I am so happy to have a Giclee Print image on new on-line luxury gift parcel business Gertrude + Smith.
Being selected was not a given, even though it is my Son’s new business. He is working hard to launch around June this year. It’s a hard life as he has me sampling chocolates, cocktails, candles etc. Such a hard life. Please look him up, subscribe to his website and follow him on his instagram as listed below. He will be doing competitions and offering his beautiful gift parcels to a follower soon. Everything is Premium, I have never heard that word used so much in my life. Premium.
The artwork he has printed on a card is called ‘I’m in Smith Street’.
I would like to say that I jumped the gun in my last post about a new on line store so I closed it. I have far too many sites to add another. I will combine it with Instagram to make it easier. Just ask me if you see anything you would like or would like more information about. Instagram annewarrenart or website https://annewarrenart.com
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter and or holiday break. In Australia we have a few public holidays off on either side of the weekend so most people take a break to go away somewhere nice. Maybe catch the last of the warm temperature. We did not go away anywhere but stayed to see the Easter Egg Hunt by Grandson Mason, stayed for the bathroom renovation (bit of chaos without a second bathroom), stayed so that my Chinese student (international student) could transition from here to her new homestay about 10 kilometres away.
Also stayed to support my Son Darcy who is in the middle of a start up company curating beautiful Australia, sustainable products into gift boxes under the name Gertrude and Smith. Please look him up and follow his journey as he prepares for a launch date.
Instagram: gertrudeandsmith Early Website: https://gertrudeandsmith.com.au
Below is an image from the archives. I am working in digital right now but still developing so can’t show you. I will call the work visible invisible which is something that can happen with age, ethnicity, gender etc.
Jan is a painter of still-life and abstract acrylic paintings. I enjoyed drawing this image. I mistakenly picked up a blue pencil instead of a black one and just kept going. Sorry it is such a terrible quality photo. I do think I captured her and her lively and warm personality.
The charcoal nude drawing was made a couple of weeks ago. The model was eight and a half months pregnant. She was an amazing woman that was so full of energy. Sorry I didn’t get her name.
I attended a free local photography workshop at Hatch in Ivanhoe by Photographer Steve Scalone. We started with an introduction by everyone in the class which was a little embarrassing for me as all the other attendees were photography students and photography club members. When Steve got to me I said ‘I just want to take good Instagram photos’. Red Face.
Steve’s work is beautiful, the workshop was definitely over my head. That’s one of my photos up above.
The deer is an oil pencil drawing on paper from 2013. Once again my photography of this image was pretty ordinary. I’ll keep working on it.
In my heart I didn’t miss it, with my work sadly I didn’t exhibit specifically for 2019 International Women’s Day however I have recently had some strong ideas regarding new work to do with women. In the new work I would like to show the different ages, careers, ethnicities and histories. Yet to formulate exactly how that will appear on paper but am thinking about it alot and have taken up life drawing again.
I hope in the future work I make to show women with quirks that are unexpected hybrids of what you might expect. I hope in the future that I too will be called a quirky unexpected hybrid, maybe I am one now.
Just came back from beautiful Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia. Please look it up if you are from overseas. It’s so beautiful and loved by hippies of all ages. Yesterday they had a nude bike ride through the main street. The night before I saw whole families dressed and painted like Frida Kahlo (men too). Anything goes in Byron.
These were made just this week by three different artists. Congratulations Galia for the striking collage of body/machine, Congrats Helen for the earthy abstract painting, there are human forms within this painting, I can see them, Congrats Jan for the abstract that we discussed as accidentally having cirrus and other cloud formations within it.
Great work everyone.
It can be quite difficult to change from observational drawing/painting to abstract and to collage. My advice would be to keep it very simple, complexity, if needed can come later. I do prefer collage to be easy to read and therefore with less distractions. The focal point is usually a surreal image that needs to be absorbed by the viewer and this should be enough without clouding a work with things happening on the periphery.
Have a great weekend everyone.
I am having so much fun, sadly only a day left. I have contributed several collages on my site and have been picked up by the initiators of this project being Scandinavian collage museum and edinburg collage something or rather. You can see who they are in you look at my post hashtags. Here is the latest offering I made to the theme Landscape.
Wendy Roche and Sharyn Madder are exhibiting together at 205 William Street Melbourne.
If you have been coming to our Open Studios you will know and understand that Wendy is constantly evolving and refining her amazing techniques in textile/sculpture. You may also have missed Sharyn’s beautiful drawings and paintings at the last Open Studio event so this is your chance to see her newest works.
Please note that opening/visiting times are : 10 – 4.30pm Mon-Fri.
Hope to see you there.
I have a workshop available this Wednesday afternoon with only two other people as I try to cap it to only three. You can paint or make mixed media collage in a very relaxed no pressure environment.
Let me know if interested. Date is 20th Feb 2-5pm.
Experience or beginner are both ok.
Let me know if you are interested and we can discuss what materials you have or do not have. If it’s a one off class I’m sure I can supply for you.
I was challenged by Reader Leonie Andrews to combine one of my last ephemeral collages with a dinosaur. Hope you like it. Light rather than dark version.
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