For some time now I have been procrastinating about making greeting cards from the mixed media pieces I have been creating. Many people have asked me if I could – and I have hummed and harred. From past experience the photgraphing – and then the printing (which has it’s own big bag of challenges), was a huge hurdle for me. I am very patient creating my trees and skies- but photography, well that’s a different story. I have no patience with it and I just want to point and shoot. A bit like computers, I just want to turn it on and get going.
I fiddled around with scanning the work. Then photographing it in various light situations and using different settings in my camera. Then recently, I started using the camera in my phone. The trouble seemed to be that all the layers of my scribbles didn’t translate very well to pixels etc. But guess what – the phone won out. Who would have guessed!
So with images sorted, printing settings experimented with, I am ready to release my greeting card range. There will images added to the range every month. Pop over to the shop page for more details.
An exhibition by AIM – Art in Miniature
It was a perfect late Spring afternoon for the opening of “The Perfect Gift”, a fascinating and beautiful exhibition of over 158 miniatures by 19 members of the Art In Miniature ACT group of artists. The exhibition has been beautifully and expertly co-ordinated and hung by Camelia Smith, president of Aim, with help from members. What a mammoth task to hang all these tiny treasures – and to make sure that they stay straight and are lined up! It looks wonderful.
The exhibition is being held at Yarralumla Gallery, Cottage 1, Weston Park Road, Yarralumla. 29th November 2015 – 29th January 2016. The gallery is part of The Oaks Brasserie and café concept located at the heritage listed Old English Gardens alongside the Yarralumla Nursery, surrounded by the leafy trees of Weston Park. Man’s best friend is more than welcome in the specially maintained dog garden where they can enjoy canine delights offered on the menu!
AIM was formed to promote the art of miniature in the ACT and surrounding districts in all its very diverse forms. The criteria for this group is that the work must be 100 square centimeters or less in total picture area (many works are much smaller) and that subject matter is to appear in the spirit of miniaturization.
The opening was very well attended and was officially opened by Barbie Robinson from Artcetera, ArtSound FM Radio, who only day’s out of hospital, gave an inspiring and informative speech to a crowd on the back terrace under the trees.
Here are some photos: group 1 taken by Camelia Smith when the work was hung. Group 2 during the opening.
Last Friday I delivered my large mixed media panorama piece to the Art Gallery of NSW for a competition. For some reason it is quite a nervous time for I’m sure all artists entering. It’s hard to be truly objective about your own work and at the end of the day the rational end’s up being “You’ve got to be in it, to even have the chance of being hung”. And wouldn’t that be an incredible thing.
At The Art Scene Framers
Art Gallery NSW
The competition falls into three categories, the most well known being the Archibald Prize started in 1921. The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’. The other two prizes are the Wynne for landscape pictures and sculpture and the Sulman for subject or genre pictures.
Judging for the Archibald and Wynne Prizes is carried out by 11 trustees of the Art Gallery NSW. ”One by one the works are carried or wheeled in by the gallery’s installation crew to be viewed by the trustees, who decide by consensus if the work is ‘in’, ‘out’ or ‘maybe in’. It is estimated that each works has about 11 seconds to impress the panel, just because of the sheer volume of thousands of works entered. How difficult would that be? A single judge is invited to judge the Sulman Prize each year. There is also a prize called the Packing Room Prize awarded by the hardworking men and women in the basement of the gallery who receive the works from the artists over the week before deadline and also People’s Choice. Artists also have the chance of being chosen to hang in “The Salon des Refuses” which is held at the S.H. Erving Gallery on Observatory Hill in Sydney. From the S.H. Irving “The ‘alternative’ selection from hundreds of entries to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes. Each year our guest selectors go behind the scenes of the Art Gallery of New South Wales to select the exhibtion. The Salon has an excellent reputation and the criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation and cover themes such as contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and artist’s responses to the landscape.” This exhibition goes on to travel to other Regional Art Galleries. Then – of course, there are many artists who travel back to the art gallery packing room to pick up their art babies to take them back home to the studio, trying not to feel too dejected. Better luck next time. I’ve been in that boat twice. So full of dreaming – dashed. Back to the shed or studio.
Because my subject of the moment is the trees around where I live, I entered the Wynne Prize. I’ll let you know what happens this time.
******* It was the long drive back to the NSW Gallery and then back to the shed.
After several long weeks, with the help of many cups of green tea and my trusty heater (it’s been freezing here), I have finished the largest piece I have attempted in Mixed Media Coloured Pencil. Next step – off to Sydney and the framer.
I am happy to announce that my Exhibition “Far Horizons” has been extended until the end of June at Humble House 93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick. Wed-Sun 10am – 4pm.
A couple of weeks ago I went to Sydney to deliver my work to The Art Scene for framing. Kim was so patient and extremely helpful when I went in to choose the mat board colour, the size the mat boards would be cut and then the frame. There are so many beautiful frames to choose from and it is quite a daunting task.
Last week I was back to pick up the pictures – which now looked very different – and quite a bit larger now the mats and frames have been added. It was incredibly exciting to see the work and I am thrilled with the framing and the way my pictures look. Thank you, thank you Art Scene.
Yesterday I packed up the car and delivered the pieces to Humble House Gallery – after a quick inspection my by two resident art critics Coco and Domino Laurie. I think the felines approved, although I think they liked the corrugated cardboard packaging more.
I left Roger and Weilian Carter to the daunting task of hanging the show and moving the beautiful furniture and ceramics which the gallery is famous for. When hanging an exhibition – there isn’t room for too many opinions about which picture goes where. Especially from the artist! Better to leave that to the experts.
The show opens tomorrow – the 20th May. So I’ll send you some pictures of the gallery after I visit. Until then – I wish these butterflies which are beginning to fly in my stomach would calm down.
This week I was determined to get all the pictures for my exhibition at Humble House Gallery in Fyshwick, Canberra completed. And believe it or not I did. Scary! It’s a strange business being an artist working alone in your little box for most of the time. There comes a time when you have to let the world see what you’ve been up to in private. And the only way to do this is to let go of your work and put it up on the wall – in public. Yes. It’s pretty scary.
So what’s next now I’ve finished? Oh dear – so many things. But today was photographing day – because next week all my work will be taken to the framer to choose mat boards and frames. SO – the dining room turned into a photographic studio for the day and Bill took over (with a little help from studio assistant AKA me).
Bill with his camera, lights (hidden) and lap top ready to go.
A miniature, pinned up straight and ready to strike a pose.
The exhibition begins on Wednesday 20th May, 2015. Humble House Gallery, 93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick, ACT, Australia.
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