A little divergence : #100daysof20x20

It's funny how putting a series of works together can wear you out a bit. My last series of work which I put together in the online exhibition (which by the way contains only about half of the paintings that were in my head for that season (more to come at some point) had seven paintings, but they are a style of painting that I have to really 'work' and so they are tiring. Some days it flowed fine, other days it was a real battle.

So, I decided post 'white canvas' it was time to have a canvas holiday, and so have been working on these works on paper as part of the $100daysproject which I am loosely participating in. I'm a crappy participant - I keep forgetting days. OOPs. However, I am enjoying this little pieces. They are mostly 20x20cm (which as someone pointed out there are standard frames for, and there are larger A3 pieces and even some smaller A5 pieces. -- also easily frameable). 

They are on a variety of papers, some watercolour paper, some wash&draw by Art Spectrum, and some are beautiful japanese Calligraphy papers. Hmmm...

Worked with Black ink (i use a bamboo calligraphy tool), with highflow golden acrylic, art spectrum or rembrandt pastels, golden titanium white, and posca pens...with the occasional water colour or other paint thrown in . Yep. mixed media baby!!

I was thinking about them this morning, and what I am actually painting. And to be honest, at the moment it is almost a garden of my headspace. If my mental space were a garden this is what it would look like. A balance of light and dark, a perspective that focuses on beauty, but is damaged, as most of us are in some way, with a bit of trauma. It's funny how when you start to think about your art you understand what it really starts to get at. 

Each of these works will be made available for sale. If you are interested send me a message, and I can list it straight away. 

Christmas Sale Time

Hallo folks, welcome to Strongsoutherly if you haven't been here before. This is the art blog part of my site, dedicated to the art site of my business. It is probably also a great place to get a good sense of who I am, what I do, what interests me, and what I believe in. So scroll through and see what you find. :)

Christmas is nearly upon us, so I have a discount going on the art in my store (Cards not discounted). From today until Christmas if you use the code Jinglebells you will get %40 off any art in store.

'Flower Dance' Acrylic on Timber Panel

'Flower Dance' Acrylic on Timber Panel

I hope you enjoy my work, and find something you like. If there is something specific you think you might like, go ahead and contact me. I will happily do commissions.

Thanks for Visiting.

 

Further thoughts about Art in Flux

I've been in Sydney a few months now, trying to find my feet. I've made some false starts, and my art has been in Flux. After being so sure of myself on Norfolk, and having a clear style which was evolving nicely, suddenly I'm overwhelmed by influences and so many different ideas are creeping into my art.

Visits to the Australian Museum, Fellow Artists on Instagram, the art gallery i'm interning at, city scapes, it is all finding it's way into my paintings, and there is something bright and joyful emerging, almost like an ultra ego, or my inside spirit pushing itself forward to show it's face. Memories of the last time I lived in cities, where I was active and busy and out there doing all kinds of stuff are coming through. There is more vibrancy, and less laid back energy.

Now that I am in the city, finding my feet on the business of selling art side of things is a different story. So many art galleries - but which one to approach? So many great markets - but which would suit my work best? So many people i'd love to collaborate with - but who to approach?

Whilst I know this step into a MUCH BIGGER POND without a captive audience would take some adjustment, I'm still floundering. The nice thing is to have some fellow artists and art galleries seeming to like what I'm doing....so maybe I should start with them.

Gosh, Art and Art Business is quite the navel gazing affair isn't it!!

'Papillion' , is one of many small butterfly paintings I have been working on. After a visit to the Australian Musuem and spending time looking at the old 'butterfly' drawers and thoughts of colonial times and exploration, these butterflies are at the tip of my brush.

'Papillion' , is one of many small butterfly paintings I have been working on. After a visit to the Australian Musuem and spending time looking at the old 'butterfly' drawers and thoughts of colonial times and exploration, these butterflies are at the tip of my brush.

'City Flower'  is another miniature painting, inspired by the energy of a city in spring. With the Rhythm of traffic and a breeze moving things around, suddenly the beauty of a flower in amongst it all is like an anchor for me.

'City Flower'  is another miniature painting, inspired by the energy of a city in spring. With the Rhythm of traffic and a breeze moving things around, suddenly the beauty of a flower in amongst it all is like an anchor for me.