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Wednesday
May282014

Romantic notions of Wine .... and ...

My last posting probably compounded the already (not-so-accurate) notion that working in one's studio's a rather tame, pleasant affair where between one's efforts, sips of wine are enjoyed and perhaps even, one would recline back in a chair to enjoy the day (night's) efforts.

This is not entirely so.

My daughter Andrea caught a snapshot of me working last weekend;  huddled over, sanding, scraping ... burning (I often burn my works down with a heat gun ... the effects are amazing).  Sometimes I lose works without intention .... and then I'm sad ... other times the rawness of breaking down a surface reveal gems. I seldom know the outcome.

The work comes with hard effort, frustrations ... finger cuts, a few burns, and sore knees too :-)

The important bit though ... is to ensure as best one can ... that a great amount of enjoyment is had.

THIS, IS ABSOLUTELY SO !!

:-)

The first image is of a work that now no longer exists ... the second image currently exists, but who knows for how long :-)

 

 

Saturday
Apr262014

Till Late in my Studio 8

Having a full day to myself, and in my studio's a luxury and a treat. 

I had a great day's work and am excited about the direction my work has taken. 

At the end of the session, not having a clue what the time was, I walked out into the dark of night with not a light on in the house .... I turned 'round to notice my studio lit from inside and thought of the saying "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light - Aristotle Onassis"

 

You can see a few more pics here

Monday
Jan132014

Studio Spring-Clean and Seeing

With a crazy year behind me, I finally got into my studio on the weekend ... and landed up doing an extra-super spring-clean.

My family tease me saying that I clean more than I paint/create ;-) but I think the line between the two's not that clear.  

As I re-arranged canvas, tidied tins of paint, lined up turps, thinners and linseed oil and sorted through drawers filled with an array of the things I delight in ... pins with shiny round heads, ancient nails inherited from Gramps, rusty bottle-tops, twigs-a-twisting, pressed leaves, used old postage stamps, stencils that outline things, pretty pens, waxy crayons, Willow Charcoal and sticks of incense of Sandalwood and Old White Musk .. I realized that far more was going on than a mere clean-n-tidy. 

 

I found myself re-acquainting with 'hidden-treasures' that had been put away for safe-keeping;  Forgotten feathers found still brightly coloured, I was remembering the importance of delighting in the simple things that make me happy.  Discovering a packet full of torn map pieces, I was determining that it was time for new direction.  And then seeing beautiful butterfly wings that had been tucked between the pages of my journal, I  thought …  it's time for new dreams and for looking forward, however fragile our futures sometime seem.

Wednesday
Jun272012

Special Delivery ...

Two of my artworks were sold to a buyer who bought the works for her sister's 50th, so I had a little fun wrapping them to make it a special delivery ... I love doing things like this and wish I had more time on my hands to make and to wrap and to give gifts like this ... :-) 

Wednesday
Mar282012

Barefoot Dancing in my Studio

After a looooooong day working .... one step into my studio and I'm happy. I light the incense, in this case MYSTIQUE (it's usually Sandalwood, but this smells pretty much the same) ... and I turn on the tunes. Tonight we're rockin to good ol' Creedence Clearwater Revival ... for whatever reason.  Pat's out practicing golf, Andrea's at lectures, James is chillin somewhere - who cares for supper ... I'm here and very happy :-) ... see more here!