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.
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…