Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Change, Change, Change

Just thought I'd keep you up to date with the latest changes to my artwork (see second last post). I seem to be going all expressionistic - I like the drips and boldness of the line, which also unifies the painting, to my mind.
What do you think?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sean Scully Lecture at the Smithsonian Institute

An Artist friend referred me to this video of Sean Scully discussing his printmaking techniques on uTube. He talks about each of a large body of work presented in slides. A bit long, not Hollywood, but there a great insights into print making techniques and his thoughts in making the work, and on the results. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Studio New work

Have moved into my new studio last week. What a major task that is! Waiting for paintings to dry so I could move them meant I couldn't paint for at least a week, packing up and sorting the accretion of junk and visual stimulus I impulsively collect...but it's all been worth it.

It's amazing what being able to hear the cicadas in the evening will do for the soul, and walking past the gardenias and lemon verbena in the morning just sets the day up nicely.

I have been having fun and the work has kicked in in earnest...I have managed to complete (I think) two paintings (left) that have hung on my previous studio wall for months. Mind you, they are quite a departure from my usual work, but it's liberating to play and experiment, and I am quite happy with the, especially the simpler one.

The trouble is, I used acrylic in stead of enamel paint over oil paint in the brown painting, because I didn't read the label and put them with the wrong set...think anyone will notice? Know if I can get away with it??? I need to stretch these canvases, as I stapled them to the wall when the money wasn't flowing.... Might cause them to crack. Oh well, the beauty of painting is in the process, isn't it??

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tiina Heiska

Image: Gabrielle JOnes, Self Portrait 2010, Digital Print

Image: Tiina Heiska "From the Hotel Series"Oil on Canvas 90 x 100cm

Discovered this artist - I love the colours, the dream like quality and also the strangeness. A bit of fear creeps in to an ostensibly beautiful image. It's rather like the self portrait I was thinking of painting - maybe I still will. But there's nothing new under the sun!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Spanish Residency

Image: Gabrielle Jones, Play of Light III, Oil on Canvas, 101cm x 101cm

I have just received a letter advising me I have been selected for a one month residency in Mojacar Spain at Valparaiso Foundation. I have yet to finalise when I am going, but since I cancelled a trip to Barcelona last year (due to inadequate funds) I am wrapped! I will probably go to London first and see all those galleries and Museums I have only read about, then see some more of Spain before getting down to working in this lovely environment. The interchange with other International artists is something I am also really looking forward to.
OH...the life of a painter!
How are your affirmations going???

Monday, February 1, 2010

Movie collection updated

Just added a host of movies about artists worth seeing - see the panel at left, then get the DVD.


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