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.
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
My husband and I have lived in Sydney for nearly 3 and a half years now.
Bondi Beach is iconic.
I thought up all the strong characteristics that make up Bondi and started to sketch them. The the ice cream van, the skate park, the Pavilion, the beach, swim between the flags and others. I scanned the drawings into my laptop and worked on them using Adobe Illustrator. I like how the illustrations connect together and give a sense of place.
You can now buy my prints through Society6 along with other products www.society6.com/alicejonesart
Creating cards from family and friends is an enjoyment of mine. I like to create something different or individual to the person. I thought what a great idea it would be to get my designs online on a print-on-demand service so that others can enjoy and buy my cards. I have created designs for cards, prints, home decor and even swimming towels!! Enjoying seeing how my designs can be used on different products. Please visit my pages, like and maybe buy something :). Thank you.
https://society6.com/alicejonesart – I will be using this to sell a variety of different products from prints to home decor
http://www.zazzle.com.au/alicejonesdesigns – I will be using this site to sell cards mainly
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