Group Exhibition In July At The Gosford Regional Gallery
The second exhibition in July I’m involved with engages another group of artists. I will be exhibiting a different body of work from that in the ShoreThyme Exhibition.
There is a wonderful variety of works in this show, with each artist having developed their unique vision of the world. We have been working together for eighteen months now,as a group, in a studio practice under the watchful eye of John Morris, well-known Australian, new Romantic painter.
What is a ‘studio practice?’ A studio practice is the working modus operandi if you like, of the artist. It involves beginning with an idea, which you work up through sketches, more detailed drawings and perhaps quick paint studies, before settling into the final work. For example the charcoal drawing I did below, which then became
First closet drawing
the next image you see here, gives you an idea of how the process develops into a painting.
It is through this art practice that one grows and develops as an artist.
This Weeks Question: What are you doing on Saturday the 18th July at 2.30pm ?
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Announcing an Upcoming Exhibition in July.
In July this year I will be involved in two different group exhibitions. The first of these will be at ShoreThyme gallery from the 7th to the 19th of July. This exhibition will be a retrospective look at the development of my work since 2010. Prior to this date, I had been experiencing a desert in the creative landscape but began working again.
This work began with a series of paintings based around a very special place in New Zealand, Cathedral Cove.
Cathedral Cove Revisited
I was challenged to begin by doing a series of works with my left hand – and as I am normally right-handed, this was quite a challenge as you can imagine. Below is the first left-handed attempt. It shows a view of the opposite side of the cave.
Cathedral Cove I 19×24″ Oils
This is a group exhibition with two other artists – Julie Macdonald and Esther Beaton.
Come back in a couple of weeks to see some of the other works that will be showing in the exhibition. In the mean time, pencil the following details into your diary and come along to the exhibition opening.
OPENS: JULY 7 – JULY 19
OPENING EVENT: Tuesday 7th July
VENUE: ShoreThyme Gallery / Restaurant
There are also some other special surprises, which I will be announcing in June.
This Weeks Question: What are you doing on Tuesday the 7th July at 6pm in the evening?
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Pix Credits: Top Photo – PrueT – @Prue29 on Instagram
What Kind of Business Is Art?
Is art a real business?Are you wanting to sell your paintings? Most artists come to a point somewhere along the way, when they decide it is time to begin looking at selling some of their work, usually for one or both of the following reasons.
- They have run out of room to store their work. Every wall is hung with paintings and the garage is full up and the studio is overflowing.
Too Many Paintings
- The other reason is because you have run out of money to buy new art materials and want to keep going!
So if you are an artist – what is your business really?
- Is it making paintings – producing something?
- Is it marketing those products?
- Or are you in the business of Selling
Well the bad news is that –
Your business is not painting, or writing poetry, or directing movies. These are products that you are producing.
You are in a business making products that you are SELLING – oops, there’s that horrible word again!
However what is even more important to understand is WHAT exactly you are selling. Now you are more than likely thinking – “Is she mad? I’m selling paintings, or books or whatever the creative thing is that is being sold.” Well actually you are not.
This then naturally segues into a conversation about the value of art. Which I will cover in a later post. Suffice to say for the moment that in order to sell anything well, you must understand the need that you are filling in the person who is buying that thing.
What is someone looking for when they buy an art work? Can you answer that question? Why? Because this is what you are really selling. If your works are about children for example, you might be actually selling parent hood feelings, or nostalgia.
This Weeks Question: What kind of person might want your art work?
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10 Things Every Artist Must Have
Have you ever wondered if there are some things that an artist really ought to have?
Well here’s my list of 10 things every artist must have.
Not to say they are necessarily in order of importance, and you might want different things on your list…… well it’s a bit of fun and food for thought. Also some of the items actually contain more than one thing, are collections perhaps?
Creative Thinking Hat
- A Creative Thinking Hat – or some other thing that you wear or have about your person that gets you in the mood for creativity.
- A wonderful collection of inspiring music to listen to as you create. This of course will be different for everyone. Did you know that classical music of the Baroque variety, actually stimulates the creative side of the brain and gets you in the zone more easily?
- A support person you can rely on to prop you up when you are flagging, to kick you out of your creative doldrums or, offer a shoulder to cry on when it is all too much.
- A mentor, who would not be the person mentioned in number three. This is someone more advanced than you in your chosen field, to offer you unbiased criticism and sage advice.
- A list of places to go and things to do on your Artist Dates.
- A network of people to help you on the sales side of your business. This might include people like your accountant, web designer, gallerists and so forth.
- A Mastermind Group of other artists that you meet with on a regular basis and who support you in your business and creative practice.
- A Creative Journal which documents your ideas, thoughts, works in progress and inspirations.
Art Journal Page
9. A fabulous, user-friendly website that must be mobile friendly as well, that showcases your work to its best advantage.
10. An awesome digital portfolio on your iPad or tablet that you take with you wherever you go and show to as many people as possible!
So that’s it.
This Weeks Question: How many of these ten things do you have?
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