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.
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.
I am now selling works at Pack Gallery Studio in Bangalow, just a short drive from Pottsville and Byron Bay in northern NSW.
Now selling at Art500
Art500 is an online gallery showcasing Australian artists and guess what? All the works are under $500. So there’s no excuse saying that you can’t afford to buy quality artworks….go check it out now!
Trees in River and September Trees 1 are each diptychs that have been archivally mounted on museum grade 100% cotton rag mat boards. Both available in the small section of the shop
Half the framing has been completed. If you would like to purchase these with a frame I am happy to assist. Simple contact me for details.
When one artist says to another artist, “Would you like to paint some of my vessels?”
And I say, “Sure!”
So the ceramic artist magically throws some clay to produce these lovely forms and then she says, ” there you go”
And this all happens.
Apart of our exhibition for DUST until May 12th, 2019 Forms by Clairy Laurence, paintings by Tiel Seivl-Keevers
I am updating my website this month. Some of my work is very difficult to capture within the format of a screen. I always photograph work before glass framing, but sometimes I think showing the frame is also important.
If you see any of my works either in the gallery or shop sections that indicate they are framed and there is no photo, please contact me and I will email you a photo.
This is from a series I made in 2018. A series of paper collages. Bellarine will be exhibited at the upcoming DUST exhibition this coming May 3rd in Brisbane. Details here
This coming May I will be participating in a group show in my home town, Brisbane.
Three ceramic artists have invited me to be involved in DUST. They are, Tracy Murray from Shut Up and Relax, Clairy Laurence Ceramics and Libby Usher from the Clairy and Libby collaboration Laurence Usher Ceramics.
Opening night is Friday May 3rd, 6-8pm
214 Latrobe Tce Paddington, Qld
The Gallery hours are limited but will be open Saturday and Sunday 10am -2pm May 4, 5 AND May 11,12.
I will have a range of works in the show, including some small still life paintings on paper. Occasionally I dabble with still life because of my love for flora and ceramics. Keep an eye on my instagram feed for more updates.
I have just listed this framed painting.
Sand and Sea is a mixed media painting on paper and framed in American Oak.
Available for Sale in the shop section
Over the last month I have been spending every spare moment in the studio.
I have the sense that this year is going to flyby. Family commitments have been locked in already: trips; weddings and school demands. In May I have two exhibitions. One in Brisbane and the other in Adelaide. (what was I thinking) I will have all the details first via my Instagram page and also here on my website.
So in this post I just wanted to share a small amount of the works that are in progress. It looks very much like a dog’s breakfast at the moment, and I feel like I have no room to move at times. Landscapes, particularly trees and even more the eucalyptus trees in my own backyard are the source of my investigations.
This summer has been relentlessly hot and dry. The heat has caused so much stress to the trees, that they have shed their bark so dramatically this year, revealing the most amazing colours and textures. I’m looking forward to cooler days so I can get out and walk more within the landscape.