The Art Of Friends

The Art of Friends Lily - Susan Brookes

Lily – Susan Brookes

As we move into June, the Art Friends group is proceeding with their exhibition preparations.  Every Wednesday when we paint together we gather around the lunch table and discuss how things are going.

The rest of the day, every one is hard at work, developing their latest art works, in preparation for the exhibition.  Take a walk around the room with me.

Those exhibition details again are: 

Where: Gosford Regional Gallery Community gallery, 36 Webb St East Gosford

When: July Fri 17th – Tues 21st 

Opening : Saturday July 18th 2.30 pm and open daily 10am – 4pm

We will look forward to seeing you there.

This Weeks Question: What are you doing on Saturday the 18th July at 2.30pm ?

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Group Exhibition In July At The Gosford Regional Gallery

Exhibition in July

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

Working in a series - In the closet I Kadira Jennings

First closet drawing

 

the next image you see here, gives you an idea of how the process develops into a painting.

 

Dancing In The Dark I

Dancing In The Dark I

 

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.

Upcoming exhibition

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 19x24" Oils by Kadira Jennings

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

 

 

Hot off the Easel this week is the triptych I have been working on for the last few weeks. A triptych is always a bit of a tricky thing to tackle, because you really want each panel to work separately in its own right, while at the same time working in nicely with all the other ones. 

Two weeks ago I shared with you the underpainting I was doing on this work. Here are some updates on that process….

Hot Off the Easel

Underpainting of the middle painting

 

Hot Off The Easel,Painting process

Much of a first layer of the middle panel is painted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And below is the finished painting. It measures 24″x66″.  If you would like to see more about this painting visit my Artist Website.

 

 

 

Dancing With The wind -Triptych,Hot off the easel

Dancing With The wind triptych

 

This Weeks Question: How are you travelling with your own creativity?

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Kadiras Latest Work

Mythic Journey III

Mythic Journey III

So you’ve been seeing snippets of this work and it is finally done. This weeks post is short and sweet, with a glimpse of the work that’s been coming for the last month and a sneak preview of what’s being worked up on the easel at the moment.

Please bear in mind that the images you are seeing below are those of works in progress. The finished work will be completely different.  I have 5 paintings on the go at the moment, 4 small ones which are part of a quadriptych and a larger one, which is a bigger version of one of the smaller ones. In fact I began with a bigger version of the painting in last week’s post, Study I  and decided to do a study for it before I painted the larger painting.

After completing the smaller study, it seemed that it might make a nice series of smaller paintings, which I promptly decided to do.

Here are the beginnings. These under layers are all done in acrylic paints.

Panel 3 Layer I

Panel I Layer I

Panel 3 Layer II

Panel I Layer II

Panel 3 Layer I

Panel III Layer I

 

This Weeks Question: What layers of meaning inform your work?

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Lessons from a Travel Diary II

Travelling and The Creative Process…..

Well isn’t all of life a journey really? Aren’t we travelling through the cosmos on a huge ball of matter, hurtling along at incredible speeds? It’s all about perspective really.

Travelling through the cosmos

Travelling through the cosmos

Our exterior journey reflects the interior journey. One of the great things about travelling and the development of your creativity is that it offers you a different perspective and not just the obvious things like, culture, scenery and customs. It also takes you out of your comfort zone, away from the familiar, which can totally unnerve you or you can surrender to the adventure of it all and dive into the new world you find yourself within.

Travelling  through the world

Travelling through the world

I don’t know about you, but I always find myself  so charged up and eager to create when I come back from my travels.  I think this is what Julia Cameron has in mind when she asks you to take yourself on an Artist Date every week.  It is like a mini vacation, a small hiccup taking us from the humdrum of life into the possibility of discovering something extraordinary. After all, as artists and creators, is that not what we are trying to accomplish when we birth a creation, be it a book, a film, a poem or an artwork? Aren’t we offering others a small step into the alternate universe of the world we have created?

So travelling allows us to bring back a bit of something else from somewhere else.  To add to our creative store house in the castle of our memory. Here are some snippets of things I’ve bought back with me from this trip. You can focus on the big…

Travelling, Old Puriri Tree

Old Puriri Tree

From the Macrocosm to the Microcosm…. or the detail, each have something to offer and a different kind of beauty in their own way.

Travelling, Bleaced Leaves and Weathered Wood

Bleached Leaves and Weathered Wood

 

Look at the amazing, subtle tones and colours in this picture above, of flotsam washed up on the beach. The things in Nature, always complement each other so beautifully.

This Weeks Question: By travelling to somewhere new this week, what can you find in Nature to be amazed by?  Please share your thoughts below.

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Image Creds:

Photo by WikiImages (Pixabay)

Photo by Hermann (Pixabay)

 

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