showcases 3 Double Basses handmade by Lachlan Tumeth.

Also on display are some magnificent miniscule specialist hand planes used in the instrument making process that Lachlan practises.

Large posters comprising a montage of photographs show the various procedures, precision and attention to details required to produce these exquisite instruments.  These photographs document the handmade techniques as used in the Italian system of construction and give us a behind-the-scenes look into the life and working environment of a fine stringed instrument maker (luthier).

The following photo shows the difference in scale between the bridge of a double bass and that of a violin!

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Gift ideas for the artist you know and love

It is always a great thing to receive a gift voucher because you can choose exactly what you want or need, when you want it or need it.

Artroomers has gift vouchers for framing and art materials, all year round, for any amount, small or large.

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Last minute framing up until Christmas Eve is available at Artroomers with access to a huge range of mouldings and mount boards that are in stock.

Last minute scanning and printing of your treasured photograph or document is also available.

New to Artroomers is a small range of art books ranging from art theory, history, design and art techniques. Some of these books are new and will be arriving Thursday December 19. The second-hand ones are in excellent condition and have been used as references in the teaching of art history, theory and practice.

In stock and more arriving Thursday December 19:

Boxed sets of paints or inks are a very welcome gift.

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Travel packs of watercolours and oil paints are useful and appreciated gifts.

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Little known but largely used is our lay-by facility. Artworks can be paid off over time at your convenience.

"Margaret meets Agnes at Ernabella" 2012 oil on canvases can be viewed at Mark Chance's Primary Espresso Bowral

“Margaret meets Agnes at Ernabella” 2012            oil on canvases 91 x 137cm                                        On view at Mark Chance’s café, Primary Espresso Bowral                                                   $2600 framed

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Deposits or full payments for courses is another exciting gift to give (or receive!).

Sturt Summer School has a limited number of places left. This is always an exciting event and participants are fully absorbed in their chosen subject for 5 days straight. Special bonus is the various free artists’ talks and slide shows throughout the week. Totally consuming! Starts January 6.

If winter is more appealing, Sturt has now established a Winter School program, and will soon present a short course program for 2014.

Local artist Sara Farmer has a comprehensive course brochure for her private courses. Click on the links below for full information on a range of courses.

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The Bowral District Art Society, also has a vast range of workshops and term courses for all levels of artists and budding artists.

December December December until Christmas

Artroomers has built up a reputation over 25 years for quick delivery of high quality custom framing. So you can still get your work framed for Christmas!

Artroomers will close for a week from midday 24 December and reopen on January 2. As we are the major art supply support system for the Sturt Summer School, we will resume normal hours from Thursday 2 January.

Meanwhile, during December at artroomers artspace, you can view works that have been created by Robyn Kinsela, as parts of a series. Working in a series frees up the artist giving head space and time to concentrate on, and develop, a train of thought (and in Robyn’s case, many trains of thought) which eventually leads to a new body of work. Anyway, come and have a look for yourself. exhibition view #1 exhibition view #2 exhibition view #3Further, Robyn’s work can be seen as an exhibition based on her West of Wilcannia paintings and works on paper, at The Red Tree Café, Station Street Bowral. This work will be on view until the end of January.

But, there’s more…. Mark Chance, owner/chef extraordinaire at the Primary Espresso Bowral, 2/23 Boolwey Street Bowral, permanently has Robyn’s work on the walls. This is different work, but work that relates to each other within the space, and Robyn takes liberty to show some more edgy paintings and works on paper for the amusement and/or enjoyment of customers.

Back to artroomers artspace!

Until Christmas Eve and while stocks last, there is:

25% off Derwent Artbars, Sennelier gouache, Matisse Mixed mediums, Art Spectrum Inks, Fredrix stretched canvases that are stapled at the side, and more…….

20% off easels

25% off all unframed but matted prints and drawings

Life Drawings and Drawings of Life by Robyn Kinsela – November 1 – 30

The Southern Highlands November Arts Trail exhibition at Artroomers Artspace shows a loose but informative narrative between observation sketches, quick response sketches, simplification of imagery and abstracted drawings and paintings derived from the figure and, simultaneously, from the landscape. All work is for sale. Unframed works are also on display, and available.