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explorations

Apart of my artistic practice is to explore places.

To walk amongst nature and discover what is beneath the surface.

Beneath the bark, beneath the creek’s surface, beneath the ground I walk on.

I look within. I wish to collect and unfold the transience of nature.

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aesthetic reasoning

Often when I am painting a commission for someone over time, and I have reached that half way point, I am less willing to just grab the paintbrush and paint. That’s the downside of doing commissions for me…it can be restrictive at times. So before I continue, I work on other pieces. Loosen up my marks, think about the composition, just be happy making mistakes.

So I continued to work on a smaller painting on canvas. An older piece. I kind of got lost in it. Painting small marks, details of memories, textures. I carved and scratched and painted over these. Then I added some green, saying all the time to myself, ‘do not use green today’. So I added some raw umber over that. Then wiped it all back, erasing my lack of confidence and direction. But not entirely. What do I want this painting to be?

Then I had to stop

Often at this stage, I am left feeling like I have only half completed something I should have finished…like only putting on one shoe before leaving the house.

So I take a photo of it and then later in the evening I sit with it on my computer and make marks on my screen. The whole impermanancy of it is liberating. It’s how I work out what I haven’t been able to do in my studio.

I can’t paint at night. So this process is what get’s my aesthetic problem solving out of my system until the next day. I don’t want this painting to be green. I want it to be brown with layers of ochre, grey and white. NO, mostly grey with just hints of colour. Like how the tides change with the reflection of the sun, each layer changes. When there’s too much detail, I’m not settled, so it’s about balancing it out with negative spaces. Spaces that become the memories of walking through the waterways and along the shores.

But the final piece…Well I have no doubt that it will be very different.

 

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Investigations

For those who have been following my work over the years will know that as an artist, I like to investigate many techniques and processes.

I started to share my work on Flickr in 2007 and then merged to Instagram a few years later and to this day share many of these investigations with followers.

Although I majored in printmaking at University, I have a passion for surface design, pattern, textiles, paper manipulation, photography, textiles, embroidery, and illustration. I enjoy the process of experimentation and investigation.

So here, in the news section, not only will you read about upcoming shows and events relating to my work, but also discover information about creative practitioners and thinkers who inspire me, and of course see my investigations along the way.

 

I’ve been blogging for almost 10 years now, with posts that have related to my work, my family, the frustrations of being a mother artist, and my travels around the world that has inspired my creativity. Although Instagram is my most used form of social media, I will endeavour to fill this space more often.

I write with honesty, and see myself as an artist who is constantly shifting gear to work within the needs of other commitments in my life. Although at times this is of great frustration to me, I am learning to have peace with it. So my work can sometimes seem random and disjointed, but there will always be common threads evident in my work that I take from all my many interests.

So, please feel free to comment, say hello and I will do my best to reply to you.

 

 

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