Tuesday
Jul252017

Packing (art) for the US of A ... - July 2017

My sister-in-law Paula, lives in the States and keeps on at us for a visit.

Well. Not yet.

For now, my art continues to travel there.  And soon, Sacred Walk begins the journey across many miles and seas.  

This work has had a special meaning for me and I have found myself a little reluctantly preparing and packing it up to be collected by the couriers.

Even now, I have not enclosed it in its final wrapping.

My good-friend and art-partner Joan Martin often reassures me with "... there's more". She's right.  There is lots more work to come (I trust); but that moment of creating this particular work and the time and space I was in, is behind me now.  

Time is sacred.

 

Thursday
May042017

Pink Blooms and Sienna Earths

My friend Ana and I started exchanging Mail-Art (postcards) in April of 2012.  

With no-thanks to the (un)reliability of the SA Postal Service, we cannot post these through 'the system'.  This means that we 'have to' meet to handover our cards.  So where we can, it's usually over a cuppa and sometimes lunch.

Ana loves all-things-bright; bright blooms and colourful prints. She is as bright in life too. I on the otherhand tend towards the earth tones.  

Looking back over at our cards, and the photos of some of our exchanges, it is evident that Ana's love for bright and happy colours must be influencing me positively.

You can see the images of our exchange on my facebook artist page - Lara Mellon Artist

 

Tuesday
May022017

Don't Run

Our much-longer-than-anticipated transition period (whilst we build our new home) could have had me feeling like running away often I'm sure .... if it weren't for creating art, in whatever form.  

Joan and I have been exchanging mail-art (postcards) since 2012.  Recently our friend Ana De Vlieg has also begun exchanging with us. I will blog about our postcards too.

It is the most wonderful thing, to have this connection, and a good reason too to meet over a cuppa and occassionally over dinner. I look as forward to receiving a new card as I do to responding with one.

We often include portraits and other images from the Sktchy App that Joan introduced us too.

I have loaded all of Joan and my postcards right from 2012 so you can see them here on my Lara Mellon Artist Facebook Page.

My last postcard was digitally printed from an oil painting that I did in response to a beautiful image off Sktchy.

You can also see some of these images on my Instagram link.  

A really great aspect of the postcards is that they're 'in-conversation' so have personal meaning and create a record of where we've 'been at'.  They are also experimental so we get to stretch ourselves a bit with a playful approach and the connection with another artist-friend is invaluable.

So, there's no need for me to run off anywhere .... these exchanges keep me relatively sane, and certainly hopefull and looking forward.

Friday
Dec162016

Treats that last a lifetime - Dec 2016

The Buzzart Fair at the KZNSA Gallery is always a treat for me, both in exhibiting and selling my own work, and then in spoiling myself with treasures to enjoy in my home for a lifetime to come.  

This year I bought two Tricam Prints; a lovely mandala drawn by Nindya Tricam and a beautiful drawing of the Durban Station by Nikhil Tricam.  Look them up ... their works are wonderful.

You're bound to find a unique item, hand-crafted and local-to-Durban from the fair, so if you're in the area, stop by.

You'll experience a profound difference in living with origional, hand-crafted, made-with-heart works compared with the mass-produced same-old-same in all the super-commercial shops out there.

Transcend the Present I - Mixed Media on Board - 16x12cm - SOLD

Transcend the Present II - Mixed Media on Board - 16x12cm

Wednesday
Aug172016

Still, Through Forests - Closes

Still, Through Forest

@ The Loading Bay Gallery

Closes Sunday 21st August, 12 noon

A sincere thanks for the wonderful support and interest in this (and last month’s) exhibition.

The diversity and beauty of all the artist’s work is such a treat to enjoy, so stop in quick if you haven’t already.