My desk today

DuCK N weave Collective, Exhibitions, My desk today, Painting

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.

A new direction

DuCK N weave Collective, Exhibitions, Painting

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…

My desk today

Art Club, My desk today

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…


DuCK N weave Collective, Exhibitions, Painting
Since hanging our exhibition for the SALA Festival, I have done very little art. Instead, my home has been the canvas as we have begun to create a Mexican-inspired space. Colour is key!! A recent visitor commented that he had been painting his bathroom, too, but nothing nearly as bold as we had done! (Still not sure if that was a compliment or not…!!) I love waking up to my new turquoise bedroom in particular, but our sunny golden lounge and dining area feels warm, like a big cuddle.
I was excited to sell some of my work at the SALA show, and have been keen to make some time to get back into it. I have finally settled into a new piece, and it’s kind of making its own way! Each time I work on it, it is developing into something new. I think I love what it is becoming…

Detail – Ghost House – work in progress

In other news, we have just registered for our next exhibition which will be part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival early next year! We will be showing as DuCK N weave artists collective – made up of the four of us who began our unofficially named ‘art club’ back in January. I’m very excited to continue my art journey with these three inspiring women!

The painted sky

Inspiration, Painting

These are the things I look at. A LOT. The principal at school asked me the other day where I was, as I stared out the staff room window… We are on a hill, so have beautiful, uninterrupted views of the changing skyline. A little distracting at times – look at all that different blue, and those textures, and that LIGHT…

In February, I began a project painting cloudscapes, some of which I plan to add to with automated bits and pieces. But more on that later.

This collage shows my first three paintings from the series – the painting itself is finished, but the ‘artwork’ is not yet complete.

Three of the cloudy pics I have started work on.

And lately, I have been braver about working a little larger (not much, but a bit!), and a lot bolder. This is only half done, but let’s see where it goes… I’ve been making a time lapse video of the progress, which is fun to look back on!

Big, bold, cloudy day