The first two pictures are from a new collection of still life paintings I am making for an exhibition at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in East Melbourne.
The apples are by Marija Patterson talented sculptor that is now playing with paint.\ in my Wed morning workshop.
I have added a couple of photos of the beautiful Holy Trinity Church.
Sometimes when I teach a still life painting class I am offered the left over paint at the end of the class. I feel obligated to use it and not throw it out so it really pushes me. I made the two small abstract paintings below. The beautiful blue etching is by Gary Tricker a New Zealand artist. I had it refreshed with new matting and a clean and it actually looks brighter and I love it more now. New spoons and a silly little ephemeral lady. The collage is a small detail from a larger piece I have now finished for an exhibition. Busy but fun.
I really can’t settle one one particular medium because I just want it all. It is always best for me to stick to one for a little while before moving on to another. I am still doing my woodcarving but have had to slow it down a bit for a few upcoming exhibitions. The still life with biscuits is for a charity fundraiser and was the last thing I made.
The crawling rabbit that looks like a spring lamb has just passed by the Greek Easter Eggs to who knows where his gaze is taking him. The birthday girl is my gorgeous niece. I make her a digital piece with her image in it for each birthday. This one is not as surreal as usual but she looks aptly rugged up for the Autumn weather.
Having some cake with her tonight.
I am continuing the pencil drawings over the abstract painted backgrounds and here are two new ones. If you are observant you will see that I drew variations of the same plant which is something I don’t usually do.
I was Stupid, Stupid, Stupid when I did the blueish one on the left because I prepared the background about two weeks ago and drew the image only two nights ago and the next day started searching for the one I had started with, the one that everyone on social media was liking alot. Couldn’t find it for ages and then turned over the picture below and realised that I had painted and drawn on the back of it. Stupid.
Mason my grandson has been placed inside one of my surreal collages ‘ Friends with Dogs’. Number 8 of 12 I am making for him.
By the way I am still working on the new yellowish one and it’s getting better.
I saw some lovely brush strokes in my offcuts and as I use lovely Arches or Fabriano paper they looked too good to discard so I assembled these little sculptures. I know I know I need to go bigger but these things are unplanned and work for that reason alone. I hope you agree.
The kangaroo is in Easey Street Collingwood (not by me sorry don’t know the artist) and the Two Tough Bunnies are by me and are at Incub8er in Smith Street Collingwood (for sale).
I was invited by fashion designer Linda Britten to attend a wonderful event at Forty five downstairs gallery in Melbourne.
A 8 year old girl sees her mother in a yellow gown…
A 52 year old woman sees herself in a mirror and her search for magic begins.
Memories are the fabric of a family is a full sensory experience containing original couture, original photography and original stories including dance, music and classical voice that maps the discovery of the binding magic of a family and memories.
The exhibition was inspirational.
I have been working on abstract painted backgrounds on paper with a more refined pencil drawing of a botanical on top. The two below are just small starters that have led to some larger pieces on fabriano paper. So far so good.
I have been trying to formulate a new series of artwork in my head. I rarely write down what my plan is. The intention was to do some beautiful drawings on an abstract black and white background (well at least I would have attempted to do beautiful drawings). I just fell in love with the brush strokes and the mixing of black and white on the paper so much that I isolated what I saw with scissors. I may rethink what I am going to do but I still would like to combine the drawing with the cutouts. I have no idea how yet but I will try.
The apple painting was from a while ago but I thought I would share. I have been teaching still life painting workshops to a few students and we seem to always do apples and the spotty bowl which is always a pleasing combination.
Funny rabbits, tough rabbits, spotty chicks, spoons, daisy horses etc. Had so much fun making these. I have just a little bit more to do and then I must stop myself.
The shapes were cut out by scroll saw by Wood Club colleague Klaus. Thankyou.
I will be exhibiting these at Incub8r in Smith Street, Fitzroy very soon, in time for unique Easter gifts. If you know me you will know that they will not be repeated.