I have created a new site today, I wanted to have a very easy edit and clear portfolio style site. I am happy with the over finish of the site. There are a couple things I want to change but it works well for what it is needed for. See what you think!
It has been a while since I last posted, but sometimes you just get busy actually doing rather than posting!
I have now been running social paint classes in Sydney for over 5 months now!! I am running it part time around my other job. Had a lot of interest considering I am a start up business. Met some lovely people through the classes and hope to connect with the local community more.
I run classes in Paddington and Surry Hills at the moment because they are the most convenient locations for me to get to. I can go to other areas but have to factor in the travel expense.
I am focusing on developing Enjoy And Paint to have a certain uniqueness in how I run the classes. It is a hard one to balance, time, creativity and fun!
I would love to find out more from my follower, what classes they want to do next and what makes Enjoy And Paint different!
Recently I have not had the time to focus on my art practice. I now have an extra day in the week to focus on my art. I am now able to put more time into creating artwork whilst earning a regular income from something that I also love which is working with the community and helping others.
It is an important time for me to reflect on my practice. Why do I do it? Where is it going? And what do I want to achieve?
Putting ideas down on paper I worked out:
My purpose as an artist. The purpose of me creating artwork is to express myself and to use my imagination to be creative. As an artist I resolve and explore ideas or issues I need to work through. It is my passion and I get enjoyment from my artwork having a connection with the viewer.
My direction. I want to create positive artwork which influence and inspires myself and the viewer. I want it to be colourful, involving paint. Using my knowledge from uni, I want to develop a solid portfolio of work. I would like to use ideas and reflection of life in my artwork.
My desires as an artist. I desire to be happy with what I create, I would like it to be purposeful and meaningful. I want to use and share my creative talents. I would like to feel confident with my work and for it to sell.
It was a good exercise to do and I will reflect on it in the next coming months.
Postcard exhibition 29 Nov – 13 Dec @ Haven cafe, Surry Hills, Sydney
As part of Alice and Lusy we had our opening day of the exhibition yesterday between 10am – 2pm at the cafe. I was there to introduce people to the show and to run some fun drawing activities. A friend of mine who I met through Lusy was also there to help out, thank you Shannon!
I was very impressed with the people I met who joined in. They also had a lot of positive feedback about the project and show. The post-it drawing idea worked very well, it helped encourage people to do a drawing. I also had a continuous line challenge to create a collaborative piece. Again, this was a really good option to suit a variety of people who took part.
Next Sunday I will be doing drawing activities again and hopefully the continuous line drawing can be finished.
Wow, just appreciate all that detail.
Final post-it drawings from day one.
what variety and characters!
Jennifer, organiser of Sydney Sketch Club
What lovely paint quality, Alice’s first portrait.
I have been working at Studio Upstairs on a drawing project called ‘Drawing through’. I had my second week in the studio this month. I have enjoyed being apart of the space and seeing how the work from members has developed since I was last in. I also produced a few sketches and maquettes from inspiration of seeing the hanging mobile in the studio. I plan to now make some sculptures of my own to then draw from. I will be going back to the studio in July to hopefully do a few workshop session with them. Here are a few photos of the studio and some of the artwork produced by members and myself.
Recent illustration I made for the Bridport Arts Centre’s – Story cafe poster, I am very pleased with it, I wanted mystical creatures and characters to appear from the smoke! Click on the image for an enlarged version.
I produced 50 pen illustrations for Bradt travel guides, ‘Slow Dorset’ new book, of local attractions and scenes of Dorset. The book has gone on sale this month and I have made a card series of the illustrations which are also for sale. I am selling them locally in and around Bridport, do let me know if you would like to buy any, they are £1.50 each (Enveloped, with plastic wrapping, price does not include P&P).