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New Works at Boom Gallery

Tiel Seivl-Keevers

For those of you who have still got a a job, and have recently looked at your credit card statement and seen how much you have saved whilst being in lockdown because you haven’t been spending your money on random stuff you don’t need, or long lunches with friends….I have news for you.

Boom Gallery in Geelong, Vic have recently updated their online profile to support all the artists they represent. I recently send them some new works, all very affordable and at a size that will happily found its place in any home or home office, or a present for someone who is just having a terrible time.

 

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Above: “Blue Trees 1” and “Blue Trees 2”

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Above: “Old Man Gum”

 

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Above: “Unchartered Landscape 1”

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Above: “Water and Earth”

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TRAVEL WITHIN MY HOME – shifting my creative compass

If there was ever a time to finish that book, to clean out your drawers, wardrobe, cook something new, learn how to sew or draw, then perhaps it is now.

Personally, no pandemic will ever get me excited about cleaning out drawers.

Being at home, working at home is not a new concept for me. However, my mindset and ability to concentrate has been altered. Coronavirus (C19) has definitely entered my thinking space. I’ve turned the radio off, I try not to look at my news feed on the phone or computer…at least I reduce this to a minimal time of the day. I am constantly thinking about friends and family who are about to lose income…..the thoughts of worry just escalate.I am not putting my head in the sand, yet trying to just remain balanced and calm is important. People think they have anxiety now…well it’s going to rain down on our society. So how do I over come this? I have a husband who employs 50 people and they all seem to be at my kitchen right now….virtually that is. Good luck with sharing office space and bandwidth at the moment people….

OK, so my thoughts have gone to Alain Button’s book The Art of Travel. Travel will forever be changed, especially international travel. And whilst we may be stuck indoors for now and restricted to where and what we can do, it doesn’t mean that we should never think about travelling again. Especially why we travel. And it certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t do anything within our confines no matter how small they maybe. For me it is relatively easy to shift my creative compass.  I am fortunate enough to have space, a garden that is large enough to explore and spend time in. Time to think about what is in front of me.

So here is my project and I’d love for you to join in if you are feeling uncertain as to how you can spend some of your lockdown time constructively. Or just keep watching crap TV.

Each day I am going to take a journal and sketch every plant in my garden. Every tree and shrub and flower. I am going on a holiday within my own space. I will only spend 5-10 minutes per day recording this information. I know most of my plants….but there are a few I don’t know the names of, so it will be a journey of learning and discovery. I don’t know how long this will last for or what will come from this, but it gives me that break I need from the creative work I have scheduled for commissions at the moment. I cannot paint successfully if my mind is elsewhere.

You may not have a garden, but perhaps you could sketch, photograph or write a poem about other items in your home. Concentrate on your kitchen, what you eat each day, how you travel each room…. Or go back and look at all the holiday destinations you had and make a journal about it.

I just don’t want to waste this time feeling consciously anxious and depressed about how fucked up this world is at the moment. I need a project. This will be a good start. Tell me if you are going to do something similar, I would love to see hear about it.

 

Day one and two

Bay leaf tree and Yucca plant

Please read from the Financial Times: Alain de Botton: how to travel from your sofa : Coronavirus may confine us — but we can learn to explore in very different ways

 

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February Goals… REFLECTIONS

Reflection on my time in Central Australia. See my previous post.

From my time painting the landscape en plein air I came home with a few smaller pieces that I then extended into some works on paper. Mostly ink and water colour on cotton rag, There is so much to take in when you are in this environment.

The shapes and size of the rocks and their shadows. Violet, Sienna, ochre.

The textures and tones of the bark on the limbs of the eucalyptus and mulga trees. The closer you are to them, the more alive they appear.

The feeling of sand under your feet and long grass against your legs. It is a daunting landscape, one that will polarise your emotions.

The morning’s clarity and silence. The heat and noise of the burning day. The calmness and sometimes formidable atmosphere as the night turns black.

 

I feel the need to break it down into a simplistic image that has space in order to highlight the individual elements.

This last image above is only about 1/3 of the painting.

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January

2019 was a busy year on the home front. We gutted our kitchen, bathroom, courtyard and laundry…amongst fixing and replacing other areas around the house. I’m typing this post in February and we still have some issues to complete…I won’t mention the amount of stuff ups that occurred, but I will say that from May to December last year I probably had a handful of uninterrupted days in the studio. Not enough to produce the work I had hoped for.

I do have a rocking new kitchen and bathroom which I love.

December was spent away in Europe for what will probably be our last big family holiday. The kids will be 16 and 18 this year so will likely want to spend less time with us once they complete school. Parenting has had its challenges too and all in all I was glad to see the end of 2019.

My studio time started slowly towards the end of January. I was finally able to get my head around commissions and focus on some of the ideas I wanted to develop artistically. Until now I hadn’t really unfolded my trip to Central Australia from last September. This is my first priority. I have seen some amazing landscapes these last few months. So much diversity in colours, shapes, and atmosphere. From dust storms, drought, fires, smoke fill oceans, icy peaks in Southern Europe, rainy grey days in ancient cities to marvellous tropical storms that have brought much needed rain. Plenty of photos have been uploaded to Flickr if you wish to see them.

So I have lots to think about. Paint about. Make about.

To do this I am being diligent and writing most mornings my intentions and plans in a journal.  I have a tendency to float too much around concepts and not stay grounded long enough to feel satisfied with my outcomes.

More to come for February.

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Studio time

2019 has been full of interruptions for me due to house renovations….which have been in full swing since May and sadly will still be weeks away. My studio is at home so there for my usual peace has been constantly disrupted with questions, planning, ordering, supervising, jack hammering, and a tribe of blokes who wander in and out of the house from the early hours of the morning.

Even though I would love to have my kitchen finished, (or would just love to have a clear and honest hand over date instead of the bullshit that we keep getting), I am starting to have more hours of concentrated studio time.

 

I’m painting, playing with ceramics and also textiles with better intentions to work towards a more cohesive body of work for 2020.

The only welcome disrupters are of the dachshund kind.

Here are a few snippets of my workspace.

 

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A town like Alice

In early September I took myself on an Accompanied Adventure, a new travel group initiated by artist Ingrid Bowen. I have never been to Alice Springs before and was eager to see the centre. We spent time at the Araluen Arts Centre for the Desert Mob 2019 exhibition and market day and a  night viewing Desert Song. Highlights on the trip (beyond the landscape which honestly was so empowering and rich), were meeting some of the locals who shared their Arts including the Hermannsburg Potters, and the Tjanpi Desert Weavers. There is so much I need to analyse from this trip so this post will be just a minuscule of what I took in.