Art and COVID19

We are all working from home more, and out of home opportunities for Artists have for the moment mostly vanished.

I’ve noticed that this website is sorely in need of update – a good COVID19 iso goal! So watch this space.

Also, SALA (South Australian Living Artists festival) this year is likely to be very different, so over the next few posts I am going to be experimenting with how I might share my work online in SALA style.

I hope to show some of my drawings and how they were made, and how they might then give rise to other work.

As a starter, here is a drawing I made this morning, and if you follow the hyperlink on her name you will see the drawing replayed, including the squiggly play where I was testing out the new unfamiliar app that I was using today.


Introducing Winnie, my new moving muse and bff. iPad drawing.


“Creation” – SALA 2019 exhibition at Hentley Farm Winery Cellar Door

This SALA (South Australian Living Artists) festival I have an Exhibition at Hentley Farm Winery.

Called “Creation”, it is the body of work produce during my collaboration with Hentley Farm Wines via Adelaide Central School of Art to design an Art work for their limited release “The Creation” Shiraz (2017)

Working on this project involved several months of immersion at “F Block” where the grapes were grown for this 2017 very special shiraz.

I made a number of iPad ‘drawings’, measuring the changes over time in the landscape and the vines. The final label design grew out of these works, expressing the unique qualities of “F Block”.

The exhibition continues throughout August 2019, 11am – 5pm daily at Hentley Farm Cellar door, Corner Gerald Roberts and Jenke Roads, Seppeltsfield. Work is for sale, you can enquire via this blog, or details provided on the floor sheet at the exhibition.

Mulching the terra rossa

“Mulching the Terra Rossa”, zoomed iPad drawing printed on aluminium, 28cm diameter


SALA 2019 – Saint Ignatius Art Show

The Saint Ignatius Art Show opens this evening and continues all weekend for SALA. It is a popular biennial fixture in SALA, where a broad range of local Artists show their work.

I will be exhibiting a small group of paintings and iPad mash-ups. Making this body of work I was thinking about cultural and religious traditions and the timelessness of stories associated with them. Our stories needn’t be assigned to “museums” of thought. They are living and contemporary expressions of our connectedness. I also like to muse on the possibility of these stories crossing cultural and religious borders.

Fidelity tondo 11inches @300ppi

“Fidelity”, Sally Parnis 2019, iPad mashup printed on aluminium, 28cm diameter



“Madonna” Sally Parnis 2019, Oil on Ply, 60cm x 100cm


Saint Ignatius Art Show is at Saint Ignatius Junior School, Queen Street, Norwood.
It opens Friday August 9th, and will be open for viewing Saturday 10th 10-4 and Sunday 11th, 10-4.

2 SALA 2018 Exhibitions

I have work in two exhibitions this SALA (South Australian Living Artists Festival)

Firstly, I have a solo exhibition at the very lovely Hula Hoop Wine Bar. 

“Blood and Rust, Soul and Dust” will be installed from Wednesday 15th August until Sunday 23rd September 2018, Wed – Sun, 8am – 11pm, and there is a “soft” opening on Wednesday 22nd August from 6pm – 8pm. Come and have a drink with me then if you’re not already overwhelmed by SALA goodness.

The exhibition is a collection of oil paintings and iPad drawings. They are all narratives of a sort, created by “mashing” together images from different sources – photographs, reproductions of old paintings and icons, and my own observational and memory drawings. Some come from actual stories I want to tell, but others are image play, pure and simple. I hope you manage to check it out.


And to dust

“And to Dust”, 2018, Oil on Board, 100cm x 65cm


I also have work  in the Adelaide Parklands Prize Exhibition in The Festival Centre Foyer. I was very happy to be selected as a finalist, and even more so to receive a “highly commended” award. It’s my third outing in this prize, and the second time I’ve been highly commended, and since it is a cause close to my heart I’m super proud to be there.

My work is called “Summer Solstice: Drawing the Adelaide Parklands” and it is an iPad drawing I made over 15 hours from dawn to dusk on December 22nd 2017, across the river from Adelaide Oval. The drawing is animated and shown on an HDTV screen. As it unfolds it reveals both its own development and the changing light and colours of the scene throughout the day. It is 45 minutes long, but I really don’t expect anyone to watch the whole thing!

Do have a look if you are in the vicinity of the Festival theatre foyer until the exhibition finishes on August 26th.

Video still from Summer Solstice 2017 by Sally Parnis

Video Still From “Summer Solstice”, 2018, mp4, dimensions variable

iPad drawing workshop at Adelaide Central School of Art

Are you interested in using your iPad to draw? I will be running a two day workshop at the well respected Adelaide Central School of Art on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th of January 2018. Enrol here.

The first day will be spent going through the basics of the Brushes XP app (these skills are transferable to just about any other drawing app) and the second day will be for developing your own projects – or you can work on ideas that I will give you.

I’d love to see you there – it will be fun and relaxed, and you will learn a new drawing tool!

The workshop is suitable for people who have no prior iPad drawing experience.



9th Prospect Portrait Prize

I am pleased to have been included in the 9th Prospect Portrait Prize exhibition, with my animated digital painting “DNA”. This work was previously a finalist in the Emma Hack Art Prize, and it is wonderful to have it out in the world again.

The 9th Prospect Portrait Prize opens this Sunday 26th November at Prospect Gallery, 1 Thomas Street Nailsworth. The opening function is from 3-5pm.

The exhibition continues until January 21st, 2018.

Sally Parnis_DNA (set of movie stills)large

Set of six “stills” from “DNA”, mp4, manipulated iPad finger drawings playback, dimensions variable.

November/December exhibition: SA Love Art Bar, 52 Sturt Street, Adelaide.

The dynamic Ms Emma Hack has been busy forming SA Art Collective and setting up a new Gallery space, shop and bar at 52 Sturt Street, Adelaide City.

Along with a number of other local Artists, I have work in the first exhibition at this lively new space. The exhibition theme is “SA Love”.

There is also a gift shop – and Christmas is coming!

So get along this week or soon, have a glass of local wine and a nibble or two and check it out!

Opening times are 12-6, Thursday -Sunday at this stage (it is still young!)

More details can be found here

Sally Parnis_Passion- Conference, 80cm x 60cm 300ppi

Passion Conference, Manipulated iPad drawing on glossy aluminium, framed.

Emma Hack Art Prize 2017

I’m thrilled to have been selected as a finalist once again in the Emma Hack Art Prize. 

The theme is “Real or surreal”. 

I dropped my work off this morning and glimpsed some of the fabulous work there – it is certainly worth a visit!
The exhibition is on at Burnside Village until 13th March.

“To the Sun” iPad drawing/collage printed on gloss aluminum, 80cm x 60cm.

Summer Workshops

I have a couple of iPad workshop gigs coming up.

The first (Thursday 12th and Friday 13th January 2017) is a two day workshop at Adelaide Central School of Art. On the first day I’ll be taking the group through  the basics of the “Brushes XP” app. Then on the second day there will be the opportunity for participants to either explore their own projects or continue with some guided drawing exercises if they prefer.

Find information about the summer school here, and follow the links for the brochure and to enrol.

The second is at Carclew for children aged 10 – 17 on Monday January 16th 2017 in their Explore Arts program. We’ll be making colourful drawings of moving people using the iPad in two three hour workshops.


“The Pour”, 2016.  iPad finger drawing, Brushes xp.

Painting Twice at Praxis ArtSpace

I am honoured to have been included in a group exhibition at Praxis ArtSpace in Bowden.

Called “Painting Twice” the exhibition features works by Anton Hart, Chelsea Lehmann, Chris Thiel, Genevieve Dawson-Scott, Jim Thalassoudis, Joe Felber, Liz Butler, Luke Thurgate, Margaret Ambridge, Patty Chehade, Tricia Ross – and me!

Praxis founder Patty Chehade says that this exhibition is “to commence a discussion of the boundaries of what painting can be”.

I am both thrilled and daunted to be included in such a line up, and I hope you will be able to join us for the opening reception on Wednesday 23rd at 6pm at Praxis art Space,  68-72 Gibson Street, BOWDEN, SA

The exhibition continues on into 2017.

I have included digital paintings and oil paintings dealing with my current pictorial obsession and my long term painting obsession.

Here is my Artists statement and a sneaky teaser pic.


“Shy Temptress” 2016, Oil on linen, 120cm x 90cm

“Lately I’ve become obsessed by plant genitalia.

I wanted to share with you their fecund power.

Standing in front of these flowers and painting or drawing, expanding the scale and wrestling with the changing light as they opened and drooped, was like diving metaphorically into their deep centre.

Painting in this way produces an accumulation of moments spent in deep engagement with the sensual subject and the equally sensual process of painting.

It is a distillation of the very complex, cognitive process of seeing and making.

Which doesn’t really escape the fact that we love sniffing plant genitals.