If you are a regular visitor, you will have noticed that there is now a new website, which has far more depth than the last version. I still have more to add and shall be trying to blog more often and give you info about what's going on in my studio and shops that contain my designs and illustrated products.
For me, creating every day is as necessary as breathing and as I met so many other great people also taking part in the 100 day project or people that became fans of my work I decided to take part in the 100 day challenge again. The daily practice does also give me the opportunity to play, experiment or just further develop ideas.
My aim for this 100 day challenge is to work with limits so my hashtag is #WorkingWithLimits. I have also broken the challenge down into different limits which I will loosely follow; 20 days of limited colour; 20 days of collage; 20 days of people illustrations; 20 days of animal illustrations and 20 spot food illustrations.
My latest images for the challenge and a few extra posts of other work in progress here, and you can also see all the work here.
This is my first blog post.
After years of teaching Visual Communication Design at the University of Newcastle, I have spent the last 3 years creating lots of work and trying out different work options and in an effort to work out where I want to be. Illustration and painting are a passion so I have decided to focus on image making.
My intentions for this blog is to post info about my activities as I discover what it is to be a freelancer after having had a break from it for years and any useful info that is art and design related that I find along the way. I used to do this for my students so now you will be getting the benefit of my expertise.
I have always seen myself as an artist and last year I entered the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize as I have exhibited one or two pieces in galleries often, I have not had my own show. I had been reading some material about working as a creative when deciding on what to enter and I recall hearing a podcast about remaining authentic to who you are and as I have been a big fan of still life, I decided to enter a still life painting, called “Bush Flowers and Blue Wren”. I made the cull and my work was displayed in the exhibition, and even appeared on NBN news. This painting will be in the exhibition too.
As a result of my entry into the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize, I was asked by Ahn Wells if I would be interested in participating in an exhibition based on still life; my favourite genre and one of my favourite galleries, Gallery 139 at 139A Beaumont Street, Hamilton (not far from my office). I could not refuse this opportunity and the exhibition will be called Objects of Desire and is taking place from the 23rd February to Sunday 12th March, with the official opening on Saturday 25th February from 2PM-4PM. It will be a small group exhibition with 4 other Newcastle artists; Lydia Miller, Sally Behrens, Christina Frogley and Ritual Object.
If you are interested in seeing my work in progress while I prepare for the exhibition, there are previews on my Instagram and Facebook pages, or on the Instagram Feed page on my website. The exhibition details are in the attached invitation below. I would love to see you there and I am going to be participating in a Meet the Artist session on Saturday 4th March at the Gallery from 2PM to 4PM.