Sunday, September 28, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Opening Night Jitters and some truth telling!

Ok so here is Isadora




I recently submitted her into a local Art Exhibition. But
before I go any further I have to confess some truths.

1) when applying fixative to her, some drops of the fixative
beaded and ended up making a mess of some of her hair, 
feathers, mask and body. This was after spending hours
and hours working on her. Only to be ruined in several 
minutes. And of course not realising that I was making a mess
until after I had bought her inside......

 ----  Cue major  melt down ---

My cheer leading team (aka hubby and kids) kept 
reassuring me that it was fine and I would be able to fix it.


NO SHE'S RUINED


BUT thanks to my wonderfully skilled main man, 
between the two of us, we managed to fix her in time
for the exhibition. So that was the first hurdle.

2) The night before drop off for the exhibiton (hubby was doing 
the drop off for me as I had to work), he asked me for the details 
of where to go etc etc. He was looking at the entry form and said - 
"you know she's bigger than the allowance don't you". 
Um NO
yes I'm one of those people who gets her feet, inches
cms arse about and confused all the time.

------ Cue second major melt down -----

After wiping the second lot of tears away, I had decided
that if they didn't accept her, it just wasn't meant to be.

Well they accepted her! YAY!!

3) Opening night arrives and we get all tizzied up and make our
way down to the event. I started wondering around to check out all of the
artwork and the first thing I noticed was that all of the
 paintings seemed to be framed and behind glass. Not that that's a biggie right....
Second thing I noticed was that 99.9% of the paintings were of a 
traditional nature. Again nothing wrong with that, but of course
I start second guessing myself and thinking  well they've 
obviously hidden mine down the back because it stands out like the
 preverbial and they probably hate it! Well I was right with some
of that statement. It was down the back, but actually it was in a better
light, than a lot of the other works. So big tick for me.
 Secondly, I won an award! 

AN AWARD!!

Highly Commended for my Medium - Mixed Media. 

So after all of those tears that were shed
and all of the drama of thinking there is
no way in this world she was going to get there, 
she did. and she did me proud.



Sorry for the dorky stance... I never know how to stand or behave at
these sorts of events. And my smile looks so fake. Even though
I was super duper happy. I just wasn't reflected in this photo.

SO thank you for being patient and reading
to the end of this blog post.
As always
Thank you for popping by
xx

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Isadora


I love this quote. Found it on Tumblr (via Pintrest)
Sums up how I would love to work, but in reality because of 
life/work/family commitments I'm (reluctantly) a 9-5 girl. But 
I honestly do my best work and have the best ideas
in the middle of the night.

On a different note entirely, but still relating to art, I have put my
name down for an upcoming local Art Exhibition. My first time
exhibiting here, so I have no idea what to expect. I knew I wanted to paint
large, and I knew I wanted to paint another strong girl, this time
with a feather head dress.

So below are a few photos of my work in progress and finished
piece.

 Titled
Isadora
 40 x 60 inches


first layer of the background down.
This took 4 hours to glue down.. just to 
give you an idea of the size/time.



Initial drawing of Isadora



Some layers added to the background



A few more layers of paint and some more
detail on my gal.


Close up of the texture of the background



A close up of her face






The finished product! 
Ready for the exhibition
phew did it in time!!
As always
thanks for
popping by xx




Sunday, August 17, 2014

I can't draw realistically, but nor do I want too....

If you are a regular follower of my art, you know that my work looks nothing like the 'real' thing. I think my style is more primitive and my girls look almost alien like (with their long necks and really big bug like eyes), perfect example of this below.....



"Kini"



but I'm ok with that. I admire the amount of work and skill and hours and hours of dedication it takes to do a 'realistic' drawing.There are some amazing artists out there - check out some here. I mean wow right!

But over the last few months, I have grown to accept that that's truly not my style and not personally something that I would want to hang on my wall. And that's ok right? I'm truly finding my own voice and not feeling ashamed of that voice. I want my work to feel authentic and when somebody looks at one of my pieces, they know it's mine.

So I have an art exhibition coming up and have started working on another really large piece.


101cm x 152cm or 40" x 60"


Took me 4 hours to glue all of those pieces of music paper on and I loved every minute of it! To me it's very therapeutic and relaxing.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I struggle to put what I'm feeling into words sometimes....


I have long admired people who are so easily able to put what they are thinking
and feeling into words. Me personally, I struggle to do that. My creative way
of expressing myself is with art. And I thank my Giddy Aunt every day,
that I have that creative ability and outlet.

So in response to the great loss of Robin Williams yesterday, I 
will use his words, with my art to express how much I admired 
this great man for so much more than just his ability to make me laugh.

He had a huge heart.... such a huge, huge loss.
RIP Robin Williams