Last Saturday, I spent a fantastic creative afternoon with my good friend at Arthouse Gallery in Darlinghurst, Sydney.
They have exhibited the artist work Fabrizio Biviano – Potemkin Still Life Blues for the past month and through the Art At Night event they held a drawing workshop run by the artist. He has sold all his paintings exhibited!
Fabrizio said that he is a High School teacher whilst pursuing his Artist career. He was previously a Graphic Designer which is clear with his influence of text in his paintings.
His paintings caught my eye from viewing them on the Arthouse Gallery website. They are vibrant and refreshing from thinking of a traditional still life. He painted the collection with oils on canvas. He includes alot of symmetry in the collections painting which he was unsure to why but also spoke about his background in Graphic Design having an influence. He has painted Australian native plants standing up in disposable coffee cups and often crumpled cups. Underneath the cups are books stacked up and scrumpled blue tape. I didnt mind the tape, he said he likes the use of them to create movement within the paint. He spoke about how he uses the edge of the painting to be messy, to let out frustration sometimes and to share the process of the painting and colour use.
He ran an inspiring workshop, with about 5 arrangements for 30+ people to sit around to study and draw. It was a free workshop and very popular! He took us through the steps to break down the arrangement that we were looking at. We did non-dominant hand sketches and also focused on the shapes within the arrangement. He introduced tone and texture. It was a very relaxing environment to be in and to spend the time drawing.
Whilst studying my drawing degree we would often do drawing exercises to help us look and study what we are drawing as appose to what we think it looks. Handy warm up exercises and starting to get everyone in the creative zone.
It was a great workshop and hope to do more of them in the future.
Nice to see the different angles of the same arrangement.
This was the title of the City Thought Leaders Seminar I went to last week at Customs House at Circular Quay, Sydney.
It is really good to get out of your room or studio to learn from others and to network. I am generally time poor (like a whole lot of creatives) so I find it hard to get to creative events, however they are really useful and crucial to moving forward and knowing what else is going on. It is great to share a space with like minded people.
A few key points I picked up:
- Embrace the hustle
- Find a path that works for you
- Jeff McCann – Whats your point of difference? Break your service down into what it provides ie. product, service
- Evolve your business in the way that customers react
- Look to collaborate
- Alexia Spalding – Have a budget and stick to it, listen to your customers, make time for life outside of your business, have patience and back yourself, be honest and also have a exit plan if it happens
- What problem are you solving with your business?
- Use intsgram for story telling
Afterwards there was a change to grab a nice cup of tea (T2 tea I would like to add!) and to meet others. I was lucky enough to get a change to talk to two of the main speakers;
Alexia Spalding co founder of Good Day Girl https://www.gooddaygirl.com.au/
Carolina Totterman co founder of Kindred: https://kindred.place/
Alexia and Sophie runs an independent fashion business based in Sydney. They joined forces 4 years ago when Good Day Girl was born. Whilst chatting to Alexia we spoke about being time poor and actually being honest with yourself if you are tired and unproductive on a certain day to put your work down and maybe leave it for the next day. She also said about being careful with wording, avoid ‘discount’ as it devalues your product or service, use ‘introductory offer’ instead.
Carolina is the cofounder of Kindred which is a new creative hub to connect with. She had a lot of useful tips for me as a startup. She said to get to know your customer, create a profile of them. Use facebook to do targeted ads. She mentioned about selling arts packs and to create experiences for customers (i.e wine tasting and painting). She said to maybe choose the market. Possibly offer singles paint sessions.
Useful points to explore and develop and I look forward to the next talk.
Exciting news! I have now setup classes from February running in Sydney. I had to research possible venues, create the first paintings and then setup my website to get my first classes happening.
I feel really great that I have actually finally commited to one of my ideas. It has taken me a while to work out the right approach around my other work commitments.
It feels really good to know that I will be working again with art and sharing creativity. Sessions are 2 hours and allow for socialising and creating art.
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If you live or are coming to Sydney please come along to one of our classes soon.
Delivery of art materials for upcoming classes.
Exciting news! From February next year I will be starting up social painting classes in Sydney.
I have wanted to setup classes for a while and particularly in the area that are near to where I live becasue there is not anyone else doing in those areas.
I like the idea of a social ocassion being combined with being creative. Especially in our busy lives, to spend 2hrs after work or on the weekend to do something you might not usually do is great.
I am targeting the classes for 18+ and up, but also younger if organized.used as a seperate private party.
I have already got 4 venues interested so over the next month I will be developing the paintings, my website and publicity.
Bring on 2017!
Mandala painting ideas for a class.
Ice cream overload!
After creating my Bondi Beach design recently, I rather liked the ice cream van and I also have a great love of ice cream so I made it a print of its own! You can also buy it as a towel and other products through https://society6.com/product/ice-cream-w7v_beach-towel#s6-4836576p53a69v456
I have not written a post for a while; as I have had other focuses recently. Even though I might not be doing a creative activity task, artistic expression is apart of me and it does find a way of coming out! For example in my recent wedding,! Details below.
One recent focus has been… completing a course! I work as a Team Leader on a Social Support program for over 65 participants with memory loss. To freshen up my knowledge and to gain more skills, the organisation supported me to study a part time diploma course for Coordination of Community Services. It has taken me the past 16 months to complete and I should receive the certificate next week! The course was most useful, as it covered a broad overview of how community services should operate and what is required. Covering 14 units from; WHS, budgeting, implementing and the legal/ethical side.
The other focus has been… planning and getting married! Wow! It has been a busy year. My husband and I are from England and most of our family live there. It was important to have our family and friends with us for our special day so we planned it in Dorset, England. We visited last year, to decide the venue and to do all the formalities for our wedding. In the year lead up to our wedding, I thought up lots of little creative ideas for our wedding. Fun to do something a bit different and what we like. There wasn’t many weekends that went by that were not something to do with the wedding! It paid off though because we were able to be so relaxed on the day and the sun was out!! bonus!! Here are some of the things I made:
- Fabric bouquets – I made my bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets in Australia over my Christmas break! I cut 300+ circles in different fabrics to create layered flowers. I burnt the edges to seal them and to create a natural look. I used a polystyrene ball and dowel rod for the base. Once the flowers were assembled I pinned them on. They traveled in our hold luggage and arrived perfectly fine in England.
- Buttonholes – I wanted to match the handmade style of the bouquets with the buttonholes. I created 4 using the flower print from the bouquets for the best man and usher and created a special one for my husband. I made some flowers similar to the bouquet flowers for the mums, and my sister-in-laws. Very pleased with them.
- Flower hair piece and veil detail – I wanted something created by me to be apart of what I was wearing. I had created a ribbon hair garland to go around my head, however once I tried it all together I thought it was too much so I changed the design so that the veil was attached to the hair piece. I used similar fabrics to my gold/ivory dress. I bought my veil second hand in Sydney. I loved the edging detail. As my dress has gold in it, I bought some gold beads to add to the veil.
- ‘All you need is love’ fingerprint guest book – I had seen a few of these alternative ideas online. However the flower idea I came up with and painted myself. I wanted something for everyone to join in with that was creative. Everyone added their fingerprint and name (and some tiny feet!) I loved all the colour. We managed to get it to England and back in one piece and I have now sent off the canvas to be stretch framed. Cannot wait to see it!
- Mr and Mrs – Again, I made this in Sydney, they were lightweight so they were fine to transport. I added a mini photo collage to the ‘R’s, the photos were of us both since we have been together.
Our photos were taken by Dawn Potter. She took lovely natural photos and she fitted right in on the day. www.dawnpotter.co.uk
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.
Piece of cake!
From creating cupcake designs I now had the confidence to try a large cake design. I did buy the cake and icing from the shop so that I could focus my time on the decoration. I used my own photos of flowers and the print techniques of Cath Kidson designs for inspiration.
I am really pleased with the light blue icing against the white butter icing and jam. I just added some of the blue and white edible paint when I was rolling the icing.
Taste wise, I think the amount of icing is right for the cake, I like that I have a bright design but it does not use too much icing like some other fondant cakes.
From regularly going during college and university, it really has been a long time since I have been! A place in the city does it at a very reasonable price. There is no tutor however, for me to start it up again it worked well.
The model did 2 min, 5 min and max 10 min poses. I did find that I did not have long enough! Practice!
I was really please with the quick 2 minute poses I did where I overlaid different coloured chalks. I will look to use this technique again.
Medium: chalk and pencil on brown paper.
I visited the Sculpture by the sea Bondi event which involves about a 2km walk to see the sculptures from Tamarama beach to Bondi. I did the walk with my friend Fi who is the creator of Bitesize Traveller food blog.
It is a stunning walk in itself, and it was such a beautiful day with the ocean waves crashing against the coastline perfectly. I would find it hard as a sculptor to decide on a sculpture that would work with such breath taking views all around.
From the start there was a dominating sculpture of a copper fist which welcomes you onto the beach. We then walked to the right of Tamarama beach to find a wooden beamed structural piece which you could walk under. It made me think of the wooden supports that are used when boats are being made. Even though it was a large sculpture I felt like it worked we with its surroundings.
The next sculpture which caught both mine and Fi’s eye was these large squeezy bottles that actually squirted water! Great fun for adults and children alike! They had a fun element which I commended.
We strolled along the path and stopped to look at a collection of bird sculptures which had been created or represented islands off shore of Australia. They gave a sense of symbolic meaning behind the making.
As we walked along, we saw an interesting piece which was set back from the ones on the direct coastal path. It was a sculpture reflecting modern thoughts around being ‘watched’ or your life being intruded by CCTV. It had about 15 CCTV cameras all pointing to one spot which I stood under. I liked this piece for its connection with current views.
We had a really fun time looking at the different submission. There were themes on reflections and having an involvement in the sculpture to experience it. I thought about how the sculptures fitted with their surroundings and whether that was a key feature to the sculpture.
Tamarama – Wooden structure
Tamarama – Squeezy bottles
Tamarama – Squeezy bottles
Bird collection created by different islands of of Australia
Igloo shaped scultpure
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