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My digital artwork has been used by new on-line business Gertrude and Smith.

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 chocopostcard frontlates, 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’.

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Student/Artist work made at our workshops in Melbourne.

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.

Collage workshop in my backyard.

We had a very hot day but it was a fun day.  I erected a marquee so we had shade for our group that were cutting images from books, inking paper and squeegieing paint onto paper in preparation for their assemblages.  We used gorgeous Fabriano and Arches 300gsm paper.

Maxine O’Brien made the two images shown here.

Collage is such a fun and friendly medium.

We have had a very hot hot hot Summer so we are hoping for a little relief from the heat soon.  By the way two days ago we had 43 degrees Celcius and overnight did not dip lower than 30 degrees Celcius.  Bit hot, just a bit.

A trip into the city, that’s Melbourne.

I don’t get into town as often as I should so it was wonderful to see lots of new shops and businesses opening up.  On line shopping has it’s place but seeing new things that you might not even think of looking up on line is a great way to go.

I only went to Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, the Emporium and David Jones food hall.  David Jones food hall sounds really fancy but its not.  They have great food there which is eaten at communal tables.  I was on my own and met a great couple that were visiting from Brisbane.  I gave them some tips on what to see and they gave me their enthusiastic and friendly company while I was taking a break with a coffee and an apple and walnut cake big enough for three people.

I have not done very much wood carving recently and I am just a novice but I have posted a picture of a sweet little girl – more painting and less carving.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year for 2019.

 

PS I am missing the snow that WordPress magically makes fall over my posts in December.

Digital images from Smith Street shops.

I took these photos and then photoshopped them into these fun images.  Mai was shopping for fruit so she has the whole shop and more on her shoulders now.  Doug was at the pub and got a little clumsy.  Just a little bit of fun playing with scale and of course photoshop and some drawing.  They are around A5 size ink jet prints limited edition (only 5).   I have a few more Smith Street shopps being carted around by people.

Favourite colour is all kinds of yellow.

This is a small painting of around 25 x 25cm using acrylic on board.  This is one of a series of four still-life works.  They are all framed in blondewood box frames.  I will post some of the others later.  Loved making them and using super vibrant colours.  I have used a limited palette as I always do however I will always introduce alizarin crimson for apples.  So only four colours plus white.  I think you can call that pretty limited.

square apple and banannas

Making an abstract assemblage from old work.

I painted a few small abstract artworks but kept remembering pieces of art sitting in folios.  I started using resources that I have looked at and passed over so many times and finally they have been the perfect resources for a series of four artworks.  Some works are 3D, some have ink, acrylic and or gouache paint.  See more at my website http://www.annewarrenart.com or instagram annewarrenart.abss

Here are some small works that I have been working on recently that include collage and abstract.

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.

Mixed Media, still-life, drawing, painting and everything.

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.

Painting and drawing and then drawing with scissors

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.

 

 

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