Challenges – My 8 day Instagram  Challenge

Challenges are an interesting phenomenon. Last week I took part in an eight day Instagram  Challenge which was called the #abundantartshow. The challenge was to try and sell something online within eight days. It had some interesting results for me, for although I didn’t sell any work in that time I realised that I still had a lot of pieces in the sales process that needed attention.

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It was the first time I had taken part in such a challenge. I think I have always been reluctant to enter challenges in the past because of a fear that I wouldn’t succeed even completing the challenge. However what I found from this challenge was that I was pushed to do things I might not have thought of doing previously. It also made me think about the process of selling art in a different light.
Another benefit received was that of attracting more followers to my Instagram account and gaining more social interaction generally around the works. One of the things we had to do during the challenge was to present our work in a different way. Since I am doing a series about refugees, I decided to post one of my paintings on a bombed out building, similar to the one you might have seen in my post a couple of weeks ago – Freedom and Art – The Art of Freedom

Below is my image, using last week’s post image.

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This is not something I would have come up with on my own without a prompt to nudge me in a different direction.  So I would say one of the greatest benefits of challenges is that we force ourselves to extend beyond our paradigm, beyond our safe and secure comfort zone.  We are pushed into extending beyond our limiting beliefs of what we currently think is achievable for us.

This Weeks Question: What challenges have you been involved in and how did they benefit you? I would love to hear your experiences….  Please Share…..

Look For Next Week’s Post: A look at what’s coming up next in the studio.

 

Refugees

Refugees in New Zealand have been warmly welcomed, as I mentioned in the previous post. As I worked my way through the first painting, ‘Refugee‘,  I thought more and more about the whole subject. What makes a person a refugee, is there only one kind of refugee and are refugees always created by forceful displacement?

The dictionary definition of a refugee is – “a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.”  I believe there are degrees of refugees.  Those as described already, and people who have been displaced from their native environment by choice, only to find they cannot return, for various reasons. In my next post I shall examine these ideas further.

As the painting developed, you will see in the vlog below, the struggles I had to get the image to work.

 

 

In this painting the refugees have arrived and are being welcomed by their new country – New Zealand, in this case.  I am working very intuitively at the moment, and being constantly surprised at what is coming out onto the canvas.  The images are very powerful and I feel they are taking on a life of their own.  The large figure on the left – the spirit of the land ended up having such an amazing feeling coming from him.  I was really excited by  this piece and it is my favourite so far.

Something else that has me really fired up about this body of work, is that I am going to donate 10% of all profits from the works to The Syrian Refuge Crisis Appeal  ( Care Australia).

It is a way that I, as an artist can support the refugees, while at the same time, sharing that with those who buy my work. So if you would like to purchase this work you can do so here.

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This Weeks Question: What are your thoughts on the refugee crisis? Please Share…..

Look For Next Week’s Post: My 8 day Instagram challenge.

 

 

Refugee Crisis –

The worldwide refugee crisis is a phenomenon that we can no longer ignore. It seems that every time you turn on the TV you see people transitioning in some way. There are millions of displaced people traveling across Europe, looking for new homes as their land has become uninhabitable due to war and terrorism.

I was in  New Zealand listening to a news report about the town of Dunedin in the South Island where the whole city turned out to welcome a plane load of Syrian refugees. There was a wonderful air of support, compassion  and simple human kindness being offered by the citizens, to these refugees, who have been through such harrowing experiences.  We cannot even imagine the pain and suffering they have been through.

Now you might wonder what all this has to do with art. Well as it turns out it actually has quite a lot to do with art and in particular my art.  What follows is an interesting insight into how the subconscious mind works, and how creativity flows.

During my recent New Zealand trip I visited Rotorua and took several photos of the hot pools there.  On returning home I used some of these photos as source material for some abstract paintings.

The first work used this photo as it’s source.

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When I was about three-quarters of the way through the work  I was wondering what title to give it when the word refugee popped into my head. At the time I couldn’t figure why, why refugee???

 

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I could see that the figures in the middle of the painting looked very frightened and harrowed.The funny thing is that I was talking to one of my students about the painting and we had previously been discussing how I would like to return to live in New Zealand (I currently live in Australia.) But at this point in time that is not possible for me. So when I was telling her about the painting being called Refugee, she looked at me and looked at the painting and said ‘but you’re a refugee, aren’t you? ‘ This was quite astonishing because I’d never thought of myself as such.

This got me to thinking further about refugees, the refugee crisis and displaced persons in general…… and so began the birth of a new series – the Art of Transitioning.

This Weeks Question: What are your thoughts on the refugee crisis? 

Look For Next Week’s Post: A vlog of the second painting in this series and more on refugees.

Vlog – new series – emerging artworks.

You know I think artworks are always in the emerging category are they not?

Following my recent visit to New Zealand I have begun a new series of work. To introduce you to this work I am sharing a vlog which traces the development of the painting ‘You Are Welcome Here’, from its inspiration to its completion.

 

 

There is more about this work ‘You Are Welcome Here’ to be found on my website. This is the second work in the series.  I have explained how this series was born as part of the description to the first painting in the series – ‘Refugee‘.

Here is the finished work.

 

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This Weeks Question: Can you leave a comment  – what are your thoughts on this art work?  I would love to hear what you think.

Look For Next Week’s Post: Freedom and Art

Vlog of Emergence

Vlog – what is that? For those of you who haven’t come across that term before, it is a video blog post.  So I’m getting with the program and creating one.  Remember what I said in the last post about learning  – well this was another learning curve – of course it’s not Hollywood yet but I’m getting there. The painting in this vlog is part of my Peony series.

 

 

When I get back from the visit to my Muse in New Zealand in April, I want to start filming in real-time so I can give you a more realistic look at my painting process. However it will be a little while before that happens. I’m actually at the moment in the middle of a prolonged artist’s date, enjoying the New Zealand countryside and filling up my creative backpack.

 

 

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My Creative Backpack – Thanks Tim Storrier

 

 

This Weeks Question: How did my vlog work for you? Feedback welcomed!

Look For Next Week’s Post: Return from the wilds and discoveries made there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Great Studio News this month.

Some great Studio News this month. Some of my recent works have found a happy place to be hung. I delivered them last week to a new boutique, Homewares/Gallery in Terrigal. So if you are in the area pop into Urban Eclectic on the corner of Kurrawyba Ave and Wilson Road and take a look. The link to their website is mainly about their silver jewellery at their previous shop.

Here are the paintings being hung there:

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Peony Perfection 40″x 40″ Oils On Canvas

 

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Spring 18′ x 18″ – Oils On Canvas

 

Floating Free 22 x 22" Oils On Canvas

Floating Free 22 x 22″ Oils On Canvas

 

 

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Altered Blooms 18″x 18″ Oils On Canvas

 

The gallery also has some unique, mexican jewellery, along with a range of quality eclectic homewares, which I will bring to you in another post, 

This Weeks Question: Have you seen Urban Eclectic yet? 

Look For Next Week’s PostWhat to Do with Old Art Works – Part 4

 

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