Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A workshop to start the New Year

The long summer holidays in Australia are a great way to enjoy the wonderful climate so nothing much happens until after Australia Day. I decided to get things going a little earlier in 2017 by having a One Day workshop on Friday 20th January. 

There are a couple of free spaces available.

We'll be looking at a theme that's been around since Jacobo Barbaro painted Still Life with Partridge and Iron Glove in 1504. We'll have a brief look at historical examples and then how contemporary Still Life differs from its predecessors.

Still life Workshop

Hamilton Road Studio

9.00 am to 2.30 pm - Fee $75.00
A light Lunch will be provided. 
Coffee can be ordered from Deja Bru Cafe`
Please advise any dietary requirements in advance.

*Brief Historical background
*Composition
*Setting up the objects
*Lighting
*Colour & Value

Three similar still life stations will be set up so you can draw and paint from life. 
Two artists to each station; work in either acrylic or oil. 



Please note that no materials will be provided. 
A list of suggested materials will be provided on registration.
Limited to 6 artists

If you would like to enrol please contact Carol – carolbeckx@bigpond.com





Thursday, 5 January 2017

Rebooting

Holidays are great. It's good to slow down; to take time to relax with family and friends; to read a new book and to enjoy seasonal celebration meals. All too soon however life forces one back to reality. 

I love the start of a new year. I love to make plans. I love to think of all the things that will enrich the coming months. I love planning a new body of work.

But planning is good only when the ideas flow and the ideas are plentiful. Sometimes it's hard. Sometimes the ideas just don't come and you battle to think of what you want to paint. 

Tuesday morning was such a time. I fiddled around with little success. I couldn't think of a coherent direction or theme. I started to feel down. Then I realized that just as a computer sometimes needs to be shut down and re-started, I would have to reboot my creativity.

I started to trawl through the many photographs taken during the past year.  Here and there I found a promising image, then another and another. Gradually I began to find a theme.

Whew!

I began to make a collage of three photos - screenshots of a recent video - then I knew what I wanted to do. In fact, I now had ideas for three paintings just waiting to be created. 

The paintings are in my head for now. Hopefully in the weeks to come I can make my thoughts into reality. 

This is a snippet of one of the images that got me going...


How do you get your creativity going after a break? I'd love to hear your solutions.


Friday, 30 December 2016

2016 - looking back on my year




   Coolum Beach Panorama - oil on canvas 610 mm x 1210 mm

A few years ago, I compiled a list for the year summarising my activities for the year. I decided to do one for 2016. (The highlighted text indicates a link to the relevant blog post.)

- Exhibitions: Rotary Art Spectacular 2016; Lethbridge 10,000Botanique 

- I've written 52 Blog posts here on Art Matters - and kept to my plan of posting an average of one per week.

-Recreating Family memories – I painted images from a family album as a  Christmas gift. 

-Red Bubble – my online shop was set up showcasing several products with  images of my work.

-Etsy – new paintings were added throughout the year

-Website makeover – predictably this was a time sink, although it was worthwhile in the  end.

-Experimentation with process videos – ongoing – there's lots to learn...

-Portraits – continued exploration – my Portrait of Dan won a prize at Nundah  Art Exhibition – and experiments with a new surface – Ampersand Claybord 

-Tasmania – a wonderful short, inspiring holiday

-Illustration commission to re-create old photographs for the Highlands House  commemorative booklet.

-Plein air sketching throughout the year – not as often as I would have liked, perhaps something to plan for in 2017.

May your new year be filled with happiness and an abundance of creativity.