I started this year off with an open studio… I announced it on Facebook and honestly thought I’d probably end up spending the morning in the studio on my own. My new studio is super tiny – slightly bigger than the bedroom I was originally working in, so my other anxiety-inducing thought was ‘What if too many people come?’
It ended up being a stinking hot sunny day – 37 degrees – so I immediately assumed that would keep people at home, but it turns out I was wrong! A range of people visited as the morning progressed – some just wanted a look around and a chat, others joined in with what I was doing, and some even brought their own projects to work on. It was a wonderful way to build some inspiration!!
Based on the feedback I had, and inquiries from those unable to come, I’ve decided to have regular open studio days throughout the year. AND I’ve just put in AC so can guaranteed the perfect temperature!!
Duck ‘n Weave are excited to announce our next exhibition – All the small things – for the Adelaide Fringe Festival this year. We’ve all had quite a reflective year, and want to share with you some of our revelations!
As a collective, we are going strong, in spite of one member spending a lot of time away from Adelaide! We are getting better at remotely supporting and inspiring one another, and find we are able to bring a freshness to our work as a result.
Once this show opens, I’ll share some of the artwork on display…
I have just completed two paintings ( A Noisy Bunch 1 & 2) especially for this exhibition, and can hardly wait to see the work by the other contributing artists! I have loved working within this theme, and feel like it might linger a little longer in my painting!! Flowers have always been a true love of mine – I’m absolutely no gardener, but really enjoy the pleasure of having them around me. It’s quite lovely to have my two finished paintings hanging where I can see them frequently!
I’d love you to come and check out the exhibition, if you are able to!
Spot the birdie?
From time to time, school holidays are blessed with a visit from some of the interstate cousins… My studio, aka ‘the spare room’, was vacated so there were enough beds to go around, so I moved my set-up to the lounge. Much to Pikachu the cockatiel’s joy – he had ALL of the brushes to chew, and both the play area on his cage and his portable ‘landing pad’ near by. All of the foods, all of the scritches! Happy birdie.
What you see in progress here are the beginning of a series of small acrylic paintings for my upcoming Fringe exhibition with DuCK N weave Collective. I think there will be six or eight of these by the time I finish, to go with three larger pieces.
Life is a walk on the beach right now. I have a new contract for my teaching job this year, and I’ve had a super productive five weeks of holidays (unemployment?!) preparing for two exhibitions which are coming quickly.
How gorgeous are the muted, subtle colours in these water-worn rocks? Blue, purple, peach, lilac, chocolate. Inspiring!
I was sooo relieved when the Christmas holidays arrived… I’ve been getting very little work done recently, and our DuCK N weave Collective’s exhibition for the Fringe Festival is looming!!
I have recently completed a commissioned piece, but have a hundred other ideas piling up in my brain… I’d love to have lots of new work to choose from for our next show. We are planning a community art piece as part of it too, which will complement some of my other art.
As an added… bonus??… one of my DuCK N weave colleagues has encouraged me to put two other pieces in another show during the Fringe. ‘Bouquet’, by the Port Adelaide Artist’s Forum (PAAF), is exploring floral painting in the 21st century. I was pretty excited about incorporating some of my birds into big, colourful bunches of flowers!
A Noisy Bunch 1 – work in progress
I finished A Noisy Bunch 1 on Boxing Day – not bad considering I only started it 10 days earlier. I have to admit, my parenting/cooking/cleaning has been on the lax side as a result!
At the start of December we had this little bloke join our family. Obviously he had to take part in on of my paintings eventually!
If only my subject would sit still…
If you knew me, you would know that although I am creative and happy to give most things a go, I can be a bit of a quitter if I don’t ‘get it’ pretty quickly… So yesterday was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever agreed to – I did a full day’s abstract painting workshop with two of the other creative souls from our collective!!
This was going to be my big school holiday ‘art club’ treat – I wasn’t planning any trips away these hols, so this was something to look forward to. And it WAS a really terrific day – Richard Rogers is an interesting and inspiring teacher, and spending the day doing art with a bunch of other people was heaven, BUT it was hard. Really, really hard!!!
I think I partly struggled with the fact that the styles we were being taught are so far removed from how I normally paint. Or I might just be making up excuses! I wasn’t particularly pleased with anything I produced for the day, but I feel like I learnt a lot of new tricks, particularly in terms of idea development and process. Our teacher reinforced the fact that all our paintings are still works in progress, so when I got home, I thought I’d take another look and see where these might go. I’ll show you later, if there is any further development!
Another exciting event for the school holidays has been my return to life drawing classes. I drew all through uni until 1994, then once about 8 years ago with a class at school!! I saw the Robert Hannaford exhibition in it’s last few days recently, and was reminded of how much I enjoy drawing from a model… Not to say I’m any good at it, but it is certainly an activity I’d like to continue…
Roots doing their thing.
Once upon a time, I found a ‘Lucky Bamboo’ plant which had been left behind in a shopping trolley. I do wonder if the purchaser had a change of heart back at their car, or if they simply overlooked it, perched in the toddler seat.
It now lives in a milk bottle in our bathroom. The sun shines through the root-filled water and highlights to me this tiny world within. Some days,I wish sea monkeys lived there. I still haven’t ruled it out…
Line ’em up!
Something delightful about working with wire and tissue paper – the more layers of diluted PVA I paint onto the tissue, the more fragile and transparent it appears, whilst also getting stronger and tighter! This weekend, I was able to paint five more layers of glue onto these little buildings. More to come, though!
Work in progress – Harder on the Inside