Enjoy And Paint

Enjoy And Paint

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.

Go larger!

Ongoing and Reflection, Sketchbook

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.

Halloween carrot cupcakes

Daily Inspiration

This is my second attempt at using edible paints to create fun designs. I baked 12 carrot cupcakes for about 10 minutes and let them cool. I then rolled out the fondant icing and cutout circles. I then had fun with creating Halloween inspired decorations.

I am really enjoying getting the painted effect on the fondant icing. I feel that I could have a lot of experimentation with different themes.

Why not create artwork that you can eat?

Ongoing and Reflection

Hand painted designs and homemade cupcakes

I always like to have a project on the go, my next is exploring and creating edible designs! I was intreged to find paints that I can use to create artworks that then can be eaten! This way I am combining my drawing talent with something you can eat, what can go wrong!

I researched the idea online and found a company that I can by the paint from. I found the paints easy to use (like powder paints at school). The gold was quite lumpy so I did not end up using it.

I was able to try out the colours next to each other and how they mix together. I did taste testing (a must!) and found that because I use minimal paint I was not able to taste the colour (like with dyed fondant). I am very pleased with the results and look forward to more experimenting..

Chuck Close at the MCA

Exhibition/Gallery visits

Chuck Close – Prints, Process and Collaboration

Chuck Close is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale intricate patterned portraits. Though a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed, he continues to paint and produce work that remains sought after by museums and collectors. Lives and works in New York.

I was glad to see the exhibition in Sydney today as it reminded me of studying his work for the first time during my A Levels. One of the things that intrigues me most about Close’s work is how he works from ridged grids but is able to capture an abstract nature in the way he applies the medium.

It was very interesting to see the developmental works of his large scale prints. I was surprised by the amount of different mediums he has worked with. Particularly his work where he compresses different shades of paper pulp (from white to black) into a metal grid to create a portrait. Close paints uses both hands on the brush.

MCA Review of Chuck Close РPrints, Process and Collaboration

20 Nov 2014 -15 March 2015