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.
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…
I spent a chunk of yesterday pulling apart electrical equipment to re-purpose LED lights, switches and wiring in one of my sculptures. It’s super exciting to think about using ‘light and sound’ with some of my work, but I still have EVERYTHING to learn…
(I’m a wannabe electro-geek!)
Regardless, I did manage to get the desired effect going on with this piece, ‘Safe House’.
I just need to construct the timber base for it to hover above (and hide the battery).
I DID IT!!!
All of the lino pieces used in these sculptures were given to me by friends and family, and all come from the homes of real people! I love that about each sample – they are worn, have scuff marks, paint splashes and other little blemishes… they have all been part of a family.
The piece of lino on the lower right of this image is from the 30s or 40s… unlike the other pieces, it’s design goes right through to the hessian backing – it was composed *of* the pattern, rather than being printed with a design after the sheet of plain lino has been produced.
This year I set a goal to be as artistically busy as I can be.
For a few years, cakes have been my main creative outlet, but I have really, really missed making art – for the simple pleasure of getting an idea out, rather than to meet somebody else’s specifications.
So, with some other teacher artists, I am working towards an exhibition in August. Having a focus like this is the most motivating thing EVER!! This will be proof (to myself and anybody else who requires it!) of my achievements…