4 Apr 2015
16 Sep 2012
Today, having finished some "office stuff " on the computer, I settled down to some serious Sunday afternoon escapism ..... videos of other artists at work!! As people and faces are my most favourite things to paint I was drawn to tasting the delights of some very SPEEDY painters at work ....
Agnes Cecile - painting 'One in a thousand'
Voka - painting 'Marilyn Monroe'
Takeshi Sato - painting 'Live Paint Act - Dancer'
Just loved watching them!! Hope you will too.
6 Oct 2011
How exciting! .... pastel artist Julie Greig has an exhibition opening at The Artist Room Gallery, Dowling Street, Dunedin from 8th October 2011. Her work is exceptional and I am really looking forward to visiting the show!
3 Oct 2011
11 Jul 2011
25 Sep 2010
I feel that I want to branch out and experiment, that I should 'move on' from representational renderings to something a bit more original and expressive. Although I don't think my paintings are exactly 'photographic', to my mind they don't show much imagination or originality.
Imagination and original ideas do not come easily and I often wonder if such things are innate or if one can cultivate them through trial and error! Two books that fill me with hope for better things, if I can only keep on trying, are:
The Creative Artist by Nita Leland and The New Spirit of Watercolor by Mike Ward and I find both wonderful sources of information and inspiration, and surely as relevant today as they were 20 years ago. The first version of Nita's book came into print in 1990, and she launched a further book The New Creative Artist in 2006 (this one I have yet to get hold of).
Both Nita's and Mike's books (which I have written about on this blog before) are filled with ideas and advice, and are illustrated with examples of work by many exciting contemporary artists. However, I have to say that looking at paintings produced by others can not only inspire but can sometimes lead to feelings of despondency!! But I suppose its all about experimentation and, should one fall down, having the courage to pick oneself up and having another try ...........
Some of my problem lies in 'artistic constipation' ..... i.e. I have great difficulty moving out of my rather rule-bound mind-set. By this I mean that I tend to get so caught up in the process of producing a recognisable image that all spontaneity and/or imaginative interpretation tends to gets lost. I must also admit to other artistically stultifying traits such as 'fear of failure' and a certain miserliness with paint and materials!
However, there have been occasions when I have managed to produce something which I felt was a bit 'different' and more creative than usual. So I am really pleased that a recent 'abstract' painting of mine has been selected for the Anderson Park Spring Exhibition in Invercargill, while a more realistic painting 'The Red Shoes' entered at the same time was not selected. The successful painting was originally called 'Hear us, See us' but I have renamed it for this exhibition, and now feel encouraged to try my wings at something new!
Anderson Park Gallery Inc.
3rd October - 25th October
21 Apr 2010
24 Feb 2010
15 Jun 2009
I'm booked to attend a figure drawing workshop next month (July) with artist John Badcock. I had not seen anything about him until recently but a look around his website is both startling and intriguing!
John Badcock is a New Zealand artist, based in Geraldine, South Canterbury. Badcock comes from a very artistic family. His father Douglas Badcock and two brothers Brian and David are also painters. Where the other family members specialise in landscape painting, John has become more renowned for portraiture. His art is described as Expressionist, and has been compared to works by artists such as Otto Dix. His work has encompassed many media - oils, watercolours, charcoals and acrylics.
Born in Queenstown in 1952, Badcock has been a professional artist for three decades. His accolades include solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand since 1985, and more recently the exhibiting of The Last Supper at the Christchurch Cathedral. He has been a finalist in the New Zealand Portrait Awards in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006, and the subject of two New Zealand Art Films (John Badcock - a Film by Brian High, and A Changing Landscape – A Film by Simon Pattison). Badcock's recently published first book 'Passing People' provides an in-depth look at his latest series of 100 portraits. The following public galleries currently have collections of his work, Christchurch Art Gallery - Christchurch, Aigantighe Art Gallery – Timaru, and Anderson Park Gallery – Invercargill.Here is an example of his work from his 100 portraits exhibition "Passing People".
His more recent paintings are more abstract and his work can be seen at NobleBoyd Gallery .
27 Apr 2008
7 Oct 2007
6 Oct 2007
The winners of the New York, New York 2007 art awards at www.myartspace.com have just been announced. Entries from the 50 finalists can be viewed, together with those of the four winners, HERE. These include abstract and contemporary paintings, photography and installation art. I can't pretend that I understand, or can even fully appreciate, all of the pieces but I like the work of Masha Ryskin, John Westmark and Jessica Snow very much. Overall the show leaves me with the feeling that I come from another planet, and a rather boring one at that!
24 Sep 2007
Basically this involves dropping colours randomly onto a wet ground, then allowing them to mix and mingle by tilting the support this way and that. When this initial layer is dry there follows a stage of contemplation, - viewing the painting from all angles and allowing it to 'speak' to you. How does it make you feel? What can you see? What are the important shape? Once you have made some decisions it's time to start developing different areas of the painting, eliminating distractions and accentuating your important elements. This is done with overpainting and glazing.
Sound simple? Well, think again! Even the initial stage is difficult .... its not easy to mingle wet colours without creating mud! Paint has to be the right consistency, the support must be receptive to this way of working, not to mention the difficulties of keeping ones application of colour and brushstrokes completely 'random'.
Ed was demonstrating with watercolour on paper but around half the class were working in acrylics. I attempted something on 3 different types of support. The first was a small Reeves 'oil painting board' (9" x 12") - the paint would not flow around very well unless extremely diluted and the area of the painting was far too small. Next someone in the class offered me a sheet from her 'canvas pad for oils or acrylics' .... this was a big improvement over the oil board and is what I used for 'Girl at the Bar'.
Mulling things over that first evening I decided that perhaps acrylics might work well on watercolour paper and this is what I used on the second day for 'Night and Day'. However, I found it impossible to get that richness of hue found with watercolour because the paint had to be diluted a great deal for it to flow across the paper, but possibly this was due to my technique. Those artists using watercolour got deeper hues but were a little disturbed at the amount of paint that they used up! Interestingly enough, my colours came out far richer on the sheet of oil paper than on either the board or the Bockingford paper - so I will have to try out other supports and mixes before I can really decide what gives the best results with acrylics. But I definitely think that watercolour on heavy paper has the edge.
Ed Labadie is a good tutor - full of good humour, anecdotes and willing to share all his 'tips and tricks'. He was also quick to point out that his method for painting abstracts has taken him about 20 years to develop ... so it is hardly surprising that we were unable to master it in just two days!
18 Sep 2007
Her name is Naomi and she will be 16 years old next month. Naturally, I am very, very proud of her!
7 Sep 2007
Sally Strand's work is all about the effects of light, and her paintings of everyday life reveal the hidden elements in commonplace situations. I first saw her work about six years ago in a book on working in pastel and was immediately impressed and enchanted by it, and my aim became to emulate some of her magical way with light.
Her work has developed a deep richness of colour and tone while remaining what I would describe as impressionistic in style, as in 'Warm Day' and 'At the Table'. Although sometimes her paintings are almost abstract in execution, as in 'Poolside', - which is my current favourite of those on display on her website.
She is also equally at home working with oils, - 'Chefs, Finishing Touch' and 'Man in Suspenders, Blue Hat' are wonderful examples of her work in this medium. As you will notice if you browse her site she also does lovely still-life work, but my own preference lies with her figure paintings.
And for those lucky enough to be able to get to the PSA 35th Annual Exhibition - a juried exhibition of over 200 pastels by artists from all over the world, here are the details:
September 7 - 30, 2007
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York City
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8 Aug 2007
Today I found a beautifully written blog called Love as a Found Object by American writer Leah Hager Cohen. What is it about? Well, in her own words:
Leah Hager Cohen's author website can be found at www.leahhagercohen.com.
6 Aug 2007
Have also decided to do some more to Hot Gossip painting ... its really getting on my nerves still sitting there on my easel!!!!
7 Jul 2007
Of course, if we get a lot more snow we may not even get there at all!
22 Jun 2007
19 May 2007
How it goes is:
1. I post seven things about myself that are a habit, unusual or that no-one else knows. I also give the link to the person who tagged me and information on how the meme works.
2. I also 'tag' seven blogger friends in a list in this post, and then leave a message on their blogs telling them that they've been tagged (giving the link back to this post).
3. These 'tagees' then post seven things about themselves, repeating steps 1 & 2 ........
Sound a bit confusing? - It's not really and I am going to do the whole bit here. It should be fun running round looking at people's lists!
Participation is entirely voluntary of course ..... But I hope it results in a widening circle of blogging pals for everyone who gives it a go!
MY SEVEN THINGS .....
1. I did not stop looking under the bed every night before getting into it until I was about 25!
2. I am author of 5 chapters in a nursing/medical textbook - McCulloch (Ed), 'Infection Control: Science, management and practice'. London and Philadelphia, Whurr Publishers Ltd, 2000.
3. At age 14 two of my friends and I auditioned for a British TV Talent Show .... we sang a medley of three Everley Brothers' songs - 'Dream', 'Let it be me' and 'Bye-Bye Love'. We were not successful! ... our heat was won by a girls Scottish Pipe Band. But it was a great day out!
4. On the night of the Talent Show audition we went to a concert and saw Adam Faith, Cliff Richards, and the Shadows all together on the same bill at a local theatre. They were all just starting.
5. I have several recurrent nightmares. In the worst one it's night time and I am trying to secure this old house from a dangerous intruder, but as I frantically run to secure all entries points I cannot get any of the windows and doors to latch or lock properly. How neurotic is that!
6. I once laughed so much that I wet myself and created this huge puddle in the street. I was 8 years old at the time .... but you never quite get over a thing like that!
7. Well I really think I have said a bit too much already so this last one is very innocuous! ... I just adore soldiers ...... Marmite ones. (Brits and Kiwis will know about these!)
And should anyone be interested (and I can't think why) .... I once posted another list of Thirteen Things about myself here.
I am tagging art friends spread across the globe - just to prove what a wonderful networking tool the Blogging world is for artists
Annaig - FRANCE. Beautiful watercolours, acrylics and digital art.
Philip Edson - Alicante, SPAIN. I'm hoping that he will put down his brushes and palette knives for a while and come out to play! Great abstract art.
Nita Leland - Ohio, USA. Artist, teacher, author. Is a great inspiration for me (and many others).
Bee Skelton - CYPRUS. One of the happiest blogs to read that I know of. Full of sunshine, and lovely art.
Viv King - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA. Another sunny blog - full of vibrant colour.
Diane Cutter - PUERTO RICO. Wonderful art from this fine artist and printmaker. Met up with her first at Wet Canvas.
Susan Borgas - SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA. My nearest 'neighbour' in the seven - just about 4 hours flying time away! Another super artist and someone who has been a quiet support to me since I have been blogging.
Go see their lovely paintings and find out their seven secrets when they post them!
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