This is the way to spend some downtime over the weekend. What a gorgeous view As an artist it is often rather hard to stop and take a break. Besides creating the art there is a mountain of administrative and marketing backlog that plays on my mind. Ordering supplies, varnishing, signing, planning next pieces, social media posts, exploring other marketing and PR opportunities, website updating, replying to requests and commissions, print ordering, packaging and and and. Like any other work there is a lot that needs to be done to keep things well oiled and productive. Taking scheduled time out is essential so build it into your creative practice whatever artform you do.
Oh dear - even though I felt like running from my studio yesterday, I stuck to it, knowing how important it is to show up regardless. Tried looking at another colourway for a King Protea. I have been inspired by a stunning painting by artist @libbyharrison who used an incredible palette of blues and corals This is a small study. Sadly I didn't quite get it right - and I'm wanting to do an extra large piece using corals. The blue is too much and the corals not perky enough or dominant. Will just have to try again.
Artworks take time. There's the initial conceptualisation of the piece, looking at composition, colour, lead-ins, shadows, scaling it up and then its the leap into swishing the first bit of paint. I like to feel unattached to the underlayers, but they really do dictate the sense and feel of the work as one can never underestimate happy accidents that occur at this phase that you can keep exposed. Then it's the building up gradually and seeing what emerges. You would think with all this planning and preparation and constant tweaking I would have a close grasp on what emerges, yet somehow paintings have a mind of their own. Fellow artists let me know if you agree.... #arthasitsownlife #anartistlife #developingart #newbeginnings
So this is the little piece I started on New Years evening. I completed an underpainting and when I got home I realised it needed some punch and vooma. Turned out to be a wonderful exercise in seeing whether I had laid down enough information as I worked without a reference image. This little Karoo cottage with the tall striking poplar trees seem so iconic of the Karoo. This one discovered in the quaint town of Prins Albert. #karooart #localart #paintingkaroohouses
Have you ever sat under the lime green tinge of a fever tree? When my husband and I lived in Nelspruit, my environmental work took me into a rare fever tree forest. The light was eerie and magical and a moment in time I will never forget. Pop down to the Merit exhibition of the South African Society of Artists at Kirstenbosch Gardens. On until the 4th. #sasa #artexhibition #kirstenbosch #currentexhibition #capetownart
Enjoying the sweet spot. I love the part where I've chosen, manipulated the composition, tweaked the idea, thought of the colours, mapped in the image and the painting process begins. Its that sweet spot where the image is developing in front of me and I haven't yet leapt onto the palette knife.... Which generally obscures all my underpainting and ends up creating an entirely different feeling. #happytobepainting
Painting in the Karoo over new years. I hope we begin 2019 with grace and clarity.
A snippet from a larger piece I have been working on. Some thick stuff happening. Little sunbird nestling in the pincushion bloom.
Oh bring on them funky flamingos - it's 2019!
The 31st is a mixed day for my family as we remember the tragic and sudden loss of my father 8 years ago and yet set new goals to boldly tackle and enjoy the new year. Who would of thought that losing him then gave me the wings to follow my path as an artist .