Megan Hitchens at the Choose yourself exhibition

This exclusive exhibition of fine art is for only 8 artists, giving them the opportunity to show their unique works. Megan has used a drawing style for these two drawing called the  Zentangle drawing method. For more information about this style see the link

Choose-Yourself-Flyer   T6


cipher 2

The Exhibition flyer for the time and place is available on the following link. Click to view or reproduce for your friends: Choose-Yourself-Flyer


Introducing Kenneth Smith

Kenneth Smith is a metal worker artist. I first saw his art at the Wyong Creek community Hall during the Yarramalong Spring festival in 2013, but held every year starting in late August and running for two weeks culminating in the first Saturday in September with the judging of the scare crow competition.

Yarramalong is a small town some 10 kilometres west of the bigger town Wyong situated in the northern parts of the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

In the hall there were a number of displays, art, wood sceptres and Ken’s unusual metal sceptres fashioned with horse shoes.

Below are a few of his work that was on display

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On meeting Kenneth I was able to find out the reason why a saw a mill saw blade set as a sculpture at a property further west up the beautiful Yarramalong valley. This sculpture perched at the intersection of Ravenswood Road and Cedar Brush Road further west past  the township of Yarramalong turns out to be his home. He tells me that at one stage he used to run a saw mill on the property.

The Yarramalong valley is certainly worth a visit. If you visit during the Spring festival time you will see a large number of scare crow sculptures, all original and different every year.

If you are up that way and interested in purchasing any of the sculptures, Kenneth would be happy to talk to you about his work.

By David Holland

Shore Thyme Art Exhibition

Margaret O’Toole has exhibited some of here watercolour work recently.

Following are some of her work that were exhibited at the Noah Head exhibition.

Gouldian Finches by Margaret O'Toole

Gouldian Finches by Margaret O’Toole

Kookaburra by Margaret O'Toole

Kookaburra by Margaret O’Toole

Margaret is a faithful contributor to this web page and vice president of the Habitat Association.


Introducing Megan Hitchens Artist

Megan is an experienced and talented artist.

We are excited to present an array of her painting works, showing the wide pallet of experience she has in the areas she does.

A copy of a Waterhouse Painting

Circe” a copy

This is a copy of a Waterhouse painting, Circe, which Megan painted and entered into the Fab Fakes Competition.
Following is a slide show of more of her works.

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As she is a very versatile artist she may be interested in commissions to do special works.Megan also is extremely creative in the crafts. We are looking forward to showing some of these works in the future.
To contact Megan for any special works just leave a comment on this blog.


Margaret O’Toole’s Watercolour Animal Collection

This is the slide show we have been waiting for. Margaret has put together her animal collection of water-color paintings for the Habitat Center for the Arts.

This is a vivid and exquisite interpretation of both native Australian animals and birds and some exotic animals from around the world.

Margaret’s depiction of the Bengal Tiger is one example of this. This is a vivid and intense painting of this beautiful animal.

The bird of Paradise shown in strong greens and blues is another non-indigenous creature to Australia, but is native to New Guinea just to the north of Australia.

Although the lama is not native to Australia, many can be found in the farming setting around Australia as it is a good producer of wool and other commodities. Many enjoy this animal as a domestic pet on their small country land holdings or small hobby farms.

Pelicans are very common on the Central Coast of New South Wales where Margaret lives. Other birds such as the magpie are also common.

A bird found on the Central Coast, the Sooty Owl, is one of our rare and endangered species. A smaller sooty owl is also found in North Queensland. It is unclear which owl Margaret has painted although one might guess that it is in fact the northern Queensland species.

Another bird found on the Central Coast is the secretive Tawny Frogmonth. A member of the owl family it hunts at night. If you are observant you may be lucky enough to see one in its day roost, however due to its grey mottled plumage it tends to blend into the foliage in its roost trees. It is called frogmouth because its beak and face plumage makes the bird look like it has the mouth of a frog.

Margaret has depicted cranes in one of her water-colors. This caricature is not of the Australian cranes which include the Sarus crane, one of the subspecies found in India and Asia, that can be found in far northern Queensland, nor is it of the Brolga found more widely only in Australia’s north and east. Margaret has specifically painted these cranes to depict the ancient Chinese and Japanese symbols of happiness and long life.

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The Tasmanian Devil, Echidna and Platypus are three iconic Australian species depicted in this collection. Much more known around the world as iconic Australian species are the Koala and the Red Kangaroo, both painted by Margaret in animated poses.

Other less iconic Australian animals and birds included are the brush tail possum and the lyre bird. Possums are relatively common in bushland settings at night on the Central Coast and the lyre bird Margaret took inspiration from lives in the bushland around one of the community meeting places where Habitat Association members often meet.

It is clear that Margaret also likes dogs. Included in the collection is a king Charles cavalier, German shepherd and bearded collie.

Lastly, Margaret has painted for the collection several birds commonly seen around the Central Coast of New South Wales during the spring and summer months. The galah, the sulphur crested cockatoo and the rainbow lorikeet.

Margaret O’Toole “Hibiscus” in Watercolours

Hibiscus in Duo

Painted from one, Margaret has duplicated this magical flower bringing focus to the pinkness of the flower in the foreground and an impression of the accompanying leaves in the background.

Comments by David Holland


Introducing Jossette Guimbeau : Artist

Habitat centre for the arts would like to introduce Josette Guimbeau.

Another talented artist on the Central Coast of New South Wales Australia.

Below are some of her paintings.

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Josette also has an interest in porcine painting and the following website showcases her interest.

Porcelain in Totoland

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